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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6914)
    Performance
    (4879)
    Story
    (4868)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "For the love of all things Holy, READ THIS!!!"
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    Would you listen to The Kitchen House again? Why?

    Yes! It's such a great story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Momma Mae. Her inspired wisdom tendered with compassion warmth and strength is so embraceable. But...all the characters are unique. Good or bad, they're there with each facet clearly reflecting their well developed characters.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could take any character from The Kitchen House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Rankin...so I could poison him.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved every minute of this book. Everyone should read this book. What's not to love! If I could give it 10 stars I would.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1528)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "And now you know!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    About the same.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Even Alexander.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    I love his accent, but his delivery seems a bit tentative.


    If you could give Proof of Heaven a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Well, I hate the title. It sounds so hokey whereas the book is anything but. I'd call it "my journey into what's next"


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely fascinating. I bought 6 copies of this to give as gifts. His story is truly amazing. Credible and awe inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (1975)
    Story
    (1963)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Wow! Great peek into bygone ways."
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    If you could sum up The Chaperone in three words, what would they be?

    Must read this!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the settings and the era. Great insights.


    What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

    She read it perfectly.


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

    Things were different then. People were not.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this story. One of of my favs. Simpler times? I think not. Better times? Maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17064)
    Performance
    (15184)
    Story
    (15226)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Just when you think you have it figured out ..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Great story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lake house scene.


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

    So much of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Listened like a crazy person. Really well written,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1174)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Solid. Logical. Intriguing."
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    What did you love best about Mere Christianity?

    Tried the book. Couldn't stay with it. The audiobook is a pleasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the writers "make of it what you will" attitude as he's laying down profound thoughts.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the insight. A brilliant book for anyone of faith, or not. I wish everyone could listen to this brilliant book at least once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3447)
    Performance
    (3062)
    Story
    (3073)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Wow! What a tale! Nicely nerve wracking!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost in the Wires to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found all of the social engineering scenes intriguing. Creepy, crazy, but cool in a "can't believe it" way.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That people can be manipulated because of ego issues more easily than I'd have thought.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio books was a tad redundant in places but well worth purchasing.

    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
    (3626)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3294)

    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....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Amazing story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's awesome!


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

    Claire Danes is awesome! Fantastic reader!


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

    This book is rich with emotion and super thought provoking?


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1004)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    Sara says: "A fantastic book"
    "Amazing story! How have we survived!"
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    Would you listen to The Demon Under The Microscope again? Why?

    Yes! I'm planning to.


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

    Yes. I still reference this book in conversation often. It sticks to the ribs.


    Any additional comments?

    Such an important book. So many "who knew?" moments.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10167)
    Performance
    (5080)
    Story
    (5114)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Imaginative, well written, and interesting."
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    What did you love best about Under the Dome?

    Fantastic writing. Great story!


    What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

    Really well done!


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    What a fantastic story. Good guys, bad guys, murderers, lovers, techies, druggies...they're all there to be loved and hated. Also, don't skip this book just because of the ridiculous attempt at making a TV movie of it. That was crap, but the book is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25606)
    Performance
    (19448)
    Story
    (19519)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Listen to this masterpiece!"
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    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3.


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    None. What could compare to this?


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

    Color, vibrancy, dimension.


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

    If you could only see one movie this decade...


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6664)
    Performance
    (6061)
    Story
    (6069)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Easy, fun, and well written!"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lead character trying to maintain a professional posture while living in his office.


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

    Love to embraceable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen! Nice pace, great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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