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Breena

Soldotna, AK, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (987)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Well read and written"
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    Would you listen to The Snow Child again? Why?

    This was my first audible book and I really enjoyed it. Debra Monk did a fantastic job narrating, her voice fit the story perfectly. The story was very well written and Eowyn Ivey's description of Alaska is amazing. I live in Soldotna, Alaska and every description of the seasons and the landscape really made me appreciate where I live. I thought it was a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Esther- she was so light hearted and really warmed the story up.


    Which character – as performed by Debra Monk – was your favorite?

    Esther- Monk did a great job of bringing her personality to life.


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

    I looked forward to listening every morning and I truly did enjoy it.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7418)
    Performance
    (4183)
    Story
    (4166)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Could not get enough of this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fall of Giants the most enjoyable?

    John Lee did a magnificent job with the accents in this novel. The story line was wonderful, it was easy to connect with all the characters and differentiate between them with Lee's voices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    One of the final scenes when Ethel Williams makes Fitz move aside so that she and her son may pass.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Ethel Williams


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

    I fell in love with the book and several times I laughed out loud or started to sniffle at the characters' misfortune.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book, to anyone and everyone, to listen to. Lee was phenomenal and Follett is a fantastic storyteller. I recommend getting the sequel before you even start listening to this one, because you will want to start it immediately after finishing "Fall of Giants".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5774)
    Performance
    (5124)
    Story
    (5117)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Loved going to the circus"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I loved the story line and the narrator was fantastic. It was very whimsical and fun. I connected with the characters and felt like I was a part of the circus myself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

    I would tell you but I don't want to give the plot away, but walking through many of the tents with the characters was memorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, don't want to give away too much but when Marco was showing his opponent the garden, it was beautiful.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Night Circus and why?

    The two opponents.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator did a fantastic job and was able to impersonate every character the way I thought they would sound. Very well written and read.

    2 of 3 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
    (13883)
    Performance
    (12253)
    Story
    (12281)

    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!"
    "Trying Too Hard"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to some friends. I thought the plot was good and had a lot of potential, but that the ending was terrible. Flynn works up to a great ending and then cuts it short. She takes a common occurrence and tries to stretch it and twist it into a plot which she seems to be unable to follow through with.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Maybe, it would depend on the story line, she has the potential for a knockout story.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed Whelan and Heyborne's performance. They both added so much personalty to the characters. They were wonderful.


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    It did inspire a conversation with my partner on how well we know one another, which was fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected this book to be much better from the ratings and the ranking it had on the best seller list. I was disappointed with the story's ending, but it did keep me listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (825)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Good Laugh"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I thought it went a little too long. I thought there was a lot of gratuitous information and scenes. I did, however, find it very entertaining.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Moore before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of his work.


    What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

    I loved Morton's performance. I thought he did an excellent job. He really made the story for me.


    Could you see Fool being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this being a tv series with Jim Carey as Pocket.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is a fun listen, nothing too serious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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