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Dee

Austin, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13684)
    Performance
    (6073)
    Story
    (6153)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "A Great Listen"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful, tender, compassionate and heartbreaking account of a life. Although it is very violent at times, the story is compelling; romantic without being saccharine. One of the few books I wish would have gone on much longer. The ending was very satifying. Powerful narrations by both actors...a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (292)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "Fun, if dark"
    Overall

    This was pitched at a book groups and sounded so very grim. Frankly, I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Some characters (and their narrators) are more likeable than others, but more fun than the subject matter would let you believe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Diana Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tina Brown
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, Diana's sexually charged mother, her bad-girl sister-in-law, Fergie, and, most formidable of them all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

    Chris says: "Privileged people behaving badly"
    "Need a shower..."
    Overall

    This was an icky book. Nothing to do with the reader, who was adequate, but it is very gossipy and more than a bit negative. At the end I felt in need of something to get rid of the mean-spirited feeling that dominates the listen. I have no idea how much of it is true...if even a fraction is fact, then I pity the Royals. I am no fan of them, but no one deserves this type of National Enquirer treatment at the hands of someone like Tina Brown. Shame on her for either making it up or bringing to light stuff that is none of her business. Ick.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3567)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1241)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Bill says: "Great narration, disappointing story"
    "Odd is way cool."
    Overall

    While I like "Odd Thomas" better, this was a pretty good listen. Odd is a great character, in a book (well,mostly) full of great characters. The main baddy is completely over-the-top, but this is almost ok, given the ironic nature a of the narrative.

    A great listen...good narration/characterization by the presenter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

    Marc says: "Smart, compelling, disturbing"
    "Look more closely before buying"
    Overall

    Here is an example of a book I should have looked at a bit more closely before purchasing. The promo audio clip sounded alright, as did the squib on Audible. This was a tedious book. Long-winded, purported non-fiction with no unifying theme that was apparent, other than the author is the only man alive clever enough to find space aliens behind hang-up phone calls and other natural disasters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6241)
    Performance
    (2398)
    Story
    (2425)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "A phenomenal listen."
    Overall

    The writing and the narration of this book are phenomenal. A friend gave me the hardback novel, and I put it aside in favor of the terrific narration. Eugenides' skill is tremendous: no detail is too small or too heartbreaking. Cal vividly and insightfully tells the story of his family, sad and ironic and funny, very much brought to life by an exceptional narrator.

    A hilariously tragic description of the rending of clothing during grief (by Desdemona) is spare and masterful, and just over the top enough.

    Despite the length (and I really am sad that it's ended) I will listen to this novel again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of the Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Guterson
    • Narrated By Don Hastings
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Ben Givens, recently widowed, is a retired heart surgeon, once admired for his steadiness of hand, his precision, his endurance. He has terminal colon cancer. While Ben does not readily accept defeat, he is determined to avoid suffering rather than engage it. And so, accompanied by his two hunting dogs, he sets out through the mythic American West - sage deserts, yawning canyons, dusty ranches, vast orchards - on his last hunt.

    Dee says: "Very beautiful"
    "Very beautiful"
    Overall

    Sad but very beautiful. A bit slow moving, but well-narrated enough to get you through the less compelling parts. David Guterson uses gorgeous language, even when the subject matter is hard-going.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of The Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (92)

    One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe. This time the willful and witty duo must catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb in Luxor.

    Mary A. says: "Great second read!"
    "I agree..Barbara IS better"
    Overall

    The narrator of this title is positively dreary compared to the life instilled in each and every Amelia Peabody book performed by Barbara Rosenblatt. I won't buy any other titles using this reader...only Barbara Rosenblatt.

    I'm pretty fussy about the quality of the narrator. This one wasn't interesting enough to keep me focused throughout the entire story. Whereas Rosenblatt's interpretations of the lead characters are witty and often tongue-in-cheek, this reader made the characters downright unlikable when they weren't utter bores.

    A dis-service to the book and it's wonderful cast.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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