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Shelly

Charlottesville, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Ape House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani, and Makena are no ordinary apes. These bonobos know American Sign Language. Isabel Duncan, a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn’t understand people, but animals she gets—especially the bonobos. Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she’s ever felt among humans...until she meets John Thigpen, a very married reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protesters outside the lab to see what’s really going on inside.

    glamazon says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Completely enjoyable and very funny."
    Overall

    What a great parody on realiy TV and mother-in-laws! Very different from Water for Elephants, but equally entertaining and hopeful. It made me want to visit the apes and communicate with them. What is especially amusing is the thought that because apes can communicate, they must be like us. If you enjoy Michael Crighton's Jurrassic Park where humans think that they can control life, you will love this book as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2673)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2405)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "Good story, but could be crisper"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This IS chick lit, but not extreme. Its a good story, but the author used more words than necessary (why I said it could be crisper). At points it dragged on, giving inconsequential details.
    I have listened to this narrator before, and I love her accent; however, she can sound a bit over the top and squeeky.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread of Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    It is September 8, 1943, and Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes, overnight, an open battleground.

    Michelle says: "I loved the story and the narrator"
    "Amazing book - one of the best"
    Overall

    I have listened to this twice. A Thread of Grace is graceful, beautifully written, and very sad. If you like historical fiction that leaves you more informed and empathic, read this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7874)
    Performance
    (4589)
    Story
    (4576)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "If only Ken Follett could write"
    Overall

    Ken Follett consistently tells a great story, but he doesn't write well. It seems to me that he must be paid by the page because there is always more information necessary to effectively tell the story. To palate this book on audio, you have to become deaf to the overuse of "however", "nevertheless", and "suddenly". If you have the hardcopy, this misuse of words can be skipped over, as well as the gratuitous sex and descriptions that do NOT enhance the story line. Otherwise, a good book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26756)
    Performance
    (13393)
    Story
    (13438)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Thought provoking and seamless"
    Overall

    Set in the early 60's, this book takes you into the racial discrimination and the struggle of civil rights in Jackson, Mississippi. The message is in the interactions and interviews of what it was like for a black woman to work in a white woman's world, and the bravery of those who tried to create change. The book was well researched and includes events that happened during those trying times. I highly recommend this book to those of you who want to open your eyes and reflect on how hard change can be, but how much kindness makes it all worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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