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Aimee

AUSTIN, TX, United States

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 23 titles in library
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  • Painter of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Georgina Harding
    • Narrated By Siân Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Romania, the early 1950s. A nameless man is found on the steps of a hospital. Deaf and mute, he is unable to communicate until a young nurse called Safta brings paper and pencils with which he can draw. Slowly - painstakingly - memories appear on the page. The memories are Safta's also, for the man is Augustin, son of the cook at the manor house which was Safta's family home. Born six months apart, they grew up with a connection that bypassed words.

    Cariola says: "Very Unique Story"
    "A quiet but evocative story, masterfully read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Painter of Silence the most enjoyable?

    This is a people story rather than an action story, and the richness of detail and the well-developed character studies made it a pleasure to lose myself in pre- and post-WWII Romania.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Although peripheral, Savta's mother is a fascinating character. I'd gladly read a sequel or partner book focused on her.


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

    I have not listened to any other books narrated by Thomas, but she is brilliant -- about 25 stars on a scale of 1-10. She could read my grocery list and make it meaningful and moving. Her voice and skill are an immense pleasure.


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

    Reinventing ourselves through memory and forgetting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4282)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1997)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Utterly believeable and quietly moving"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christopher is fabulous, someone I wish I could know in real life because his approach to problem-solving and his determination to succeed are an inspiration.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Jeff Woodman does an exquisite job of bringing these characters to life in all their flawed humanity. The pain and love of the parents, the bewildered but heroic spirit of the protagonist and his cool use of logic and reason in the face of all difficulties, the patient teacher who equips Christopher with his arsenal of strategies and believes in him -- all were recognizable and I saw bits of me in all of them. I felt tremendous sypmathy for all of these characters through their trials and rejoiced at their victories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1037)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "Lesson learned: "classic" doesn't equal "great""
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    What would have made Moby-Dick better?

    A good editor! Melville goes on and on, in convoluted sentences with words strung together that don't really mean anything, and tortures the reader for 135 chapters (21 hours!) before offering up the climax in the last 200 words. My advice: pretend you're still a teenager in high school and read the first and last chapters and skip the rest -- and count yourself lucky!


    What three words best describe Frank Muller’s performance?

    Adequate -- I give him credit for tackling this behemoth of a novel, but I've heard better. Other reviewers raved about him so maybe my expectations were set too high, but ultimately I was left uninspired.


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

    I listened to the bitter end just so I could say I had finished it and be able to complain about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I made it through high school and college without ever reading Moby Dick, but with all the references in pop culture I thought it would be a good one to add to my repertoire. What a disappointment! I thought it was awful, all the way through. The first paragraph is the best, then it goes downhill fast. I can't think of anything good to say about this book and I will never recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2220)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1430)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "A four-year liberal arts degree in one book"
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    Any additional comments?

    My father told me when I was going to a college that a great liberal arts education would prepare me to read the Sunday New York Times cover-to-cover and understand at least a little bit about all the topics. Now imagine a Sunday Times with only science articles. The Disappearing Spoon manages that education in one book -- alchemy, quantum physics, the search for intelligent life in the universe, the theory of warfare, and MUCH more, all encapsulated in one great journey through human greed, creativity, and achievement anchored by the periodic table. Fascinating, and I learned a lot but ended up expert in none, which felt just about right.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of an Execution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Dow
    • Narrated By David R. Dow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Near the beginning of The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow lays his cards on the table. "People think that because I am against the death penalty and don't think people should be executed, that I forgive those people for what they did. Well, it isn't my place to forgive people, and if it were, I probably wouldn't. I'm a judgmental and not very forgiving guy. Just ask my wife."

    Rich in BCS says: "Great story. Tragic reality"
    "50 Shades of Humanity"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in delving into the shades of gray that live between juvenile notions of good people and bad people, alll within the framework of the US justice system and the Texas death penalty system. All of these characters are flawed, and grace comes from the most surprising places. Set aside your beliefs on the death penalty and just go for a ride with the author as he weaves the rules of the legal system, their effects on real cases and real people, and the parallel journey of his personal life as a husband and father into a fabric that will wrap around you unexpectedly and leave you with lots to ponder. It's definitely worth the journey!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Autobiography of an Execution?

    Henry Quaker's speech. Any more detail would be a spoiler.


    What aspect of David R. Dow’s performance would you have changed?

    Page turns are audible in the first section of the book. Dow's narration is reminiscent of Ben Stein. But somehow by the end, the words matter more than the performance art.


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

    After the first hour, I would have given this book a single star, but by the end I'm offering 4 and 5 stars. Once I gave myself over to just going wherever the author wanted to take me, it became an incredible journey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27629)
    Performance
    (14217)
    Story
    (14271)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderful story brought to vivid life"
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    What did you love best about The Help?

    The narrators are fabulous -- each character unique in her voice and perspective. They kept me laughing on my daily work commute, and my heart pounded right along with theirs as the action came to a climax. Listening to this story was a wonderful part of my day.


    What other book might you compare The Help to and why?

    The Winter Sea, by Susannah Kearsley... A very (very!) different plot, but also a mix of female perspectives and stories woven together. Both books use dialect to bring their characters to life. Both books are 5-star pleasures.


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

    Hearing the dialects and voices. So much detail is told through tone, inflection, and the grammar and diction differences between the whites and coloreds. The personalities you discover in a 2-D way on paper get their third dimension as an audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (495)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Great rewards for those who have patience"
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    What did you love best about Middlemarch?

    I am only half-way through this 33-hour extravaganza, but George Eliot's writing is insightful and quietly witty. Contrary to today's "Law & Order"-type of no-backstory storylines, this tome dives deep into each character's psyche and motivations. Trying to decide which characters are the good guys is a challenge, as little is black-and-white in Middlemarch.


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

    The characters' voices are very well done, and Stevenson's measured reading pace perfectly suits the material. Her voice is a joy, and she manages to wade through the long, convoluted sentences with integrity of style and preservation of meaning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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