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Anna

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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (747)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Boring, felt like I was being read a textbook."
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    I had HIGH expectations for this book. It's a classic, and being made into numerous plays and movies I figured it had to be a great listen in its entirety. I was so very disappointed. This book right from the get go is boring and drawn out. If it was more focused and stayed on track with the characters I'd be able to listen to it. But every time it starts to get good the writer goes into some other boring description of something not related to the story, and keeps going on and on for sometimes up to an hour about a non topic. I found myself constantly letting my mind wander and not listening at all. Perhaps I should try the abridged version. I just couldn't get into a story that doesn't stay focused on itself. At least it was only one credit....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gucci Gucci Coo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sue Margolis
    • Narrated By Sue Margolis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The acclaimed author of Neurotica finds fertile ground for her wicked wit in this ferociously funny new novel about babies, sex, celebrity... and daring to date a gynecologist. Ruby (still single at thirty-two) Silverman has made a name for herself at Les Sprogs, her exclusive baby boutique where trust-fund mothers swaddle their infants in the hottest designer wear.

    Frances says: "A easy listen"
    "Cute story, great beach listen."
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    This book isn't amazing, but its a fun listen and doesn't get too graphic or deep. I enjoyed it enough to keep listening and to look forward to it when I did put it on. Great voices, I loved her parents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7401)
    Performance
    (6469)
    Story
    (6473)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Good wrap up to a good series."
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    I don't need to say much more about this book that everyone hasn't already. It really exposed me to a world I was not familiar with and I loved it. So did the husband. It kept me loving almost every moment of the story, and re-listening again. Its a well written book, which could only be improved by a better narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26102)
    Performance
    (20048)
    Story
    (20232)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "I was so glad this was over."
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    I thought this series would be amazing. So much hype from so many people. But I felt it fell flat. It got predictable, and I found that I didn't care wether Katness lived. The voices sound too much like each other, and it got too detailed in parts that didn't matter. Too many characters, and not a believable story. I didn't love this series, but I didn't hate it so much that I I shut it off. Did find myself tuning out too much though, and I was not sad that it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28646)
    Performance
    (21897)
    Story
    (22037)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Not great. Not terrible."
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    I thought this series would be amazing. So much hype from so many people. But I felt it fell flat. It got predictable, and I found that I didn't care wether Katness lived. The voices sound too much like each other, and it got too detailed in parts that didn't matter. Too many characters, and not a believable story. If the writer herself were a teen I'd be impressed, but not impressed as an accomplished author. I didn't love this series, but I didn't hate it so much that I I shut it off. Did find myself tuning out too much though, and I was not sad that it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33899)
    Performance
    (25088)
    Story
    (25432)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Good enough. Not as great as expected."
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    I thought this series would be amazing. So much hype from so many people. But I felt it fell flat. It got predictable, and I found that I didn't care wether Katness lived. The voices sound too much like each other, and it got too detailed in parts that didn't matter. Too many characters, and not a believable story. I didn't love this series, but I didn't hate it so much that I I shut it off. Did find myself tuning out too much though, and I was not sad that it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14381)
    Performance
    (11793)
    Story
    (12421)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Needs no more praise, but I loved it."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades of Grey to be better than the print version?

    No, I'd imagine the read to be better. I didn't like the voice for Christian, and I often got characters confused. Too similar in voices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Ummmmmm, they won't print this if I say.


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

    Yes, if I could make it through without mauling my husband.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I'd like this book. So much hype, and I'm not into this type of genre. But I gave it a listen as a recommendation from a friend. I got hooked. Love the first, and love how it just gets nasty. Gave me many new things to try in real life. Brought me out of a shell I didn't think I was in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1782)
    Performance
    (1626)
    Story
    (1638)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "NOT FUNNY. Hurts your ears to listen to her "sing""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A not so annoying voice. No singing the chapter headings. Pronouncing words that end in ING correctly. Speech impediment? Not calling her husband an a-hole all the time.


    Has Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just Jenny Lawson.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    Not as a audio book. Maybe it's more funny to actually read.


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

    The start of the book is good. I loved her family, and the stories that involved them. Her on her own is just too bat poop crazy to be believable. And I know she warned of that, but it's like she acts crazy just to be crazy. Why the need to treat her husband so terribly? And her voice, of her voice makes me want to rip my ears off.


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts out ok, but continues to decline with every chapter. I would never put her in the same category as Tina Fey, Tina is funny. Jenny is not. She just seems to try to hard. I wish I could get my credit back, this was an awful listen. Just awful. My ears need to heal before I can attempt to listen to another book. I wish I could pretend this book never happened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sushi for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Lisa Edwards, top London magazine editor, has been fantasizing about promotion to New York. Instead, she's asked to launch a new women's magazine in Dublin. She thinks nothing could be worse - until she meets her new staff. They're friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic - in other words, they wouldn't last two minutes in London!

    Maja says: "i laughed so much"
    "Great little get away"
    Overall

    This is a good book, the characters and story line keep you entertained. It throws some twists in, but it is quite predictable. I knew what was going to happen to everyone by the end of the book long before I was through. But it's a fun listen and has some good laughs as well as some good life lessons. Brings attention to some serious issues by the end that I didn't expect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Do Not Disturb

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    What would you give for one night in the world's most luxurious hotel? Now imagine you own it. Honor is trying to save the family hotel that shares her name. Palmers, a beautiful old jewel of a building nestled on the coast of the Hamptons, used to be the most glamorous destination in the world. Now Honor wants to restore its reputation, its glitz and its guest list.

    Barbara says: "I loved it!"
    "Not great, not terrible"
    Overall

    This book was somewhat entertaining, it's a classic Tilly Bagshaw. She sure loves her spoiled trust fund characters, and this book is full of them. There are often huge gaps in the time line that she tries to fill you in, almost like she got bored of writing and just decided to move on ....... four months later. It happens many times in the story. Hard to keep up with the catch up. It's not a terrible book, but its not amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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