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Jennifer

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  • Ruby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    After a college student speeding in a blue Honda Civic kills her husband of less than a year, Olivia is completely lost. One hot summer day, she walks into the beachfront Rhode Island cottage she and David bought the previous August—the place where they had planned to someday start a family—and finds a stranger sitting at her kitchen table. Pregnant fifteen-year-old Ruby is looking for a safe haven for herself and her baby-to-be. Olivia takes her in, desperate to assuage her grief through human connection, even with a troubled teenager.

    Jennifer says: "Worth listening"
    "Worth listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Ruby again? Why?

    No not really. Once is enough


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were easy to imagine.


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Ruby


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she decided to keep her baby.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13373)
    Performance
    (5791)
    Story
    (5863)

    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!!"
    "Loved this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes so enjoyable to listen to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    When he was waiting to go to the circus and no one ca me. It broke my heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he left to go see the circus


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many. It makes you think how we treat people when they get old


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4059)
    Performance
    (3467)
    Story
    (3462)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Makes you think"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    The parents were so supportive


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Landay again?

    Yes


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Made the characters real


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

    No too long but held my interest


    Any additional comments?

    Still uncomfortable with the ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2215)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1387)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close again? Why?

    No it was not deep enough to read it more than once


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oskar Schell


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

    The grandfather


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

    No I did get tired after awhile but finished it relatively fast


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than the movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (995)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Hendie says: "I Understand!"
    "Good story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Longest Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good love story with a twist


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogues with Ira and his wife


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and January LaVoy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not prev listened to them


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ira passed


    Any additional comments?

    Great plot

    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
    (3196)
    Performance
    (2788)
    Story
    (2799)

    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?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Great read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The storyline and the story of living in the concentration camp was so moving


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    When she realized who the old man really was


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The ability to put such emotion in her reading


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

    Yes but it is really long


    Any additional comments?

    Very sad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boyfriend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (500)

    Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

    Opule says: "Typical Thomas Perry"
    "Good detective story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Boyfriend the most enjoyable?

    Till was so likeable


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

    Yes it kept surprising the listener


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Till


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

    Yes it kept you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what was going to happen next


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1127)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1017)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Interesting book"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Brain on Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Frustrating reality medicine


    What did you like best about this story?

    That she recovered


    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotions and the descriptions were real


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

    Very interesting and frustrating at times.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reconstructing Amelia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kimberly McCreight
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (492)

    When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

    FanB14 says: "Gossip Girl"
    "Really good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Reconstructing Amelia in three words, what would they be?

    Sad surprising enlightening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reconstructing Amelia?

    When you found out who the father was


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Dillon


    Any additional comments?

    Would make a great lifetime movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (611)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Insightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was difficult to finish but it was interesting to get into the mind of someone who is autistic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story he told


    What three words best describe Tom Picasso’s voice?

    Meaningful, kind, and inspiring


    Did The Reason I Jump inspire you to do anything?

    Wanting to treat people with autism in a different way


    Any additional comments?

    I think some parts of the book ere lost in the translation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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