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Julia

San Mateo, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3192)
    Performance
    (2784)
    Story
    (2795)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "This was an amazing book with amazing narrators!"
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    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I loved everything about this book. It is a great story and I am so happy that I listened to it rather than read it. The voices for each character fit perfectly.


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

    It did. My only wish is that we would have heard more from Josef.


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

    Minka's entire account of her life moved me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1182)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Excellent Book - Love Fenella Woolgar"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great book - Wonderfully told and kept me entertained the entire time.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. She was excellent!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swimming at Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lucy Clarke
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Katie’s world is shattered by the news that her headstrong, bohemian younger sister Mia has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Bali. The authorities say Mia jumped - that her death was a suicide. Although they hadn’t spoken since Mia suddenly left on an around-the-world trip six months earlier, Katie refuses to accept that her sister would take her own life. Distraught that they never made peace, she leaves behind her orderly life in London and embarks on a journey to find the truth.

    Delah says: "Meanders too much"
    "Excellent Book - Pleasantly Surprised"
    Overall
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    Where does Swimming at Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Swimming at Night is a wonderful book...A great tale of two sisters and the struggles that a sibling relationship can go through.


    What about Fiona Hardingham’s performance did you like?

    I love the way Fiona Hardingham pronounces words and her voice is extremely pleasant to listen to.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1302)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Great Book, and Awesome Narrator!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was a beautifully written story and kept me entertained the entire time. I love the voice of Hildy Good.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4137)
    Performance
    (3685)
    Story
    (3683)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great Book, I was in tears a few times"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was a very touching, action packed story.


    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
    Overall
    (16933)
    Performance
    (15064)
    Story
    (15107)

    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!"
    "Great Book, Great Voices, Great Time"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I highly recommend it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story that kept me completely surprised the entire time.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are both great! their voices bring so much life to the story. Awesome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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