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Jackie

Silver Spring, MD, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5524)
    Performance
    (4741)
    Story
    (4752)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Not for me"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Arthur Conan Doyle and/or Alan Cumming?

    Not sure, this wasn't for me. The story was slow and frankly uninteresting.


    Has The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes probably.....


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The accents were difficult to understand; therefore, made the story hard to follow. I found myself not paying attention and having to back it up a lot to get re-engaged.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Bored.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11375)
    Performance
    (9844)
    Story
    (9816)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "A great glimpse into the world and mind of Jobs"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    It's a great story. Isaacson captures the details well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jobs.
    Jobs gave amazing access to Isaacson so it's more in depth than most biographies. It was raw, honest, and pretty cool to get a glimpse into his world.


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

    A little slow in the beginning and the time line jumps around a little bit, so I found it more difficult to get through in the book format. In the audio version you can just take it in and not worry so much about the slower parts.


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

    No. It's way too long. I did it over the course of a month 5-6 hours at a time. I looked forward to getting back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    A little slow in the beginning and the time line jumps around a little bit, but overall a great story.

    0 of 0 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
    (16551)
    Performance
    (14712)
    Story
    (14756)

    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!"
    "Worth it"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've done a few and this one hits the spot with a good story and good narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    Female narrator (Julia Whelan) has great tempo and does a good job. The pauses in the narration are important for the meaning and she got it.


    Did Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They did. It took me a few chapters to get used to them switching back and forth, but I liked both of the narrators and would like to listen to more that they have done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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