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John Galt

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  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1108)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "Delightful story for book lovers"
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    Any additional comments?

    A depressed bookstore owner who has lost everything important to him...(except his books) finds something unexpected waiting for him in his shop which completely changes his life. References to other books and famous authors are scattered throughout this story of the effect books can have upon your life.

    By far the best book I've read this year.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jessica Hecht
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (243)

    What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

    Tim says: "Buy Full Dark, No Stars"
    "Great story"
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    Would you listen to A Good Marriage again? Why?

    I read it previously in Full Dark, No Stars. I would read it again but not this audio version. The narration was worse than horrible. The sing-song fake sounding voice did not match the dark story. She actually sounded like a cartoon character when she spoke as Darcy. I've listened to at least 200 audio books This one was bad, bad, bad. It should be pulled and narrated by someone else, in my opinion.


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (436)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Pat C says: "skip this one"
    "Second rate Green Mile"
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    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Absolutely not. I've tried several of her books recommended to me by other readers and every single one was a huge waste of time. She writes cop out endings and plagiarized stories. I knew what was going to happen in the first five minutes of the book. I stuck with it hoping I was wrong. Unfortunately, I wasn't. You would do a lot better by reading Stephen King's The Green Mile. At least he didn't steal the idea. (He's a superior writer as well).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20511)
    Performance
    (18429)
    Story
    (18590)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Utter disappointment"
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    What would have made Divergent better?

    Nothing that I can think of. I wanted to love it. I expected to love it. Alas, I hated it. I forced myself to finish it just hoping to reach the thing that would make me say "OH!!!" That never happened. The story didn't make sense to me. Hunger Games is a far superior book.


    Any additional comments?

    A friend who recommended this book has read the entire series and gave me spoilers. It seems to me that what happens in subsequent books make events in this one more understandable but I don't think I will read 3 books in order to like the first one. If I don't care about the characters in the first book that's it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2646)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Ridiculous."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half of the book was simply charming. The second half was agonizing. The first half with short emails and notes and a wicked villain falls apart after Bernadette's disappearance is revealed. Instead there are long narratives explaining all the information that was in the first half. It was extremely boring and slow and I just wanted it to end so I could find out what happened. And even that was such a disappointment.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen Wilhoite?

    I don't know if it was the narrator or simply poor editing. When she attempted the voice of Elgin she dropped her voice to the point it was inaudible without raising the volume then she would suddenly screech in a supposed little girl voice. Though the child was actually 15. It was quite painful.


    Do you think Where'd You Go, Bernadette needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, after trudging through the last few chapters I no longer care about these characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The book should have ended when Bernadette disappeared and left us hanging instead of slowly and painfully revealing each detail.

    Audrey was a much more interesting character when she was evil. Turning "good" was ridiculous.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (967)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Perfect narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. But I don't understand the comparisons to Gone Girl. This book was ten times better and much more realistic. You could actually put yourselves in the characters shoes and ask yourself what you would do


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

    When Paul is called to the principle's office.


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

    This was hands down the best narration of any audiobook I've ever listened too.

    I listen to audio books while driving or doing things and then switch to the e book when I can sit down to read since its much faster to actually read it yourself. In this case I stopped reading and merely listened. The narration was perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for action/adventure/thriller this isn't the book for you. This is a people book. What do people do? What would I do? What in the world were they thinking? Reading this book you will know what at least one person was thinking, but you may never know exactly why he thought that way. I will think and wonder about the characters in this book for a long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of James

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ellen J. Green
    • Narrated By Bettye Zoller Seitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Moments before his death following a tragic car accident, Nick whispers warnings to his wife that someone from his past may attempt to harm or even kill her. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. Find James, he insists. It’s the only way out. Mackenzie dismisses her husband’s warnings, assuming his words were a result of blood loss and morphine... until the things he outlined start to come true.

    Jeanette says: "Narrator was awful."
    "Worst narration ever"
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    What disappointed you about The Book of James?

    I can't finish it because I can't tolerate the drunken, slurred voice of the narrator. I just wasted a credit


    Would you recommend The Book of James to your friends? Why or why not?

    I won't know until I buy the actual book and read it myself. I don't know if I will because this horrible voice is stuck in my head.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded drunk. It was impossible to follow the story for the intrusiveness of the narrators slurred speech. I could not imagine these characters speaking in such a manor.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I wasted a credit on this horrible narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me my credit back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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