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Paul

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  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1215)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "so sucks"
    Overall

    This was such a waste of $ but at one point I had to decide what my time was worth. Couldn't get thru it soooo sucks. Would not post unless I give it at least one star really no stars.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write - a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.

    Melinda says: "Comfortable in her skin"
    "HUH??!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Diane Keaton and/or Diane Keaton?

    If she were reading a book she didn't write


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diane Keaton again?

    Maybe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NONE


    Was Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty worth the listening time?

    Not REALLY


    Any additional comments?

    Diane Keaton is a wonderful reader and narrator, not sure what this book was about, being beautiful, not being beautiful, insecurities. Trust me I don't want to hear my best friends endless insecurities much less from someone, who's a talented lovely lady, made absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2895)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2690)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Awesomely creepy, funny and sad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to NOS4A2 again? Why?

    yes, Story was captivating and creepy, like watching a train wreck!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cant say it would give story away


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Joe Hill did a great job, well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fuzzy [Jimcin]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    On the planet Zarathustra, a sunstone prospector named Jack Holloway has a mysterious small, "fuzzy" alien show up at his door and make itself at home. Jack names it "Little Fuzzy" and the creature's whole family soon joins them. Hardened prospector Jack is transformed into their "pappy" and chief protector and his life is changed forever.

    Thomas H. Belstler says: "Great Story!"
    "Where Did You Find This Narrator?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Little Fuzzy to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pappy Jack. I asociated with the written character. Not the narrator's terrible job with the dialog.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Roberts?

    The next person that walks by your front door could possibly do a better job. He is the poorest reader I have ever heard on an audible book and I've been a member for 10 years. He sounds like he's reading to a 1st grade class.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm trying to get through the book (because of the compelling nature of a great story) despite the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I see there's another version by a different narrator... odd... or did Audible decide to give others an option.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (930)

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "Great Story.... Lousy Reader!"
    Overall

    This could truly be an excellent part 2 to a great adventure. But the narrator is the worst I have ever encountered in my 8 years with Audible. In part 2 (of part 2) he just stops trying to define characters with any definition so that's impossible to tell who's talking, and when he changes chapters there is not even a small break to tell let you know he has and then transitions using the same voice. Impossible to follow without spending half you time backing up and saying... did I miss something?

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7030)
    Performance
    (3394)
    Story
    (3400)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Stephen King is smoking something!"
    Overall

    This is the second book recommended by Stephen King that couldn't "stink up the joint" more if it tried. When you find yourself yelling back at your radio "Come On! Come On! Come On! that is not a good thing. It is painfully slooooooooooooow and as the King of Switzerland said to Mozart "Too Many Notes" in this case far too many words, The one redeeming value is that it's a great sleep inducer... which doesn't work too well when your driving.... here I go ...fumigating my I Phone again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "Wish there was a "no star" selection"
    Overall

    I have been an Audible customer for going on 8 years and I have never written a review before this. Perhaps it was because I just spent months listening to Steven King's Dark Tower series, which makes about anything pale in comparison, but this is the worst novel in my massive library collection. Disappointing, boring, uninteresting and insipid are the first descriptions that come to mind. With a great reader and a compelling scenario this book turns out to be about a primer on adultery, with participants that no one could care for. Good Lord! Is that the best the author could do. I've got to fumigate my iPod.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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