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Cheryl

Thomasville, GA, United States

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  • 10 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 131 titles in library
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  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5391)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2270)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Unique and fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. The performance was perfect and the story is so unique and well imagined. I have come to expect something creative and unusual from Neil Gaiman, but also somewhat shallow characters. This one had well developed characters, a unique plot plenty of twists and turns, as well as a road trip feel that was unexpectedly American for a British writer.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At times, and at other times it let me settle in and enjoy getting to know some very unusual characters. The pace changed at different parts of the book, but in a way that seemed to fit the road trip theme of the novel. There was almost a Jack Kerouac kind of feel to it, which is odd for a fantasy adventure novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1141)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "Brilliant writing"
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    East of Eded is a brilliantly conceived book. The Cain and Abel theme is explored through two generations in a very compelling but not overwrought. The characters are complex and believable. It is an interesting look at life at the turn of the 20th century as well as an engaging drama. The naration was fantastic - each character was given his or her own voice and the changes in characters flowed smoothly. It is a long book, but I was sad to see it end. I will definitely be listening to more of Steinbeck and more of Richard Poe's naration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2753)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1735)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "interesting and a little disturbing"
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    Overall I enjoyed this book. It was interesting and well presented, with helpful (and disturbing) examples. I thought it was well written and accessible for readers lacking a background in psychology. The narrator did a good job, though she is not my favorite. Her voice is a little to monotone and doesn't hold my attention as well as many of the other narrators I've listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (732)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Michael Cox says: "Less about the arrival more about the ride"
    "A new favorite"
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    This was one of the best books I listened to or read in 2011. It was unique, pretty fast moving, had unusual and interesting characters, and did an excellent job of drawing the reader into it's world. It is a long book, but I didn't want it to end. I look forward to listening to more David Mitchell books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By David Warner
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (92)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, the lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Carl Cravens says: "Different, but good."
    "meh"
    Overall
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    I've enjoyed the movie adaptations of this book, but the book itself left something to be desired. There were too many story lines, none ever developed to my satisfaction, and then an abrupt and disappointing ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jayber Crow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Wendell Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Surrounded by his friends and neighbors, he is both participant and witness as the community attempts to transcend its own decline. And meanwhile Jayber learns the art of devotion and that a faithful love is its own reward.

    Nathan says: "A book about heaven... "a good thing that came""
    "enjoyable storytelling"
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    I have wanted to read Wendell Berry for quite some time now. I am so glad I finally did. I felt like there were really two stories here, Jayber's and the town's. Watching them weave together was part of what made this book so enjoyable. Both have dreams that are never quite realized, and some that are brutally extinguished. There is sorrow and joy and a good bit of comedy. The book presents some deep subjects in a simple and gentle way but definitely leaves you thinking. It presents a realistic if slightly sentimental picture of a small town, but having grown up in one and now living in another after a few years of urban dwelling, I thought it was very believable and honest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "Deliciously Scary"
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    Would you listen to Dark Matter again? Why?

    Yes, years from now when I've forgotten enough details to be scared again. I love books that are well written and truly frightening. It is such a hard thing to find. Dark Matter was nearly perfect. The cold, isolated setting, the blurring of the lines between the supernatural and insanity, made it just believable enough to be truly creepy. It was very well imagined, never rushed or overly fanciful, and not very predictable (as far too many horror and mystery novels are).


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10297)
    Performance
    (7740)
    Story
    (7785)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Adult Twilight with witches"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was fun, but it did not quite live up to it's potential.


    What was most disappointing about Deborah Harkness’s story?

    There was way too much angst, and no where near enough scary material or mystery. The romantic relationship was too dramatic to be believable, and that drama tainted the other elements of the story.


    Did A Discovery of Witches inspire you to do anything?

    Give up on Vampire lit until the Twilight phase wears off a bit more and they get scary again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2069)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "A fantastic performance!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

    The combination of Tim Curry's voice and Dickens' writing was magical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The appearance of Bob Marley's ghost.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2280)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1438)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "amusing and heartbreaking"
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    If you could sum up Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in three words, what would they be?

    quirky, emotional, memorable


    What other book might you compare Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to and why?

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - they both follow the adventures of a socialy impaired male child in a way that is both highly amusing and heartbreaking.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators caught the pace and tone of the book very well. I enjoyed all three voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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