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Janet

Roanoke, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4065)
    Performance
    (3672)
    Story
    (3699)

    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"
    "Hardest time ever getting through a book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Margaret Atwood and/or Claire Danes?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    Blah blah blah it just seemed to go on and on about the same points over and over. I love to read as well as listen to books, but this one was so annoying with the constant repetitive description...it was too much. I wanted to just give up and quit but kept thinking it would get better....sadly, it didn't. This is the first time I have been compelled to write a book review...but feel strongly that maybe I can save some other poor soul from wasting all those hours I did when I could have been listening to a GREAT book instead of this dud!


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1198)
    Story
    (1200)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Dreary voice put me to sleep!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    I enjoyed "My Sister's Keeper" but overall I find her stories and dialogue ho-hum. I think I'm done with her after struggling through the dreary narration of a dull story which kind of seemed a ripoff of "The Sixth Sense" storyline.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Jenna being dead vs. her mom

    Least interesting was all the dreary time devoted to boring Alice and her typical get married quick, fall in love with the only other man around, etc.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Anyone else could have done a better job, including myself!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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