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Carla

Kingwood, TX, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 16 reviews
  • 108 ratings
  • 550 titles in library
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  • Acts

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Dr. Bill Creasy
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Acts follows the Church from its birth in Jerusalem through its exponential growth and inevitable persecution, led by Saul of Tarsus. Incredibly, Saul later confronts the risen and glorified Christ on the road to Damascus, where he becomes a believer. And not just any old believer! Saul becomes Paul, the great Apostle to the Gentiles. From Chapter 9 onward, Acts follows Paul on his three missionary journeys as he takes the Gospel into Asia Minor and Europe.

    Janice says: "Stellar presentation of an important book"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Acts to be better than the print version?

    Dr. Creasy does an excellent job going through the books of the bible - he brings
    Knowledge and understanding and has a great sense of humor. I hope to listen to all of the books!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gaining understanding


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

    The inflections of the voice help explain what is going on.


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

    The entire book is great


    Any additional comments?

    I've done lots of bible studies and I this is definitely a favorite!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Give You the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

    FanB14 says: "As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns"
    "Hmmmmmmm"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to I'll Give You the Sun again? Why?

    No. I don't usually listen to books twice - too many others to listen to.


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

    I felt like the author tied everything up, but it could have been longer. This book is funny and I enjoyed it, but I was surprised at how quickly the end went.


    What does Julia Whelan and Jesse Bernstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked both readers and how they are told in different time perspectives.


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

    I laughed at the images the boy would conjure up in his mind.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7321)
    Performance
    (6514)
    Story
    (6519)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Grant says: "Something about this book bothered me."
    "Well ?"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    No - because once was enough . This book was so good until the end. I felt like it just ended and I missed something. I rewound the last 6 chapters to see if I missed one. It was incredible until the end.


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

    First one to listen to by Erin.


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

    The reader is excellent. I would listen to more of him with joy.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Night Circus and why?

    I liked all of the characters - each one was unique and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the author would go back and redo the end. This would be a great movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (691)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "I can't imagine"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Story to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it was read by Elizabeth Smart herself. You can hear her voice inflections and emphasis on words I would most likely not.


    If you could give My Story a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Light At The End of a Dark Tunnel


    Any additional comments?

    What an amazing person Elizabeth is. For her to use her story to help others overcome horrible things is a tribute to her, her family, and to God. Thank you for sharing Elizabeth!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • These Things Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (372)

    Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

    C. Morris says: "Please save yourself the time"
    "hmmmm"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made These Things Hidden better?

    Action - too long


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


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

    Alison


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from These Things Hidden?

    Halfway house scenes -


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the narrators voices, I just didn't like the storyline - way to long of a book for this story. Was glad when it was over. Sorry.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (28167)
    Performance
    (14729)
    Story
    (14778)

    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!"
    "A great surprise"
    Overall

    I've listened to several books on tape - this one was excellent. The women that read the story are fantastic - the views from the different women's perspectives are portrayed well, and issues are addressed with humor and satisfaction. This will make a great movie. I recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1240)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Good..... but......"
    Overall

    I love the narrators, and the story is excellent - it's just that I got depressed listening to the hopelessness of the woman's beliefs. It would get wordy and I felt as if the author was trying to take me down the same road so many times - the pointlessness of life. I'm not sure I will finish this one. It's not uplifting at all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (721)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "Stupid"
    Overall

    Reviews said funny and I wanted a lighthearted funny read - found out it wasn't funny - it was dumb and a waste of time and money. I just can't even finish it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrowboat Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Annie Murray
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Maryann Nelson's widowed mother, Flo, sees the opportunity to better her family by marrying the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Maryann and her sister, Sal, soon discover that he has another side to him. For Sal, it is too much to bear and she escapes, leaving Maryann to take revenge on Griffin. The chance of a new life opens up when she befriends Joel Batholomew, who works on the canal. Aboard his narrowboat, she finds herself falling in love with her new life.

    Keren says: "Inspiring and chilling novel"
    "a girls book"
    Overall

    This book kept my attention - made me root for the main character. It deals with sex abuse (not a light subject), but it was worth the ending. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Same Kind of Different as Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dan Butler, Barry Scott
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (216)

    A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

    Maria says: "Buy the printed book on this one..."
    "Very good"
    Overall

    The narrator did an excellent job. The story is amazing and true. It will touch your heart and make you see people and things a bit differently.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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