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nancy

Panama City, FL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Save Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (132)

    From the best-selling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice. Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. In the aftermath of a massive explosion, Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to rescue Melly or usher Amanda to safety.

    C. Byrnes says: "The Protagonist Was Shallow and Unbelievable"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    I agree with most readers. Started off o.k. but the plot became totally convoluted and silly. The most insane characters and reasoning made this book a snore. Kept reading as I thought it would eventually turn around but it didn't. I personally enjoy Ms. Nixon's reading of the book and have read other books with her narration. Don't waste your credits/money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3358)
    Performance
    (2929)
    Story
    (2943)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Have always loved her books but this one was disappointing. Too much skipping around which caused me too lose interest multiple times. Finally gave up and tried to return but system seemed to want to force me to call and explain my reasons.


    Has The Storyteller turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Marrator seemed as disinterested in the book as I was.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    With her young son's potentially fatal neuroblastoma in complete remission, New York City medical examiner Laurie Montgomery returns to work, only to face the case of her career. The investigation into the death of CIA agent Kevin Markham is a professional challenge-and has Laurie's colleagues wondering if she still has what it takes after so much time away. Laurie and Jack race to connect the dots before they are consumed in a dangerous game of biotech espionage.

    Mary Dietrich says: "A repetitive waste of time"
    "Not his best"
    Overall

    Awful narration, could not keep up with the Asian names, need more time with the Stapleton's, and thought I would not finish the book. But I have a hard time NOT finishing a book. Really disappointing read!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snapped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Napiera Groves
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (88)

    As the pampered wife of Frankie Bingham, Camille wants for nothing. After all, Frankie and their life together are her whole world. So Camille tries not to be bothered by his closeness with his coworker and dear friend Gillian. But it soon becomes clear that Camille's suspicions are correct. When his indiscretions become a public matter, Camille is pushed to a dangerous breaking point that spells disaster for them all.

    A User says: "I'm Pissed"
    "I Wish I Could Get My Credit Back"
    Overall

    I attempted to read this book twice and both times I could not get past the second chapter. The narration was deplorable. Regrettably the narrator Napiera Groves can only read what the author had written. I found the propensity of Hip Hop language and phraseology most annoying and distracting to such a degree that I could not connect or identify with the characters. Save your credits for something that does not paint such a stereo typical portrait of African Americans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By Julian Reinoso
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    Published in two volumes a decade apart, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature to emerge from the Spanish Golden Age and perhaps the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature, it regularly appears at the top of lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published.

    Maury Davis says: "Narration difficult to understand"
    "Wish I Read the Review Before Ordering"
    Overall

    The previous review nailed it. A classic when read, a nightmare to listen to, if Audible had a money back guarantee this would be one that would be going back. Save your credits.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (316)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "Not a winner"
    Overall

    This was definitely a disappointing read. Most annoying is the constant shouting and yelling by the ghost character. It might have been palatable if I had been reading it, but listening to it was painful. Had to turn the sound down. Not a sympathetic character.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree County

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ross Lockridge
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Throughout a single day in 1892, John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life - from the battles of the Civil War to the politics of the Gilded Age, from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father.

    Kirk says: "A great American novel, seriously!"
    "Author must have been paid by the word"
    Overall

    Written in 1947, recorded in 2008 to take advantage of the ever growing populace who love to down load audio books. Considered a classic in its day it motivated Hollywood to make a movie I believe it would be a dud in today’s environment. It appears the author was paid by the word as the dialogue is tedious, drawn out by roughly 40%. The author; far too many times to count, e.g., The clock on the cupola displayed the time; displayed the time, displayed the time. O.K. I got it move on, move on already. It was not uncommon to hear repetitive statements as many as 8 times. Seems like every thought the author ever had was included in this book.

    There are two main characters; John and the Professor who pontificate labouredly on the meaning of life including on multiple occasions, is there really a God or do atomic forces bonding together determine life after death?

    The author references modern day (1947) technology that would be the envy of Jules Verne in an 1876 setting which makes it unbelievable.

    A very lengthy book that with regularity leaves you hanging until the last two hours where everything is very neatly and conveniently tidied up.

    The Lloyd James however does an admirable job of changing voices, 5 star job.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Susan Butler
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    The image we have of Amelia Earhart today - a tousle-haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles - is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us through the years. Through years of research and interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multifaceted portrait of this enigmatic figure.

    Eric says: "The Definitive Biography"
    "Excessive Glorification Not Deserved"
    Overall

    An interesting read but the author spends the first half describing how our heroine lies, cheats, misrepresents herself to get jobs, positions that she does not deserve, e.g., three months at a university that offers an engineering degree justifies putting engineer BSEE on her resume.

    Lying to get a position she did not deserve, parlays that into meeting influential and wealthy people just so she can claim to be the first woman across the Atlantic while she sat on a pile of gas cans behind the pilot and co-pilot to get a female version of Charles Lindberghs;s recognition is ludicrous.

    The author finishes up with an unabashed glorification of how streets, towns and even airports were named after her. I guess the message is marry money; throw in a big dash of deception to get what you want is OK.

    Other than that it is an easy read.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Heroic Australian Women in War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susanna de Vries
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Facing not onlt the astounding courage they displayed amid death and chaos but also on the triumphs and pain of their personal lives, Susanna reveals how these 11 Australian women were as influential and heroic in civil life as they were in war.

    nancy says: "You will never complain about your life again"
    "You will never complain about your life again"
    Overall

    This one started a bit slow but after becoming immersed in the characters lives I could not stop listening, the sacrifices these magnificent women made is almost beyond comprehension.

    This book transcends not only the professional morays they had to overcome to provide a small degree of humanity to of the many wars that the courageous soldiers from Australia fought in, e.g., Gallipoli, Serbia, getting little or no recognition for their sacrifice of life and limb.

    You will become absorbed in their sacrifices, loves, the charities they established, et al. I wish the author would write a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Weapons of Choice: Axis of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters. Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand.

    Nelson says: "Superb!"
    "Too much of everything"
    Overall

    Yes I realize this is a combination of the past and future but I became overloaded with the political correctness, e.g., a super aircraft carrier named the USS Hillary Clinton et al. The narrator could not go from male to female voices with so many flashbacks I lost track of past or future, male or female, what ship we were on etc. I pulled the plug when there seemed to be no end to the emesis on board one of the ships; I was ready to vomit myself.

    Half way through part 1 of 3 I kissed off my purchase fee. I have downloaded over 1300 books from Audible and I can not remember the last time I gave up on a book, save your money, this one is just not worth even the member price.

    This was a pitiful attempt to remake a classic;The Final Countdown & starring Kirk Douglas, Katherine Ross and Martin Sheen while dodging plagiarism.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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