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J. Simonton

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  • She's Come Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (200)

    Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly-up.

    Jessica says: "Really disappointing narrator!"
    "A Rollicking Roll Through Dysfunction"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, the story was good but just so sad and dysfunctional.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the main characters grandmother- she was a woman who was doing the best she could and I felt for her throughout the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I did not care for the narrators tone or the voice she used for the adolescent and adult Delores. It was a little bit distracting.


    Was She's Come Undone worth the listening time?

    Yes, I probably wouldn't re-listen to the book though.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is just sad- from beginning to end. If you are looking for a pickmeup story- might want to listen to something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2925)
    Performance
    (2631)
    Story
    (2643)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "My favorite listen so far"
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    Where does The Handmaid's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is in the top two books I have listened to. I bought this as a Deal of Day because I love Claire Danes. The story is amazing and her narrtion was spot on. I can't believe I had never heard of this book before, but once I mentioned it to a few friends they all told me how much they loved it. I was afraid this might set my expectations too high, but I was not disappointed at all.


    What other book might you compare The Handmaid's Tale to and why?

    It really made me think of Going Clear- the story does not seem that far fetched when compared to small factions of religious extremism we see today. Up against what is reported about oppression occurring today in Saudi Arabia, Scientology or polygamous cults, this book is terrifyingly plausible.


    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    Her tone was perfect. She showed the right amount of emotion at the appropriate moments. At first it didn't really sound like how I remembered her voice being. But then I was probably thinking of her in My So Called Life from my teen years, so it isn't surprising that she sounds much more grown up now.


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

    I definitely was left wanting more, just a few more minutes each time I had to put the audibook down for a bit. I really wish there was a sequel, but in a way that might mess up the perfect ending to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (422)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Could not put it down"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book was the most captivating I have listened to on Audble. So many twists and turns that I was finding myself wanting to listen for just ten more minutes each time.


    What other book might you compare We Need to Talk About Kevin to and why?

    This book is definitely a thriller- I would compare it to House of Sand and Fog. You know the approximate ending but not how you get there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Eva admits how she finally got Kevin to start using the toilet. I can feel her desperation and horror at her own behavior.


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

    Yes and no, I always wanted to listen to a little more. But on the other hand, there are so many scenes and revelations that I had to digest that sometime I just took a little time to think about the book before moving on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Year I Will: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By M. J. Ryan
    • Narrated By M. J. Ryan
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.

    Jim Koch says: "Great content. Poor audio"
    "Just the kick in the pants I needed"
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    What did you love best about This Year I Will?

    Every year I set resolutions and then feel like a total failure when I slack on them. This book gave me an easy plan of how to stay with it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That I realized my whole hog approach to change was setting me up for failure. This book showed me how to make small changes that add up, rather than all at once.


    Which character – as performed by M. J. Ryan – was your favorite?

    I didn't really find any one character more central to the story than another.


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

    No, this book has built in homework and requires a bit of reflection at points. Taking breaks to digest the information and plan between tasks enhances the experience of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in the Yoga Store: The True Story of the Lululemon Killing

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Ross Range
    • Narrated By Jesse Einstein
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    Murder In The Yoga Store is the true story of the brutal killing of a beautiful young woman at a chic Lululemon yoga-wear shop. The grisly murder was committed on a pleasant Friday night in upscale Bethesda, Maryland, a leafy suburb of Washington, D.C. In this riveting narrative by veteran journalist Peter Ross Range, the author for the first time brings together the tale of what really happened in the yoga store murder.

    Ullanta says: "Straightforward, and, in the end, unnecessary."
    "I never saw it coming"
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    Would you listen to Murder in the Yoga Store again? Why?

    Yes, this true crime story was riveting. I guess it appealed to me because I am a part of the generation that Lululemon targets in advertising. This murder seemed just so unbelievable when it happened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder in the Yoga Store?

    Hearing that the employees in the Apple Store next door heard the murder happen but did not do anything. To me, that is unconscionable. How could you hear a violent struggle a few feet away and not call the police or send one of your two armed guards over to investigate.


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

    She makes the narrative more interesting. I think her voice is a reminder that the main people in this story are young women- who had their whole lives in front of them.


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

    Yes, I did listen to the book in one day, but broken up. I found myself wanting to listen for just a few more minutes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Christopher Simpson
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

    J. Wigfall says: "Powerful"
    "Captivating Read"
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    Would you listen to Slumdog Millionaire again? Why?

    I would listen to it again because the novel weaves so many stories together. I felt like the book teaches readers bits about Indian History and the current social climate without feeling like a lecture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have not watched the movie- so I did not really know the outcome until the very end. The suspense pushed me on to get to the end of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Simpson – was your favorite?

