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Randee and Dan

St. Paul MN | Member Since 2009

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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4673)
    Performance
    (4067)
    Story
    (4081)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "I want to hike somewhere"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because the story of perseverance is good. Cheryl overcame her weaknesses and finished what she set out to do.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the book without having to change anything


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    She has a good voice for narration, but her sibilant " S" kind of got to me. Maybe it was just my headset.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had a hard time stopping my listen. I was glad that most of the listen was on a long road trip in my car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5325)
    Performance
    (4738)
    Story
    (4728)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "Last few chapters are missing."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Fiery Cross again? Why?

    Maybe I would listen again, sometime in the future.


    What other book might you compare The Fiery Cross to and why?

    The rest of the series.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is a great narrator. One of the best I've heard


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Outlander series, but I need to take a break now and then to enjoy so many other good books. I am disappointed the last chapters are unavailable in my download. Luckily a friend has a paperback version, so I'll finish the book by reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2807)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2247)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Wonderful narration by Elijah Wood"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again. It's a classic tale. I laughed out loud at some of Twain's phraseology. I had never read the actual book, but I am so glad I listened to it. I think the dialog was so great between Huck and Jim, especially.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Huck and Jim were on the raft, and they bonded while floating down the river. They both learned that each other was not so bad.


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

    I hve not listened to any of Mr. Wood's other performances. I have seen his Hobbit movies and thought he was great in them as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to the book mostly while out for my daily walk. So, I got about 45 minute sessions. I probably would not listen to any book all in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2029)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (944)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Nice Love story"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was a nice love story. I guess I need to find an actual history book to read more about the day to day lives in the relocation camps.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the fact that so much of the Japanese people's belongings had to be left behind or destroyed when they were relocated.


    What does Feodor Chin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intonation of the character's voices was very good


    Could you see Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes on the movie or TV show. No comment on the actors.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping to hear more about the day to day life in the relocation camps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (599)

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Not a good narrator"
    Overall

    I think the subject matter of this book might be interesting. However, Sarah Vowell is not a good narrator. Her voice is monotone and it makes it hard for me to listen without getting distracted. This book should be narrated by someone else. I was also disappointed that that other narrators only had cameo appearances that didn't really make sense to me. Sorry Sarah, and your producers, this book just didn't do it for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Babbitt (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Ed Asner, Ed Begley Jr., Ted Danson, and others
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    This epic of the booming 20's captures the relentless culture of American business. A classic novel about conformity in small town America - celebrated for its comic tone, statire, and vivid dialogue. L.A. Theatre Works, then a fledgling radio theatre company, completed Babbitt in 1989. This production was so well received that L.A. Theatre Works has since become the world's premiere radio theatre company.

    Caro says: "A nice change of pace"
    "Good story. Not so good music"
    Overall

    This is the 2nd dramatization I have bought from Audible ( A Streetcar Named Desire was the first). I really loved the story and the actors who presented it, but the way it is broken up into segments with old timey music at the beginning and end got irritating to me. There is a synopsis of the prior segment at the beginning of each new segment, which is OK, but the music.....arrgh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tourist Season

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    Tourist season is swinging into high gear in Miami. So are the activities of a bizarre terrorist group determined to keep the hapless "snowbirds" away. Armed with bombs, weed, and jumbled credos, they move toward their grand target, the Orange Bowl Parade, with plans to bring Miami and its tourist trade to a halt.

    Bruce says: "Tourist Season"
    "Not the funniest I've heard or read"
    Overall

    I didn't find myself laughing out loud at this book, like I usually do with Hiaasen. Maybe the narrator just didn't do it for me. I liked Nature Girl and Skinny Dip much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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