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Indiana, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3188)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2810)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Okay book...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes It was a good book. I probbly wouldn't have finished it had it not been on audiobook though.


    If you???ve listened to books by Cheryl Strayed before, how does this one compare?

    I don't know that she has other books


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i havn't.


    Was Wild worth the listening time?

    I listen on 3x so it wasn't all that long. It was worth it


    Any additional comments?

    I really could have done without the several different descriptions of putting toe nails off.... bsides that it was pretty good :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
    • Narrated By Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    For anyone who has ever dreamed of love, sex, and companionship beyond the limits of traditional monogamy, this groundbreaking guide navigates the infinite possibilities that open relationships can offer. Experienced ethical sluts Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy dispel myths and cover all the skills necessary to maintain a successful and responsible polyamorous lifestyle - from self-reflection and honest communication to practicing safe sex and raising a family. Individuals and their partners will learn how to discuss and honor boundaries, resolve conflicts, and to define relationships on their own terms.

    Chris says: "Well written, dense book"
    "Great Book! Must read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ethical Slut the most enjoyable?

    highly releatable !


    What about Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton ’s performance did you like?

    I liked hearing the book in the writers voice. it was great.


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

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (850)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "not great"
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    What would have made The Dinner better?

    The story was okay... although I don't know what the point was really....


    Has The Dinner turned you off from other books in this genre?

    a little... for now at least


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 17-24

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Pope Osborne
    • Narrated By Mary Pope Osborne
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    Jack and Amnie are taken on a series of adventures by the Magic Tree House, accompanied by companions such as Teddy, the enchanted dog. With the Magic Tree House, you can experience far away places like Australia and learn about the past on a whirlwind tour through the history books.

    Anne says: "Great Entertainment for 6 year olds"
    "Great book"
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    What did you love best about Magic Tree House Collection?

    My son loves all of the stories. They are easy enough to follow and stay interested in


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8706)
    Performance
    (7989)
    Story
    (7994)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "BUY THIS BOOK NOW"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was amazingly written and told. I loved the complexity of the charactors


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

    loved the accents, loved the expression, i looked up other books that he does just so i can hear them in his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Probbly the best book I've read in a very long time - and I was dragging my feet to get started reading it! I don't regret making myself give it a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Ranch: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated By Aimee Lilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The Aldens visit their mysterious Aunt Jane at her run-down ranch and make a surprising discovery!

    val says: "Eh,,,,"
    "Eh,,,,"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Benny, he is always getting into trouble and saying funny things.


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

    I prefer the narriator from the first books.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    My son loves the box car children books. He really loved the first collection but was disapointed that the narriator had been changed for the additional books... he cant seem to get into them with the new voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Henry Huggins Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris, William Roberts
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Henry Huggins’s adventures are finally all in one location! Come join Henry on Kilckitat Street as he gets into hijinks – usually with the help of Ribsy and none other than Ramona Quimby. This collection includes: Henry Huggins, Henry and Beezus, Henry and Ribsy, Henry and the Paper Route, Henry and the Clubhouse, and Ribsy.

    Christopher says: "My 6 year old daughter loves this book."
    "GREAT BOOK"
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    What did you love best about The Henry Huggins Audio Collection?

    My 6 year old son loves the funny parts of these books. He also loves that he can "read" chapter books.


    What about Neil Patrick Harris and William Roberts ’s performance did you like?

    NPH is amazing.


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

    My son listens to this hours a day while he plays, rides in the car etc. He would listen to the whole thing start to finish then start over agian if he could!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (283)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "Huge Letdown"
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    What would have made Dead but Not Forgotten better?

    I LOVED the sook stackhouse series and was so excited for this book! It was bad... didn't live up to the other books at all.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stopped while they were ahead....


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

    dissapointment


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4226)
    Performance
    (3825)
    Story
    (3840)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Horriable"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was just horriable.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a horriable book. SO MUCH like 50 shades... uses the same words and phrases over and over agian...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7908)
    Performance
    (6928)
    Story
    (6942)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Oh MY!"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    "Oh my"! I murmered. I don't think anyone. I mean "Holy crap!"


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James???s story?

    Repitition of the same few phrases and words over and over and over agian. Also I liked the first book for the BDSM aspect. After the first book that is pretty much gone....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe???s performances?

    She would be okay with a different character


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

    Elliott


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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