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Arielle

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  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (368)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    Arielle says: "Can't Beat a Story Told From the Horse's Mouth"
    "Can't Beat a Story Told From the Horse's Mouth"
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    What did you love best about Official Book Club Selection?

    Kathy Griffin has such a fun sense of humor! It felt like she was just talking to a bunch of her friends, rather than listening to a memoir.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Griffin before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving anything away, she goes to speak at a school, and lots of inappropriateness ensues.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Again. Without giving anything away, she talks about her first marriage.


    Any additional comments?

    Be advised that this is the ABRIDGED version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16091)
    Performance
    (13414)
    Story
    (13409)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Holds Interest--Well Woven"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Train the most enjoyable?

    The aspect of Rachel being a blackout drunk provided nice holes to her side of the plot. It contributed to the pacing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nobody is who they seem. Each character has many layers and most situations seem to be so clear for what they are--only to have an added element thrown at the reader that jostles the perception of the characters and the situations


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The performance of Megan was the greatest. She had a voice that I had a really easy time picturing with the character. She did male voices well as well. I was not a fan of Rachel's depiction of male voices. It was almost a caricature of what a man is supposed to sound like. It was almost comical.


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

    No. I didn't really want to start binge listening to it until closer to the climax--once I figured everything out. The last 2.5 hours I didn't want to stop listening.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lena Dunham
    • Narrated By Lena Dunham
    Overall
    (1682)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1455)

    For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham - the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO's Girls - as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

    Brie Stoll says: "Eh"
    "Read One Chapter, You've Read the Whole Book"
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    What disappointed you about Not That Kind of Girl?

    While well written in style, it did not flow well. I could use more organization. It was disappointing because I could relate to her on many levels, but I could not follow her reasoning on many other parts. More explanation would have made me more committed and invested in the story.


    What could Lena Dunham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She is an actor. It would have been nice if she had performed the book. It was like listening to a school mate read from her diary for a prolonged period of time. It was like she got tired from time to time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She had no enthusiasm.


    What character would you cut from Not That Kind of Girl?

    I would not have really cut anyone or anything. I would have elaborated more and given a better sense of time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (4224)
    Story
    (4253)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Complex and Well Woven"
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    What did you love best about It?

    I loved how the town was not only a character, but a tool used to bring together major points.


    What other book might you compare It to and why?

    This is nothing like I have ever read. I don't read or listen to horror much, but it makes me want to listen to more Stephen King


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    The performer was versatile. He did a wide array of voices and was consistent with them.


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

    Some parts of the book made me sad. I think it was the theme. A loss of innocence that went along with a victory. It was bittersweet.
    The treatment of some of the children by the bullies made me very angry.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning: There are some really uncomfortable moments with children and sexuality. Not really abuse (though there are some small hints here and there), but more with children discovering their bodies. It was unexpected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1285)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "totes idiotic"
    "Suspension of Belief, but Enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Tana French is a nice story teller. The way the book is laid out, it's almost like getting two stories for the price of one. The story starts at the present from the detective's perspective, then every other chapter is told in the year leading up to the murder from the girl's perspective. Frank Mackie--a fan fav.--makes an appearance.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Place to and why?

    The Likeness by Tana French is similar. It's about a group of friends who are unusually close and face a murder. The themes are similar.


    What does Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lara Hutchinson sings. I now have an idea of what the song sounds like. The nuanced pauses and accent add to the story.


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

    The ending made me tear up. The amount of grief present in the end of the climax was sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3941)
    Performance
    (3504)
    Story
    (3517)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "More Interesting Than It Sounds"
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    If you could sum up Ghost in the Wires in three words, what would they be?

    intelligent, suspenseful, positive


    What other book might you compare Ghost in the Wires to and why?

    I have never read anything else like it. I'm not a huge fan of technology or hackers, but after seeing the author on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I wanted to give this book a try.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How he gets caught is really interesting.


    If you could give Ghost in the Wires a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "The story of the world's most infamous hacker, and how he overcame."


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the subject matter fool you. This is absolutely intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "Quick, but weird"
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    What did you like best about Asylum? What did you like least?

    The pacing is slow and tense. There is danger from the first second the reader starts listening.


    If you’ve listened to books by Patrick McGrath before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other books by this author.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ian McKellen?

    He has such an iconic voice. I would listen to epic novels by him.


    Could you see Asylum being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see Asylum being made into a movie or a TV series. The only one I have picked out to star would maybe be the guy who plays the guy with the curly cue beard in the Hunger Games.


    Any additional comments?

    Quick listen, but the main character makes some bad choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift.

    Erica says: "Too many minor details and not enough story."
    "There are other fish in the sea"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story


    What was most disappointing about Curtis Sittenfeld’s story?

    The psychic element being so minimal. Actually--the characters are so unlikeable. Can I just go on and say the story itself was the most disappointing part?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away the ending, but I like a scene at the very end with Gabe.


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

    The narrator was pretty good. A little inconsistent at first, but it leveled out.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4876)
    Performance
    (3964)
    Story
    (3989)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Good Pacing. Nice Twist."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure. I listened to it while I was doing other things (driving, drawing, etc.). I was pretty engrossed. Not a waste of time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. I really enjoyed Gone Girl. I will be purchasing Dark Places soon.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    I liked all the southern old bitties. What a nice, velvety drawl.


    Was Sharp Objects worth the listening time?

    Yes. I didn't waste any time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27542)
    Performance
    (24376)
    Story
    (24443)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Intricate Web of Deceit"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes! The pacing is perfect. There is so much going on, I wonder how much I'll pick up on if I listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    I don't want to give too much away, but probably when Amy is essentially kidnaped.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. It did. My only complaint about the narration is that it took me a while to get into it. I found both of them annoying, but their performance was good. I think this one is just a personal preference thing.


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

    No. I was ok to break it up, but I did devour that sucker in just a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful villain. Wonderful attention to detail. Broad story. The ending took a few listens to settle. I was really disappointed at first, but it grew on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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