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Amanda

Literawesome

Sydney, Australia

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  • I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cold, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could have come only from Nora Ephron - I Remember Nothing is a pure delight.

    Caro says: "Ha ha"
    "Lovely"
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    I really like Nora Ephron and was genuinely upset when she passed away.
    Her writing style is so sharp and clever, but also poignant with a hint of sadness.

    I listened to this as an Audible.com audio book narrated by the author which I really enjoyed. I think wherever possible the author should narrate, especially in cases of essays and memoirs, it just makes the experience more genuine and touching.

    This was particularly touching as she discussed aging, disease, divorce and death and shared her thoughts on how they impacted her life and her self image. She still managed to make it fun though, which is something I love Nora for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with.

    Matthew says: "Stephen Fry is so, so good"
    "Needs more stars!"
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    Stephen Fry is the only person who should ever be allowed to narrate this story. His voice, his intonations, his pace and his grasp of subtle wit leaves all other possibles eating his dust.

    This is one of the best stories ever written, and Mr Fry did it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Feminine Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Betty Friedan
    • Narrated By Parker Posey
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

    Crystal says: "Just download it already!"
    "Way too long"
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    What did you like best about The Feminine Mystique? What did you like least?

    A thought provoking manifesto that really did provoke thought. By the end of the second half though I was done. It got way too repetitive, needlessly argumentative and politically tedious.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didnt get to the end. Parker Posey was just terrible.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Parker Posey?

    Meryl Streep. I have heard other titles narrated by Streep and think she would have been a lot more appropriate.


    Any additional comments?

    Parker Posey... her constant mispronunciation of words, her mono tone, her apathetic meter. I thought she would bring a hip, youthful passion to the work but she made it unbearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    keith says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "Damn you, King!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed 29 of the 30 hours I spent listening to this book. Stephen King however, sigh. He still can't write a good ending.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    His voice was easy to listen to, his casual laugh during dialogue felt natural, however his Russian and German accents both sounded like poor imitations of Arnold Schwarzenegger.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Great. Awesome. Almost brilliant. But that ending. Ugh. Come on Stephen, get with the program!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    In 16 brilliantly observed true stories, Sam Harris emerges as a natural humorist in league with David Sedaris, Chelsea Handler, Carrie Fisher, and Steve Martin, but with a voice uniquely his own. Praised by the Chicago Sun-Times for his "manic, witty commentary", and with a storytelling talent the New York Times calls "New Yorker - worthy," he puts a comedic spin on full-disclosure episodes from his own colorful life. What better place to find painfully funny material than in growing up gay, gifted, and ambitious in the heart of the Bible belt?

    Jeffrey says: "Funny, warmhearted and sincere"
    "Delicious Ham"
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    I found many of the stories funny, some touching, others brutally honest and almost awkwardly intimate. Overall, I enjoyed every one of them.

    There were moments where Sam Harris just seemed to recite names of famous people he knew, but for the most part I enjoyed the sneak peak into the life of the neurotic celebrities and kind of feel like I'm best friends with Liza Minnelli too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2043)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Wonderful :)"
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    I really really loved the first half of this book, and found it in many ways superior to the movie that I've known and loved since childhood.

    Once the story veered into the unknown however, I found that it dragged, and was almost boring.

    Anne Hathaway's narration was sensational, she actually gave me goosebumps in places. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (713)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "An amazing, surprising story..."
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    What an amazing story! I love the slow, meandering way it surfed the story, giving way too much detail in such a delicious way that you forget it has nothing to do with the story, while frustratingly withholding the information you want and need in order to put the story together in a way that makes sense.

    Without being too condescending, it would be a tedious bore for readers who need to be spoon-fed a story in a beginning-middle-end fashion, but thoroughly enjoyable for those who find joy in books like Never Let Me go.

    I will definitely be seeking out more Julian Barnes work in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Wuthering Heights is the name of a rustic old house situated above the Yorkshire moors and dominated by its new master, Heathcliff. It is a famous story of love, passion, and the nature of man.

    Elisa says: "If you want passion..."
    "Dull"
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    What would have made Wuthering Heights better?

    Being 50% shorter. So totally boring. I only listened to half of it.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Jennifer Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of this true tale of floral obsession: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how 700 iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime.

    Robert says: "Orchids are just the vehicle."
    "Absolutely fascinating"
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    Would you listen to The Orchid Thief again? Why?

    I am a big fan of the movie 'Adaptation' and always wanted to read the book it was based on. While the book is indeed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2689)
    Performance
    (2161)
    Story
    (2145)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Gorgeous!"
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    I cant believe I didn't read this when I was a kid! Its such a gorgeous story, so warm and funny and smart. That said, I am glad I read it as an adult, as the humour is so sharp and dry, I dont think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger.

    I listened to it as an Audible file, narrated by Elijah Wood. He is so talented, made the story really come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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