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Anne

SANTA FE, NM, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (462)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "Narrator ruined the story."
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    OK. I'm disappointed. The narrators sing-songy style narration ruined this book for me. She also had such poor phrasing that often the story didn't make sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2245)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Good read. A bit dated."
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    Colin Firth! There is no better and he completely adds to the tone of the story. The story itself is intriguing until it gets to the motivations of the object of the affair. That part seems unrealistic, bordering on silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Widower

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Eric Ruben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

    Zan says: "The Characters Have Character"
    "Fun book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the main character and the relationships in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Ruben – was your favorite?

    I liked the main character and his twin sister. Both were flawed in very different ways, but put them together and they were hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a light, fun book. It also has very touching moments. I would recommend it, hands down.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (394)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "It's really a book for teens and tweens"
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    What did you love best about The Age of Miracles?

    I like the flow. Disaster strikes. The Earth has shifted on its axis causing a steady stream of problems. However, adjustments are made and life continues.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The constant angst expressed by the young main character got old pretty quick. The stream of consequences that follow such a major event was very interesting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (218)

    Quirky characters, a hotel with a phantom floor, sexy girls, rock music, especially Talking Heads - this gloriously imaginative romp around contemporary Japan defies description. A cult novelist with a huge international following, but also with a serious literary reputation, Haruki Murakami gains more fans with each book. Dance, Dance, Dance is one of his finest and most loved.

    Dr. says: "Another good listen from Murakami"
    "Great listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dance, Dance, Dance the most enjoyable?

    This book is unique. Its images and story are unlike anything I have read. The line between fantasy and reality is blurred in an interesting, compelling way. The reader adds to the book.


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

    The sheepman says, "Dance, dance, dance while you can".


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3944)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3412)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "First 40+ hour book I've managed to get through!!!"
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    Would you listen to 1Q84 again? Why?

    The story & narration were quite engaging.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narration suited the characters, careful and precise. I know that others found the narration too slow, but in my mind it added to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "Light, fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a laugh out loud audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wishful Drinking?

    I loved it when she described her infamous parents.


    What about Carrie Fisher’s performance did you like?

    She seems to completely enjoy telling her story.


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

    Yes. The book itself is hilarious and the narration is too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Self-Compassion Diet: Guided Practices to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jean Fain
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Most people say that when they lose weight and look better, they'll like themselves more. Jean Fain suggests that we've got it all backward: "The best way to lose weight and look your best is to stop dieting and start with loving who you are." With the Self-Compassion Diet, this Harvard Medical School-affiliated psychotherapist shares a revolutionary new model for weight-loss methods: self-love, mindfulness, self-hypnosis, and group support.

    Anne says: "A Different Approach"
    "A Different Approach"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook. Its such a welcome change from other weightloss approaches.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The focus is not on self-discipline, but rather self acceptance as well as changing the role that food plays in one's life.


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

    The guided meditations and self-hypnosis sessions are provided in the audiobook. They are easy to access.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shockaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old.

    JanBreesmom says: "Carrie Fisher Grows up, Learns About Real Life"
    "Funny and light"
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    Would you listen to Shockaholic again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. It is a fun book with engaging narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love it when Carrie talks about her Mother.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun, light book. It gives a light look into the lives of the rich and famous. I laughed outloud many times. Carrie Fisher doesn't take herself too seriously and is able to tease out the absurdity in her life circumstances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1792)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Anne Hathaway does a great job with the narration. It makes the book even more fun.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    I loved the voices that she gave the characters. She also gave a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the overall narration. She seems to have love & affection for this book:-)


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent version of The Wizard of Oz. I purchased another audible version when my (now teenaged) kids were young and we could not finish it. This is a fun, imaginative book and Anne's reading enhances the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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