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Michelle

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17008)
    Performance
    (15131)
    Story
    (15173)

    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!"
    "GONE is right!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a certain pick-me-up for any of my married friends. I have really never hated characters the way I hated these people. At first you think you're on one's side and against the other. Then you change your mind. You don't respect either of them, and they just keep getting more dispicable. I almost didn't finish... its hard to care about a book if you' re not sure you're really rooting for anyone. But you should finish just for shock value.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though I LOATHED both Nick and Amy, the character development was surprising and crafty. Just when you think you're getting to know them, you realize you don't.


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

    Certain to make you feel great about your own marriage!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Songs of the Humpback Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Elizabeth Morton, Jonathan Davis, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (59)

    The powerful debut novel from New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Whale is a moving story of love and family told through the eyes of five people: Jane Jones, her daughter Rebecca, and three very different men in their lives. After a watershed moment in their marriage, Jane leaves Oliver, her renowned marine biologist husband, and begins a journey across the country with Rebecca in search of understanding about her troubled past.

    Cindy says: "So Glad This is now Available on audio"
    "Narration is ruining it for me"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm having a very hard time getting through this performance... not sure I'm going to finish. I'll just read the book instead. I've loved almost all of Jodi Picoult's books, and I think I recognize some of the male narrators from others of Picoult's audiobooks. They are not the problem.

    The problem is the voice of Rebecca, who is 15, but the narrator is trying WAY too hard to sound young. She comes across sounding whiny, nasal, and annoying. Her reading of Rebecca's portion of the story is unnaturally slow, and she makes Rebecca sound either much younger than 15, or just stupid. It's painful to listen to. But unfortunately, I think the voice of Jane is who you hear when you try to listen to the sample on Audible.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    I will read anything by Jodi Picoult.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (408)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Not a young adult novel!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. This was one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I have experienced.

    I was worried that this story would be too "young" for me, given that the main character is an eleven year old girl. I think it's very important to point out that Julia is NOT an eleven year old girl as she tells the story... some time has passed (you don't know how much until the end, but it is clear throughout the book that some time has passed) and she is recounting important events that happened when she was a girl. So what she noticed and how she experiences the "slowing" is colored by the fact that she was only 11 years old at the time, but she describes it with a more poignant and mature narrative because she is now older. It is very much a "coming-of-age" story, and any female reader will be able to relate this average girl. Although the world is changing around her, she is still succeptable to the normal traumas of girlhood. And because of her young perspective, the story surrounding the slowing does not become too technical or detailed. She only tells what an eleven year old knew or understood of the events.


    What about Emily Janice Card’s performance did you like?

    Her portrayal of Julia was perfect, her tone and speed just right for everything happening in the story. She simply got everything right.


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

    Yes, and thankfully, I had a long car ride so I could listen to large segments at a time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (581)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    FanB14 says: "Beachy Fare"
    "Be prepared to keep your earbuds in all day!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I think everyone can see themselves in one of these characters. We've all made mistakes and can sympathize with forgiving and being forgiven. Most of all, I love how this story spans decades and shows the progression of relationships that most books don't! You can see it all being woven together as time passes, and there's so much depth to it.


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

    I would take Tully out to dinner and make sure she knew how fortunate and rare it was to have a friend like Kate who would keep inviting her back into her life even though Tully didn't always deserve it.


    Any additional comments?

    You will fall in love with these characters, care about them, hate them, forgive them, yell at them, and cry over them. Get ready!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Lily Bask
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (239)

    A childhood accident left Emmaline vulnerable to disturbing fugue states that last minutes but feel like an eternity. The blackouts are unsettling but manageable... until she meets Johnny Dellasandro. The painter gained fame in the '70s for his debauched lifestyle and raunchy art films. His naked body achieved cult status, especially in Emm's mind - she's obsessed with the man, who's grown even sexier with age. Today he shuns the spotlight and Emm... until she falls into a fugue on his doorstep.

    Fuller says: "Hart's Best So Far"
    "Loved it, once I got used to the narration!"
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    What did you love best about Collide?

    I have listened to most of Megan Hart's books and have enjoyed most of them, but this may be my favorite. It was a slow beginning, and it took me a while to get used to the deep-voiced narration that seemed better suited for a character who has smoked for 30 years rather than a character who has barely LIVED for more than 30 years. But eventually I got very caught up in the details of Emmaline & Johnny's story. It wasn't as erotic as other Megan Hart books, but I found that I didn't care because there was a lot more than that to this book. The more I listened to, the more questions I had and the more I wanted to know! When there was only 20 minutes left, there was still so much going on that I couldn't imagine how in the world it was all going to wrap up with so little time left.


    What aspect of Lily Bask’s performance would you have changed?

    I've listened to Lily Bask before, and have enjoyed her. I think she best portrays an older and more mature character though. When her voice is light, she portrayed a 31-year-old Emmaline just fine! When her voice is low, she was well-suited for portraying Emmaline's mother. After I got used to the narration, I realized that she was also well-suited for Johnny, with his gruff attitude and New York accent! But my biggest problem was that there was plenty of time that her voice dipped down low when she was portraying Emmaline, which was most of the book since it was written from Emmaline's perspective. And that just wasn't a good fit.


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

    While listening, I was eager to hear more because I still wondered so much about what was happening and how! But my


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23272)
    Performance
    (9894)
    Story
    (9965)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Better than reading the book"
    Overall

    I had a hard time getting into this story. After 2 different attempts to pick up the book and read it, I decided to try my 3rd attempt with the audio version. What a world of difference! Once the audio book got me though the first few chapters, I was really engaged. It just took a while for the story to really turn to the mystery of Harriet Vanger. By the time that it did, I was sufficiently engrossed in Mikael Blomvkrist and Lisbeth Salander's stories as well. I may have thought it a little dry to read some of those details in print, but the narrator brought it to life for me. Now I am anxious to listen to the others in this series as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (409)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "Characters didn't tie together much"
    Overall

    I like a novel in which I can get engrossed in the characters, really get to know them and care about them. It was difficult to do this with the book Olive Kitteridge because most of the short stories contain characters that may never be mentioned again. I kept expecting all these individual stories to tie together in the end, but the book ended quite abruptly for me, and although I felt a little closure for Olive, I felt none whatsoever for the other characters and their stories. I was left wondering what the point was, and wishing I'd spent my time on a different book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (597)

    I had everything a woman could want... My husband, James. The house on the lake. My life. Our perfect life. And then Alex came to visit. The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.

    Brandon says: "I'M SHOCKED!"
    "It's what I expected"
    Overall

    If what you really want is a steamy story with more of a plot than a Penthouse would provide, then you won't be disappointed. The dialogue was trite and a little cheesy at times, and the plot was more than a little far-fetched (has anyone REALLY ever had a houseguest like this???). But that's what makes an erotic fantasy, right? Plus, I applaud the author for addressing a serious matter like alcoholism to bring the story back down to earth here and there. Overall, I enjoyed it for what it was... and it may have inspired me a little too! I'll listen to Megan Hart again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (222)

    Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Keeping Faith"
    "Good, but not my favorite"
    Overall

    Don't read or listen to "Change of Heart" before "Keeping Faith"!!! A few of the characters from "Keeping Faith" come up in the more recent "Change of Heart" and I was disappointed when I realized that I already knew how some of the book would end. Otherwise, it was your typical Jodi Picoult book. I like them all, but the more of them that I read, the more they start to sound the same. I didn't realize that they would ALL (so far) have courtroom drama, medical issues, and an unusual number have involved organ donation. I'll still keep reading them, though.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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