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Jennifer

Chapel Hill, NC, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (600)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    Vapid characters, vapid storytelling, and lackluster narrating. Crusie certainly appears to have a following, but after this book, I'm not inclined to read her again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (2177)
    Story
    (2193)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "10 & 6yo kids loved it"
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    Listened in the car with the kids who loved the story. Hathaway does a fair job with narration--enough to satisfy the kids. Great story, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9485)
    Performance
    (6555)
    Story
    (6538)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "Narration like an embrace"
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    A continuation of a beautiful love story in intriguing historical fiction, made perfect by its narrator. Already downloading its sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2724)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "A Repeat Listen"
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    If you love classic literature, and stories of unrequited love (although this one doesn't quite fit that bill), you must add this performance to your wish list. I've read this book probably half a dozen times. It is beautiful writing, and Firth's narration only adds to the pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4580)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2720)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Will leave a mark"
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    I am still spell-bound by this book. The narration was spot-on for the story--couldn't have been more appropriately cast.
    Even if you're not someone big into war history, the humanity in Matterhorn is so gut-wrenchingly real, you'll be captivated. This novel brings the Vietnam war alive in so many ways--from the sickening politics, to the camaraderie, the human suffering and cost, and the youth & innocence lost... It has left a permanent mark on my heart and mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3488)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3240)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Mental Fear"
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    I really enjoyed Kate Mulgrew's narration of this book. She certainly did it justice.
    NOS4A2 is chilling, but not nail-biting, which is right on par for me. It's not physical fear/horror, but mental, which I usually find to be scarier anyway. If you liked Event Horizon, you'll probably like this (sans the sci-fi).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4405)
    Performance
    (2916)
    Story
    (2946)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "History, science & humanity artfully woven"
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    Skloot's telling of the history behind HeLa--both the cells and the woman--is perfectly portrayed. It will catch and hold the attention of readers from all walks of life. I've already recommended it to several of my friends and colleagues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1428)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1292)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Not a single sympathetic character"
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    I usually like stories about the old west, but this one had not a single character that I could relate to in any way. There is no true hero or villain, and every character seems to alienate themselves quickly. The story is marginal. I kept holding out hope that something interesting would happen, but it never did. I thought the performance was true to the story. I think given the right part, Kate Mulgrew could really shine. I'll be looking for other stories narrated by her.

    2 of 4 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
    (19078)
    Performance
    (8894)
    Story
    (8926)

    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"
    "The 2nd book of the series is as good as the first"
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    In many series, the sequels don't quite hit the mark of the first book. But not so with Larsson's trilogy. The Girl who Played with Fire keeps the reader on their seat just as keenly.

    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
    (23862)
    Performance
    (21273)
    Story
    (21342)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "One of the most screwed up plots I've ever read"
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    I didn't know I wouldn't like this book until it was too late. The narration was great, but by the time I was too deep into the plot to back out, it began to make me nauseated. I don't belong to a book club, but if I did, I would love to hear how other people react to this story. This is a story of two of the most screwed up characters I've ever read, and their completely dysfunctional relationship. It will leave you feeling punched in the head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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