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Andrea

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 343 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (27496)
    Performance
    (14099)
    Story
    (14148)

    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!"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    This is a truly wonderful book. It gives authentic insights into the world of Jackson, Mississippi in 1962-1963, and the enormous gulf between blacks and whites in that time and place. Yet despite rampant racism and segregation, one young white woman and a group of black women who, against their better judgment, decide to trust her and help her write a book, are able to bridge the gap, and to discover each others' essential humanity. The narration is excellent -- the three readers sound completely true to character. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12894)
    Performance
    (10502)
    Story
    (10623)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Best new fantasy series I've encountered in years!"
    Overall

    This is a fresh, funny, wonderful book. The protagonist is likeable but imperfect (in a good way), the characters (except perhaps for Denna, our hero's love interest) are believable and fun, and the plot turns are interesting and non-formulaic. I really like that neither the book nor Kvoth, our protagonsit, take themselves too seriously. The narrator is excellent, too. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13259)
    Performance
    (11636)
    Story
    (11682)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Narration is terrible"
    Overall

    This is the first "Song of Ice and Fire" book that I've ordered on audio instead of reading in print. I wish I'd saved my 2 credits. I gave up part way through the first volume. The narrator only seems to have 2 voices -- one sounds like a querulous old woman with a vaguely Scottish accent, and the other sounds like an old man. Unfortunately, all the women's voices, including Dany's -- who is supposed to be a young teenaged girl -- sound like the querulous old woman.

    As far as the book goes, I may take another stab at it in print, but I've been unimpressed by the story line so far. Nothing seems to happen, and the mood is definitely dark, dreary and violent. Martin seems to be falling a victim to his own success. My advice is, pass this one by and use your credits for something worthwhile.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3894)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2317)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Not one of Koontz' best"
    Overall

    I like a lot of what Dean Koontz writes, but Lightening was not worth the listen. The premise is absurd, the characters are two-dimensional (with the exception of the truly amazing Ackerley twins, who were delightful!) Skip this one and listen to something else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (566)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "A little over the top"
    Overall

    A fun read in the same way that eating cotton candy is "fun", although it leaves you unsatisfied when you are through. The characters are two-dimensional caricatures and the plot is more of a comic book than a novel, but heck, with enough suspension of disbelief, it can be fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2257)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (873)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Interesting story but..."
    Overall

    The protaganist's penchant for soliloquy and for using four syllable words whenever possible gets old really fast. If you love Hemingway's spare style, you won't like James Lee Burke. The plot is interesting but I got really tired of our hero's philosophizing ad nauseum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10459)
    Performance
    (5355)
    Story
    (5394)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Good read"
    Overall

    The book starts out a bit slow, introducing a LOT of disparate characters, most of whom are not very nice, to say the least. But it gets pretty interesting if you tough out the first 10% or so. The reader's voice gets a bit annoying -- he only seems to have 3-4 different voices in him, and all the children's voices sound nasal and whiny. Nevertheless, it was worth the listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art.

    ChellyBelle says: "Engrossing"
    "entertaining, creative idea"
    Overall

    This is an unusual, entertaining murder mystery. The narrator was good, and the heroine was not your usual "babe" but a thoughtful, "real" woman just entering middle age, with the accumulated experience and wisdom of some twenty-plus years spent as a photographic journalist. Well worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1508)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (640)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Interesting story but..."
    Overall

    This is a fascinating historical period and the book was interesting. However, the main character seemed to have little to no personality, which made the exciting events and battles far less interesting than they otherwise would have been. Also, the narrator did not do a good job of distinguishing between the "voices" of the different characters. Most of them ended up sounding like querulous old men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of the Highlander: Highlander, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (760)

    Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he'd ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world.

    Brenda says: "Could stand alone in the series"
    "Insults your intelligence"
    Overall

    Even for the soft-porn "romance" genre, this book insults one's intelligence. The heroine, Gwen, is supposed to be this scientific genius who suffers from inner angst over her dysfunctional relationship with her now-deceased parents, coupled with her lack of success in losing her virginity by the age of 20-something, but she comes across as whiny and airheaded. It doesn't help that the reader reads Gwen's lines in a whiny voice. The virile 16th-Century Highlander is kind of a kick, but all in all, the book was silly enough that the torrid love-making scenes failed to make up for the rest of it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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