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FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • If You Ask Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty White
    • Narrated By Betty White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (372)

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....

    Lizz says: "I'd ask Betty!"
    "After 6 books she has nothing left to say"
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    I got it because I heard her in interviews and thought she was hilarious. This book is not funny nor interesting. I didn't finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of Sin: A Merrily Watkins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Garway church was built by medieval Knights Templar, and after seven centuries, the Welsh Border village is still shadowed by their mysteries. A few fields away, the Master House, abandoned and falling into ruin, has been sold to the Duchy of Cornawll. But renovation plans stall when a specialist builder refuses to work there, insisting it's a place that doesn't want to be restored.

    Jennifer says: "outstanding, as always"
    "Great Story, Wonderful Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fabric of Sin to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I would think so. Emma Powell does a wonderful job conveying not only the personalities of the characters but also the ambience of the whole story. I think I might have not being as interested with the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The daughter. She was lively, funny and intelligent. She added a dimension to the story. It made it more than just a mystery novel and provided a wonderful and enriching contrast to her conservative mother.


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

    No, I haven't yet.


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

    Another Brilliant British Mystery


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1663)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1269)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    Tracey says: "Made me laugh out loud"
    "Hard to finish"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would start over.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Tropper? Why or why not?

    Probably not. While the idea was good, it didn't deliver. Maybe it was the performance, or maybe it would be funnier if I was more acquainted with the jewish culture. I just didn't get the humor and will not watch the movie.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ramon De Ocampo’s performances?

    No, not really.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie and no, I won't go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reformed Vampire Support Group

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Jinks
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Nina Harrison, fanged at 15 and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina and Dave at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.

    Stewart says: "Vampires & Werewolves & UnDead Oh My!"
    "Not the typical vampire book. Worth it."
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    If you could sum up The Reformed Vampire Support Group in three words, what would they be?

    Teenage, different, and adventure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reformed Vampire Support Group?

    The moment when they get to the farm and find out what the silver bullet meeting was about.


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

    Nothing I can think of.


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

    I wouldn't make a movie


    Any additional comments?

    It is a book for a younger audience. It was OK for me, but I think a tween or teen would have enjoyed it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaid's Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Carrie Anne Noble
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    There is no cure for being who you truly are.… In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree. One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid. And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?

    S says: "OK story, bad narration"
    "OK story, bad narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mermaid's Sister to be better than the print version?

    No. I think I would have liked it better if I had read the print edition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the suspense of the characters' lives with the carnival performers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice of the main character was awful. The voice of the main character was rather monotone and failed to convey emotion or feelings. The male characters' voices sounded loud and angry not with a male pitch.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17584)
    Performance
    (14649)
    Story
    (14645)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Brilliant"
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    Where does The Girl on the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15.


    What other book might you compare The Girl on the Train to and why?

    I'd compare it to Little Lies from Lianne Moriarty because the story is told by several characters. Each character tells their partial view of the event resulting in a description that is much richer than what can be achieved by a single character. It is also very compelling the way the author manages to describe each character's view of themselves. Three completely different personalities and lives are described in a way that gives the reader an understanding of the characters' behaviors, even if they don't agree with them. It is not as funny as Little Lies but it is similar in the impartial description of human nature.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Tough. I suppose it was Anna. The contrast of her light heartedness youth mixed with heavy the deep internal conflict.


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

    Towards the end, yes. It is not a fast paced, high tension kind of book. It is more of a descriptive story that slowly builds up and catches the reader by surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1282)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1121)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "OK"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd like it to be funnier, in the lines of "Pretty little lies."


    If you’ve listened to books by Liane Moriarty before, how does this one compare?

    Yes, I got this one because I had listened to "Pretty little lies" and LOVED it. This one is completely different. It's OK, but not what I was looking for.


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Lovatt Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, that's how I came about Liane Moriarty. I like her performance.


    Did The Hypnotist's Love Story inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (366)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Jefferson says: "The Necromancer as Diabolic Showman"
    "Remains to be seen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure. I had a hard time with the english accent of the reader and found myself getting distracted from the book. For a while I was considering moving on, but the story was interesting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have it read by someone with a more clear accent.


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

    No.


    Could you see Johannes Cabal The Necromancer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Good question. I have to think about that one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof: The Science of Booze

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adam Rogers
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (262)

    A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol, sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for 10,000 years. Distillation is a 2,000-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we're still perfecting today.

    Atila says: "Great listening to all about booze"
    "This is a book to read, not to listen to"
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    Would you try another book from Adam Rogers and/or Sean Runnette?

    Yes. The book seems good, but in written form. It's very detailed, almost academic, it needs to be read.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Rogers again?

    Probably not.


    What aspect of Sean Runnette’s performance would you have changed?

    The audio performance was fine. I just found that the content is not a great fit for an audiobook.


    What character would you cut from Proof?

    N/A


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exit Strategy: Nadia Stafford, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda, Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Regulars at Nadia’s nature lodge don’t ask what she does in the off-season. And that’s a good thing. If she told them, she’d have to kill them. She’s a hit woman for a Mafia family. Tough and self-sufficient, Nadia doesn’t owe anyone any explanations. But that doesn’t mean she always works alone. One of her contacts has recruited her in the hunt for a ruthlessly efficient serial killer cutting a swath of terror across the country. The assassin is far too skilled to be an amateur - and the precision of the killings is bringing the Feds much too close to the hit man community for comfort.

    Gang of Four says: "some strong elements, but...."
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It kept me bitting my nails start to finish. I like the characters and the focus on human emotions and non-verbal communication.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack I suppose. He's enigmatic and with his silences and grunts leaves a lot to be interpreted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jack and Nadia go back to Evelyn's house and they are all pointing guns at each other.


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

    Yep.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to get the rest of the series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1349)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "The best fiction I've come across in a long time"
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    If you could sum up Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, entertaining, and imagination stimulating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, emperor Molusk of course. He has an utmost rational approach to everything, yet he is also arrogant and polite at the same time. It's a fabulously complex character.


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

    Brilliant. The british accent makes it even better.


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

    Made me laugh so many times! I re-listened to it with my son and by myself. So funny and creative!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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