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FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (703)
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    (617)
    Story
    (610)

    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 Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (754)

    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
    (508)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (296)

    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.

    Stuart says: "Methadone your Gaiman or Pratchett fix"
    "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
    (182)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (156)

    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
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    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.

    rick 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
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1201)

    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
  • The Next Thing on My List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Meet June Parker. She works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds. But June's life is about to change.

    S says: "pleasantly surprised"
    "It gets to you"
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    Where does The Next Thing on My List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tough one. I read (or listen) to non fiction, science, psychology, fiction, magic, fantasy. I would put it in the same category as "Objects of my Affection."


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character's introspection triggered by fulfilling the items on the list "in the spirit they were written."


    What about Staci Snell’s performance did you like?

    OK. Not superb but not astonishing either.


    If you could take any character from The Next Thing on My List out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take out Troy, Marisa's brother. I got the feeling that there was more to the character and would like to know what was going on there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking the Walk: Putting the Teachings into Practice When It Matters Most

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    It's one thing to hear a life-changing truth or to have a conceptual grasp on spiritual wisdom. But it’s another thing to "walk the walk" - or to put into practice the good advice we've been given. What does it mean to walk the walk in our everyday lives? According to Pema Chödrön, it means being down-to-earth, genuine, and perhaps most importantly, it means engaging in the teachings in order to actively confront anything and everything we’ve heretofore rejected in our attempts to find happiness.

    Jennifer says: "Worth adding to your Pema Chodren library"
    "Love it"
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    If you could sum up Walking the Walk in three words, what would they be?

    How to live mindfully, in the here and now and experience life as it is.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is a series of talks Pema Chodron gave during a retreat. She is very light hearted, and even funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment when a wasp comes in during the talk and stands on her nose.


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

    No idea.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Layers: Stark Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sigal Ehrlich
    • Narrated By Aletha George, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    When Hayley makes a resolution to put an end to her loose lifestyle, it's all good in theory - that is, until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected businessman in his mid-thirties who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships, and strict preserve of his private life. Opinionated, sharp-tongued Hayley accidentally steps into his office, leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed. Neither Hayley nor Daniel can ignore the immediate attraction between them.

    Yvette says: "A Nice Novel for "in Between" the turbulent ones"
    "Just another steamy novel"
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    Would you try another book from Sigal Ehrlich and/or Aletha George and Nelson Hobbs ?

    No.


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

    I was looking for something like 50 shades (hot and forbidden) but this is the "middle class girl meets emotionally damaged billionaire and turns him around" cliche.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    All the male characters sound fake as if they were done by a woman who tries to do male voices by using a deeper. Daniel sounds fake and the best friend sound mentally challenged.


    Do you think Layers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I read a review and got both books at once as suggested (Layers and Inner Core), but I don't know that I can finish Layers, let alone put myself through Inner Core.


    Any additional comments?

    D. Maybe a note to audible to revise the algorithms that select the suggested stories. Maybe better "key words." Disappointed.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lead: Stage Dive, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (743)

    As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble. Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry.

    Kevin Ann Mullen says: "I love a book that makes you laugh out loud"
    "All the books are the same"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book wasn't a slight variation from books one and two.


    What was most disappointing about Kylie Scott’s story?

    The main character is a girl that is not impressed by money or fame that meets a rock star who has emotional issues and she turns him around. Just the same as with Lick and Play. Even the voices are the same. The structure is the same with only the details changing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice is the same, with the same intonation as the previous books. Probably wouldn't be a problem if the books were different from each other.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had some funny moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Trurl and Klaupacius are constructor robots who try to out-invent each other. Over the course of their adventures in The Cyberiad, they travel to the far corners of the cosmos to take on freelance problem-solving jobs, with dire consequences for their unsuspecting employers.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Robotic Fun"
    "Boring"
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    What would have made The Cyberiad better?

    Start over from scratch.


    Has The Cyberiad turned you off from other books in this genre?

    kind of. Yes.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine. The pace was too slow, and the main character, or one of them was completely annoying. I quit in the first few chapters when I realized I was wishing it would be over soon.


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

    Disapointment


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could return it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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