    Ram- the main character was by far my favorite. Christopher Simpson did an excellent job making me feel Ram's emotions and honesty throughout the book.


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

    Parts of the book are extremely sad and show a harsh reality that Westerners may not be aware of. I did shed a tear or two while listening to this book and definitely had a few laugh out loud moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rebecca Musser, M. Bridget Cook
    • Narrated By Rebecca Musser
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Always seeking to be an obedient Priesthood girl, in her teens Rebecca Musser became the nineteenth wife of her people's prophet: 85-year-old Rulon Jeffs. Finally sickened by the abuse she suffered and saw around her, she pulled off a daring escape and sought to build a new life and family.

    Briley says: "Compelling and emotional read"
    "Excellent Book with Horrible Accents"
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    Would you listen to The Witness Wore Red again? Why?

    Yes, I do think the content outshines the horrendous narration of the book. Rebecca gives a look into the a secretive world in an honest manner.


    What other book might you compare The Witness Wore Red to and why?

    This book made me think about Banished by Lauren Drain- they were raised in two different cults but seemed to have very similar experiences.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Musser’s performances?

    Probably Not. The author reading this book was definitely a unique choice and her attempt at a Texan accent is comical at best.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this books. Although parts are sad, I did not cry at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Amazing Story with So-So Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Coming Clean to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.
    I do love audio books and hearing the author read this book was definitely a plus. However, the author was almost whispering through long portions of the book. Maybe she was just a little too close to the material to be a good choice to read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Clean?

    Definitely when the author tells a little white lie that turns into a massive problem for her parents.


    What three words best describe Kimberly Rae Miller’s voice?

    Soft, Whispery, Detached


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

    Yes, knowing that there are millions of people in the US who live in houses at all stages of hoarding. To think of children trying to survive in these conditions is just heartbreaking. Seeing an hour long television show is nothing like hearing about decades of the problem affecting a family.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author did an amazing job of showing her parents as people who are struggling with a disorder, but that was not the only thing that defined them. I truly hope that she is able to set appropriate boundaries and have a family of her own.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lauren Drain
    • Narrated By Lauren Drain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.

    Donald says: "Get Thee Behind Me Phelps"
    "Fanaticism Gone Wild!"
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    Would you listen to Banished again? Why?

    Yes, I thought the story was haunting and the creepiest part is that the people in the Westboro Baptist Church are educated and somewhat contributing to society but still blinded by hate.
    I have often read of things like this happening in other countries, but it's just appalling that this type of hate is being taught in the suburban MidWest. The WBC uses fear to control it's members. Anyone who has experienced emotional abuse, will sympathize with this young woman.


    What other book might you compare Banished to and why?

    It seemed very similar to the books written from escapees from the FLDS, people who have fled North Korea and the Princess Sultana books.
    I found it striking how alike extremist groups are, regardless of their message or creed, they are all based on feeling superior to others, cutting contact with the outside world and constantly claiming that they are being discriminated against.


    What three words best describe Lauren Drain’s voice?

    Youthful, Soothing, Resilient


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

    Cast Out of Hell: My Expulsion from the Westboro Baptist Church.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I started listening, it was hard to turn off this audiobook. I was fascinated and this story just sucked me right in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Guy Grieve
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears. Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild.

    colleen says: "Maybe not really kinda true?"
    "A perfect story for an Adventure junkie"
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    What made the experience of listening to Call of the American Wild the most enjoyable?

    The way that Guy Grieve described the scenery. I have been to Alaska several times and it made me just smile with all the details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that Guy was willing to admit his mistakes and show the reader how tough everyday activities are in the Alaskan wild. I also like how the people Guy interacts with are developed characters and not just one dimensional.


    What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

    I really appreciated that it was not someone with a thick Scottish accent reading this book. His voice relayed a bit of humor at just the right times.


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

    I wouldn't say extreme, but I did at a few points tear up. But that was mainly because I was remembering my grandfather and the time I spent with him in Alaska as a kid.


    Any additional comments?

    This a very fun book, I would definitely suggest to anyone who wants to know a bit more about visiting Alaska. There are many accounts of the pioneers experiences in the Yukon, but this book gives a modern perspective that I think most young adults could really benefit from.
    As other reviewers have pointed out, there are a few things that do not match up with general bush experience/protocol. I am not going to discount this amazing story due to a few minor inaccuracies.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1808)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "This performance deserves SIX Stars!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dracula [Audible Edition] the most enjoyable?

    The fact that different characters narrative is read by different people. It definitely made it easy to keep everyoone straight. I loved the narration!


    What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to and why?

    It's hard to pick one because this is definitely my favorite Audible book so far.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes where Jonathan is in Dracula's castle. The descriptions of his surroundings are amazing.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dracula [Audible Edition] and why?

    Jonathan Harker- he ties all the other characters together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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