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Chelsea

BOISE, ID, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Alice I Have Been: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit holeand the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

    Christine says: "Wonderful...but missing the author's note"
    "A Great Performance couldn't rescue this story...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have to no idea who would like this story. I am flabbergasted this book made it on to the NY Times best Seller list.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Melanie Benjamin again?

    no


    Which character – as performed by Samantha Eggar – was your favorite?

    the performance was great I can't say I had a favorite character though


    What character would you cut from Alice I Have Been?

    While all the characters were essential to the plot the plot was just terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was a great disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5698)
    Performance
    (3639)
    Story
    (3651)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "So great I listened to it twice!"
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    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    Everything, there is nothing not to love about this book!


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    He really got into the character of a dog.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Art of Racing in the Rain and why?

    Enzo


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1015)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Mesmerizing"
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    Where does Nothing to Envy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the stories in this book. I lived in Estonia for 2 years after the Soviet Union collapsed and was mesmerized by the stories the people told me about life in the Soviet Union. That said these stories weren't as shocking to me as they might be unacquainted with day to day stories of life in a communist country. The exception was the famine. I don't think anyone with a heart could hear about what is happening in North Korea due to lack of food and not be effected. I had a hard time putting this book down and ended up listening to it with any chance I could just to hear these stores.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the frankness of the stories


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was mediocre and actually annoying at first. At the beginning of the book the reader uses a very broken staccato like pattern of speech which I found distracting , especially with the breathiness. I don't know if these things were less frequently occurring as the book continued or I just habituated but about a chapter in I wasn't really paying attention to the reader because the stories were so good.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1903)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1318)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "A beautiful piece of art."
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    What did you love best about The Paris Wife?

    I loved this story and the performance was outstanding. The voices for each character made it feel more like a play than a book. I loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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