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Christine

Love to listen to books while passing my time commuting!

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  • The Arrivals: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Meg Mitchell Moore
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.

    glamazon says: "Entertainment With Substance"
    "Just Average"
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    Would you try another book from Meg Mitchell Moore and/or Leslie Bellair?

    I am not sure that I would. My time is so limited that I seek out those truly great books. If I had time to kill on a beach vacation, then maybe I would try another one.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Meg Mitchell Moore? Why or why not?

    I am not sure that I would. My time is so limited that I seek out those truly great books. If I had time to kill on a beach vacation, then maybe I would try another one.


    Did Leslie Bellair do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think Leslie Bellair should slow down her reading a bit. Especially, between breaks. She reads so fast that you don't even realize she's reading a chapter title until afterwards when you are trying to figure out the run-on sentence. There is no differentiating in characters so you do find yourself confused sometimes trying to figure out who is talking in the book.


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

    I think this could be a good movie depending on actors.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a roller coaster in that you would get plenty of detail and sucked into the story and then it would just sort of drop and jump to another part of the story. I felt like pieces were missing or maybe that was meant for a commercial break.

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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27646)
    Performance
    (14235)
    Story
    (14289)

    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!"
    "Laughing, Crying, and Pleading Not to End!"
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    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    I think I could despite my limited time and wanting to use my time to add another book to my list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like a totally different viewpoints for what was going on during that time in history.


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

    The narrators really help you get a true understanding for each character. It helps you step out of one character and into the next's viewpoint. I had started reading this myself but was not getting that true character portrayal like the audiobook.


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

    Yes and yes! I felt so touched throughout this book. There are probably more parts resulting in crying, but when a moment called for laughter, all that crying just made you laugh that much harder.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that I listened to this book before seeing the movie. I have already found out that there is so much more in the book than the movie and I would not have wanted to miss one single sentence from this story. Absolutely wonderful!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (2175)
    Story
    (2159)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "This is a tangent off of the DT series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend if they were interested in sci-fi fantasy. I think that if they hadn't read the Dark Tower series previously that this book may intrigue them to start.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Tim because of the courage he possessed and how he so related to being a Gunslinger.


    What aspect of Stephen King’s performance would you have changed?

    I LOVE the great stories Stephen King comes up with. Unfortunately, though I am not a fan of his reading. It really takes some work to get past his monotone, nasally voice. Sorry, Mr. King . . . you are truly wonderful at writing though!!


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

    I don't think there is a specific moment . . . it is all pretty great.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is pretty good at writing a story within a story within a story. I found myself so wrapped up in the inner story that I forgot of the outer ones. That is one of the things Stephen King is so great at . . . sucking you into a story that you forget about reality going on around you.

    This is one of those books that is like watching a suspenseful movie or ball game where you are yelling at the television rooting for your team (or character).

    I do have to say that I dove into this book hoping that it would satisfy my sorrow for the ending of the Dark Tower series, but it is really more of a tangent and you do get a little disappointment from that. However, once you get into the story that disappointment fades quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3819)
    Performance
    (1926)
    Story
    (1953)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Happy and sad to get to the end of the DT series."
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    If you could sum up The Dark Tower in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected, Closure, and Enigmatic


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was great to finally reach the end of the long journey of the Dark Tower series and find out what was to happen to all the main characters.


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

    Yes, he has done previous books in this series. I think he did a great job. The only thing I could possibly say is that there are times, when you can tell when the he picked up at a different time/day where his voice is different. I'm sure with a book this long though that is unavoidable.


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

    There are a couple scenes that do choke you up, but I do not want to spoil it for other readers.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of those that you think about again and again after you are finished trying to reason with what has happened. Plus, with Stephen King's ties to his other book you are definitely brought back full circle again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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