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Joanne Minnie

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  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Riding Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    As a world-class equestrian and Olympic contender, Annemarie Zimmer lived for the thrill of flight atop a strong, graceful animal. Then, at 18, a tragic accident destroyed her riding career and Harry, the beautiful horse she cherished. Now, 20 years later, Annemarie is coming home.

    Pauline says: "Painful to the ear"
    "waste of time"
    Overall

    I was so excited to see another novel by Gruen. I so enjoyed Water for Elephants. And I was so disappointed when I finally realized after about three hours of listening time that the story really stunk and wasn't going to get any better. What a really worn out story line. What a really irritating main character. What a really annoying narrator. What a really big waste of time.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22834)
    Performance
    (9491)
    Story
    (9564)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "blah,blah,blah"
    Overall

    How long can it take an author to set up a plot? How about half of the book. Fill it up with a plethora of characters, add some blah,blah,blah, throw in a gross sex scene. It was all I could do to start the second part of the story. I should know by now that if it's bad in the beginning it won't get any better.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 20th Century Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945...Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

    Kasey says: "Wonderful and recommended"
    "loved it"
    Overall

    this book was so much fun. Can't take some of the stories too seriously but others are heartwarming and clever. My favorite line in the whole book is "He ran out of sky."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister B. Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Doug Bradley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    The demon, known only as "Jakerbok", is a major force of evil then and now. He taunts the listener to "Burn this audiobook" throughout this satanically autobiographical monologue, for he has embedded his very self inside each word....as a long-dormant vehicle for the dark forces to finally conquer all things good and holy in this world.

    Amanda says: "Great but a little nagging.."
    "Terrible!"
    Overall

    What a disappointment. Waited so long for a good Clive Barker novel and still waiting. This had none of Barker's poetry or fantasy in it, just a lot of boring, repetitive nonsense. He tried to make it interesting with gore and shock but even there he fell short. It was painful! Don't waste your time or money.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13051)
    Performance
    (5500)
    Story
    (5567)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "very good story"
    Overall

    This was such a very good story; heartwarming, tragic, heroic, entertaining. Life on a circus from behind the scenes in a depression era America. Something happening in every chapter and a great ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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