I thought that this would be just a memoir about the author and her dog; while that was certainly a lot of the story, I was happily surprised to hear the psychological aspects of the human and dog relationship. Her life is woven in, as well as her fears and emotions about her dog and others. I could relate to her feelings about her dog, particularly her fear of being left alone once the dog was gone. I had (and still have) similar fears about my dog, so I can definitely relate to that. It was especially poignant hearing the author talking about how she knows the dog will go before her, yet knowing that she died at a young age (early 40s). I don't know if the dog actually survivied her or not, but this part struck an emotional chord with me. I also loved the part where she was examining her life and realized that while it may not be what she or others expected, she realizes that the question to as is: "does it feel right for you?" How true! After reading this book, I intend to read her book about her battle with drinking as well as her friend's book about their friendship and her untimely death. Hilary Swank did an outstanding job with the narration. You can tell that she loves dogs, as there were times in the book where you could tell the emotion was coming through.
This was one of the daily deals from Audible around Election Day, and it was well worth the 99 cents! I laughed at parts, particularly at how little things have changed. All this time I thought that Americans were responsible for the sad state of political affairs, but come to find out, these attitudes existed in ancient Rome. He is telling his brother to surround himself with those of nobility who can help him in his political life; promise the voters what they want to hear, and then renege on it later; court those who can help you.......sound familiar?
This was a fun, light young adult romance. The premise of having an IT guy getting to know coworkers through their email exchange was interesting; I wasn't sure how the format of the email exchange between Beth and Jennifer would work in audio format, but suprisingly, it did. And, I found that I actually what happened to the characters by the end of the story, even though you knew how it had to end!
I enjoyed the story overall, particularly Celie's story. I was not as enamored with Nettie's story and at times, felt that her parts dragged on a little bit. The book touched on a lot of different topics, which added to the story. The characters were realistic, interesting and well developed. I liked the ending and how everything came together. I saw the movie years ago, but didn't remember much of the story at all, so this was like reading it for the first time.
The story was told in the format of letters, and it worked for this novel. The author also did an excellent job narrating the story, which in my experience, has not always been the case. However, I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job than she did.
This was an excellent book to read right around Halloween - definitely had the creep factor going (although not in the traditional ghouls sense, but just the horror of the situation). I have a bit of claustrophobia and can't stand anything on my face, so the concept of having this exoskeleton covering your entire body and controlling your every move gave me the willies! The description of the torture Will experienced was very graphic, which made for an even better listening experience.
I enjoyed the fact that in addition to the horror aspect, there was also the mystery aspect of whether Will committed the crime and the legal thriller aspect of people working to free what they believe to be an innocent man.
The narration was also very good, and the book moved quickly.
This was an interesting story. I particularly enjoyed his ideas from the 1950s of what the 21st century and beyond would look like. I was amazed at his foresight when he was discussing how tv would take up the time of humans and make it hard for humans to keep up with the various programs; he then went on to discuss how humans would be more interested in watching real life events of other people - reality tv before it was invented!
I knew I would like it when, at the outset, the overlord wiped out animal cruelty. Who wouldn't love that? It was interesting to see how he portrayed the overlords as benevolent people rather than these tyrants. I was definitely unprepared for the twist at the end.
The narration was good, and the story moved along at a nice pace.
This was an entertaining story about the author's experience buying a deli. I liked how he interspersed his deli experience with his time as a journalist. For me, the best parts were when he talked about his employees and customers in the context of the NYC deli. This is a light and quick read, which was perfect to listen to during my commute time. The narration by Bronson Pinchot was quite good, and it was an enjoyable listening experience.
I enjoyed the format of this interview; it was like being part of a conversation with a friend. I just recently started reading Kurt Vonnegut's books, and I knew very little about him. It was interesting to hear about him from a peer perspective.
I love the narrator's English accents; she does them perfectly! This was a freebie from Audible, and having recently read the first book in the series, it was perfect timing. I enjoyed the intro to the characters and the story was good. Thanks for the freebie, Audible, it was much appreciated!
I give this a 3.5-3.75 overall. I thought that some of the stories were pretty average, but there were three that were very good. I think my expectations were high because of all the positive things that I heard, but many stories didn't fulfill those expectations. I liked the title story, as well as the first and last stories the best. The narration was good, although it would have been nice to have different voices used in the various stories.
The one distracting thing in the audio version was that at some points in the stories, music played. It didn't signify the end of a story or end of a track, and it was more distracting than anything else; there was no sense as to the placement of the musical breaks.
This started out really slow, and although it picked up, I don't feel the need to continue with this series. There was not enough focus on the dystopian world, such as what led to these changes, how did this impact the characters' lives, etc. I agree with the reviewers that questioned why ban chocolate, which is central to the story; although they allude to its addictive qualities, there is no ban on alcohol, which also has addictive qualities. It was a pleasant enough story, but I just don't care enough about what happens to the characters to continue with the series.
The narration was good, but it was distracting at times when the character would break out of the story and speak to the reader. A specific example was when the main character was sick and she stops in the middle to say to the reader "and you probably thought I was pregnant, I wouldn't do that to you, I'm an honest narrator." At first I had no idea who she was talking to and thought she was talking to another character.
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