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Kesha

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  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1506)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Couldn't finish it."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think that anyone looking to confirm a belief that atheists are arrogant elitists will enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Penn Jillette’s story?

    The repetitive nature and general intolerance that some people (okay, a lot of people) find comfort in irrational beliefs.


    What didn’t you like about Penn Jillette’s performance?

    I found it angry sounding.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (189)

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "Entertaining, but not incredible."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While the story was entertaining and the characters were interesting, this story could have been more than just entertaining. I found myself wanting my heartstrings plucked as much as my funny-bone was tickled.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I found it mostly satisfying. Some of it was predictable, but, delightfully, some of it was quite a surprise.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'd change the narrators. I found some mis-pronunciations annoying and distracting ("vokka" instead of vodka, for example), and the cadence just wasn't right. It didn't allow me to get as lost in the story as I could have with different narrators.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Katie Sparer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (217)

    Standing over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things even more. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heating up - but it's also attracting a lot of unwanted media attention and blinding flash bulbs.

    Sandra says: "Wow...a must read"
    "Neither a Good Romance Nor a Good Thriller"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Marie Force again?

    It would take a lot, but I might consider her work in a different genre.


    What didn’t you like about Katie Sparer’s performance?

    I feel like her interpretation of the protagonist was often at odds with the character's description. Sam sounded like a flighty, irresponsible twenty-year old with low self esteem and who could not control her emotions. It made me question why anyone would trust her with the kind of responsibility she was given.


    What character would you cut from Fatal Justice?

    Sam, sadly. I found her incredibly annoying.


    1 of 1 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
    (2556)
    Performance
    (2296)
    Story
    (2298)

    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!"
    "Great Summer Distraction but Not for Everyone"
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    This book was such a surprise! It was paced so well that it was hard to stop listening at any point, because I just had to know what happens next. It has the great combination of good character development and interesting plot.

    Why I don't think it's for everyone:
    - I love it when a book has characters who are fantastically flawed, yet written in a way where you absolutely love them anyway. However, I think some listeners might be put off by the characters' personalities and may not find as much humor in their actions as I did. If you are easily offended by people who are easily offended, this book may drive you crazy.
    -This book also peripherally touches on some pretty sensitive topics with humor (hard to say which without spoilers). I found it worked very well, but some might not agree.
    -The book mostly comprises emails and notes, with the occasional narrative thrown in. I know some readers don't care for that kind of format.

    I gave the story 5 stars because I am still thinking about the characters a day or two after I finished, wondering what they're doing! I gave the narrator 4 stars because it was almost perfect, including a fantastic singing voice. I docked one star because I felt like Bee was voiced in a way that sounded more like an 8 year old than a 14 year old.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lip Service: Lone Star Sisters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Julie Francis
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.

    mia says: "Skye was a huge let down..."
    "Laughably Bad '80s Soap Opera"
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    Why didn't I read the reviews before I wasted a credit?! Live and learn.

    It might seem odd to give a book an overall rating of 2 when the performance and story get ratings of 1. But that is because this book was so bad I laughed out loud many times while listening, and that entertainment is worth something, right? It was almost so bad it was good. Almost.

    As a fan of some of Susan Mallery's other books, I was optimistic that I'd enjoy another slice of escapist melodrama with funny, sympathetic characters. Instead, this insipid book is a parade of insufferable whiners making eye-rolling-ly stupid decisions, while a cliched villain does everything a cartoon bad guy would do short of twirl his long mustache and try to blow up the protagonist's ranch with Acme brand dynamite.

    I think the awfulness was magnified by poor narration. It almost sounded like the narrator was chosen for her ability to provide multiple voices, regardless of whether she could actually communicate content. Inflection in the wrong places, stilted delivery, and every female character sounded like they were whining...especially the protagonist.

    This book reminds me to suggest a new feature to Audible. It would be great to be able to sort My Library by narrator, so that I can be reminded which narrators I don't care to listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3734)
    Performance
    (3130)
    Story
    (3153)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "A Solid Baldacci Book"
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    If you???ve listened to books by David Baldacci before, how does this one compare?

