You no longer follow Alysia

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Alysia

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Alysia

ratings
11
REVIEWS
6
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
3

  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10659)
    Performance
    (9638)
    Story
    (9724)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Scooby, Scooby Doo!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Seriously, the plot was way too "Scooby Doo" for me, and the narrative could be excruciatingly repetitive. The author goes over and over with the same information, and it was just all too cheesy and ridiculous for me. No thanks.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Brown? Why or why not?

    No


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s performance?

    Good job with the content, but again slightly cheesy.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (730)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Excruciating Narration..Sorry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narration & Editing...This talent has narrated other stories (Pendergast) stories and I felt like I was listening to that series. I liken the narration to listening to Ron Burgundy from Anchorman...ridiculous. The story was good but needed editing, the last two and a half hours could have been left out. I hate to be negative but I just could not finish the book it was so painful.


    Would you recommend The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    He was a mis-cast...no idea on alternatives


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

    Yes, I liked the bulk of the actual story, the last few chapters could have been simply edited out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3829)
    Performance
    (3430)
    Story
    (3446)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Why?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Husband's Secret better?

    I listened for hours hoping to get something unexpected out of the story. Sad, troubled characters but no complexity or anything that really makes us care about them. I could not finish the book, towards the end the book became too ridiculous to even bear.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not sure, content was hard to overlook.


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

    Frustration


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2219)
    Performance
    (2009)
    Story
    (2004)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Slow moving, boring story, banal reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about What Alice Forgot? What did you like least?

    I could not listen to the book any longer-I wanted to get my moneys worth but in the end it was just to boring. Narration slow and irritating.


    Did What Alice Forgot inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to "Where'd you go Bernadette?" again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2405)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Fantastic, fun book, Narrator brings it to life!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Kathleen Wilhoite brought this story to life, so funny and fantastic, I just started re-listning versus starting another book. Highly recommend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator and Story


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

    Her voice and characters


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (912)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Obsessed, loved it! Go in Blind...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Dinner?

    I did NOT read the summary or any descriptions about the plot in advance, just listened to the book so had NO idea about where the story was taking me which made it an awesome, shocking and gripping adventure. I think the narrator did an amazing job, not sure if he is the reason, or the book itself is the reason it is by far my favorite listen so far.


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

    He IS the character, amazing work and talent!!!


    If you could take any character from The Dinner out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None for me thanks!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.