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Elizabeth

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  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7171)
    Performance
    (6243)
    Story
    (6223)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Would highly recommend! Self-survival/protection"
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    Would you listen to The Witness again? Why?

    Absolutely. The story was well developed and the characters, as well. True human emotion and reaction of main character.


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

    Ferm Michaels Sisterhood series


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    Main character's (Abigail Lowery) scene by her pond with her dog, were she wants to put a bench.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story of a girl's self-strength and survival, coupled with her brillance to overcome the bad nature of people. She is self-reliant and resourceful. Of course she meets a loving sheriff and his family on the way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7357)
    Performance
    (6744)
    Story
    (6750)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Very good coming of age story - enjoyed very much"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About the 90 percentile! It was a great story. The characters had a realness to them - children left to raise themselves.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have listened to David Pittu's performance - he was wonderful!


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

    Yes but one I did not want to end either!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a unique book with a unique story but I could identify with the characters. I would recommend this listen. Also, it made me want to read my college Art History book again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4363)
    Performance
    (1837)
    Story
    (1854)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Odd Thomas is a great character!"
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    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    Odd Thomas is so unassuming about his talent. He wants to be a regular guy but has this strange insight. He also has parents that are relatable. The story has a good mix of humor and mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Thomas?

    In the diner when the bad spirits sweep in.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - he does a good job with the Odd Thomas series


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

    Odd Thomas!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (798)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Solid insight of a past event"
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    Would you listen to The Murder of the Century again? Why?

    Possibly. If I read more on the trial covered in the story from other sources.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just generally the scenes of the accused in prison and the way they reconciled their infamy!


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

    My 15 minutes of fame due to the media!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen. Leaves you with the sense that the media has always been ridiculous and makes heros of the wrong sort. The real news goes unnoticed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (991)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Great story with great characters - very unique!"
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    What did you love best about Brother Odd?

    The setting and the fear factor of the unknown. The story was great pulling the good forces (people) together. Good mystery.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - it solidly drew the listerner in. Not a rush of intensity but a growing intensity allowing the listener to try and solve the mystery.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (114)

    Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This Pulitzer Prize–winning history tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s.

    W. F. Rucker says: "Well done, But a little off target"
    "Informative!"
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    Would you listen to Freedom from Fear again? Why?

    Definitely! It covers a time period that had much turmoil for America and ultimately after WWII American way of life changed dramatically.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3929)
    Performance
    (3431)
    Story
    (3399)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Boring, Insulting, Repetitive and oh, Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good story without the constant repeating of text. This could have been a shortened to a 4 - 6 hour listen. However, even if shortened, the story lacked substance and was ridiculous, but I could have saved my time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Definitely NOT!


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrators did a good job considering the boring story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked Aomame and Tengo as characters. The story sucked.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother wasting your time on this book. The author seems to marvel in his own written word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2606)
    Performance
    (2194)
    Story
    (2199)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Wonderful! People's lives building to WWII"
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    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    Absolutely! The characters are great. You feel as you know them. I enjoyed the factual history woven into the story describing the everyday person's life in the US building up to WWII. It is written as if in the moment not with hindsight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victor "Pug" Henry. He was a man of his time. He had principles, and wanted to get the job done well, whatever it was.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Henry's were in Berlin.


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

    US pre WWII


    Any additional comments?

    Follow-up with War and Remembrance - you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (1521)
    Story
    (1508)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Awesome! Great historical fiction!"
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    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    The historical accuracy with the fictional characters woven in to make the story entertaining. Very well written and prompted you to put yourself in the characters shoes. Great story to cause remembrance of WWII and the history of what happened to Jews.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    When Natalie was summoned to the SS and her baby's life threatened.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, The Winds of War. It was good too. He seamlessly goes between characters in the dialog. He has a great voice for audiobooks and I will look for books where he is the reader. Good accents too.


    If you could rename War and Remembrance, what would you call it?

    War and What would you do? The author describes the moral dilemmas of the characters' lives. Human morality and how people react.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend both the Winds of War and its sequel War and Remembrance. I didn't want it to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2915)
    Performance
    (2697)
    Story
    (2698)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Good Story and Characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Joyland to be better than the print version?

    No - I would think they would be equal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    Finding out about why the ghost was in the funhouse.


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    I think the title is perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    Good story of the "permanent" type of carnivals and fairs before the huge amusement parks came into existence. Good mix of noble and sinister characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Brother's Voice: How a Young Hungarian Boy Survived the Holocaust: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Nasser, Sherry Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Maxwell Glick
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Stephen 'Pista' Nasser was 13 years old when the Nazis whisked him and his family away from their home in Hungary to Auschwitz. His memories of that terrifying experience are still vivid, and his love for his brother Andris still brings a husky tone to his voice when he remembers the terrible ordeal they endured together. Stephen's account of the Holocaust, told in the refreshingly direct and optimistic language of a young boy, will help every listener to understand that the Holocaust was real.

    Elizabeth says: "Important story but written without details"
    "Important story but written without details"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story was written like a TV serial - very episodic with no details to knit the story together. The best part of the entire audiobook was the 15 minute interview with the author at the end. However, the person interviewing seemed inept but Stephen Nasser was great. The narrator was reading the book like it was a Lassie episode - full of exclamations, child-like not conveying the serious side of the holocaust. I thought at first the narrator was a woman and was confused as to the main characters gender.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No reaction


    Did Maxwell Glick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not the right book for him to narrate.


    Do you think My Brother's Voice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would choose another holocaust survivor book - there are many wonderful ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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