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Irenehope

Gold Canyon, AZ , USA

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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
    (13474)
    Performance
    (5883)
    Story
    (5959)

    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!!"
    "Under the Big Top"
    Overall

    There aren't that many books written in the first person, by an old man reminiscing. Nor are there many books written about circus life. This book compared favorable with the two others I've read. The plot was a bit predictable, but all in all it was a memorable read. It brought you back to the Great Depression & the hardness of life. It also introduced you to characters who made the best of things & developed friendships & loyalties along the way.I loved the animals, each with his/her personality. I thought this was a part that could have been expanded on. I cared about the people, and both endings were completely satisfying. In fact, I wish the story had continued a little more. And yes, I did sit in my car to finish chapters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1198)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "My Favorite Book by Neil Gaiman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Neverwhere?

    This is my favorite book by Neil Gaiman. I've always hoped for a follow-up, but Mr Gaiman is busy with other things. It was originally a TV series, so as a radio show it worked very well. The actors are first rate; Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, David Harewood and Natalie Dormer, Sophie Okonedo, Christopher Lee and others. My favorites are David Harewood of the incredibly smooth voice as the Marquise and James McAvoy's beautiful Scots accent as Richard.

    Richard, an office drone with a bitchy fiancee, saves Door, a girl he finds injured on the street. She inadvertently leads him into London Below, an alternative London beneath the streets where people who fall through the cracks end up. Together they embark on a quest to find out who killed Door's family and to return Richard to London Above.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodshot

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist - even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files: documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the frozen outskirts of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta.

    Eivind says: "A notch above"
    "Is She Really a Vampire?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It wasn't bad, but I kept wondering if the character really was supernatural. She seemed to have retained all of her human qualities, but few of the supposed vampire improvements. She got tired, made rookie errors, and didn't drain the bad guys when the opportunity arose and she needed sustenance.
    But it was well- written and funny.
    I'll think about listening to the next book in the series, but only if nothing better comes along.


    What about Natalie Ross???s performance did you like?

    Ms Ross did a good job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1849)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1082)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Dinner Companion"
    Overall

    As the sister of a chef, I get to go out with my brother and his pals whenever I'm in town. Tony sounds just like them: funny, scatological, sarcastic, profane and opinionated. I'd love to have him join us, he'd fit right in. He writes like he talks, and that's a very good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3599)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1847)

    In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

    Anne Hoag says: "High expectations not met"
    "Joie de Vivre Dead and Gone"
    Overall

    As another die hard SVM fan, I've been waiting for this book to come out, hoping for the promised pivotal conversation between Eric and Sookie. It doesn't happen. We were told it would be a darker book, and it is. But the essence of Eric and Sookie is that they share the same joie de vivre, that they are two sides of the same coin. This is missing in the novel.

    It seems like True Blood, the TV series, has had some influence on the characterization. Plus, it does the characters a disservice to keep avoiding personal growth. Sookie's immaturity continues though events that would change the world view of any sentient being.

    There was not as many humorous or loving scenes as before and I also agree that it needed to be further proofread.

    So now we begin the grim wait for #10. Hoping against hope that our questions will finally be answered, and that the characters regain their joie de vivie.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Goods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (216)

    England, 1176. Beautiful, tranquil Glastonbury Abbey - one of England's holiest sites, and believed by some to be King Arthur's sacred Isle of Avalon - has been burned almost to the ground. The arsonist remains at large, but the fire has uncovered something even more shocking: two hidden skeletons, a man and a woman. The skeletons' height and age send rumors flying - are the remains those of Arthur and Guinevere?

    Irenehope says: "Third is Second"
    "Third is Second"
    Overall

    I loved this series from the beginning. The first was the best, and this, the third novel, is second. Number two left me unsatisfied.

    As always, Ms. Franklin's history is well researched, and her people are more real than some of my neighbors. No one is all good or bad. Henry II is an enlightened but manipulative monarch. The Bishop Of St. Albans, Rowley, is as conflicted about his passion for Adelia as before. And Adelia herself is as intelligent, independent & inquisitive as always. Some of the actions might be a bit far fetched to us in the 21st century. I can never get my head around the all encompassing religious faith, laws, and pressure from the Catholic church that was the norm in the 12th century. The Pope had the power to bring down monarchs, and the church could declare a death sentence on anyone it decided was a heretic.

    At the end of the book, you know some changes will be made. I hope those changes have King Henry
    and Bishop Rowley playing larger parts in book#4.
    We'll have to wait now, alas, to see.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop, Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Do you believe in ghosts? Do we really live on in some conscious form after we die? And is that form capable of communicating with the world of the living? Jack Parlabane's stance on the matter: "Aye, right". This was before he found himself in the more compromising position of being not only dead himself, but worse: dead and with an exclusive still to file. Now he knows for certain that death is not the end: it's the ultimate undercover assignment.

