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  • Fierce Pajamas: Selections from an Anthology of Humor Writing

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Remnick, Henry Finder, editors
    • Narrated By Byron Jennings, Julie Halston
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Fierce Pajamas is a delightful treat, a treasury of laughter from The New Yorker, a publication described by W.H. Auden as "the best comic magazine in existence." This collection features unabridged selections by Steve Martin, Woody Allen, James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, and more.

    Sue says: "great, but niche"
    "Could not get into it."
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Byron Jennings and Julie Halston ?

    No.


    Has Fierce Pajamas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Byron Jennings and Julie Halston ’s voice?

    Okay, about it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fierce Pajamas?

    I wasn't impressed with the first stories. Good for putting you to sleep. I never got beyond those.


    Any additional comments?

    I just couldn't get past the first hour of uninteresting and not at all funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (2799)
    Story
    (2834)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Good."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not especially.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    Nothing especially.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to hear.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected more, as a result of all the publicity. A good book, but not especially memorable. I've already forgotten what it was about, a year after listening to it and I l know at the time I wasn't thrilled by the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moll Flanders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    Daniel Defoe’s novel is a delightful 18th century classic. Called “the truest realism in English literature” and “the tale of a hot, earthy wench,” it meets both expectations while also offering a remarkable portrayal of an ingenious mind. Moll is born in Newgate prison to a petty thief and is soon left at the mercy of whoever will take her in.

    Michael says: "Excellent Narration of Quite and Odd Book"
    "Interesting book."
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    What did you love best about Moll Flanders?

    The history.


    What other book might you compare Moll Flanders to and why?

    None.


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

    Only the time saving aspect of doing two things at once.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13123)
    Performance
    (5564)
    Story
    (5632)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Brilliant!"
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    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    The voice depicting the senior main character


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    His being accepted by the circus owner after leaving the nursing home.


    Have you listened to any of David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know, but this is excellent.


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

    The old man scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1306)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Not a Nora Roberts fan"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.

    I mentally switched off at 1.30 minutes in and was bored by it at 2 hour mark and turned it OFF for good.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    Started off well then I got the feeling of 'more or the same,' and slow story.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    The child.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A faster moving plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a Nora Roberts fan, I know many love her work this started good then just lost me. Just not my taste. Two hours of storytelling that could have been more exciting if told in thirty minutes or at the very least been edited to remove 25% in order to speed the plot and have more happening with less embroidery of words—words which were great to begin with initially but became tedious at the two hour mark once you had had enough of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "Great author. Takes a bit to get used to."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beach Music to be better than the print version?

    I'm sure i would have never finished the print version, this was so long, I even had to put the audio book aside twice. It could have been several smaller novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hmm. Hard to say. The author had an interesting and skilled writing style. I cannot say that it is my favorite style, only that the flowery style of wriign he chose to use he did well. I prefer less embroidered writing and a faster moving plot, however I don't take this away from the author, he has a right to his stylized way of writing.


    What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

    Excellent read.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beach Music and why?

    None. It all got a bit tedious after it had gone on for so long.


    Any additional comments?

    He is a great writer, he will have his fans. I'd prefer to see his work tightly edited in a film than try to get though one of his books again. There is also a repetition of child rape in several of his books. Authors do sometimes repeat themes, so having read a couple now I'll not read another. He is a master of prose, I'm more a fan of a faster moving great story. My summer, would be better with fewer words, but then it wouldn't be a Pat Conroy. Definitely one for the Pat Conroy fan.
    Great value if you like a long listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (2755)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2480)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Loved it."
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    Where does Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. This is true Wit.


    What other book might you compare Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to and why?

    None. I do recall the original Walter Mitty film with Danny Kaye fondly as I listened to this.


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

    The rhythm and pace.


    Who was the most memorable character of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and why?

    Walter Mitty. Because he is the main character and he is responsible for the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Just loved it. :-) Made up for paying for several audio books promoted as humorous that were not. Humour is a difficult skill to master and this audiobook has it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stein on Writing: A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (301)

    Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

    ddsharper says: "Excellent Content and Listen"
    "Excellent!"
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    If you could sum up Stein on Writing in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent author's advice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously the author.


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

    Clear reading.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Stein on Writing?

    Nothing in particular. There wasn't anything new that I hadn't heard, however he expressed it well.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listening to and keeping in your library for a refresher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dating Dr. Notorious

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Donna McDonald
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Being the best in her field doesn't seem to help famously successful sex therapist, Dr. Regina Logan, who manages to fix everyone’s love life but her own. Men won't date her. Her brutal honesty about physical matters intimidates most males. It also doesn’t help her love life that the press publishes every dating move she makes.

    Lulu says: "Not Worth The Time"
    "Felt cheated by the inadequate ending."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No.


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

    UH! Felt like getting a refund. Talk about the classic, how not to end a novel. NEVER would buy this author again.


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

    Good read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't bother.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time and money. Story was okay, ending left you feeling cheated and that you had wasted hours to get nowhere. I don't have hours to waste on a pathetic ending story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4027)
    Performance
    (3648)
    Story
    (3659)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "No means NO! Sexual assault is NOT a romantic Hero"
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Day and/or Jill Redfield?

    NEVER. I'd like to return this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvia Day again?

    Never. Unless it is being read in parts to help teach young women what a predator, and not a romantic hero looks like.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite? What is favorite about hearing a woman say 'No' for an hour and a half and them have him run his hands up on to her bum and she thinks that was wonderful? Insulting to both men and women. TRASH! An absolute affront to one's intelligence. Men go to jail for not accepting 'No.' And here we have a woman writing Oh but isn't he the romantic, hero. Absolute bullshit.


    What character would you cut from Bared to You?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot believe that women buy this stuff and read it. Have they such low self esteem these days? A man like that should have been reported to the police at the first grope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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