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Denise

Glenwood Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 23 reviews
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  • Among the Hidden

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Luke Garner has spent his entire life - all 12 years - in hiding. The government has outlawed families with more than two children. As the Garners' third child, Luke's very life is in danger. When Luke meets Jen, another "shadow child," he begins to question the government's policies.

    Denise says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I am actually writing this for my son who read this book in fifth grade. He LOVED it! A lot of the material is things he had really never thought about and it led to some very interestng family conversations about the China one-child policy, etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (474)

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
    "The Narrator Seems Bored with the Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't get through this book because the narrator seemed so bored with the story. I'm going to try again reading it the old fashioned way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scary Halloween Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
    • Narrated By Nelson Olmsted, Laurence Olivier, Basil Rathbone
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Nine spine-chilling stories from Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jerome K. Jerome, read by Laurence Olivier, Nelson Olmsted, and Basil Rathbone.

    Denise says: "Boring and hard to find the story"
    "Boring and hard to find the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I downloaded this as part of an activity for high school students and found it to be boring. Also, the stories blend into one another and there is no title to let you know which one you are listening to. Skip it and stick with one of the the Poe collections.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (477)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "Not as good as Glass Castle"
    Overall

    I loved The Glass Castle but only liked this book. Her grandmother led an interesting life, but the story seems contrived at times and Jeannette's perfect diction was a distraction in a story about someone from Texas. I would read this book vs. listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jostein Gaarder
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    One day, 14-year-old Sophie Amundsen comes home from school to find two notes in her mailbox, with one question on each: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" From that irresistible beginning, Sophie becomes obsessed with questions that take her far beyond what she knows of her Norwegian village. Through those letters, she enrolls in a kind of correspondence course, covering Socrates to Sartre, with a mysterious philosopher, while receiving letters addressed to another girl.

    Steven says: "Great introduction to Western Philosophy"
    "A text book with a silly story"
    Overall

    There is a lot of interesting information about the history of philosophy and I listed to about 1/2 the book. In the end, I put it aside because the silly side story was such a distraction.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12412)
    Performance
    (8326)
    Story
    (8367)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "One of the most amazing stories I've ever heard"
    Overall

    The story starts with three men who are adrift in a boat on the ocean and when the hear a plan overhead they signal thinking they are about to get rescued - but the plane shoots at them! The author then flashesback to their childhood and you think the shooting scene will be the climax of the story - but it is only the beginning of their incredible journey. An amazing book that I loved listening to as much as my kids (ages 11 and 14).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18702)
    Performance
    (8566)
    Story
    (8596)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Even better than the first book"
    Overall

    I read some of the reviews and understand why some more conservative readers would have a hard time with the first few chapters of the book. However, one of the major themes is preconceptions about alternative lifestyles and this book really makes you think about "good" and "bad" people in society.

    I read this entire book in one weekend (my house is now spotless). It was incredible and kept me on the edge of my seat all weekend. I encourage people to open their minds and read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27349)
    Performance
    (13958)
    Story
    (14005)

    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!"
    "Delightful Dialog"
    Overall

    This is a thought-provoking and yet fun book to listen to. The author does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and the readers were very easy on the ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23444)
    Performance
    (10053)
    Story
    (10126)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I always listen to a book on tape when I'm cleaning my house and I can tell how well I like the book by how clean my house is at the end (the more I want to listen the longer I clean). After this book my baseboards are scrubbed, the carpets cleaned, my kitchen cuboards washed down and the place is spotless. An interesting book with a lot of twists and turns.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bucking the Sarge

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Luther T. Farrell has got to get out of Flint, Michigan.As his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Titanic."

    Leslie says: "Great Book - even for me!"
    "Funny Book"
    Overall

    Very funny book. We listened to it on a road trip and ages from 8 - 42 all enjoyed the characters and the story. There is some adult-type discussion at the very beginning (these are teenagers after all) but it was very minor and not a central part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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