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Carri

Storyteller, reading teacher, author...when it comes to stories/books, it's my vice and I have unashamedly made addicts of my entire family!

Norton Shores, MI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17309)
    Performance
    (15414)
    Story
    (15457)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Drew out many responses toward characters."
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    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    The readers did an excellent job, loved the tandem style.


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

    It would depend upon the book. Pro: author made characters that made me empathize with them. I found the characters to be realistic people that I loved, hated, felt sorry for etc. Con: Although, this is an excellent example of a literary tragedy, the author failed, in my opinion, to give a satisfactory resolution in the end.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    The pace was good and they were each able to define male and female characters with voices that worked. The tandem telling was the best part of the audio, it really made the dual point of view style effective.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    I would have scratched the entire ending after Amy speaks with police. I would have developed a stronger question on what will eventually become of the antagonist. Although I am not a sequel lover, in this case I think there could clearly be two segments: the gradual development of the sociopath's skills (Gone Girl) and the final undoing of the skilled/ practiced sociopath (sequel). Leaving the female police officer with strong doubts about the situation would have been more satisfactory that eventually things would be made right.


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  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (392)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Honest, raw and beautifully told."
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    What did you love best about Tattoos on the Heart?

    What is not to love about the compassion and love and commitment of Gregory Boyle's service as a parish priest making a real difference in the barrio? He is an amazing storyteller both as author and narrator; it takes skill to tell true anecdotal stories and find a common thread to connect them into a larger context.


    What other book might you compare Tattoos on the Heart to and why?

    It makes a connection to The Help, although it is a fictional book. Both books contain many small stories within a lager context. In these books we are offered a glimpse of human dignity, spirituality and raw truth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each story of an individual triumph was my favorite in the moment. I also liked the contrast of stories that ended less than fairy tale. Together they depicted the harsh reality of living in gangland which showed the successes of Delores Mission and Homeboy Industries as extraordinary accomplishments.


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

    I found a depth of emotional poignancy in this book. It gave me a new perspective into a group of people who are easy to stereotype or marginalize in our society.


    Any additional comments?

    This book helped me see failings in myself and society. It is so easy to judge that which we do not understand, or that we have distanced ourselves from.

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3663)
    Performance
    (3307)
    Story
    (3329)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Could put an insomniac to sleep!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for dried up old prunes who have no sex life and resent others who do. I would also think it would appeal to anyone with misogynistic attitudes. It might even have appeal for atheists with strong anti-religion leanings. Basically a book for people who like to hate others. I found the entire concept of the book obscene.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Time to Kill by Grisham. It would be pleasant to go from a plotless, shallow character book with no ending to a master storyteller like Grisham.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Claire Danes ought to be taken to the "colonies" as she proved no worth as a narrator. She read with a strange cadence that became monotonous. There was no emotion in her voice. There is no other way to describe it but lackluster and boring.


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

    The prologue was very interesting. It was too bad the context was added at the end. The book would have been better if Atwood had created the entire text within the context of the researchers so the reader understood the story better.


    Any additional comments?

    The author craftily depicts the vulgar and obscene without actually stating the obvious. As a reader it made me feel in collusion with the vulgarity and that was offensive to me.

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8781)
    Performance
    (7919)
    Story
    (7925)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Worth sitting on the jury and judging for yourself"
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%. The narrator does a good job bringing identity to the different characters. The story is well written, but it is the narrator that sells the package. Grisham does a good job creating characters with depth; I found myself liking an action of an unlikeable character and disliking some choices of favorite characters. He does a good job revealing the complexities of good and bad traits in all characters.


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    It made me think of the Help. The narration in that book also helped bring a Deep South feel to the story making the setting and characters richer and more contextual.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I broke down and cried when the Roston dad (sp?) showed up at Jake's office to extend forgiveness to Letty and her family. It seemed so heartfelt and I was not expecting that to happen. Totally caught me off my guard emotionally.


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

    The Sycamore's secrets are not hanging from the boughs, but buried in deep roots.


