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Audrey

Pescadero, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
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  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (543)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Good Read...except the music!"
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    Would you listen to Sing You Home again? Why?

    No, I don't usually listen to a book more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sing You Home?

    When the main character, Zoe, sings a song at the top of her voice, which is filled with her teenage client's added expletives. Good belly laugh!


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

    Hm, I'll have to go with three...Zoe, Vanessa and Lucy.


    Any additional comments?

    Why, why, did Ms. Picoult feel the need to add music tracks to this audio book?!! The songs are horrible and distracting. I started fast forwarding through all of them, which helped a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (256)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Breakable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Handle with Care the most enjoyable?

    Picoult's wonderful, detailed writing, her amazing storytelling abilities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Handle with Care?

    There were quite a few, can't narrow it down to one. Some of my favorite parts were when Amelia, the older daughter, narrates her scenes.


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

    She has a great voice for narration...does a good job.


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

    Almost...a lot of emotional intensity to digest, so taking breaks worked for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm impressed with how Picoult can have very unlikeable characters in her books, yet she makes you care about what happens to them. Charlotte's character (the mother), could be very frustrating in my opinion. But Picoult made me care about her...what a talent.

    Wish the ending had been different. Thought it was overkill to end it the way she did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (627)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Almost..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure about this one...certainly would recommend the previous books in the series, they were much better.


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    Not as smoothly written as her previous novels. Her Will Trent books usually keep me on the edge of my seat, never a dull moment. I found my attention wandering at times, which has never happened before while listening to this series. It felt a bit disjointed and too much time spent on characters' romantic musings and struggles. Couldn't sink my teeth into it, as much as I wanted to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one in particular.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Less misunderstandings and emotional drama.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Ms. Slaughter gets back into fighting form in her next Will Trent book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9591)
    Performance
    (8703)
    Story
    (8774)

    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.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "YAWN..."
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    Was really hoping to like this book. Maybe I was spoiled by reading The Da Vinci Code before any of his other books. Even though it wasn't a great literary tome, the Code was fast paced, with good twists and turns and an interesting core tale.

    This book is so predictable that I guessed every single plot angle and mystery before they were revealed by the author. Some of the content was nearly laughable and I rolled my eyes throughout a lot of it. The narrator was okay. Found myself thinking of other things while the book was read. Couldn't even finish the book (though I'm sure I guessed the end anyway).

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (504)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
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    Found this fascinating. While the story is told from Anne's point of view, it's also an adroit study of Charles Lindbergh ("Lucky Lindy), his effect on our nation and the world, while he struggled with his own private demons, ever increasing fame and decreasing privacy. Socially awkward, happiest when flying or with tinkering with machines, he's a man with a dark side, his own rules of right and wrong, no matter the cost. The protagonist, Anne, (the daughter of an ambassador, kind and highly intelligent, a graduate of Smith College), meets Lindbergh soon after his famous solo transatlantic flight and is powerfully drawn to him, a true hero in her mind and heart.

    He was the most famous man in the world for many years and the author well illustrates the pros and cons he and Anne dealt with because of that. Like the very most famous people today, they couldn't leave their home without the paparazzi all over them. Wherever they went, every aspect of their life was dissected and the daily fodder for each and every newspaper and magazine. They craved privacy and found their truest escape in the sky, flying all over the world together. Anne became an accomplished aviatrix in her own right and was her husband's "crew." Enjoyed learning about all they did during that time.

    At first I disliked how much Anne put herself down, i.e., questioning how she, of all people, was the one Lindbergh chose to marry. However, as the book moved along, her insecurities helped me to understand why she would do anything and everything Charles asked (demanded, really), even when it went against her own beliefs/feelings and best instincts (for example, Lindbergh's open antisemitism).

    Anne's strength and her own convictions grow over the years, through the trials and tribulations she endures (most horrifically, the kidnapping...and the awful aftermath...of their first son, Charles, Jr., only 20 mos. old) throughout their long marriage, as she raises their surviving 5 children, mostly on her own...often not knowing where her husband is in the world. It's incredibly gratifying when Anne begins to blossom and comes into her own as a successful author ("Gift from the Sea") and independent woman, no longer cowered by her husband's authority or craving his approval. I felt like cheering.

    If you like historical fiction...or even if you don't...this is a great "read."

    Narrator: At first I didn't like the narrator, as I wanted a younger, softer voice to listen to...once I realized the story is is being told from the perspective of an elderly Anne, I fell into the rhythm of her voice and ended up liking her very much. That's saying a lot, because narration is one of my pet peeves. I've bought hundreds of audio books and have learned that poor narration can kill a good story faster than anything else.

    45 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17292)
    Performance
    (15363)
    Story
    (15316)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen hits another home run"
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    Very interesting and thought provoking. Once again, Stephen King's characters are what makes him one of the best storytellers out there. Not on the same level of greatness as the The Stand, or some of his other beauties, but still well worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Gap: A Novel of the Opening of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Count Hamnet Thyssen is a minor noble of the drowsy old Raumsdalian Empire. Its capital city, Nidaros, began as a mammoth hunters camp at the edge of the great Glacier. But that was centuries ago, and as everyone knows, its the nature of the great Glacier to withdraw a few feet every year. Trasamund, a clan chief of the mammoth-herding Bizogots, the next tribe north, has come to town with strange news. A narrow gap has opened in what they'd always thought was an endless and impregnable wall of ice.

    Richard says: "Juvenile"
    "Childish"
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    Bought this because it was the first in the series and had seen "Breath of God" (2nd or 3rd book in the series) hyped all over the place, so thought I would give it a try. It seems as though it's written for tweens, couldn't even get through Part 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4424)
    Performance
    (3951)
    Story
    (3975)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Wha???"
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    The only good thing about this confusing stream of consciousness was the voice of Shadow. Probably because he sounds just like Vin Diesel.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (512)

    As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. But vicious rumors begin to circulate the next morning when Bobby loses his gun and his privileges. It turns out the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son.

    Sherry says: "I know I'm not Alone . . ."
    "Narration ruined the story"
    Overall

    Having purchased countless books from Audible, I should know by now that when there are more than a couple of reviews stating the narration is awful on a book, I should pay attention! I LOVE Lisa Gardner, was hoping for the best, despite previous reviews stating the narration by Anna Fields is awful. Sadly, I have to agree. Her monotone, deadpan voice ruined any desire to keep listening before the second chapter was half-way through. I really wanted and tried to take in the story, but my mind kept wandering, as her voice nearly put me to sleep. I've purchased other Lisa Gardner audible books, narrated by other people, which are awesome, riveting, fantastic.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4756)
    Performance
    (2165)
    Story
    (2173)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "LOVED every beautifully written page..."
    Overall

    Spell-binding, beautifully executed. Heart-wrenching and heart-warming, with sparks of great humor intertwined throughout the story. Perfect twists and turns, always another story behind a story, making for a great plot and interesting characters. Characters are richly and lovingly described, making them all so easy to care about. Loved the medical aspect as well. Also, very importantly, GREAT NARRATION. Without good narration, any story, even an excellent one, can be rendered frustrating and non-listenable (which unfortunately, I've run across a few times with my Audible purchases). Not so here. Great story, great narration, a winning combination!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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