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Jolene

Reading is in my DNA. Dad, Granddad and Grandma were all journalists and crazy readers. When I can't read, I listen!

Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11922)
    Performance
    (7874)
    Story
    (7911)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "There are No Words..."
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    In a words...Wow. This book, start to finish, is the story of a young man and his journey from a life on the brink of greatness to his life with his comrades on a journey through hell. How he survived - how they survived, is a miracle of the human spirit and worth every minute of listening. I learned so much I did not know, things I never learned in school. I believe the perspective I have now helps me to better understand the difficult decisions our nation had to make during that horrible time. You think you know, but you really don't.... Narrator was fine. Never inflected much into the story, just told it. But now that I have had time to reflect, I wonder if that was exactly the way it needed to be done due to the difficult content. I was still riveted from first page to last.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5944)
    Performance
    (5404)
    Story
    (5395)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "A wonderful read that leaves a mark."
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    I am no fancy writer/reviewer. I can only say that I love books of many genres and this book will be one of my favorites. I thought the writing impeccable and so descriptive, I felt as I was sitting in the cellar room with Momma and Handful, my fingers pricked and tired from hours of sewing. I was Sarah's quiet cheerleader, lifting her up in my heart as she struggled through every step of her journey. These women will live on in my heart. I had hesitated to listen to this particular book - I tend to shy away when a prior book has disappointed me (The Mermaid's Chair) but I am glad I took the advice of other reviewers. It was worth every minute, plus all the extra miles of thought that went into the thinking through-out and after finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sand: Omnibus Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (417)

    We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.

    Joy says: "Almost a 5 star"
    "Awesome!"
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    Story

    This latest book by Hugh Howey is well-written, and extremely well-narrated. Karen Chilton's voice matches the landscape of heat and sand, I honestly could not imagine a better narration. As far as the story, words don't describe how well Hugh Howey makes the people and environment so real you feel you are there. I LOVED this book.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1901)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1174)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Worst narrator I have heard so far..."
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration..oh my gosh, I thought it was awful. I finished the book because I thought the premise of the book was interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Einstein, Travis and Nora.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded like he was reporting a news story. When he spoke as characters, in my opinion, his voice did not match the characters at all.


    Could you see Watchers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I am not sure how you could have a dog do the kinds of things Einstein did in the book.
    If they could pull that off then possibly Denzel Washington as Lem, Jake Gylenhaal as Travis and Michelle Monoghan as Nora.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (590)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Book - Yes Narrator - No"
    Overall

    Wait!! What a disappointment! I had listened to the other Bride books
    before this one and (my fault) bought this one just assuming it was the same narrator. Talk about night and day...this narrator sounds like she is about fourteen and all the characters come off sounding like they are pre-teens as
    well. Good book, poor choice of narrator...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noah's Compass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

    Eileen says: "Low key and thought provoking"
    "Noah needs a narrator"
    Overall

    Like the reviewer before me, I have had to force myself to finish this book. Not only is the main
    character uninteresting, but the narrator brings no warmth to the story, whatsoever. A big disappointment.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (666)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Awkward Narration"
    Overall

    This the first audiobook I've listened to where I have barely been able to finish the book due to the narration. While the story itself was well written, and well-paced with good characterization, I found the narrator's breathy attempts to sound female annoying and distracting.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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