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Angie

West Haven, UT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5735)
    Performance
    (5235)
    Story
    (5268)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "Intended for teen audience"
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, Educational, True.


    This was a decent story but I felt like I'd read it before. I still enjoyed the story and the way Green told his story. I'm no expert and, in-fact, I'm only reviewing this so that Audible will start recommending books for me.

    Sometimes teen books don't seem older but this one was actually in the right category. It felt like a 3 star book but I gave it 4 for the reader and because a teen reader would probably give it 4.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of this book is that it seems soooo true; I can totally see one of my nieces darkly commenting on the death of someone they truly loved.

    The least interesting aspect is the that you know what is coming. It is kind of Green to let you know but it is still bugging you.

    I think this story reminds us that we take things for granted. And, that we should let people comfort us when we lose someone. It is the kind thing to do even if it really doesn't make us feel ANY better. Per Green "funerals are for the living".


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate did an excellent job!


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

    This book did make me cry. And, yes, it is horribly depressing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Piece of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Cupcake Brown
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (101)

    There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned 20.

    Kim says: "Amazing , Brutal, Inspiring"
    "This B*#*! Is Amazing!"
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    Cupcake is my hero! I can't tell you how many time I checked to make sure that this really was a memoir. Sure, enough, there is her pic w/ Oprah. How could she go through so much and still rise above it all?

    I don't think my mom would enjoy all the swearing & I wouldn't recommend it to young readers because of all the drugs & violence.... Please, someone, tell me that the foster system has improved since Cup was a kid.

    The narrator was fabulous too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2551)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1900)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Much love to the "Gentleman Bastards""
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    First, if cursing offends you, note the title and move on. I really liked this no-magic magic-book; although there are some strange capabilities resembling magic in "gentling" and definitely in the "bondsmages", the real magic comes from the brotherhood of the gentleman bastards.

    My friend Steve Diamond recommended this book to me ages ago and I just got around to it. I loved how all the strange bits came together at the end. Mostly, I loved the connection and trust between the bastards and where that connection ranked in comparison to their actual goals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (909)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Still Eye Opening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Even though I've listened to NPR stories about the severe, authoritarian North Korean government, I really had no idea about what was/is happening there. I can't imagine crying more at the death of my president than that of my spouse and/or parents. Especially if I was out eating weeds and starving to death while my government wouldn't give me rice because it had been donated by the U.S. (our flag on the bag).


    What other book might you compare Nothing to Envy to and why?

    I might compare Nothing to Envy to 1984 because of the way citizens had to hide their feelings about their government. I'm sure there is a better book to compare it to (fiction vs. non-fiction) but I'm not claiming to be "well-read".


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

    The narrator, Karen White, does an excellent job of bringing these folk's lives out, without over or under doing the painfulness. I would have to say that she was the perfect choice for this book because if the person had been monotone, I would have struggled listening to the history (as I sometimes struggle with non-fiction keeping me awake).


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope that people will read this book, if for no other reason than to appreciate their own lives more (however, please don't think that sentence means that this book shouldn't be read for its quality all by itself--It is amazing what Demick has been able to show with her storytelling ability). The U.S. government is corrupt but at least we can still catch them at it and go after them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1252)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Unsurprisingly, worth $9 for an hour!"
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    If you could sum up Listening Is an Act of Love in three words, what would they be?

    worth nine bucks!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The oldest daughter who was forced to move rocks for getting a bad grade/mark. She and her father remind me that it's not easy, never was, and never will be.


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

    I've not listened to Dave Isay before but I will now.


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

    I like what Dave (if it was Dave) chose.


    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
    (6222)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1594)

    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"
    "A make-you-look-in-the-mirror book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kite Runner to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What did you like best about this story?

    Khaled Hosseini made me think about what friendship really means. What would you NOT do for a friend? Of course, the lowest point of this story happens when Amir is just a boy but it still twists your heart to pieces when it asks the question. But I can still hear Hasan replying to Amir "For you, a thousand times over".


