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Alisyn

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  • When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Piper
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    What do you do when you discover that you're not satisfied in God the way he wants you to be? Joy is more than an afterthought of the Christian life; it is the sustaining fruit of a relationship with God. With a radical passion for Christ's glory, John Piper helps you find the joy God wants you to have.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spiritual awakening in a book!"
    "Helpful and encouraging"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is so helpful when someone you know is going through a very difficult time in life. There are practical applications and encouraging thoughts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You Should Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

    Laurie says: "Maybe I should have known better"
    "Anti-climactic and meandering"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator and a better story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jean Hanff Korelitz again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Delaine?

    Anyone with more variation in their tone. She sounded more like a non-fiction voice than a fiction voice. It lent itself well to this boring story.


    What character would you cut from You Should Have Known?

    Maybe the main character because she was so clueless about being in a story.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the story to come together. I expected a spicy story about women and men missing the signals and the signals being a main part of the story. Instead, “you should have known” signals were sprinkled very sparingly throughout the story. Most of the story is full of unnecessary, mundane details that never led anywhere except to me eventually listening to this book at 2x speed! I never, ever do that. I just wanted to get to the end to see if this story came together, it didn’t. The story overall is a poorly executed mediocre book idea. I would have given it less than 2 stars, but while the story fell flatter than flat, it was still fairly well written (so 2 stars for technical skill). I'm honestly at a loss as to what all the hype is about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Splendour Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you. As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm.

    NancyJQ says: "Another triumph for my favorite author!"
    "Reminiscent of a good Agatha Christie story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Splendour Falls to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What other book might you compare The Splendour Falls to and why?

    Splendour Falls reminds me of any good Agatha Christie story, such as Murder on the Orient Express and Evil Under the Sun. I could not figure out this whodunnit and the way Kearsley wove it all together was very satisfying.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    At first, Barbara Rosenblat's performance confused me because she has a rather mature voice (in a good way). The character is supposed to be in her late 20s, I think, so the narrator's mature voice threw me off. However, and this is a big HOWEVER, I quickly got used to Barbara's voice and eventually loved the sultry maturity that it gave to the main character. Her voice also lender itself very well to playing male characters. Her French accent was perfect. Overall, I grew to love this narrator and hope to find more books she has read.


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

    Murder Under the Sun. ;)


    Any additional comments?

    I have now listened to all of Susanna Kearsley's Audible books (the ones that are available here). Out of them, Splendour Falls was the most different from the others -- Winter's Sea, Rose Garden, Firebird. At first, I was a little disappointed that it didn't have time traveling-like features of the other books, but in the end I didn't care because I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery of this story and the narrator's performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1891)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "People like this story?!"
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    Would you try another book from Lois Lowry and/or Ron Rifkin?

    No and maybe. This story is dark, disturbing, and I wish I could unlisted to it (erase it from my brain). Ron Rifkin did a fine job, but I like him better as an actor than a narrator.


    What could Lois Lowry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Unwrite it.


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

    Overall, the narrator did a good enough job that he did to detract from the story. I kind of which he had because the story is sick.


    What character would you cut from The Giver?

    That poor baby that was "released." I'm in shock that people even like this story. The only thing I can come up with is that the end might be the pay off, but honestly it's not enough of a payoff for the deeply disturbing parts of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this and the upcoming movie. You won't be able to unlisted or unsee this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1506)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Not as good as The Firebird or The Winter Sea"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator would have made this better. Honestly, the narrator's accents kept slipping and changing within a character, among other annoyances. She just wasn't the right person for me.


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

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicola Barber?

    The narrators Kathryn Kellgren and Rosalyn Landor did such an excellent job narrating two other books by the same author and each narrator did an outstanding job. They each allowed you to get involved in the story without thinking about the narration -- I cannot say the same thing for this audiobook.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Rose Garden?

    I don't know that I would have cut scenes, they scenes were fine. I may have reorganized some of the story so that you *spoiler alert* find out about the Cora sooner or at least have more clues about what is going on with her. That would have helped with the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the story was okay but was de-enhanced by the narration. I would not recommend this audiobook. However, I would still highly recommend The Firebird and The Winter Sea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4951)
    Performance
    (2537)
    Story
    (2540)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "So-so, good for conversation pieces"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The author read his book a little too slowly. It would have been nice to hear this spoken more conversationally, more naturally.


    What did you take away from The Tipping Point that you can apply to your work?

    Don't accept conventional maintstream answers, look beyond for answers. There might be unusual, but mundane reasons for why things happen.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of The Tipping Point is interesting and everything the author wrote is interesting, but every time he offered reasons behind the reasons of why thins happened, I kept thinking, "Yeah, didn't we already know that?" So I didn't find the ideas revolutionary or new, just interesting. In the least, the ideas in the book will make for great conversational pieces.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2860)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2412)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "I was happily lost in this story"
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    What did you love best about The Winter Sea?

    The combination of genealogy, mystery, and genetic memory.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    While I like audiobooks for their portability, I normally get distracted by the narrator and their inability to really portray different characters, especially different genders. I usually speed up the reading so I can get through the book quickly because while I want to hear the story, the narrator is annoying. I did speed up this story because I couldn't wait to hear what happened! I easily and quickly got caught up in this story because 1) it's a really fascinating, enthralling story and 2) the narrator did not detract or distract me from the story. I found myself pausing whatever task I was doing while listening because I was so enchanted by what was happening. I even laughed, sighed, and almost cried

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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