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Kate

I love audiobooks. Reading has always been a struggle for me because of my poor eyesight. Audible changed my world and made my commutes a joy.

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  • Pride And Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (170)

    Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.

    Adam says: "Hilarious"
    "The voice work is too enthusiastic"
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    The narrator starts out enthusiastically, delivering an excited Mrs. Bennet at the prospect of an aristocrat moving to her town and maybe some day marrying one of her daughters. But then all of the characters' lines are delivered with almost the same enthusiasm throughout the book. You'd think that Jane Austen ended every other sentence with an exclamation mark. I'm not a huge fan.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (2548)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2243)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Pagford upon Avon"
    "This book is just OK"
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    Firstly, I have never read the Harry Potter books, so I did not read this book through teen mystery goggles. I am also not offended by crude language, which made so many reviewers appealed. In this book, the curses and swears are rightly overused - they represent the world of the underprivileged that we conveniently like to ignore. The themes of the book are involve that greasy stain in the fabric of today's society that we tend to ignore and Ms. Rowling is a brave billionaire to chose to tackle these themes, though I should hope that some of the proceeds of the book go to charity and programs for children of lesser means.

    My problem with the book is the website hacking part of the story. It's forced and naive. I wish it was a little more clever and surprising.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13914)
    Performance
    (12284)
    Story
    (12312)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Skip 50 Shades of Stupid & Buy an Intelligent Book"
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    There's a reason why this book has been on all bestseller lists for such a long time, although sadly it's in the company of dumb books like Fifty Shades for Stupid, I mean Grey. Skip that one altogether and read something that will excite and thrill you with its intelligent writing, masterful story development and its brilliant shapes twists and turns.

    What a great book! The story is so addictive and original. The author is an incredibly intelligent person and clearly, she enjoyed exploring perhaps a personal alter ego with less scruples. I did not love the ending, but I get why the author did not want to compromise her artistic integrity for my sake.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (691)

    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
    "Just not that funny"
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    Chelsea Handler can be very witty, but not in this book. Here she's just trying to shock you with how untamed she is. I'm not impressed or amused.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26051)
    Performance
    (12704)
    Story
    (12745)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Warning: you will make friends with the characters"
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    I saw the movie and I have the paper version of the book, but listening to the audiobook is by far the best experience. The voice work on this audiobook is superb!

    I'm not an expert on Jackson, Mississippi accents, but listening to this brilliant cast deliver the book in it's true intonation made me feel like I met these characters in person. They told me a great story - we had some laughs, I nodded a lot, I tilted my head a lot in sympathy and I covered my mouth in shock of some of the preposterous incidents they experienced. The story was so good that they were answering my questions as I was thinking them.

    At the end, we had to part ways and I was sad that I will not get to talk to them again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5384)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2235)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Neil Gaiman is best consumed as an audiobook"
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    This book is fun, quirky, dark, fantastic and original. Mr. Gaiman is one of the best writers alive. His writing is so vivid and he makes it seem so easy. More importantly, he gets to narrate his own work and is able to precisely deliver how he wanted the book to be read. Neil Gaiman is not just a writer, he is a multimedia experience and the best way to immerse oneself in Neverwhere is to experience the audiobook version.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1501)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1392)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Cute story about growing up and mental health"
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    The best part about this book is that teenage daze, which the author delivers in his writing. I can imagine it being hard to write a book from the perspective of a teenager when the author is an adult, but Mr. Chbosky manages to transform himself into his teenage alter-ego and deliver a great first person narrative.

    The narrator does a good job channeling young "Charlie".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sum: Tales from the Afterlives

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Nick Cave, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, your creators are a species of dim-witted creatures who built us to figure out what they could not. In a different version of the afterlife you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. Or you may find that the afterlife contains only people whom you remember, or that the hereafter includes the thousands of previous gods who no longer attract followers.

    Ryan says: "Surprisingly profound, if you get past whimsy"
    "Brilliant book!"
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    If you want an unconventional book that will make you think about life and death in a lighthearted way - Sum is one of the best books out there. Brilliantly narrated by an all star cast, this book is an excellent exercise in imagination and creativity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5571)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2051)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    Kirsty says: "Continues to Please"
    "Not the best nor the worst of the Twilight Saga"
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    Always listen to the Twilight books on Audible in 1.25 or 1.5x speed, otherwise you will fall asleep. I understand that the narrator needs to read slowly, but luckily you have the option to speed things up.

    Eclipse has more action than New Moon, but some of the plots are a little forced. Stephenie Mayer herself has admitted that the two middle books were part of her book deal, rather than a necessity for the story. Either way, I am a big Twilight fan and I generally like all the books.

    Sometimes the narrator's voice is too monotonous and melancholic, even when it doesn't need to be. She reads all the characters with the same intonation, which I prefer if the narrator is not that good with voices. There's nothing worse than a narrator that fails at voice disguise and I appreciate that Ms. Kadushin does not attempt unnecessary feats like that.

    Again, this is a good book, lots of fun and suspense, but also one of the greatest love stories of the 21st Century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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