    What about Khaled Hosseini’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance by Hosseini narrating his own book. I love when an author sounds as great as Khaled did reading this book because they are able to give passion to the portions they believed required that amount of passion. The author adds to the meaning of their book when they read it.


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

    I did want to listen to this book in one sitting but life doesn't usually allow for that. I did stay up one night until my eyes were tired from bawling and then I went to bed extremely shook up. I don't think someone can keep listening when they need to process sometimes.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I might understand the people of Afghanistan and their suffering a tiny bit. I am blown away by the actual sport of kite running and that it's children who play.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Comfort Safari Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (290)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.

    bebe says: "I love this series"
    "Decent escape but basic writing here."
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    What did you like best about The Double Comfort Safari Club? What did you like least?

    I liked the reference to that old--love without freedom isn't really love. I felt like the author just reused old stuff and gave me a happy ending. Who doesn't like when things fit together nicely.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Lisette Lecat was a fabulous narrator! Truly an excellent interpretation as I like to think the narrator brings a unique window to the words.

    Hmmm..... It seemed to simplify the people of Botswana and made me a bit uncomfortable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I specifically like when she talked about the "comfort of an old friend" where "you can close your eyes". I don't know--nothing sticks out as fabulous. I liked how the husband respected his wife and she him. They worked hard & were respected for it. They respected themselves.


    Did The Double Comfort Safari Club inspire you to do anything?

    Do whatever you can do to bring to others....... I don't think it was really an inspirational type of story.... Just a quick escape sort of story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2873)
    Performance
    (2103)
    Story
    (2107)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "You can be a big part of the ocean!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Cloud Atlas?

    There are parts of this book that were as good as anything I've read (Sonmi~451 a Clone) and parts that bored the hell out of me. The overarching theme kept me coming back for more.

    The book has characters and plots and all that sugary goodness but it ends with Mitchell's view:
    "For the human species, selfishness is extinction...If we believe that humanity might transcend tooth and claw . . . if we believe leaders must be just, violence muzzled, power accountable, and the riches of the earth and its oceans shared equitably, such a world will come to pass. I am not deceived; it is the hardest of worlds to make real."

    Or the opposing view: "Your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean."

    "Yet, what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"


    What other book might you compare Cloud Atlas to and why?

    I can't compare to anything because it is very unique.


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

    With all the different stories in this book, it REQUIRED all the narrators it was entrusted with.


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

    Sonmi~451---she was so enlightened and I just wanted to hug her and hug her. She was my favorite part of this book and I almost wish there was a whole book devoted to her alone.


    Any additional comments?

    I've said too much already.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1138)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "To vague for me"
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    If you could sum up The Maze Runner in three words, what would they be?

    Answers Next Book!


    Would you recommend The Maze Runner to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was pretty good but I try to only recommend books that I'm totally in love with. I hate when it feels that a book was written and then split into 3 books to make more $. I'm a little curious about the next book but probably not enough to buy it for myself. However, my partner might feel differently.

    It feels like the Hunger Games but I don't feel as connected to the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    None really stood out in this book.


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

    No--I listened to it over a few days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4344)
    Performance
    (2135)
    Story
    (2168)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Inspiring to say the least"
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    What did you love best about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    I love how Christopher McDougall wove the scientific studies in-between the story (fascinating, real-life characters). I struggle with science even though I want to know…. I’m just want entertaining science.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

    Jenn Shelton: "I've never really discussed this with anyone bc it sounds pretentious, but I started running ultras to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles, you’d be in this Zen state…. You’d be the f*(!ing Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn’t work in my case; I’m the same old punk @ss as before, but there’s always that hope that it will turn you into the person you want to be… a better, more peaceful person.”


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

    Nope. I would like to listen to more.


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

    You Were Born To Run (my brain isn't really made for creativity).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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