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Cindy

Woodland, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (486)

    Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

    Louise says: "excellent reading"
    "Excellent Read!"
    Overall

    I just finished listening to "Pride and Prejudice." I've read the book before (as well as seen the various TV and movie productions), so I'm already a fan. That being said, this book was a delight to listen to. The narrator does the characters very well, and I appreciate the fact that she is a true British actor. Be prepared to be totally absorbed -- near the end, I couldn't put it down.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3881)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3259)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Fun Summer Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you're ready to sit down with a good "Grisham book," i.e. good characters, lawyers, action, twists and turns, then this is the one for you. Purely escapist delight. Okay, I could quibble about some of the plot points (would the lawyer/government really go along with that?) but that's not what this book is about. Also J.D. Jackson, the reader, is perfect for this book. I just spent all day yesterday listening because I had to know how it would end. I wasn't disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11162)
    Performance
    (9651)
    Story
    (9621)

    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"
    "Fascinating But Repetitive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Apple and I find Steve Jobs to be an icon of our times. The book was a fascinating read -- especially the first part about forming Apple. But this book needed some serious editing. It feels like it was rushed to press. I found it to be quite repetitive since it often repeated some of the same stories numerous times.

    (WARNING: SPOILER ALERT) Also, I was disappointed that the book ended without mentioning Jobs' death. That would have given the book the closure that it desperately needed rather than ending what was probably only about a month before his death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrection

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Tolstoy based Resurrection, the last of his novels, on a true story of a philanderer whose misuse of a beautiful young orphan girl leads to her ruin. Fate brings the two together many years later, and the meeting awakens the man's moral conscience. Anger, intimacy, forgiveness, and grace result.

    Cindy says: "Vance is Wonderful!"
    "Vance is Wonderful!"
    Overall

    First of all, Simon Vance is a wonderful reader. He does a brilliant job with the long Russian names which made this a pleasure to listen to. And the first half of the book I found completely captivating -- Tolstoy is an excellent writer and I loved his humor and detail. However, I'm afraid I lost interest during the second part of the book as I felt there were many new characters constantly being introduced who did not add to the story. I guess I was also a bit disappointed with the ending, but I guess it was a rather gutsy thing to write at the time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (490)

    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "Great book! Great narrator!"
    Overall

    You can't go wrong with Jane Austen and Juliet Stevenson. I sampled all of the Sense and Sensibility audiobooks before choosing this one. I was very pleased with the production -- Juliet Stevenson does a fine job with her narration. In my opinion, a good narrator is just as important as a good author. I found myself swept away and I couldn't wait to hear more. I'm planning to listen to more of the Jane Austen books, and I've noticed that Juliet Stevenson has done a number of them, so I'll be sure to pick her again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (218)

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
    "I'm glad I read it"
    Overall

    This isn't the best book out there. I have some issues with how the book was written (we don't learn much about the author even though he is a character in the book). However, Paul Farmer is an amazing person with endless dedication to his field. I read the book nearly a year ago, and I still think about it. That to me is the sign of a good book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Abridged but Great!"
    Overall

    I was hesitant to buy this abridged audiobook; however, I was quite pleased. The speaker is wonderful -- he really brings the characters to life. This is a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1634)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (816)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Fun"
    Overall

    This is a fun read. I really enjoyed the narrator and I liked getting sucked into this world. I kept wishing there was more to the story -- which I see as a sign of a good book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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