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  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (726)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "European child rearing"
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    The book is written from a stereotypical neurotic New Yorker. I couldn't finish the book because she keep ranting about herself and the small mindedness that makes it almost painful to grasp other cultures kept getting on my nerves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with a Clock for a Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Swanson
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, a woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago. Liana Dector isn't just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn't quite forget. She's also a dangerous enigma and quite possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she's back - and she needs George's help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money…and they will do whatever it takes to get it back.

    Adriana says: "A disappointment read!"
    "Can't get past the narration"
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    What disappointed you about The Girl with a Clock for a Heart?

    The narration. The voice is flat, no intention, no emotion, nothing.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Swanson’s story?

    I can't get into the story because the narration makes it so boring I have a hard time following the plot. I quit after the second chapter.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See above


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5680)
    Performance
    (4995)
    Story
    (5009)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "LOVED it!"
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    What did you love best about The Husband's Secret?

    Liane Moriarty always delivers. It's not just the secret, which is unexpected, but what comes after. Loved the way she treated the issues that it unraveled.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's so hard to choose... I think what I like best is the way Moriarty looks at one event through different people.


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

    The Australian accent reminded me that the story was set in Austrialia, with the little details that make the setting of a story special and unique.


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

    The price of curiosity


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (740)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Jed says: "Great"
    "It could have been so much more"
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    What did you like best about Hero? What did you like least?

    The concept, the idea was good. A gay super hero, with a super hero mother and a hero wanna be father. But the descriptions weren't detailed enough and the characters were not well developed


    Has Hero turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yup.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Urie?

    I won't go looking for books he narrated but I won't avoid him either.


    Could you see Hero being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe. Maybe the visual aspect adds enough detail to make the story more complete.


    0 of 0 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
    (89)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    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.

    Jen Terry 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
    (1725)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1323)

    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
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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?

    Peter says: "Charming Story"
    "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
    (23022)
    Performance
    (19138)
    Story
    (19122)

    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
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1217)

    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
    (595)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (381)

    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

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