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Julie

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  • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry, Full Cast
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

    Diana - Audible says: "Books Will Save You"
    "Wow! What fun!"
    Overall

    What a refreshing listen! Engaging and interesting, the characters really came to life for me through the full cast and sound effects. Though it is a sad, depressing tale, it is also very humorous. I would definitely suggest this book if you are looking for an escape from your day. I can guarantee you'll feel better about your own life situations after this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2267)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1020)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Great stories, wonderful story telling..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Full Dark, No Stars to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read print version, but Craig Wasson's stand-out performances added very much to the story, I would imagine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love a good revenge/retribution plot. All four stories made good on this.


    What about Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht ’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson's performances were never dull nor silly. He spoke the story as if he was actually living it. The drama in his performance was PERFECT for the stories he read. Jessica Hecht makes a wonderful narrator, but the only thing I didn't like about her performance was when she would speak for her heroine... she tended to make them sound like airheaded dimwits. I would not have imagined them this way if I'd read the book. Otherwise, I enjoyed her performances very much, too. She was never boring, didn't drone on like some readers tend to do.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If You Really Loved Me

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Ann Rule
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In 1985, 32-year-old David Brown seemed to have it all. A computer genius with a million-dollar business, married for the fifth time - most recently to a 23-year-old beauty, Linda, the mother of his new-born baby - he was the living emobodiment of a rich playboy. But the signs of the dream life's dark underside were already emerging - especially in Brown's penchant for divorcing his young wives as soon as they matured to full womanhood.

    Mary says: "As a huge fan of Ann Rule this had to be the worst"
    "Intriguing true crime story, great narration..."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to If You Really Loved Me the most enjoyable?

    Ann Rule may not have a "model" voice, but I thoroughly enjoyed her storytelling. I found her easier to listen to than most professionals that I've listened to through the years. Her storytelling, written and spoken, are spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cinnamon Brown. My heart breaks for her and the psychological abuse that was heaped onto her as a child and young adult.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Rule’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I would not hesitate to purchase one if the storyline interested me.


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

    No extreme reactions, but I'm not moved to tears easily. I can't imagine there would be much to laugh about in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. It was a pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graveminder

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you." Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers....

    Kim says: "Give it a listen...you will be rewarded!"
    "Rich storyline, annoying main characters"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure, it's a decent book, the narration was nice and the idea was a good one. However, I tired of the same back and forth the two main characters went through in regards to their relationship. It seemed as though every time they were alone (which was often), it was the same conversation, over and over. He trying to make her see that they belonged together, she, fighting it. It was too repetitive.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Melissa Marr? Why or why not?

    Depends on the topic, but I'd try another. She does have good ideas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rebecca's initial venture into the land of the dead.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Definitely. I think the screen version would handle the relationship differently.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
    "Ann Rule at her best! Narration very suitable!"
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    What did you love best about Dead by Sunset?

    It's a never-ending roller coaster of disbelief in how people behave the way they do, and those trusting enough to allow them to. Ann crafted this story beautifully, a fiction novel can't even compete - in this case, truth IS stranger than fiction.


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

    Absolutely - although I'd seen the movie and knew the story, the book holds so much more detail, contains so many more rich characters, sub-plots and so much history that just can't fit into a movie... If you enjoyed the movie I would HIGHLY recommended this book. You'll bring so much more away, things will make much more sense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to pinpoint.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think


    Any additional comments?

    It may be long, but I was never bored. Also, I've read where a couple people didn't care for the narration. I was hesitant to purchase it due to that, but I have thoroughly enjoyed his narration and story telling techniques. I'm so glad I went ahead and purchased it anyway. I thought he did a great job.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril, and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake that leaves him confronting Bloodeye on his own?

    Julie says: "Scary! Better than Potter, IMO"
    "Scary! Better than Potter, IMO"
    Overall

    I know a lot of people won't agree with me on the "better than Potter" comment, but I enjoy it much more. I've read all of the Potter books, but this series is more appealing to my tastes. I still find it funny that it's geared towards kids, because each of the books in the Apprentice series has some seriously frightening stuff in them. Enough to frighten this horror-story seasoned adult...

    I hope Delaney keeps on turning them out. I'll keep on buying!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby.

    Brian says: "Left Me Wanting More"
    "Written for kids, but great for adults!"
    Overall

    I absolutely love this series! I don't have kids, and I'm in my late 30's, yet I find this very entertaining and addictive. Even for adults it is gripping and frightening at times. I think it might even be a bit much for some kids, though I know I would have loved it when I was young. Definitely a good read for all ages if you like tales of the supernatural.

    Can't wait for the next book to come out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Meg Tilly
    • Narrated By Meg Tilly
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Gemma is the story of a child abduction written from two widely divergent points of view: 12 year-old Gemma and Hazen Wook, the 36-year-old man who abducts her. Hazen is a violent pedophile, a sexual obsessive, and Tilly does not white-wash or sanitize his thoughts in any way. This book is scary and not for the faint of heart.

    kristabela says: "wow"
    "Disturbing to the extreme..."
    Overall

    In the description it states, "Not for the faint of heart" - this is absolutely true. It takes a lot for me to be frightened or "disturbed", but this was definitely disturbing - more so than any other book I've read (or listened to!). Meg Tilly's portrayal of the characters kept it alive, her portrayal of Gemma was heartbreaking. The story itself - extremely disturbing.

    I would hope that everyone would have a revulsion to pedophilia, but for those that seriously cannot handle the topic, stay away. While it was a very well-written and well-read book, I doubt I will ever listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Experiencing the Cross: Your Greatest Opportunity for Victory Over Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Henry Blackaby
    • Narrated By Wayne Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Although the cross is God's decisive deed in human history, the full meaning of it is far too much for a mere human mind to grasp. But through Henry Blackaby's careful examination, the cross becomes not a doctrine, but an experience. You'll be overwhelmed with the utter significance of Christ's death, leading you to a stronger sense of God's power in your daily life.

    John says: "A must read"
    "Enlightening and Humbling"
    Overall

    Definitely recommended to anyone searching for a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior. This book has refreshed my faith and love for Christ, has revealed the significance of the Cross to me in ways I hadn't thought of. Possibly one of the most important Audible books I've purchased since becoming a member in 2001. As the person who wrote the review before me, I can definitely see this book becoming a regular listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (282)

    Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

    Mark says: "Loved it!"
    "Fun, creepy read!"
    Overall

    Very imaginative, rich storytelling, yet not too heavy. It was a quick listen and kept my attention throughout. The character voices from the narrator added to it. Loved it!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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