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Monique

waikanae, New Zealand

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  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    Alan says: "Tops"
    "Too long"
    Overall

    I love a great long book but this one was not for me. Loved how it started but then it lost me over and over again. Each to their own, you may love it as I know others have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3111)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1328)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "The dumbing down of the world according to Jodi"
    Overall

    My first Jodi Picoult book and never another. I have no idea why this is a best seller. I needed to leave my brain behind to stay at the slow and unintelligent pace of this book. No challenge, obvious plot, badly written. Why do we applaud the lowest denominator in popular culture? I think this book, and all it inaccuracies, was written for people who had just learnt to read. Give us some more credit for the size of our brains Ms Piccoult. No wonder Ms Piccoult is the only author in the history of Hollywood where people say the movie was better than the book. It wouldn't be hard to achieve.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mao's Last Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Li Cunxin
    • Narrated By Paul English
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the thinnest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with some of the greatest ballet companies of the world. One day he would be a friend to a president and first lady, movie stars, and the most influential people in America. One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West.

    Pamela says: "Life in perspective"
    "got me hooked"
    Overall

    I too found the narrator very difficult to get used to and only in the second half felt I could settle into his style. But I loved the book, it inspired me and opened my heart and my mind in so many ways. Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2868)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (779)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Divine"
    Overall

    I loved every moment of this book. So beautifully read, so extraordinarily written. Thank goodness I didn't read any of these negative reviews before I started listening. I was gripped, never wanting my journey with Edgar Sawtelle to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9957)
    Performance
    (4456)
    Story
    (4470)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "I'm a believer"
    Overall

    Gladwell takes me on an unexpected journey far from my belief systems that savvy and hard work were the key to success. He has opened my eyes to theories about the way the world works that I had never contemplated. Incredibly compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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