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adelise

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  • 7 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 131 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Andrew says: "New Speaker Needed acquire within!"
    "Bill Bryson is a Legend"
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    Bill Bryson has an ability to make you see everything from your everyday life in a new light. Everything is different, more interesting, more meaningful, and often not as innosent as you may have always believed! 'At Home' is thouroughly enjoyable and read perfectly by Mr Bryson, himself. I cannot wait for his next work of art!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9647)
    Performance
    (8841)
    Story
    (8895)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Awesome"
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    John Green is absolutely amazing. Wonderful, moving storytelling. Well narrated by Kate Rudd too. Just an all round great audiobook. No gripes. Besides that it made me cry. Yeah be prepared to cry. Okay? Okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone.

    Carol says: "Way too long"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good start but then trailed off. Such a shame. The reader was good but she could not save the story from its disappointing conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

    Todd says: "Expecting "Whoa!", but got "Meh""
    "Absolutely wonderful"
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    Listen to this book! It is truly awesome and wonderful and frightening all at once. Neil Gaiman is a master and reads it well too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

    Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

    Claire says: "No PDF??"
    "SAFTEY WARNING!"
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    Please be warned, this audiobook may be dangerous when listening in the car. I laughed so hard it brought me to tears and it could not have been safe to be laughing that way while driving home from work! I loved this book, and I really think that Tina Fey did a great job at performing it (as expected) and I am glad that I got to listen to it rather than simply reading it.
    I can't portray how much i enjoyed listening to this audiobook, I came home every day and re watched 30 rock and annoyed my husband with little tidbits of information while watching. I am sure he is happy that I have finished it! But I think I will listen to it again.
    Thanks Tina for sharing and writing and reading. Oh, and I did not even notice her scar... but maybe I just need a better TV. I don't know.
    Get this audiobook. It's great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (375)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Reader ruined a great story"
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    I have read this book in kindle form and I loved it, could not put it down! I could not even listen to the entire book this time. The reader was difficult to understand - as in I had no idea who was talking, who was thinking, etc. Sorry for the bad review but I just wanted to warn people. Do yourself a favour and buy the kindle/paperback, amazon still have it in stock I'm sure!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together.... It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. His sister, Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But 20 years ago, Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back.

    Amazon Customer says: "Twinkle, twinkle, it's a STAR!"
    "Excellent writing and great narration"
    Overall
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    'Some Kind of Fairy Tale' is such a beauiful audiobook. It is well writen, with vivid discriptions of both scenery and characters alike. John Lee's melodious voice brings added depth to the story that could probably not be achieved in print. Both the writer and he reader carry you away quickly into the tale, capturing your imagintion, and making you not want to press the pause button!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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