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Mariel

Hi, well first of all, I love books, I have been reading since I could remember. Is something that I'm very passionate about. BOOKS FOREVER!

newark, NJ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (835)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Wonderful Thriller!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Into the Darkest Corner the most enjoyable?

    I think both narrators were fantastic in describing their feelings when reading the book, it made it feel like they were actually there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how Cathy always kept true to herself and that she never was brainwashed by him.


    What does David Thorpe and Karen Cass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think just the way they connected in reading the novel was wonderful. I could tell that they really felt passionate about their characters.


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

    Oh yes! It was very intriguing since the beginning.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (928)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "A great insight!"
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    Would you listen to Freakonomics again? Why?

    Yes, the narrators of course are wonderful and the book itself was very good and interesting.


    What other book might you compare Freakonomics to and why?

    I think the Black swan because is about discovering.


    What about Stephen J. Dubner’s performance did you like?

    I love it.


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

    That is a hard one, I'm not sure. :)


    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
    (3705)
    Performance
    (3227)
    Story
    (3200)

    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....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "Haruki books are so special, this one is the same."
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    If you could sum up 1Q84 in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, enchanting, and fresh.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my favorite character was Tengo, he had wonderful morals which I think is great!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I think my favorite was Aomame.


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

    Yes, I did, it made me cry and laugh and I was worried alot as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this audio book, you will not be disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Borrowers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mary Norton
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Pod, Homily, and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the "human beans", who don't even know they exist.

    Carol says: "Exciting, Whimsical, and Well-Read"
    "Such a lovely story."
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    Would you listen to The Borrowers again? Why?

    Yes, of course, the narration was fantastic and the story itself was wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Borrowers?

    I think for me was when she first went out to get some things for the house. Then, she saw the huge house and how big everything was.


    What about Rowena Cooper’s performance did you like?

    Oh yes, It was amazing, I love the way she gave life to her characters.


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

    Never think that anything in this world is ordinary!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (662)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Melinda says: "Nietzsche in Wolf's Clothing/Philosophy or Horror"
    "What a wonderful story to listen to."
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    Where does The Wolf Gift rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think that it will be up there in my top 15 books.


    What other book might you compare The Wolf Gift to and why?

    I think I would compare it to Anne Rice Book Interview with a vampire. I think Because when he is going through the change and how he is dealing with new change in his life.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    Well, I loved Reuben, the way he portrayed him was excellent.


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

    Yes, when Reuben was running in the woods as a wolf and finds this cabin in the middle of the forest. He discovers this mystery girl who does not run away from him. That just shows that just because you look different you should be judge for what you look like.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (945)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Once again I have not been disappointed!"
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    What did you love best about I've Got Your Number?

    I think I fell for Poppy because she has so much perseverance. She did many crazy things to get what she wants.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how this audio book is packed with suspense, charm, and pure romance.


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

    I love the way she creates this character in her head and it just comes out perfect when she narrates the story.


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

    Yes, actually, right away when I started listening to it, I was hypnotized by the narrator and the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Through out the whole audio book I was :D :D :D

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3482)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (827)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    This book was so inspiring and it was beautifully written. The author was fantastic and the narrator did a great job. I have read and seen the movie and listening to the book has been a great experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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