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  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6591)
    Performance
    (6107)
    Story
    (6129)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Danny finally faces his demons."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was interesting because it depicted Dan very realistically. It also showed that avoiding pain, through any method, in this case alcohol, will not resolve problems. The listener is able to get into Dan's mind and understand that his demons will kill him eventually if he does not face them. This book was also interesting because it had a couple of unique twists, which I shall keep secret, that were not expected and which added to the plot.I think that this book could stand alone, but is much richer for anyone who has previously read the Shining.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    Obviously The Shining because it is a continuation of Dan's story. Bits of history appear at intervals throughout the novel. Both novels use a gifted child as a protagonist, but neither child is capable of facing the problem alone. Both novels deal with loss of childhood innocence and coping with emotional and intellectual maturation. Dr. Sleep leaves the reader with Abra still needing to gain wisdom and some members of the True Knot at large, leaving an opening to continue Dan's story (or genetic line) similar to the open endedness of the Shining.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    I really liked Momo. Even though she is a secondary character, she is fascinating and I found that I wanted to know more of her history, see her more in Abra's story.


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

    Not really, the beginning seemed a little slow. I did find myself wanting to keep listening once the book picked up some steam.


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  • Life's Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can't Take It Anymore

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Ian Urbina
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A celebration of the endless variety of passive aggressive behavior, Life's Little Annoyances will provide comfort and inspiration to everyone who has ever gritted his teeth and dreamed of sweet retribution against the slings and arrows of outrageous people.

    Deborah says: "Ammunition"
    "Creative wit to keep one sane"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was pleasantly Light listening. Was interesting to hear how others deal with annoying situations, people.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    All the anecdotes dealing with cars, parking, meters etc seemed very relevant and creatively effective. I also liked the bit about cashiers asking for personal information; I had a good laugh. There were some annoyances that did not have as witty or creative solutions, I found those parts of the book annoying.


    Which character – as performed by Stanley Tucci – was your favorite?

    He only spoke as narrator. He did an excellent job relating a compilation of stories and anecdotes in an interesting and pleasant voice.


    Could you see Life's Little Annoyances being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see a tv series that does a candid camera style show where we see the pranks as they are unfolding.


    Any additional comments?

    Short and sweet. An easy book to fit into small chunks of spare minutes without compromising the content.

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2135)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "The pedestal was a little too high."
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    Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top, but short of best category.


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    I would only compare Stephen King to Stephen King. I find the extreme supernatural far less scary than mild supernatural or the twistings of the internal human mind that can be found in other novels. I liked the audio of 11/29/63 and Joyland much better than the Shining.


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

    I personally struggled with his reading style, especially early on. As the hours rolled on, I adjusted. Scott also seemed better as Jack began to unwind.


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

    Although I found myself wanting to keep listening, I did not have any extreme reactions. This was disappointing to me as the Shining has long been on a pedestal by devout King enthusiasts. Perhaps my expectations were too high.


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  • The Edge of Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carla Norton
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical 22 year old girl. But Reeve is anything but normal. 10 years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she's spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner. But when he asks her to help another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may not simply need to mentor this young victim - she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching every move.

    Lisa says: "Too long"
    "Not the usual heroine for a mystery."
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    Would you try another book from Carla Norton and/or Christina Delaine?

    Carla Norton had a fresh approach to her mystery, it would be interesting to see more of her novel approach to a heroine.

    Christina Delaine was difficult for me to listen to. She made the men sound rather slow witted, I would have enjoyed a liittle more variation in voice tempo and inflection.


    What aspect of Christina Delaine’s performance would you have changed?

    Change the speed of some of the characters voices, they sounded the same.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not, the material in this book is easier to read than to take in as a graphic visual. When I read, I can adjust my imagination to a level that is comfortable for me opposed to a movie producer's standard.


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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27192)
    Performance
    (13814)
    Story
    (13860)

    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!"
    "Powerful tale of sisterhood."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    The authentic voices for these characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    The whole story is a compilation of memorable moments in relation to each woman's experience. it was especially touching when characters became the strength for another woman: Celia's miscarriage, Lavinia not getting fired, Minnie influencing the other maids to cooperate, etc.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of The Help and why?

    Both Minnie and Skeeter because they risked the most for others. We also get to see them grow through their experiences.


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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6748)
    Performance
    (6140)
    Story
    (6149)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Many interesting and engaging characters."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

    The audio version has an advantage because the reader has a good British accent which adds a dimension to the story since it is set in London.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think that the author does a good job in developing the minor personal wants and needs of individual characters, thus creating a dimensional world for the main character to negotiate. The other very refreshing aspect is that this book does not have gratuitous violence or sex, I could play this book out loud in my home and not worry about unexpected content being heard by my teens.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    I was not driven to maniacally listen, but I did find myself wanting to reach out and press play as often as possible since the mystery was not an easy guess.


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