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Annie

Rather adorable.

Member Since 2011

ratings
65
REVIEWS
25
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
4
HELPFUL VOTES
6

  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1901)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1276)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "The dynamic duo"
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    I am talking about Bryce and Humphrey (but I guess the same could be said about Tommo and Hawk). Love this one two punch bang bang combo. It's a knock out every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7435)
    Performance
    (6819)
    Story
    (6824)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Something to chirp about"
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    So... I have heard much of the controversy about this book (does it deserve the Pulitzer - is it brilliant?) ... A friend of mine loved it / my daughter, who's BS degree is in Art History, did not. I started into this substantially sized book with a skeptical eye (or ear as the case may be). I loved it! The story kept my busy brain - busy, entertained, engaged and invested in the outcome. I was secretly panicked that the ending would be a let down after enjoying the book. It was not. It didn't end with a big finish - just a nice thoughtful wind down that left me completely satisfied and not disappointed or wanting. The one drawback to listening to this book is that there were so many beautifully written lines, I would have loved to have read them with my eyes and marked up a book with favorite passages. However... While listening to the book - It did get me through cleaning out my garage and my basement. Priceless!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3396)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3143)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Buy the ticket ..."
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    Take the ride. I have Thoroughly enjoyed this series. Just starting the next book and anticipate more of the same fun, exciting adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5851)
    Performance
    (5325)
    Story
    (5337)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Solid entertainment"
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    This book kept me engaged and interested. However, it fell a little flat at the end for me. It turned into your typical "who done it". It was good, I just wanted more pizaz.
    I liked both of the main characters enough that if there were a follow book with these two (and they seem to leave that possibility wide open) I would probably buy it - in hopes that it had that extra something - to make it a 5 star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1337)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Extremely good and incredibly endearing"
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    Let me start by saying I have never seen the movie, but hear it is quite good - so I don't know how the 2 compare. I have had this book for quite a while and mostly bought it based on the Audible reviews. I did drag my feet reading it because part of the story revolves around 9-11 and I just didn't want to read a depressing book. The story is about a family and its history for generations, not just the 9-11 event (so don't let that stop you from reading it).The story starts from the perspective of a small boy, Oscar. I loved his voice or inner dialog. It reminded me of The Power of One (an all time favorite book of mine). The book then jumps around with different chapters being told through the voice of different characters. It was a bit confusing at first but it eventually all starts to pull together. I ended up actually loving this book. the book didn't depress me but it definitely gave my heart strings a good yank.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15744)
    Performance
    (14248)
    Story
    (14347)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Hunger games 2"
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    I don't know how you can't make the comparison - teen book - kids being divided into different groups at a certain age of development to live with there district (so to speak) - evil adult leaders - teen romance.... The list keeps going.
    At first it held my interest pretty good but in the end, it turns into a sappy teen romance.
    Just starting the second book. Hoping it sticks with a little more action and less sappy romance ( I do mean sappy - not the good kind).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (717)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Like a welcome visit from an old friend."
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    Bryce is up to his usual. I love Bryce and he has been a favorite author of mine - RIP.
    If you like his style you will get more of the same formula. IE: Familiar phrases, family stories, characters you will care about, rich history, and always a few boxing references.
    Otherwise you might get tired of the same old same old. However, I see his books as familiar friends that keep me company. Can't wait to read his last book- it was published a few weeks before his passing this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3994)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1678)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Expected to much maybe."
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    I thought I would read/listen to something of a spiritual based book for the Christmas season. I had also had several friends rave about this book. Their spiritual backgrounds ranged from; hostile toward religion to super duper Mormon. They all loved this book!
    So my expectations were HIGH and I think that made this book a bit if a let down. It was a story that kept my interest but also seemed a little hooky and corny at times. With that said I finished it a couple days ago and it does still creep back into my thoughts from time to time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8453)
    Performance
    (7596)
    Story
    (7719)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Maybe it's just me..."
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    ...I just didn't think the hobbit was the end all be all. I thought I would listen to this before the movie came out. What happened was - my mind wandered the whole time I was listening. It just didn't grab me and put me at the edge of my seat. However, I was able to figure out what I needed to pick up from the grocery store and make several to-do lists while I was supposed to be listening to the Hobbit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "It's a keeper"
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    I truly enjoyed this book and learning about the authors at the end of the book was the frosting on top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2919)
    Performance
    (2599)
    Story
    (2601)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Are you kidding me!"
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    Put down the crayons and just listen for heavens sake!
    Not since "The Help" and the "The Power of one" have I loved a book this much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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