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Lucy

I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!

St. Petersburg, Russia | Member Since 2013

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  • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Goodman
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day - and heading in the opposite direction by train - was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days.

    Susan Gardner Bowers says: "Who knew?"
    "Mediocre and Long"
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    I didn't love this book although I really wanted to. The author seemed more interested in the general history of the time than in his main story line. There were far too many segues and non-sequitors for my liking, and there was something in the tone that made me think the author strongly disliked his subjects. At the end of the day this is too long to be worth picking up as a filler and probably not worth reading for fun.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bees: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Laline Paull
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

    Katrina says: "A very unique story"
    "Worth buzzing about"
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    This was lovely. A subtle look at humanity, life, power structures, feminism, and family. Sticks with you for a long time. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shane Kuhn
    • Narrated By Pete Simonelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

    Douglas says: "started with great expectations, but a huge bust"
    "If you saw 'Wanted' (2008) don't bother"
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    I expected this to be very funny based on an article I read which recommended it. While somewhat dry it was ultimately underwhelming. 1/2 bland intern, 1/2 super-assassin, and more than a little bit whiney John fails to inspire a genuine connection with the reader. This reads like an action movie script. If you're looking to kill a few hours, and can't get to the nearest cinema, go for it. If you're looking for any real depth skip it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Emerald Green: The Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    In Kerstin Gier's Emerald Green, Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is. She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And, she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

    Erin - Audible says: "The end!"
    "As Addictive as Potter or Katniss"
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    I am so sad to reach the end of this trilogy. I feel like I could have read this forever. I was able to get completely lost in the world Gier created. This is one of those series like Harry Potter or the Hunger Games that will suck in any reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Blue: The Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help.

    Mandi says: "Had to get it immediately after the first"
    "OMG, that Epilogue!"
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    It's official, I am hooked on this series. It's a young adult novel, but has larger appeal. It's is highly addictive. It's imaginative, fun, frustrating, and creative. I was even more invested in the characters in this second book. The large turn is predictable but the twists and turns in getting there are exquisite. Delightful and surprising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (386)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Ruby Read and Read Again"
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    Very cute. I really enjoyed the characters and was quickly hooked. This is a wonderful YA book to lose oneself in. Full of curiosities. I picked up the second before reaching the last chapter. Charming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2138)
    Story
    (2163)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "A Brave New Listen"
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    This s a classic that many are familiar with but haven't thought of since high school The audible version is delightful. The narrator does an impressive job bringing life into each character. It is an easy read and a great way to rediscover a still powerful classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1619)
    Story
    (1623)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Kathy says: "I couldn't stop listening"
    "A moving, character driven, masterpiece"
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    I don't even remember why I chose to buy this one. A Goodreads recommendation perhaps, regardless I am so happy that I got the audible version. This was lovely. The two narrators did a splendid job of bringing this story to life. The emotion was made raw and tangible. The characters leapt into my ears and my heart. An absolute must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anne Frasier
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunt her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer, and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

    Diana DC says: "Compelling and deliciously creepy"
    "Run of the Mill Thriller"
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    A quick listen and not a bad time killer. Overall unoriginal, but great for a day on the beach or a drive in the car. Nothing special but narrated well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3461)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2254)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Lyric, Lovely, Luscious"
    Overall
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    This was a lovely, lyric novel. It took me a while to get used to the switching narrators (character narrators, not audible narrators) but once adjusted the strategy was masterful. I loved Adah, felt Kinship with Leah, dismissed Rachel, hated and bled with Orleanna with equal fervor, and loathed Nathan. A stunningly good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "Brothers & Sisters, I say, this is worth a listen"
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    An oft overlooked classic comes to life in this audible version. The story itself is a wonderful look not only at the hypocrisy of most religions, but perhaps more damningly, our very human inability to ever really change ourselves. Perhaps too repetitive overall (by about 100 pages) but genius in it's simplicity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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