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Cecilia

I listen to audio books every day. I am hooked!

Des Moines, IA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (461)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "The audio is 10x better than the book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. But not the book version. It is too wordy, w/ no inflections of emotion.


    What other book might you compare We Need to Talk About Kevin to and why?

    Maybe


    What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

    Even-toned, but w/ great voice inflection.
    I just listened to a different book on CD and the narrator blasted half the time and spoke in a whimper the rest of it.
    This is an easy listen.


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

    The part that affected me was one line,


    Any additional comments?

    Have not seen the movie.
    I re-listened to this about two months ago, having listened to it about 5 years ago.
    You will not forget this one.
    It gives me chills.
    Only snakes give me chills.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing with Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lauren Kessler
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    An acclaimed biographer, Lauren Kessler immerses herself in her work to construct compelling portraits of her subjects. In Dancing with Rose, she recounts her time at a West Coast Alzheimer's facility. Working as an unskilled resident assistant, Kessler learns important lessons about humanity while conducting interviews with patients in various stages of the disease.

    Bruce says: "Alzheimer's From A Caregiver's Viewpoint"
    "This Is Reality-all the madness & gladness."
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    Where does Dancing with Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten authors of all the books I've listened to-It is so real, well it is real, not fiction.

    Initially, I found it hard to believe that anyone would continue to stay in a job that was "undercover" to get iformation to write a book.The job is basically maintenance of Alzheimers' patients And it is, literally, a sh-tty job.

    But there is a personal aspect that the author has to deal with. She does it w/ honesty and guilt.
    We all have our "I -wish- I- would- haves." She does too.

    I liked this book better than "Still Alice." It is an older book.

    The disease is not. It goes on and on.


    What other book might you compare Dancing with Rose to and why?

    It reminds me of "Still Alice."
    But this is told from a different point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Ruth Ann Phimister – was your favorite?

    All were good.


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

    Yes. The observation about the clothing.
    The author could sort of tell which patients had family members that cared about them by the condition of their clothing.
    Buttons on shirts, or no buttons, for example.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book.

    1 of 1 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
    (2198)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (836)

    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"
    "Every Teenager Should Have To Read This!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Nineteen Minutes?

    The fact that this could happen anywhere, to anyone, regardless of race or income-level.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book portrays real-life bullying and the consequences, both as the victim is affected,
    and the tormentors.
    This book hit me hard enough to ask my teenage daughter to say One Nice Thing Everyday to a person to whom you would not usually talk to.


    What about Carol Monda’s performance did you like?

    Great performance, easy to understand characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be a mandatory read for all students entering high-school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1620)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (794)

    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
    "Don't like her show, but LOVE her books!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea to be better than the print version?

    The audio is hilarious, as she narrates it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea?

    This book is too good to select one part.
    But, if I had too, it would be massage story.


    Have you listened to any of Chelsea Handler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of her books.
    This one shines above all.


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

    I about wet my pants laughing.
    No other book has made me laugh out loud.
    I have grinned, but not laughed.
    OOps- wrong-Burroughs has.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the pristine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9902)
    Performance
    (4831)
    Story
    (4860)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Better Than I Expected"
    Overall

    Very good. I had almost sworn off S. King.
    There are a lot of characters in this book, but don't let this stop you, as many do not survive.
    As always, King has a way with words that bring scenes to life.
    A very good value for just one credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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