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Sharon

West Islip, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (692)

    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Rereading after High School"
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    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Cities again? Why?

    I would read this book again because there were parts of this book that I missed. I actually went to Sparksnotes to confirm that I heard it correctly. I did. It was Dickens and the way he wrote. Knowing that the book was written as a serial made it more intriguing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale of Two Cities?

    When the prisoner switch took place. No, when Madam Defarge was killed. It was very exciting and I remembered why I loved this book in High School.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Dr Manette was my favorite. Even with his fragile mind he stepped up for his daughter and her family, a true hero.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really enjoyed the part where Miss Pross killed Madam Defarge. Miss Pross protected Lucy because she loved her. I think Madam Defarge was just interested in vengeance, not really due to loyalty to her family. It may have started out as loyalty but went too far.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in High School and enjoyed it. I questioned my opinion when the reading started. Shortly into book two I was hooked. When the book was finished I missed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1358)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Very entertaining!"
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    Would you listen to The Rosie Project again? Why?

    Yes. It was very entertaining and funny, I had times where I could not stop laughing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rosie and Dr Tillman together were a combo. The couple, did what the individual could not. The individuals would not bend. The couple was adventurous.


    What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

    His performance was outstanding. He came across with the dry flat responses as required. I found myself laughing out loud at many times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What are the odds we can find out who done it, who is doing it and who should be doing it?


    Any additional comments?

    Crazy good book that makes you think about times when you didn't do things when you were uncomfortable. What fun did you miss out on? As an alternate view, the professor that doesn't have a no button and thinks it is perfecty acceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1181)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "Horrible narrator!"
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    If you could sum up The House of Hades in three words, what would they be?

    very busy book


    What other book might you compare The House of Hades to and why?

    not sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was horrible! Sometimes he was very mechanical and read without feeling. I could not follow the book at times since the narrator was so bad.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no!


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the narrator before you pay him. This guy should pay you to listen to him read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor and the Code of Claw: The Underland Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.

    Bruce says: "They kissed. They parted. Fantasy meets Reality."
    "Great series!"
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    What did you love best about Gregor and the Code of Claw?

    I liked that Gregor was dealing with the reality of being torn between two places. I also love that the main characters are loyal to each other.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor and the Code of Claw?

    When you find out that someone is or is not dead. I don't want to give up a good part of the story.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    The different voices that he uses are very entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely! The entire family has listened to the book. 11 years old to 60 years old.


    Any additional comments?

    As a parent I search for books that we all can listen to. It is rewarding to find a series that we can share. The conversations that go on about the book have been fascinating. The fact that we have something in common to talk about is great. My husband is always behind us in the book and he often listens in the car after we are done with the book. He is not a big reader but is always asking, what's next?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (412)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "Wacky story"
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    Where does Another Fine Myth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks at the lower half of the books Iwe have listened to


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    You never knew what was going to happen next. That was both good and bad. It was almost haphazard.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Noah Michael Levine?

    I didn't think so, but when we were done my kids 11 year old boy and 14 year old girl asked if we could buy the next book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I am buying the next book to see if I like it better. The story line is all over the place.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (526)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "I hated this story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would not have finished the book if I had to read it. David Hyde Pierce was fantastic!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I actually ended up hating this book. As a kid you only hear of part of the story. This was not kids book and I thought the ending was disturbing, although it may have been valid.


    What does David Hyde Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When Davis Hyde Pierce is reading you get the full experience of the emotions involved from Gulliver"s prospective. I do wonder how he figured out how to say some of the words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved at Gulliver's mistreatment all through the book. I guess so was Gulliver based on the ending of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sorry that I got this book, but I really disliked the story. I was hoping for a nice fairy tale. Wow! So much craziness going on in this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4585)
    Performance
    (4122)
    Story
    (4206)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "I still LOVE it!"
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    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    Perseverance, Loyalty and Honor


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fellowship of the Ring?

    When they met the guy in the forest. I cannot remember his name. I loved his songs.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way he reads. He fits the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    oh, no! Sometimes there was so much going on that you needed the break just to figure it all out.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy reading and listening to The Fellowship of the Ring because there was so much that they could not fit into the movie (and the movie was GOOD!). Things that I found interesting. Some wacky little tidbits like, how many people were at Bilbo's birthday party? I may not remember it tomorrow, but I enjoyed it today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (860)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Sad, real and rivoting"
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    Where does Nineteen Minutes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of the better books that I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Nineteen Minutes to and why?

    I can only compare this book to the other Jodi Picoult book that I have listened to, House Rules. In both books, one character is protecting another character. I enjoy the twists and turns. I found that both stories kept me interested so much that I couldn't wait to get back to the story.


    What does Carol Monda bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She put feeling into the words of the characters.


    If you could rename Nineteen Minutes, what would you call it?

    Friends Forever


    Any additional comments?

    Josie was way too accepting of Matt's behavior. I wonder how Alex could have allowed Josie so much freedom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4015)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1698)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "God, a black woman?"
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    If you could sum up The Shack in three words, what would they be?

    Do not judge. That is one of the themes of this book. The book takes everything you thought God and the trinity was and throws it up in the air. They return to you in ways that you would believe and ways you would not.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shack?

    When Mac sees his daughter for the first time in a year. He is comforted by her happiness.


    What about Roger Mueller’s performance did you like?

    It was well read with the proper thought and emotion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mac realizes that his other daughter feels like the tragedy is her fault.


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen many reviews of people that did not like this book and many of people that loved this book. This book is meant for you to step out of preconceived ideas and revisit your beliefs. I think it strengthened my beliefs and challenged me not to be as judgmental. People see what they see, because of what they have lived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3174)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1353)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Saved by a book club"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society the most enjoyable?

    There were many opinionated character in this book. Some you could embrace and some you would dismiss. The stark differences was entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Dawsey was my favorite character because he was in love and had no clue what to do.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator kept the story interesting.


    If you could take any character from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think Isola would be an interesting dinner date. She appeared to be a very honorable person and the conversation would be good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an incredible illustration of the good and bad of war. Despite what people believe about the enemy, there are good people among them. Elizabeth must have been an unbelievable person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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