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Nathalie

Driving to and from work has never been so enjoyable. Traffic jams are welcome...!

Saint-Marc, QC, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Silent Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rachel Carson
    • Narrated By Kaiulani Lee
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large.

    Kenneth says: "Ahead of her times..."
    "Will never be outdated: read and learn Monsanto"
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    Story

    This book will make you question the capitalistic world we live in. We are surrounded by industries whose sole purpose is to make money, at whatever the cost. They cannot wait for nature to do what pesticides and herbicides will do in a fraction of the time.
    A sad but true fact.

    1 of 1 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
    (27660)
    Performance
    (14248)
    Story
    (14301)

    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!"
    "I'll never eat chocolate pie again..."
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    This story is full of wit and humour, not a boring moment despite often discouraging circumstances. You'll never look at (or taste ) dessert the same, ever again...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5887)
    Performance
    (5046)
    Story
    (5039)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "More of the same...but different."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Being used to Mr Marsters' narration makes this book quite different, in all sense of the word. The female characters are difficult to differentiate from the male characters; and even though Mr Glover does a fine job of rendering Harry Dresden, he does not have the sort of 'nonchalance' we are used to.
    As for the story itself, I found myself tired of the nonending descriptions...especially at the beginning of a suspensful scene. It does break the momentum quite a bit.
    Despite all, this is an entertaining book for any Dresden fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1675)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Good old Rachel!"
    Overall
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    Expect the unexpected from Rachel Morgan. It will keep you hooked! Ms. Gavin is, as usual, practically flawless.
    When will this series be adapted for tv? It would be excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (595)

    An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Story so-so Reading"
    "It's a race to the finish!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mr Meagher's reading is flawless, however he does not seem to realize that this type of suspense story needs PAUSES to add to the overall effect. He is in such a hurry to finish the book that sometimes we do not know when a chapter ends. It is often difficult to absorb the story (considering audible listeners usually drive, cook, jog...etc. when listening!) because of excessive 'speed reading'. Please slow down Mr Meagher, not so fast!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1588)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "Unpredictable Rachel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With magic, a story can go anywhere, anything can happen. That's what I love about this series. I have come to expect everything and nothing, and am always pleasantly surprised.
    Go Rachel, go!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Julie Andrews
    • Narrated By Julie Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    Since her first appearance on screen in Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews has played a series of memorable roles that have endeared her to generations. But she has never told the story of her life before fame. Until now.

    Christopher says: "The Road to Fame, Dame Julie style"
    "Music to your ears"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ms. Andrews performance is flawless. Perhaps a little monotonous at times but mostly melodious, nonetheless. Besides The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Victor, Victoria, what do you know about her? So many musicals and homes away from home, beginning at such an early age. A truly compelling story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (359)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "A good bland story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is good, but a little lacking in substance. The narration equals this as well. You sort of expect a great climax, but my reaction was, 'that's it?'
    Disappointing...


    What three words best describe Mozhan Marno’s performance?

    As 'exciting' as the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Demon: The Hollows, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1413)

    Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.

    But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

    Alexi Rain says: "A comment on Credits"
    "Great book, lousy price"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What I like about Kim Harrison's books are her consistency but her unpredictability!Listening to Ms. Gavin's narration makes it worthwhile. Even though this is the type of book (vampires, witches, elves...) that I did not think I'd read in a million years, I will if the future audio books in the series are 2 credits. Much too expensive!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    These books would make an excellent tv series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (940)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Better than tv - a must listen for any Dexter fan"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've been a Dexter fan for many years. The narrator definitely gives us a feel for the darkness inside.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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