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Karen

WOODSTOWN, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 164 titles in library
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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1811)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1590)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Get's Better With Each New Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is good light-hearted fun and completely entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I end up liking them all. Each character is unique!


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

    I love her range. She is one of the best narrators by far


    If you could take any character from Notorious Nineteen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ranger. Do you really have to ask


    Any additional comments?

    I have not found any of Janet Evanovich's books lacking. I don't general enjoy this type of book, but was very pleasantly surprised with the authors sense of humor and imagination. Listening to her books is pure entertainment. I have listened to the entire series. Janet E. is the type of author who writes books that men should read. Joe and ranger know what a woman wants and needs

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2056)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1892)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "I Loved It!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved it.


    What other book might you compare The Perks of Being a Wallflower to and why?

    I've never read one quite like this before. Audible recommended exlee but I did not fing these books to have anything in common except for the fact that the main characters were smart young boys


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

    Life! He did an awesome job!


    If you could rename The Perks of Being a Wallflower, what would you call it?

    The truth about life


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book so much I rented the movie. I am not generally a movie person. The movie was good but the book was awesome

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9213)
    Performance
    (5260)
    Story
    (5306)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Didn't Listen"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It was more for real science fiction fans I think. I'm really not sure because I couldn't get into it enough to listen. It might be a great series, but for me it was just a waste of money


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely something light hearted and entertaining by Janet Evonavich


    How could the performance have been better?

    DIDN'T LISTEN


    What character would you cut from The Eye of the World?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (628)

    Available for the first time as an audiobook in this original Outlander novella, Diana Gabaldon reveals what really happened to Roger MacKenzie Wakefield’s parents. Orphaned during World War II, Roger believed that his mother died during the London Blitz, and that his father, an RAF pilot, was killed in combat. But in An Echo in the Bone, Roger discovers that this may not be the whole story. Now, in "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows," readers finally learn the truth.

    Harry says: "Nice side story"
    "Preview to the next book in outlander series?"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows the most enjoyable?

    I wanted to find out what really happened to roger's father. It filled in some blanks and I truly love Diana gabaldon's writing style


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

    A mixture of feelings and confusion


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rogers's dad came home on leave


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The hug by the dark haired man


    Any additional comments?

    I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. I would like a little less stress though

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Exley

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brock Clarke
    • Narrated By Chris Sorrensen, Michael Sullivan
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Best-selling author Brock Clarke is acclaimed for his wry, absurdist humor. In Exley, Clarke introduces nine-year-old Miller, who becomes convinced that his father—who left without explanation—must have run away to join the military, and is now lying comatose in a VA hospital. Thinking a visit from his father’s favorite writer will help revive him, Miller decides to track down "A Fan’s Notes" author Frederick Exley.

    Karen says: "Yuck!"
    "Yuck!"
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    What would have made Exley better?

    If there was anything that held any meaning. Unless this is the authors own life experience, I didn't see any reason for this story other than anger


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brock Clarke again?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the boy. I felt bad for him. I don't think this story could take place anywhere. The characters were wildly unrealistic and nuts. If it was science fiction that might have redeemed it slightly


    Any additional comments?

    It left me feeling disturbed, frustrated and sad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6633)
    Performance
    (1947)
    Story
    (1968)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Educational & Intriguing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kite Runner to be better than the print version?

    Hearing the book read by the author was good. It took a bit of time to understand some of the different words but at least I heard the proper pronunciation


    What other book might you compare The Kite Runner to and why?

    Outlander series, jean Auel... I like to learn while being entertained. It showed me a side of Afghanistan I don't know bi enjoy stories based on other cultures. I learn even thogh it's fiction. I really like fiction written by authors who research real events and experiences. It helps me to grow and understand cultural difference and real history


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

    Not yet


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

    I did have a good reaction to this book. It was disturbing at times but the author didn't catch the audience by going into shocking detail about everything. He reported what happened and only described the horrific when necessary


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this authors style. He didn't attempt to create fake and impossible happy endings, although I feel the book was ended well and reminded us that there is always hope and the human spirit is strong

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (162)

    From Janet Evanovich, author of the best selling Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series, comes this romantic adventure tale written in the Plum tradition, teeming with fast-paced action, dysfunctional loveable characters, steamy sex, suspense, and lots of laughs.

    Brenda says: "It's not Plum but it's a good story."
    "Light & Fun"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Full House again? Why?

    It was fast paced and fun to listen to. I've been listening to too many intense books and noticed a lift in my spirits while listening to full house


    What other book might you compare Full House to and why?

    Never read a book quite like it. Reminded me of Stephanie Plum but with closure


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

    I have listened to a number of her performances. She has a great range in character voices. I enjoy listening to her


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

    I like to listen while doing mundane tasks. There are quite a lot of mundane tasks so I prefer to draw it out. Although it was an easy and entertaining read and I could have listened straight through


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like another book about nick and Billie It would be interesting to see if a series could be created around a happy couple

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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