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Penny

Sugar Land, TT, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9308)
    Performance
    (4282)
    Story
    (4308)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Long. . . but the ending is worth it"
    Overall

    This is not a King horror book, but one that makes you think. This is one of those books that makes you think, "would/could this really happen to people stuck under a dome?" It might if the right people were in place. This is a fun listen. It is a bit long, but the ending is worth it. The characters are well-built. However, there are a lot of them which can make it a bit difficult to keep track. I look forward to listening to this one again in the future. I'd highly recommend it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Teaglass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Oliver Wyman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (181)

    The dusty files of a venerable dictionary publisher, a hidden cache of coded clues, a story written by a phantom author, an unsolved murder in a gritty urban park: all collide memorably in Emily Arsenault's magnificent debut, at once a teasing literary puzzle, an ingenious suspense novel, and an exploration of definitions: of words, of who we are, and of the stories we choose to define us.

    Ed says: "Enjoyable Book with Great Characters"
    "Fun with good characters"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book like a nice cup of tea. The fact that it is written about lexicographers made the use of words throughout fun. The characters were real. The readers engaging. I'm so glad I listened to this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

    Deborah says: "I laughed out loud throughout this book"
    "Fun listen!"
    Overall

    Getting things from the dog's point of view is, again, refreshing and fun. You do get to know and enjoy the characters. I'll keep listening to this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (714)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Very interesting!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. Although each chapter is dedicated to a specific poison, that does not mean that the chapter is exclusive to that item. The story is well told. I think an interest in chemistry and biology will help in the appreciation of this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michel Thomas Method: French Course Sample

    • ABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Michel Thomas
    • Narrated By Michel Thomas
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    This is a sample of the best-selling Michel Thomas Method Course, offering you a fast-track introduction to French. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn French in the same way.

    Diana says: "Not worth buying"
    "So glad for the sample"
    Overall

    I'm glad there was a sample rather than having to purchase the whole book to learn that this wasn't for me. I just could not understand or handle the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26027)
    Performance
    (12682)
    Story
    (12723)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Amazing story! Stays with you."
    Overall

    This is one of those few books I couldn't wait to continue listening to. As the story is told, I got more intertwined and involved with the characters. I finished it this morning and continue to think about it. Loved the characters and the readers. I'm glad I listened to it rather than read it - the readers bring the characters to life. A great book to get lost in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harry Beckwith, Christine Clifford Beckwith
    • Narrated By Martin Ruben, Lisa DeSimone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Written in a personable and homespun style, You, Inc. offers doses of humor and pithy knowledge to anyone who wants to thrive in the increasingly competitive business world. What veteran sales and marketing experts Harry and Christine Beckwith understand is that, to succeed in life, the most important thing you need to be able to sell is you.

    Rudy says: "worthy"
    "Stopped listening"
    Overall

    What I heard were snippets about things to do, many of which I've heard before. I didn't find the steps very actionable and stopped listening after 20 minutes or so.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.

    Dave says: "Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel"
    "Intense ride"
    Overall

    A very intense book with lots of twists and turns. WOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing for Pizza: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

    David says: "Great Story, but..."
    "Fun, light listen"
    Overall

    This is a great book to just relax and listen to. Doesn't require a lot of thought, but is a lot of fun. The characters are nicely developed. It is good to hear John Grisham branch out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1050)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "I hope there are more to come"
    Overall

    This is a good story with wonderful characters. I hope there are more to come so I can get to know them better. The plot keeps you guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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