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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4236)
    Performance
    (3817)
    Story
    (3848)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "4 Stars"
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    What did you love best about The Handmaid's Tale?

    Claire Danes brings the characters to life. I have read the book, but found it a bit tedious as the plot is not straightforward. I enjoyed it more and understood it better as an audible book. It is a strange and quirky plot almost misogynist, but somehow believable fiction.


    If you’ve listened to books by Margaret Atwood before, how does this one compare?

    Not applicable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the Moira scenes, especially her escape from the "Aunts"


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

    "Don't wast your money, listen to the Claire Danes version on Audible"


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this for people who like intelligent fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12655)
    Performance
    (11777)
    Story
    (11785)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Possibly my favorite book"
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    Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Wow! Such a good book. My 12 year old and I loved this book. (In general not appropriate for 12 year olds due to language, but he is my third child and knows that if he uses those bad words There Will Be Consequences...except for "Ass-Hat", Ass-Hat is epic). I was the same age as the protagonist in the eighties, the references and memories were awesome. I found myself laughing out loud at times at the story and at myself. I loved the characters and found myself emotionally invested throughout the story. I cared about them, they were very well developed. This was a book that, given the outcome, you could read multiple times and revel in the new perspectives. I like sci fi and dystopian fiction. This was a lighter read a refreshing break from blood, zombies and vampires. If you are a gamer - young or old you will love this book. Very very well researched from Pac Man to Monty Python to the ubiquitous John Hughes films we watched. Kudos to you Mr. Cline, we are avid readers and we loved this one!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    After discussion, we decided that "H" was our favorite. I wish I had a best friend like H. Loyal and quirky - the banter between the 2 was priceless. H stayed true to character throughout.


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

    Wil Wheaton is my son's favorite narrator. He brings the characters to life without annoying inflections like squeaking out the female dialog. I could listen to him all day. Smoooth like butter.


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

    So my son just made gargling sounds in his throat. That is what he would say it since it can't be properly spelled or pronounced. It would have to be a recorded tagline.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (343)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "Michael Crichton = Boring. Is that possible ?"
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    Would you try another book from Michael Crichton and/or Frances Cassidy?

    I love Michael Crichton, have read his books and enjoyed his imagination very much! Highly recommend him. Frances Cassidy is not my taste.


    Has Airframe turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Frances Cassidy’s performance?

    I find her voice grating and annoying.


    What character would you cut from Airframe?

    All of them just give me a box of rocks, (which would be more interesting than this book).


    Any additional comments?

    I am a Crichton fan. This is not even a story. I didn't even finish it because I don't care what happens in the end. No depth to the book at all. Very disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9544)
    Performance
    (8695)
    Story
    (8794)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Total Let Down"
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    What disappointed you about Allegiant?

    This book was very disappointing from the beginning. Too many ridiculous tangents that caused a lack of depth in the story-line. Very difficult to get into. There were some great ideas but they were not put together well at all. The plot skimmed the surface of so many details and side stories that it was impossible to process all of these shallow tangents. It was like an out of control train wreck that was headed towards a very disturbing conclusion. Characters were introduced but not developed. Areas were introduced but not developed. The relationship between the newly introduced characters and locations were not adequately developed. Too many loose ends. It was disjointed and confusing. It is difficult to be specific without ruining the story for those who have not read it. My 11 year old child had a better Book #3 in this Series. He called it "Convergent" and it brought the story to a conclusion. I loved Book #1 and #2 but this one did not measure up.


    Has Allegiant turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No not at all, I love this genre.


    What about Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s performance did you like?

    Emma Galvin is amazing. Aaron Stanford was OK


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Emma Galvin is amazing. I did like the direction that this book was headed, it just veered off course horribly taking many plot victims with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Painted House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By David Lansbury
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    In a departure from the legal thriller genre, John Grisham's latest novel draws inspiration from his own rural childhood in Arkansas. Listen and enjoy this moving tale about a 7-year-old boy and the dose of reality that comes, one autumn during the harvest, to take away his innocence. Also available abridged.

    Janelle Carter says: "Bittersweet way of life of time past...."
    "A superlative tale delivered well."
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    Would you listen to A Painted House again? Why?

    I would listen to this multiple times. It is excellent fiction with rich characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Luke has to be the favorite. He is an old soul with the fresh eyes of a child.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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