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Shawna

REDMOND, OR, United States

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  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (464)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Suzn F says: "Almost a Wonderful Book"
    "Thumbs Down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I was not a fan of the reader.
    I AM a huge Irving fan, but not this book. I just finished reading Son of the Circus and Twisted River, I didn't now there was a new Irving out. I was so excited, and now disappointed.

    I also decided I do not like audio books, I just fall asleep.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Benjamin Hickey’s performances?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3963)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2383)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Great piece of Koontz, too short"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm used to Dean's 40 hour books, so this one was sadly too short. The story was great, fast paced and exciting. Dean seems to always nail these wonderful strong women characters. He used the first cussword I've ever heard in this book (this is my 4th Koontz). (False Memory my favorite by far).The Narrator did a pretty good job overall, but his voice of Thelma sounded like an effiminate gay man. That annoyed me, and didn't let me appreciate Thelma's character as I should have.

    I loved the time travel. Great plotline. Why did it take me 41 years of serious reading to find Dean Koontz? So glad I waited so I can enjoy him now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18994)
    Performance
    (14768)
    Story
    (14711)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Not what I hoped"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, it just wasn't as good as I thought, but it wasn't necessarily bad. I Love Tina but I'm not a huge fan, I didn't want 30 rock regularly anyway. I think you have to really love 30 Rock to love the book as the book was mostly about the show and how she made it big and did the show. I love that she's such a modern day women's libber.

    I wish she would have told us how her face got slashed. She shouldn't have even brought it up. I never even noticed her scar before. It was a teaser.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (362)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "DEPRESSING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator is the worst, he makes listening difficult due to his very blase flat affect voice.

    This, combined with a depressing story in the first place, calls for negative emotional reaction. On the flip side, since the book causes such an emotional reaction, does that make it a good book?

    I was excited to hear a great historical fiction account and got that, but also bummed out. I like to listen on the way to work and this book does not start my day out on a positive foot. I am likely not going to finish this book, and should actually return it.

    I give audible.com five stars for their return policy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (285)

    It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

    Dohna says: "Koontz did it again......."
    "Fun Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book was fascinating, fast paced, well written - Koontz takes the time to write even the seemingly irrelevant sentences poetically. I'm not a big "thriller" fan, but am interested in psychology. I even had a good few laugh out louds, and even more "inside" laughs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Keanu Phob.


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    I loved Lang's performance. He is a fast, steady reader, putting believability and liveliness into the voices of each character


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

    The scene in the elevator with The Keanu Phob and Skeet - this is where I had a jolly laugh. I also liked listening to the doctor's narcissistic thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    Too greusome for my taste, but I s'pose that's what this genre is about sometimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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