    This is right on par with the many other David Baldacci books I have listened to or read. The protagonists were more interesting to me than the King & Maxwell series, but not as engaging as those in the Camel Club series.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Ron McLarty's voice fits assassins so well! And Orlagh Cassidy is so skilled with voicing different characters. Added to that, the production is so good that I often forget that there are two different narrators.


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

    No, but that says nothing about the book's quality. I enjoy reading action / violence, but the visual images are a bit much for me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you already like David Baldacci, you're likely to enjoy this book. If you're new to reading his books, it's a good representation of the majority of his catalog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Absolute Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Set during the boom-and-bust years of the 1980s, An Absolute Scandal follows the lives of a group of people drawn together by their mutual monetary woes when the great financial institution Lloyd's undergoes a devastating downturn. For Nigel Cowper, this means the destruction of his family business. His wife, Lucinda, is willing to do everything she can to help him - except give up her irresistible lover.

    NMProf says: "A virtuoso performance!"
    "An Absolutely Wonderful Audiobook"
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    I never thought 35 hours would fly by, but they did! An engaging story and impeccable narration make this an audiobook not to be missed. When the book ended, I found myself missing the characters.

    Rosalyn Landor's performance is one of the best I've encountered in hundreds of audiobooks. She nearly rivals Jim Dale in her ability to distinctly voice a dozen or more characters. The story is read with such feeling and each character's voice suits his personality so well.

    The story was standout as well. One of the markers of a great story for me is one where I am compelled to feel forgiving of characters who do seemingly unforgivable things. The characters are so well developed, which is especially commendable given that there are so many of them.

    There are two things that keep me from giving the story five stars. First, the story is set in the 80's and early 90's, and while I found it easy to fall into the era, sometimes it seemed as if the author tried to stuff in too many cultural references to the era. While mostly the stage was set perfectly, there were a few instances where references to technology or pop culture seemed forced, and I actually found myself taken out of the setting rather then plunged further into it. Second, the ending was acceptable, but it could have been outstanding. I won't say any more so as not to spoil it for those who haven't read it.

    All in all, a bargain at two credits.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Abundance of Katherines

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (300)

    When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans will Enjoy"
    "Glad I Gave It a Second Chance"
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    The first time I tried listening to this book, I lasted less than half an hour. I found the narrator's voice too old-sounding for a book about a 17 year old boy, and I thought the main character sounded insufferably whiny. Months later, having thoroughly enjoyed "The Fault In Our Stars", also by John Green, I decided to give this one a second try.

    Ultimately, I really enjoyed the book and found myself really liking the characters, whininess and all. I would say, though, that if I had it to do over again, I might read it as opposed to listening to it, given how many equations and graphs have to be explained visually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1073)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Fun Story; Narrator Grew on Me"
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    When I first started this book, the narrator's voice grated on my nerves. She sounded so young and squeaky, and the main character annoyed me. And then I remembered: the main character of a Sophie Kinsella book always annoys me with her bad decisions at first, and then I grow to love her. This book is no exception.

    The narrator's voicing of the main character really fits a young, somewhat insecure woman. More than that, that type of narration made the funny parts that much funnier. In the end, I really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Perfect: A Fool's Gold Romance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (346)

    There is only one thing wrong with the charming community of Fool’s Gold, California: the men don’t stick around! This problem has to be fixed, fast, and Charity Jones may be just the city planner up to the challenge. Charity immediately falls in love with all the storybook town has to offer – except its sexy, famous, world-class cyclist Josh Golden. With her long list of romantic disasters, she’s not about to take a chance on another bad boy…but it may just be what they both need!

    Marilyn S. Hope says: "Another good book by Susan Mallery"
    "Okay Story, Awful Narration"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This wasn't the most enjoyable audiobook I've listened to, but I enjoyed the story enough to listen through till the end. It wasn't as good as some of Susan Mallery's other books (the Buchanan series), but wasn't awful.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made the main character less obstinate. There were times she was so dense I wanted to smack her.


    What didn???t you like about Tanya Eby???s performance?

    Where do I begin? My biggest problem with it was that this narrator is not a story-teller. She reads words with great diction, but little feeling. And when she does express some emotion, it was often the wrong one. She read with different voices for the characters, but didn't provide any difference in inflection, tone or personality to distinguish them. Every character was read as if they were at a job interview. At an elementary school. It was weird.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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