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cristin

Amarillo, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1552)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1368)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "A poignant literary work of art."
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    I'll admit, I was a bit worried when I started this book. I was afraid that this story would not measure up to Kingsolver's other book, one of my favorites, "The Poisonwood Bible" and I did not, from the get go, like the narration.But somehow, before I knew it, I was mesmerized by the narration AND the story. Kingsolver not only delivers a beautiful and poignant story, but her literary finesse always captivates me! This is NOT a fast-actioned book or even a romance novel, so if you do not like long books that are subtle and slower-paced, this is NOT the book for you. However, if, like me, you enjoy books that get "inside" of you and leave you empty when you 'turn' the last page, then this is the book for you.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17494)
    Performance
    (15823)
    Story
    (15948)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Addicting for Teens-Enjoyable for Adults"
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    I was sucked in to the world of "Divergent" from the very beginning. I will not deny that I enjoyed it thoroughly. However, I only gave the story an overall three stars because, in the end, there were several "teen fiction-esque" moments and story lines that reminded me that I was not listening to a book written for adults, but rather teenagers. The love story was a bit too campy and unrealistic for me (given, I know it's fiction!), but the overall idea of the book was, without a doubt, enthralling! I do wish more aspects of the story had been fleshed out and written about in greater detail, but, I cannot deny that the author did do a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1294)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Call the Press! This memoir is amazing!"
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    This memoir was a wonderful "read"! It captivated me from the very beginning and left me wanting more (I discovered it was a trilogy! Hip, hip, hooray!). I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who loves memoirs or is interested in social justice, the 1950s era, or nursing/midwifery.

    I will agree with other reviewers that the narrator's voice was hard to hear. I had to keep the volume at the highest setting and even then sometimes her quiet whispering voice would say something softly and I would not be able to understand a word or phrase. Nonetheless, I rather enjoyed the narrator because she did seem to invoke this unassuming midwife down to a T!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (382)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Kathy says: "Seren Tuval, you are my hero!"
    "Heart-wrenching, Moving, and Beautiful"
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    This memoir was simply wonderful! The narration was terrific and the "story" was heart-wrenching, moving, and beautiful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4025)
    Performance
    (3587)
    Story
    (3591)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Enjoyable, but fails to ensnare."
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    I consider this a "light" book-it was entertaining and enjoyable. It did take on some serious issues but did not engage in them long enough to create a world that fully ensnared me and kept me on the edge of my seat. Is it a book I would listen to again and again? No. However, if you are looking for an enjoyable read that will keep you entertained for the time being (like a long road trip), I would recommend this book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12559)
    Performance
    (10986)
    Story
    (11030)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Terrible Female Voice Narration-Read Instead!"
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    I will reiterate what everyone else has already said:

    Roy Dotrice's voice for specific characters and women in general (particularly Daenerys) was terrible. His narration really did differ in this book compared to the first three. I would still recommend READING this book, but I would suggest skipping the audible version. If you cannot read versus listen to the book I wouldn't go so far as to say that the audible book is completely ruined, but rather annoying when he narrates Daenerys as his voice completely changes how one envisions her! However, aside from the female voices, Dotrice's performance is solid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (757)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Enjoyable morphs in to enthralling."
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    Narrator: This is the second book I have listened to that is narrated by Jonathan Davis. Each time I listened to him read it took me a few chapters to learn to "like" him, for I automatically dislike his narration. HOWEVER, I always end up appreciating him and his voice after a few chapters. So if you automatically dislike him, it just takes some time to get used to his voice (or, at least, it did for me).

    Story: This story is quite enjoyable in the beginning and, as time progresses, becomes quite enthralling. I assume that many of you enjoy books and, if you are looking at this book, you probably enjoy a wide variety of books that stand out from the masses (romance novels, mediocre fiction books about housewives, etc...). If so, you need to listen to this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Save Us

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jenna Blum
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (126)

    Trudy, a college history professor, is collecting oral histories from World War II survivors (both German and Jewish). Her mother, Anna, refuses to talk to her, but Anna's story is revealed in flashback. She conducted an affair with a Jewish baker who was summarily killed. Afterward, Anna caught the eye of a high-ranking Nazi officer.

    Taryn says: "engaging"
    "Heavy, Hellish, and Unforgettable"
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    I have read quite a few nonfiction Holocaust/Nazi Germany books and am usually leery of fictitious books concerning the Holocaust. However, this book was rather 'enjoyable'. It is, of course, a very heavy book and not a "fun" read, but it is enjoyable! It not only felt real (I constantly had to remind myself not to discuss what went on in this book so that I would not get it confused with reality), but it had me on the edge of my seat.

    Typically Holocaust stories are about the Holocaust victims and most people shy away from the topic of what the Germans went through (guilty/not guilty/etc...). I thought that the author was able to bring about this topic beautifully and even mentioned several books that "Trudy" is reading and that I myself have read ("Hitler's Willing Executioners", etc...) and that are wonderful resources for anyone to read that wants to know more about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

    I highly recommend this book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heyday

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    During one month in 1848, gold is discovered in California, the United States wins its first foreign war, and an English gentleman named Benjamin Knowles falls in love with actress and part-time prostitute Polly Lucking. He also meets her brother Duff, a damaged veteran of the Mexican War, and befriends the unforgettable Timothy Skaggs. Lured by the prospect of gold, they set off on a transcontinental race west. However, they are unaware that a stranger bent on revenge shadows their every move.

    Julie says: "Where's the buzz on this book?"
    "Flat, Predictable, and (Surprisingly) Boring"
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    I fully expected to enjoy this book up to the last moment (if not beyond that last moment). Unfortunately, I, like Nancy, felt this book was rather predictable and, overall, dull. While it did have its exciting moments and did allow me a wonderful glimpse in to a specific time in to American history, it all fell flat for me. The narrator was enjoyable, however, and I enjoyed his voice.

    This is the only audio book I have ever not finished. I had about 2 hours left and I simply could not stand it anymore-so I deleted it and do not feel I missed out on much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17970)
    Performance
    (15979)
    Story
    (15938)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Entertaining? Yes! Instant classic literature? No."
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    This book was enjoyable and entertaining, but not a book that will go down in history (or my history at least) as a classic piece of literature that has changed my life (or even my year!).

    This was my first Stephen King novel. The concept and detail of this book was fascinating. I really enjoyed this book. While I do recommend this book, it wasn't one of those books that constantly kept me on the edge of my seat breathlessly waiting for the next moment. It did, however, keep me interested and entertained. I thoroughly enjoy long books, but occasionally I had to take a break from this one because it would get to feeling long-winded. But as soon as those moments were over I was back to enjoying the book. The narrator was a great choice for the main character. However, his female voices were sub-par and sometimes drove me crazy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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