    Irenehope says: "Jack Parlabane for Mayor"
    "Jack Parlabane for Mayor"
    Overall

    Well, that would clean up the town, wouldn't it. Which town? Any one you'd like to send him to. And it would be done in such an outrageous, profane, honest and hysterically funny way, that even the losers would chuckle. Before they tried to kill him, of course.

    Because that's the point of Brookmyre's Parlabane books; trying to kill Jack before he puts your butt in jail! But for us lucky readers, we laugh through the entire reading, if we can understand the narrator. Luckily, after listening to many books with accents from the UK, I can understand it pretty well. Perhaps not all of the slang, but I can guess at the meanings.

    I visited Audible UK in order to buy this book. I wish Audible would make all of Mr. Brookmyre's books available here. (I saw them in my local indie bookstore for the first time recently.)

    The first book I ever bought on Audible was "Quite Ugly One Morning." I was hooked, both on the author & Audible.

    "Rubber Ducks" concerns spiritualists, life after death, religion and fraud. If you don't see the connection between the first three and the last, you will be offended. If dirty language offends you, you will be distressed. But if your view of the world is a bit skewed, your sense of humor a bit warped and the idea of believing what you read in the newspaper a bit skeptical, you will love this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • You Suck: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (681)

    Being dead sucks. Make that being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask Thomas C. Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he's ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, the woman of his dreams, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he's one, too.

    Deborah says: "Do They Give Awards For "Best Reader"?"
    "Too Young to be Dead"
    Overall

    After enjoying "A Dirty Job" I thought I would be entertained, but no such luck. I know the characters are supposed to be juvenile, but I don't care. The book should have been in the "teen" section.

    I hate wasting my credits!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4051)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2151)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener's craving for the supernatural.

    Brandon says: "Oooooooooh Booooooooy!"
    "Favorite Sookie Novel"
    Overall

    This novel, #4 in the Southern Vampire Mystery series is pivotal. Audible SVM fans have been waiting for it to complete our set. Since another four novels continue the series after this one, I can't write @ the plot, but many of the twists in the next four,(& the 9th book due out this spring), depend on this sexy and exciting episode. So for SVM fans it's not to be missed.

    For new fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels who watch True Blood on HBO, you'll find the books different from the series. They are lighter & more humorous. The plots are better, the dialogue not as self-conscious & Bill is NOT the hero.

    The narrator of this entire series is Johanna Parker. She is first rate at giving distinct personalities to each character. She deserves a prize. I hope that she's back to read #9.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Degrees of Separation: A Jessie Arnold Mystery Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sue Henry
    • Narrated By Lee Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Jessie Arnold is a sled-racing champion who left racing after a knee injury. While getting back in shape for an Iditarod, she comes across a snow-covered body on a local trail. With her boyfriend, Alaska State Trooper Alex Jensen, she's soon on the trail of criminals.

    Irenehope says: "Formularic"
    "Formularic"
    Overall

    Sue Henry has always been one of my favorite novelists, but this outing she's seems more like she had to come up with a book to fulfill a contract, rather than enthusiastically creating a new entry in her series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • From Dead to Worse: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3441)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1790)

    The eighth entry in Charlaine Harris' New York Times best selling, Anthony Award-winning series finds Sookie reeling from an explosive attack on the previous month's vampire summit. Many vampires were killed, including several of Sookie's friends. But most pressing for Sookie is the unknown status of her weretiger boyfriend Quinn. Like it or not, everything is changing in the supernatural world - and Sookie is caught in the middle.

    Irenehope says: "Seven books in Seven Days"
    "Seven books in Seven Days"
    Overall

    OK, so I got a little obsessed! After watching True Blood for the last few weeks, I decided to read the novels that they're based on. I could find only #5 and #7 in my library, so decided to use the credits I so carefully hoard on Audible. Paper or player, these books were the Hagen-Das of my week. Kept going back for just one more! Didn't talk to my husband all week! Didn't even leave the house all week!
    Audible, where is #4? I'm second on my library's list for #4...that could be 6 weeks! How will I last?
    Review:
    The Narrator is great! She IS Sookie! And everybody else.

    The books are fun & sexy. Very sexy.They are full of imaginative ideas that make up a plausible world. Sookie is tough, sweet and very smart. She figures things out quickly & takes action. Her specialty is thinking outside the box that the vampires live in.

    I think that this book, #8, has some more interesting plots twists than a few of the others and also has some nice cues for the future.

    Big question...Eric or Bill?...or someone else?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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