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Barbara

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LEXINGTON, KY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • I Think I Love You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Allison Pearson
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    The new novel from the best-selling author of I Don’t Know How She Does It takes us on an unforgettable journey into first love, and—with the emotional intensity and penetrating wit that have made her beloved among readers all over the world—reminds us of how the ardor of our youth can ignite our adult lives.

    k. says: "NPR loved it and so did i"
    "Fun listen"
    Overall

    I Think I Love You was fun to listen to, a chance to go back to my teen past and experience David Cassidy all over again. I really enjoyed the 2nd half more, when Petra was grown and had the opportunity to indulge her teen-age fantasy by meeting the idol. The Welsh accent was hard to understand initially, but overall the listen was very satisfying. It was chick-lit type of stuff, so no 5 stars, only 4. The interview at the end was a great addition. I'd recommend this as a "beach read" or just light escapist audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2173)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (718)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Important book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a vitally important work for understanding what is going on in our present day with corporations running everything. It was clearly narrated. I couldn't listen straight through as I had to stop and ponder, aghast at times. This should be required reading before the next election.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (384)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "Captivating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fascinating story about a young child living in poor India who gets hopelessly lost, yet ends up in a better place. Telling about the life of a poor illiterate Indian boy from that child's point of view was a unique way to present the squalor. Then to contrast it with his views of the area after living most of his life as an Australian made it even more interesting. The narrator was excellent, using an Indian accent when appropriate but still making everything clear. Excellent listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Replacement Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Boris Fishman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, "didn't suffer in the exact way" he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has - as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; and as an immigrant to America. High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning out for him.

    Barbara says: "Lacking"
    "Lacking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator's accents were inconsistent so I wasn't always sure who was talking. And why use an accent for something Slava wrote if Slava didn't have an accent. I didn't particularly enjoy the story either. It didn't hold my interest and I would have to rewind when I realized I had missed a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1921)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Worthwhile listen about importance of exercise for everyone, even those not trying to get in shape or lose weight. At times I was so inspired to work out that I had to take the audiobook to the treadmill. My biggest complaint was that the narrator didn't know how to pronounce the names of drugs and biochemicals. A little research before beginning the narration would have improved the quality immensely.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    In the summer of 1922, Robert Shannon, a young American hero of the Great War, lands in Ireland. A Marine chaplain, he was present at the frightful Battle of Belleau Wood, and he still suffers from shell shock. His mentor hopes that a journey Robert had always wanted to make - to find his family roots - will restore his equilibrium and his vocation. Unbeknownst to Robert, a safety net has been spread beneath him: All along the banks of the river that bears his family name, a chain of support has been put into place.

    Greg says: "Marvelous Tale"
    "Mildly entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book was difficult to get into. I had to start over because I was not following the thread of the story. The second time I managed to finish it, but still wanted it to be over so many times! The second half of the book was much more interesting than the first half, and I wished I had a hard copy book to be able to flip back to the beginning and try to figure out who all those people were that he had met prior to ending up at Nurse Kennedy's house.


    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
    (29107)
    Performance
    (25688)
    Story
    (25760)

    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!"
    "Enthralling!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gone Girl was one of the more captivating listens. I listened in the car, in the yard, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, just about everywhere, it was that enthrallilng.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author gave just enough foreshadowing to keep you on the edge of your seat but not enough to give away anything.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite or most emotional? I had to stop what I was doing when **spoiler alert** Amy came home and started making up this crazy story about being held hostage, because I was so mad at her I was yelling as if Nick could hear me, "She's lying,she's evil! Don't believe her!"


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

    I just started hating Amy with a passion! I started yelling at her while the narrator was reading her part.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone who really wants to get involved in a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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