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Alisha

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Silver Spring, MD, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (890)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "Pure perfection. Excellent narration."
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    Where does Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    The end during the principal's speech & the woods scene are two moments that I sat perfectly still for so I wouldn't miss a word.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The principal's speech.


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

    Yes. I started listening with my children but couldnt wait for them. I listened without them and finished in 2 days. It's beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the book for friends as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What It Was

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    Washington, D.C., 1972. Derek Strange has left the police department and set up shop as a private investigator. His former partner, Frank "Hound Dog" Vaughn, is still on the force. When a young woman comes to Strange asking for his help recovering a cheap ring she claims has sentimental value, the case leads him onto Vaughn's turf, where a local drug addict's been murdered, shot point-blank in his apartment. Soon both men are on the trail of a ruthless killer: Red Fury, so called for his looks and the car his girlfriend drives, but a name that fits his personality all too well.

    Alisha says: "Who's writes street better?"
    "Who's writes street better?"
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    What did you love best about What It Was?

    He is the best street crime writer there is. He nails the jargon, the speed, the grit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The chase was great. Left me wanting more.


    What about J. D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    He has a rich voice and handles the rhythm of the cops speech and the street jargon well.


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

    It doesn't need one. The title is the tag line!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Next One to Fall: A Lily Moore Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hilary Davidson
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Travel writer Lily Moore has been persuaded by her closest friend, photographer Jesse Robb, to visit Peru with him. At Machu Picchu, they discover a woman clinging to life at the bottom of an ancient stone staircase. Just before the woman dies, she tells Lily the name of the man who pushed her. When the local police investigate, the forensic evidence they find doesn't match what Lily knows.

    Alisha says: "Easy read, nice back drop"
    "Easy read, nice back drop"
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    What did you like best about The Next One to Fall? What did you like least?

    The main character was smart and feisty. I loved her best friendand their relationship. I thought their were too many characters, some needless.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Hilary Davidson? Why or why not?

    Yes. She's a smart writer with a strong female lead.


    What aspect of Hillary Huber’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought her voice for the main character was flat and monotone. I disliked her reading. However, her supporting characters were fabulous. She handled the accents well.


    Was The Next One to Fall worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1621)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Perfect narration, what you expect from Coban"
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    Where does Stay Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the middle. Not my favorite but enjoyable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harlan Coben? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. I love Coben.


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

    He is the perfect voice artist. My favorite. He has a clear rich voice, it's intense. You feel every emotion in the book. I'm certain he improves Coben's work.


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

    No but I rarely have that feeling.


    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (351)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "Excellent story, amazing narrator. Just LONG"
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    Its a great story and I enjoyed the depth but it was slow and long. Too long.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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