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Carolyn

Macks Creek, MO, USA

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  • Far Appalachia: Following the New River North

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Noah Adams
    • Narrated By Noah Adams
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In this powerful, passionate chronicle, Noah Adams, the beloved host of NPR's All Things Considered, takes us on a river journey through the heart of Appalachia - a journey shared by pioneers and preachers, white-water daredevils, bluegrass musicians, and an unforgettable cast of vivid historical characters.

    Sheila says: "A Listening Pleasure!"
    "Buy the book"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Noah Adams on the radio so I was looking forward to the audio version of his book. My suggestion: buy the book and READ it yourself. If you're a fan of audio books, you know the reader is as important as the author. Mr Adams has a wonderful reporting voice but it's very distracting to hear him as a book reader. Hearing a poetic description of a scenic river float read in the same style as "Coalition forces came under fire as they made their way into Baghdad today..." well, you get the idea.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Farah Ahmedi, Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Masuda Sultan
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When ABC News' Good Morning America asked its viewers to write essays describing true-life experiences, the network never imagined receiving more than 20,000 pages of inspiring stories. After a panel of best-selling authors and editors chose three finalists, America was given the opportunity to vote on which aspiring author's story would be published. This audiobook is the result of the most ambitious search ever conducted to publish an extraordinary life story.

    Tony says: "Outstanding"
    "An Amazing Story"
    Overall

    You can't hear this story and not be touched. It's honestly written and beautifully read. I felt as if I got to know Farah personally and felt her pain and joy as she struggled to do more with her life than just survive. An amazing story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watch by Moonlight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Hawks
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It is Dorset, England, 1763. Bess Whately, daughter of the landlord of the King's Shilling, has little to look forward to except a life of drudgery, until the night that dashing young Jason Quick appears at the inn. Soon, the two fall in love, and it is then that Jason shares his secret with Bess: he is the notorious highwayman menacing the countryside, robbing travelers under cloak of night.

    Lilyan says: "It Should Become a Classic"
    "A well written, engaging story but..."
    Overall

    I couldn't get past the reader. Her voices were often inappropriate for the characters. Especially annoying were young people speaking in raspy, elderly sounding voices. She often failed to pause between sections and that was confusing to the story line. It is a good book, however, with an ending I found refreshingly surprising. I would have rated it higher if not for the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aloft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chang-rae Lee
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Aloft offers a reexamination of the American dream from the inside out. Jerry Battle's favorite diversion is to fly his small plane solo, slipping away for quick flights over his Long Island home or to the coastal towns of New England. Then a family crisis occurs, and Jerry finds he must face his disengagement in his relationships.

    Michelle says: "A Truly Wonderful Listening Experience"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    After reading several favorable reviews, I was looking forward to hearing this book. I was so disappointed, I didn't even finish it. I could not care less about what happened to the ranting,self-absorbed main character. The reader was probably appropriate for this character but, after a while, I got tired of the continual yammering and started tuning him out. He was like a tiresome relative who never shuts up. I was happy to ditch him and move on to something else.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (349)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Interesting concept but..."
    Overall

    The concept was interesting but that's about as far as it went for me. I have to say I'm amazed at all the positive reviews. The author never made these people seem real to me.

    The readers were hard for me to listen to, especially the guy. He has a smug, know-it-all tone that grates on my nerves. Looks like a lot of listeners like this one, but not me. I'd say it's probably my least favorite so far.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Sue Miller
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the fall of 1988, Sue Miller found herself caring for her father as he slipped into the grasp of Alzheimer's disease. She was, she claims, perhaps the least constitutionally suited of all her siblings to be in the role in which she suddenly found herself, and grapples with the haunting memories of those final months and the larger narrative of her father's life.

    Carolyn says: "Excellent book-beautifully written"
    "Excellent book-beautifully written"
    Overall

    Sue Miller's narration of her beautifully written book is as intimate and personal as someone speaking to you across her kitchen table. You share her pain, her doubt, her devotion, her anger, all the disjointed emotions she feels, as she journeys with her much admired father through his slow descent into a devastating disease. It's a story that is heart-breakingly sad and yet woven through with threads of humor and treasured memories.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Julia Roberts
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    "It appears that the help has been taking notes, and good ones. The help is very sharp-eyed indeed. The Nanny Diaries is diabolically funny...vastly entertaining...perfectly pitched social satire," raves The New York Times. Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts narrates this popular and critically acclaimed book - an enthusiastic skewering of high society written by two former nannies.

    Joanne says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Julia Roberts was a perfect choice to read this entertaining book. The story is in many ways heartbreaking but is told with wit and humor. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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