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Eunique

Sagamore Hills, Oh United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (598)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Quietly grabs you"
    Overall

    This is one of those stories that is quietly told (no violence, sex or action) but somehow grabs you and keeps you thinking about it long after you have finished. The story unfolds via a series of anecdotes and memories that develops the characters in such a perfect way that as you begin to understand, you are brought into the story with great impact. The narration is excellent and the tone is a perfect match to the tenor of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (637)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "Nesbo delivers, even without Harry Hole."
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    Any additional comments?

    I really thought I would miss Harry, but the new characters draw you in along with a great plot. As usual there are more twists and turns than Lombard Street - Nesbo always keeps you guessing. He just keeps getting better and better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3406)
    Performance
    (2974)
    Story
    (2989)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Amazing book"
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    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I love that this is a story in a story in a story. There are so many layers to this book. It just makes you think on so many levels.


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

    Yes and no. It's not an edge of the seat type of thriller. But I was so captured by the characters and their stories that I definitely had to keep listening.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Minka is a character I won't soon forget. She is written so well, and the performance really does her justice. .


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

    This book made me want to discuss it with everyone. I have most of my friends listening or reading just so we can do that. Just the questions of right and wrong, coupled with forgiveness for those acts keep me thinking about this story long after I finished it.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book should be required reading - especially in ethics classes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (687)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "What a nice find"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Way Station the most enjoyable?

    The rhythm of this story just moves you along - you are gently drawn in and become a believer without any pyrotechnics.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is the reason I am an Audible member. I don't think I would have found this little gem, even though it's a Hugo award winner. I'll be listening to more of Mr. Simak's work. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21027)
    Performance
    (18857)
    Story
    (18924)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "What a surprise!"
    Overall
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the mystery category, this book ranks extremely high for plot, writing and narration.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a first listern for these narrators - they are both excellent, and make the story come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let the beginning fool you - I kept hearing "Ripped from the Headlines" in my head. The image of Scott Peterson accompanying that thought. But just when I had muttered my last "Ho Hum", wow - I got blindsided with a plot I never saw coming. Woo Hoo, what a ride. Stick with through, and you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1954)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1155)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Pretty good - enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would probably recommend this as an addition to the Connie Willis library. While it's not as compelling at Doomsday or Blackout, it's a much lighter approach to time travel. It's a nice easy listen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was well fleshed out - all the loose ends were tied up.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    I really like Ned and Bain.


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

    Not really, First of all, it's really long. But it was well suited to my daily commute.


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned, a lighter, more humerous side to time travel. This might be a good entree into the science fiction side of literature for those who haven't wanted to try it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    This is the story of Margaret Hale, a young English woman who accompanies her family's move from rural southern England to the industrial north. It proves to be a difficult change, with all the attendant social conflicts and cultural misunderstandings consequent to such situations. It is a study in contrasts. Mrs. Gaskell created one of the Victorian era's greatest heroines in Margaret Hale, a young lady of passionate intensity.

    Cariola says: "An Awesome Classic"
    "Okay"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    At first I was a bit put off that the story was narrated by a man, even though it is definitely a story about a woman. Overall though, the narration was quite good.


    Would you recommend North and South to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was okay, but I would first recommend Portrait of a Lady or Anna Karenina


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Okay .


    Could you see North and South being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best classic I've listened to. It took a while to get into the story. Overall it was an average story. The best part is that Gaskell brought to view the woman's point of view at that time iin history. Her writing was probably quite cutting edge for her time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last of the Winnebagos

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    In this Hugo Award-winning novella, dogs have become extinct after an epidemic, and the Humane Society has been granted extraordinary police powers to protect the remaining animals. As the Society investigates the death of a jackal on a highway, its attention turns to a photojournalist whose own dog was one of the last to survive.

    Amazon Customer says: "Quick and fun listen!"
    "Very interesting and Original"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last of the Winnebagos?

    The ending which tied all the plot elements together


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

    Definitely yes


    Any additional comments?

    This story is so original and unexpected. There are so many subtle twists and turns that make for a very satisfactory listern.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1378)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "So happy to join the Oxford time travelers again"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Blackout?

    The location and time setting of WWII London


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved well with just enough conflict and character/location/time differentiation to keep it interesting. All of the intertwining stories made for a very interesting plot.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    It was a tiny bit difficult to keep track of the dates for all the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1041)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "Boring..."
    Overall

    Moby Dick reminds of a baseball game - 15 monutes of action crammed into 3 hours. I didn't know there was that much to say about anything. Just when you think that you've heard everything you want to know about rope, it goes on, and on, and on....

    Frank Muller does an excellent job with the narration is good, I just didn't care for the book itself. The best thing - I can cross it off my list of books I must read. If you are doing the classic tour also, I recommend this version. Might want to have a lot of coffee while you're driving.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful

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