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Bonnie

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  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (277)

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Acacia says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "Still Saying "Huh?" After a Week"
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    Where does The Land of Laughs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the lower half of my list.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Carroll before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to others by Jonathan Carrol. Probably won't now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    If you could take any character from The Land of Laughs out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Saxony. She seemed interesting, but not fleshed out. I'm a researcher (as she was) and I'd be fascinated to know how she found out some of her facts. (That point is never addressed.)

    Many people on here have said that they would like to take Thomas (the main character) out to dinner. But I found him very self-serving. I don't think I would have enjoyed the dinner at all. He probably would have angered me and in a juvenile way to get back at him, I probably would have spent the whole dinner talking about his father and what a great actor he was. (That won't make sense to anyone who hasn't read the book.)


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book in error. I ran across a review of author Neil Gaiman and wanted to read some of his work. I ran his name through Audible and found a couple, including this one. Once I purchased it, I found that it wasn't written by him but only on his suggested list.

    I finished this book over a week ago and I'm still shaking my head. Various points pop up into memory and start me off again. I argue with myself over whether I should return the book for a refund or if I liked it.

    If you ask me if I'm sorry that I read it, I would have to say no. (Unlike "Albert Nobbs" where I not only wanted my money back for the cost, but also wanted the hours of my life back that it took to finish it.) If you asked if I would purchase it again, knowing what I know now, I would have to say no.

    At least the narrator was very good.

    The reviews are divided on this book, so it seems you will have to judge for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    A dying young playwright staying in a turn-of-the-century hotel becomes captivated by a painting of a beautiful stage actress from the previous century. Obsessed, he begins to study everything he can about the woman and her time and becomes convinced he belongs with her. Through self-hypnosis, he transports himself to 1896, where he finds the soul mate he was fated to meet. But will he be able to stay?

    R. E. Jones says: "Worth Returning To Again and Again"
    "Not a good listen. Shame for a Matheson novel."
    Overall
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    Where does Somewhere in Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Writing was good. Narration bad. Probably falls in the middle to low. Strange because I've only gotten a couple bad reads.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I looked forward to listening to this novel for quite some time. Somewhere In Time was one of my favorite movies. I even pestered Audible for about a year to get it (under the novel's name of Bid Time Return). Why not, since they already had I am Legend, The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, and quite a few others. I had finally given up when I ran the author's name and saw the book listed as Somewhere in Time. I've listened to the whole book. Over all, I'd say I liked it. The only part I objected to was the way it was read. He was good at male and female voices, but the constant tremulous voice of the protagonist was really irritating. It came across as a small, fearful person. And maybe my recollection of Christopher Reeve in the roll made me think that this was not the way it should be. But I also don't think that a person portrayed in that manner could attract a strong, female character like Elise McKenna. I don't think you can talk like that for so many hours in real life. I understand that the protagonist was worried; but not to that degree.


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

    I think they already did that. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Beyond the problem listed above, the writing was good so it was still a pleasurable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34524)
    Performance
    (25644)
    Story
    (26002)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Very Well Done. Tense, Gripping."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes. Characters are well developed, so is the plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katniss, of course. But I like all of them. Katniss because she isn't pretentious. She's just trying to get through the day.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    I liked them all. But I particularly liked Rue and Prim. She was very good at showing their vulnerability.


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

    Yes! As I've stated in another review, it's a good thing I'm retired otherwise I would have had to call in sick. I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the rest of the series. I've decided to read them before seeing the movies as so much has to be left out of a 2 hour story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11020)
    Performance
    (7912)
    Story
    (7914)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Totally Believable! Great Read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Of course. But then my eyes have to work too hard now to read books, so audio books are my only choice. But although I no longer have a choice, if I did, audio books would be my choice. I am not an actor/voiceover artist. I have "re-read" books by listening to them and find that I get so much more out of them with the audio book. Much easier to understand plots, motivations, etc. When I read, I am "monochromatic" and the only character. With an audio book, the world opens up with every color and all different characters. I've found that with books I read earlier and did not enjoy reading, my opinion has changed after listening to it. I now enjoy the book and it's wonderful!


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    The books by Orson Scott Card.


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

    He has Harry Dresden down pat: down and out sometimes, loser sometimes, a guy just trying to do right. Although I know him from TV, I haven't heard any of his other book performances. I would definitely listen to him again.


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

    Although it didn't make me cry, it did make me laugh. The book refused to be put down. Good thing I'm retired, otherwise I would have had to call in sick to finish it.

    I had watched the TV series on The Dresden Files, but the books are so much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be getting the rest of the series. Can't get enough of Wizard Harry Dresden!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8924)
    Performance
    (3157)
    Story
    (3234)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Contrived"
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    What disappointed you about The Lost Symbol?

    The story seemed forced and coincidences used to make things fit.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story seemed unrealistic. Something I didn't find with the other two stories of his that I have read. At no time could I say, "Yes! That could have happened." I need to believe a story and he didn't let me do that.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    None


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed his other two books. There is a fourth one out now. I'll give him one more try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Kings: The Descendants of Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Hugh Montgomery
    • Narrated By Hugh Montgomery
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Based on decades of research and the aid of scholars from around the world, God Kings brings a scholarly and educated look into the world of Royal bloodlines. The implications of this work are enormous as they involve a lineage traced back to Odin, once believed to be a Norse god, whose lineage then merged with the bloodline of Jesus Christ himself.

    Lance says: "This was the worst purchase I made at Audible.com"
    "Very Disappointed"
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    What would have made God Kings better?

    A real reader and better recording. Kill the music.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The facts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hugh Montgomery’s performances?

    NEVER EVER!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, frustration, anger.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was definitely not worth the money. Most of it cannot be understood. The recording is very poor. It sounds like it was recorded in a cavern. Add the spooky music in the background and only half of it can be understood. (Who decided to put a song with words over a speaker??)Hugh Montgomery may be a great academic, but he is a thoroughly lousy reader. I might have given this more stars if he had stayed out of it and had a reader perform it.I liked the facts that I could understand on this recording. But everything else was worse than useless. The stupid music that I think is only there to take up time, needs to be deleted. It's not nice that I'm paying for a 68 minutes of book and almost half of it is JUST music (and bad music at that). If I could, I'd get my money back from Audible.Like someone else mentioned on here, there were no reviews when I purchased it. I might not do that again.

    1 of 1 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
    (5598)
    Performance
    (3547)
    Story
    (3555)

    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."
    "Inspiring without being cheesy"
    Overall

    I am a dog person, not a cat person, so that was easy. But I had a bit of trouble keeping going through a couple parts as they closely reflected things that are happening with my dog. But how they were done was good and eventually not as painful as I thought they would be. On the whole, I loved the entire book. The dog's perspective was well done. The book gave me something to think about as to how to live my life. Good narrator. I'll be reading it again.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By R. A. Scotti
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than 24 hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. As French detectives using the latest methods of criminology, including fingerprinting, tried to trace the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist.

    Bonnie says: "Read Far Too Slowly"
    "Read Far Too Slowly"
    Overall

    This book about the theft of the Mona Lisa would be better read (as opposed to heard). Although the reader has a pleasant tone, her pace is sooooooooooooo sloooooooooooooow. This 6 hour 44 minute book would probably just be a 3 hour book if read by someone else. Her pace makes me feel like an idiot who needs to be spoken to slowly and clearly, so it's coming off a bit insulting. I've put the book aside for now. Don't know if I'll go back. Maybe there's an Audible Cliff Notes copy?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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