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Jennifer

Newark, DE | Member Since 2012

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2719)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2399)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Not a happy book, but excellent nonetheless"
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    What did you love best about The Casual Vacancy?

    The detail JK Rowling puts into her books. She has a masterful ability to create a complete world and put the reader directly in the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Casual Vacancy?

    The dinner party with Gavin, Kay, Samantha, Miles and Mary. Very real. It was difficult for me to listen to because it made me uncomfortable.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Hollander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Tom Hollander performance. I thought he was brilliant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know what the tag line would be, but this book would easily be converted to a screenplay. I'm not sure I would want to be confronted with the difficult topics of the book visually, though.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not Harry Pottter and this is NOT a book for children. The author was very clear about this in her interviews prior to the book's release. This is also not a happy book. It discusses the haves and have-nots in society and all the ills associated with each. I don't normally read unhappy books because I have a job that confronts me with the ills of society daily. However, this book was excellent. I was amazed at the realism of the conversations and motivations of the characters, which made the book often difficult to listen to. Overall I am very glad I read it.

    My only criticism is that I felt the end was a little drawn out and I didn't think all the events were necessary, but I may have been anxious to know what happened with the main characters.

    Also, it is a very British book with British terminology. I watch a lot of BBC America so I knew some of the references, but I did have to look several terms up on the internet.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (869)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "I agree about the "mmmms""
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    Any additional comments?

    I am also unable to tolerate the mmms. I agree they are probably correct. But this, with an entire 15 minutes devoted to one character worrying about hurting the other's feelings over the type of tea they drink really put me over the edge. If I were reading the paper version I could skip ahead but as I was driving I had to withstand the minutia of that interaction. I found myself wondering if I added up all the time spent pronouncing the mmmm's if an entire hour of the the audiobook could be eliminated. I know a lot of people who love these books but I just don't think it is the series for me. I would like to hear Lisette Lecat narrate a different book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gennifer Choldenko
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Murderers, mob bosses, and convicts . . . these guys are not your average neighbors. Unless you live on Alcatraz. It's 1935 and 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family have just moved to the infamous island that's home to criminals like notorious escapee Roy Gardner, Machine Gun Kelly, and of course, Al Capone. Now Moose has to try to fit in at his new school, avoid getting caught up in one of the warden's daughter's countless plots, and keep an eye on his sister Natalie, who's not like other kids.

    Barbara says: "Not what I was expecting, but it was good"
    "It's OK"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book came highly recommended. I personally had a hard time relating to a teenage boy. I listened to it, but it was just OK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21295)
    Performance
    (12788)
    Story
    (12915)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Fantastic story!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story, twists and turns, edge of my seat! Loved it! The performance was great. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (520)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Wonderful story"
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    Any additional comments?

    It took me a while to get into the book, but eventually I came to love the characters and really fell in love with Gregor. He is such an endearing child who rose to the occasion to save the Underland! I have now downloaded the rest of the series and cannot wait to listen to them as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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