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Linda

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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2707)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2051)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "New a twist on Sci Fi, at least for me"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pathfinder to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pathfinder?

    The expendables with Ram and the image of the creature on the other side of the wall


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

    no but I enjoyed coming back to it


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10467)
    Performance
    (9506)
    Story
    (9523)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Entertaining and unexpected"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The character development was well done and the performance was quite good. The story kept me wondering what was going happen next and the action was exciting. Although it isn't a profound story, it was fun and not just another sci-fi trodding over the same story line again and again.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked a little more development of the science behind it.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Ever character he did stood significantly on their own. I often found myself wondering if it was the same performer for all the voices.


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

    Since I listen to many of the books while driving to work, there have been times where I didn't want to get out of the car just yet.


    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
    (5440)
    Performance
    (3403)
    Story
    (3409)

    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.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "If your pet is your best friend"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For all those out there that not only love their pet but really enjoy hanging out with them, this book is for you. Coming from the dog's perspective, the book confirms that other's think like you and hanging out with your dog is cool. It is not mushy or overdone. Or any of that pet/parent thing going on. Its just a dog with his person sharing a life together and enjoying themselves. A best buddy relationship and all is good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dog is the speaker


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    The dog and his person


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

    hangin with your best bud


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5185)
    Performance
    (3158)
    Story
    (3170)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Better to Listen than Read"
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    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Artistic, Philosophical, Timeless


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've tried reading this book multiple times but my attempts kept stalling due to the complexity of the writing. Yet, listening to it, the words came alive. A lot like how Shakespeare plays are often easier to appreciate when hearing them vs. reading them. Although I enjoyed the philosophical perspective which was being championed by the story, I really like the dialogue. There is an art to the writing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the use of the new rail


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flypaper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chris Angus
    • Narrated By Marisa Vitali
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    How do you fight a deadly disease that came from beyond Earth? Scientists may have mistakenly released a new and deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin when they examined the genetic markers of several ancient mummies. The devastating error causes a worldwide plague - one for which mankind has no resistance. Sino expert Eric Logan and archeologist Dr. Marcia Kessler lead an expedition into China to extract a 20,000 year-old body from a glacier that could hold the secret to a cure.

    Steve Houston says: "Boring narration"
    "Almost Movie ready"
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    What did you like best about Flypaper? What did you like least?

    I liked the general premise of the story


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good in that it made sense to the story.


    Was Flypaper worth the listening time?

    Sure - but it is more like a beach book then a real indepth page turning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (638)

    The Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, here elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. Transcending the mere "religion wars", he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, those that ground ethics in a belief in God and an afterlife, and those that understand good actions as leading to better states of existence in future lives. And yet, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a claim for what he calls a third way.

    James says: "An Easy and Informative Listen"
    "Real Ethics"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Religion the most enjoyable?

    I like Martin Sheen and I love the Dalai Lama's view of the world and man. It is so unencumbered


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Religion?

    The alternative approach suggested


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7412)
    Performance
    (5647)
    Story
    (5660)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "The Angel of Death Rocks"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    The narrating character


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the story attempted to show the humanity of people in an inhumane situation.


    Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

    The Angel of Death and Rudi


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (819)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "A point to Remember"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The challenges the characters had to overcome and how the story's theme is something worth taking with you.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was not very knowledgable about the details related to the historical events - both in the US and aboard - and hearing about them in this context helped bring home the concept of how impactful they were to people's lives.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the High Fae: Vegas Fae Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Keller
    • Narrated By Andrew Troth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Ex-cop turned private investigator Robert Hoskins always enjoyed the stories his grandmother had told him as a child, stories of the Dryad that lived in the tree, the Faeries in the garden, and the magical world that was created in his imagination. He always enjoyed them; he just never thought that they were true. Robert's childhood world of magic becomes real when a chance encounter with a local casino mob boss introduces him to the world he was born into, the world that was hidden from him, the world of the Fae.

    Beatrice says: "Different"
    "Perhaps I'm too old"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was interesting but it was too shallow for me. Perhaps I'm just too old for it.


    What could Tom Keller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Develop the back story more regarding the world of Faes. Maybe there is another book before this one that I haven't listened to - so that could be taken into consideration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15342)
    Performance
    (13598)
    Story
    (13628)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Unexpected Twist"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying, Evil, Clever


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Amy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I laughed out loud to some of the lines delivered by the character Amy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4284)
    Performance
    (3822)
    Story
    (3841)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "SciFi or Fantasy"
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    What made the experience of listening to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) the most enjoyable?

    The topic was unexpected and unique to me. Also the performances were very good. It was easy to form a picture of the characters in my mind because the voices really solidified the character descriptions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    Laura's character and Shadow on the tree.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    A world almost forgotten


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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