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Helena

Help! I can't stop buying audiobooks!

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2372)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I have ever read a book that is told in such a way that each chapter follows a different character. The rotating voices and their respective excellent performances in this audiobook helped bring that to life.

    Typical of Hosseini, the characters are engaging, and the plot is complex and fully fleshed out -- you just can't see the full picture until you're done.

    Another wonderful book. I can't wait to see what he writes next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Give You the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (365)

    Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

    FanB14 says: "As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns"
    "Yes! Listen to this book!"
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    Can I please give this book 6 stars?? Can I read it again for the first time? One of my favorite books now, no question -- not just within this genre but within all genres.

    A small complaint that did not diminish my love of the book but is necessary to mention: for a book that has two heavily-accented major characters, you would think they'd get narrators who can do those accents. At times it was almost painful, but the amazingness of the book well made up for it. Don't let this scare you off! It's worth weathering the sometimes silly accents. I promise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Field - Updated Edition: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynne McTaggart
    • Narrated By Lynne McTaggart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    In this groundbreaking classic, investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart reveals a radical new paradigm - that the human mind and body are not separate from their environment but a packet of pulsating power constantly interacting with this vast energy sea, and that consciousness may be central in shaping our world. The Field is a highly listenable scientific detective story presenting a stunning picture of an interconnected universe and a new scientific theory that makes sense of supernatural phenomena.

    Helena says: "Yes yes yes!"
    "Yes yes yes!"
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    Ever wondered if plants feel empathy? Or why children seem to be plugged into something "beyond" but then lose it as they grow up? Or whether a rat would remember how to perform a trick even after almost all of its brain had been burned away by a curling iron?

    Or maybe you know a tiny bit about this whole quantum physics business, but really not much more than the fact that somewhere out there is a cat in a box who is somehow both dead and alive and a bunch of scientists who think this is a really big deal.

    Read this book. Either you know nothing about the world we live in, and your eyes will be opened, or it will scientifically confirm everything you've ever suspected. Either way, holy shit. Lynne McTaggart has done the human race a great service by compiling all this research into one very readable volume.

    (My only complaint: the author actually does a wonderful job of reading her own book. But. I cannot stand her pronunciation of the word "nuclear," which comes up somewhat frequently. I don't get it!! NOO-klee-urr. What is so hard for people about the second syllable of that word?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (955)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Beautiful. Human. Honest."
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    I wish I could give this story and the writing more stars than 5.

    But oh my God. For a book with a lot of American characters, the narrator's imitation of American accents is terrible. I understand this is a book full of complex accents, and otherwise her performance did this book justice, but wow. No one supervising the recording of this told them that the second syllable of "library" should rhyme with "bear" and not "fur" (one tiny example) in Americanese?

    Anyway. This in no way diminishes my enjoyment of this book. But it is a little distracting at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Matt Richtel
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    An ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally strikes two rocket scientists while texting and driving. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the state's groundbreaking prosecution, and ultimately, Reggie's wrenching admission of responsibility. Richtel parallels Reggie's journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains.

    Helena says: "Easiest non-fiction read ever!"
    "Easiest non-fiction read ever!"
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    A well-woven narrative of the many people and stories that became intertwined on the day of Reggie Shaw's fateful accident. Not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11935)
    Performance
    (10820)
    Story
    (10842)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Can't wait for time to pass so I can read it again"
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    Yes to all of this book. Every time I thought I knew what kind of book this was, it totally changed -- in the best way possible. I can't wait to forget a lot of it so I get to re-read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8038)
    Performance
    (6999)
    Story
    (6994)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "Maybe I just hate romance novels?"
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    I guess maybe I just didn't realize before this that I hate romance novels. It's not that I hated this book -- there were moments where I actually enjoyed it -- but it's that it falls kind of flat in the more romance-y sections.

    Instead of diving into the character development throughout the book, it becomes more about the love connection. And yes, that love connection is necessary to the character development! But there is so much else going on, and I felt like their relationship was just flat.

    Now I know: skip the romance novels and stick to the more character-centric Philip Roth, John Irving, etc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4039)
    Performance
    (3633)
    Story
    (3658)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Worth checking out."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah! The characters are sticky -- they're still springing to mind weeks and books later after finishing this book -- and the plot is unique. It's a story worth reading.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I could relate so well to Piper: a loving family, all life's advantages, an excellent education... I really felt like if my life had been just a little different for me, I could have ended up in her shoes.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    It's hard to say. She does such an amazing job of bringing each character -- with all the unique back stories, accents, and quirks -- to life.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a little slow at times, which is why I only give the story 4 stars. Maybe boring you to death is part of prison and therefore difficult to keep out of a narrative about time in prison, but there were moments where I lost interest.

    These were few and far between, though, so it's still definitely worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3679)
    Performance
    (2337)
    Story
    (2329)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    Bill Ciocco says: "Highly Recommended"
    "This book is awesome; get over the cheesiness!"
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    Get over the apparent cheesiness and read this book with an open mind. Thankfully I didn't read any of the bitter, unenlightened reviews before buying this audiobook!

    The only way to really know if you will like something new is to suspend your preconceived notions about it while you try it out. I can't believe I have to spell this out for adults here, but there you have it.

    I found the theory expounded in this book to be well thought out, well elaborated, and well worth reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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