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Sherri M. Sharpe

Sherri

LA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1149)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "100 year old man provides ageless entertainment"
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    If you could sum up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared in three words, what would they be?

    Three words: Entertaining, Amusing, Historical. Sort of a Forest Gump meets History of the World!


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    Similar to Forest Gump in that there are fictional effects of the protagonist on true historical events.


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

    Steven Crossley's excellent narration enables the listener to envision the happenings and the individuality of the characters.


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

    Yes. Of course the length of the book prohibited me from listening all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended to me by a friend. I, in turn, recommended it to many of mine.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (264)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "Beyond Wonderful"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The story of everyone's dream; deepest desire--the return of deceased loved ones.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    A confirmation that others feel the same way as I do.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The author has taken a dream and expressed it into a hope, a memory, yet the horror of "what if".


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    One of the best books I've ever read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2745)
    Performance
    (2409)
    Story
    (2424)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Disappointment"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know if this book is truly a 4 or 5 star book because I can't get past chapter 2.


    What could J. K. Rowling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am very disappointed in Rowling's attempt in this book. I haven't finished the book. Too slow to start. Not but in chapter 3. Not impressed with the lackluster sexual references.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Hollander?

    I don't know if it's Tom Hollander as much as it is the material. In a word--Boring!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Casual Vacancy?

    Since I've only read the first 3 chapters I can only judge on that and I would have to say--the first 3 chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Terribly disappointed in this long awaited book from J K Rowling. But nothing can compare with Harry Potter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28874)
    Performance
    (22086)
    Story
    (22230)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Catching Fire"
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    Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read a lot of books from different genres and this one difinitely ranks very high on my list of "must reads".


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how Katniss begins to understand how the capital is manipulating more than just the games themselves and her decision to change that.


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

    Katniss has to be my favorite because she is, after all, the protagonist in the story.


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

    I felt that Catching Fire as a whole could be considered a development of a "movement".


    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
    (34123)
    Performance
    (25280)
    Story
    (25623)

    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"
    "Hunger Games"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunger Games to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version because of the convenience of listening while traveling to work every day.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    I can't compare the hunger games to other books in its genre because I don't typically read books in this genre.


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

    Carolyn McCormick does an excellent job of narration of the book. She enables you to feel and see the characters and action.


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

    There were several moments in the hunger games that moved me. In particular was the death of Ru.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2451)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "The Secret Keeper"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this to a friend, in fact I have! To everyone I talk to. I have recommended all of Kate Morton's books, and especially the audiobooks. Caroline Lee does an excellent job of narrating.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    The Secret Keeper is like Kate Morton's other books. Kate Morton's books are not really like other books I have read. The bridging of generations and eras into her stories make them unique.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee's narration expresses the very essence of each of the characters in such a way that you can visualize them.


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

    Definitely a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting, however, because of the length of the book it took more than that! Each chapter left me eager to start the next one. Difficult to find a "pausing" place.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely LOVE Kate Morton's books. They just keep getting better. The Secret Keeper is the best--only because it is her latest and the most recent one I've read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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