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Cynthia

ventura, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1080)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Not a bad story.Terrible Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. The Plot twisted around and got slow in parts, but when it sped it up it was compelling.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narration was terrible. The Narrators for Annie and Vivica were difficult to listen to. Annie had a sing song cadence and seemed to end each sentence with a question. Vivica sounded like Lovey on Gilligans Island.


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

    possibly


    Any additional comments?

    The Reader spends quite a lot of time waiting for things to happen and the themes are fairly typical in the end

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • All Fall Down

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Tracee Chimo
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (319)

    Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

    Michelle says: "Love Jennifer Weiner!"
    "Goes nowhere slowly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Emotional Depth


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Weiner’s story?

    The beginning of the story showed some potential, but it fell quickly into a mediocre very common story of an unhappy Woman who decides to take drugs. There was little to no character development. Her Rehab experience is boring and could have been gathered from any reality show. The Author tries to add depth by giving Dad Alzheimers and Mom a secret. Even that is typical.


    What three words best describe Tracee Chimo’s performance?

    very capable Narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

    Lance says: "Brick + Koontz=Fantastic!"
    "Too Short"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Black River to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Yes. I love his books.


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

    Yes. He is a good, solid Narrator


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was very short and I was disappointed that it seemed to be a preview

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Motherf--ker with the Hat

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Adly Guirgis
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Addiction, pain, and explosive tempers are not exactly what you’d call the ingredients for a side-splitting comedy. Yet Steven Adly Guiguis has created a profane, hilarious masterpiece that earned a "hatful" of theatrical accolades in 2011, including a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Bobby Cannavale. Stars the original Broadway cast: Chris Rock, Bobby Canavale, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vazquez.

    Cynthia says: "Great Listen"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Motherf--ker with the Hat again? Why?

    Yes. Great writing and the Actors were awesome.


    What other book might you compare The Motherf--ker with the Hat to and why?

    It is a play so I cannot really compare.


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Terrible Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Narrator had a terrible high nasal voice and did a terrible job of changing character voices.


    What could Douglas Preston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I enjoy this Author. This book had a good premise but wandered around a bit too much. Nothing was really happening for most of it.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Sowers’s performance?

    I wouldn't listen to another book he narrated.


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

    Possibly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3528)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1249)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Amazing. Ended too soon."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Freedom the most enjoyable?

    Finally a decent Narrator and a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Depth of the Characters and twists and turns I didn't see coming.


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

    He has a very mellow, soothing voice and didn't pretend to sound female by reading in a high pitched voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sorry it ended the way it did. It seemed rather sudden considering the depth of the Characters. The first few chapters are a bit confusing but it levels out and it is a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2777)
    Performance
    (2542)
    Story
    (2568)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The various characters read by different Actors was awesome


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bringing back a Classic with a modern reading


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they would do more of this style of reading. The Cast was wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (625)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this if you are a casual listener as I am and cannot listen everyday. I found it confusing and hard to follow. Wolfe uses a lot of descriptions and social commentary which may have been easier to grasp reading the actual book.


    What three words best describe Joe Barrett’s performance?

    Average. Somewhat Monotone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (1775)
    Story
    (1779)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Another Great One"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Two Graves again? Why?

    Yes I would. It tied up most of the loose ends from Cold Vengeance. There were a couple of parts that dragged slightly, but nothing that took away from the story. Pendergast is one of the best characters in modern fiction as far as I am concerned. This is worth a read


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

    He is the best Narrator I have heard. He has a great talent for accents.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2237)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1750)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "WOW"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a huge fan and this was the best of their books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The timeline was very well done. A lot was covered and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I am not easily impressed. This is a winner.


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

    The ending was amazing


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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