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Julia

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  • 583 titles in library
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  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (702)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Needs Aloe"
    Overall

    I bought this book because of the reviews. The voice of the narrator was somewhat irritating and may have something to do with my not liking the story. I listened to the first CD and did not bother to "burn" the remaining CD's.

    1 of 7 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
    (17260)
    Performance
    (15370)
    Story
    (15413)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Maybe. Depends on how many hours


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Depends on how many hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, but one book too long. The story was not worthy of 19 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (292)

    Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

    Karen says: "Great listen!"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading the rave reviews, I could only listen to 40 minutes of this book before deleting it. The southern accents were so affected (and, yes, I am from the south) as to be irritating. One voice sounded like a Carol Burnett charactecter. I felt like much of the dialogue was trite.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inherent Vice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble.

    Philipp Marian Selman says: "If you enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49..."
    "Lost in the haze"
    Overall

    I was so distracted by the hippie hype and the rambling back and forth, I had no idea what was going on. Before the end of the first half, I gave up. Maybe I'm not such a great listener. Maybe if I listen to the rest of the book I will hear how the melange of hype and ramble result in a great listen. Please let me know if the listen is worth the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (283)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Confused"
    Overall

    I also found it quite hard to listen to the story because it jumped around entirely too much. Trying to keep up with the time period and which character in what time period became what I focused on more so than the story itself. I would not recommend this title.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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