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Linda

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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1532)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Totally outrageous, but a fun romp through history"
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    Ok, don't get too analytical with this
    Audible book. It's a little like "a 100 year old Forest Gump with a flat affect who accidentally kills a few bad guys" ...saying " oh, well...What's for dinner" afterwards
    .... Just enjoy the great narration, unlikely story, and think of this outrageous romp as your hiatus from heavy, meaningful literature, a breath of snarky, but fresh air, and stop trying to decide if this is as good as your last listen.
    Take it for what it is, pure, unadulterated balderdash, and lots of fun. I enjoyed every quirky, crazy, unlikely minute....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2480)
    Performance
    (2211)
    Story
    (2192)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Reacher-predictable and Fun"
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    Finally Dick Hill doesn't ruin the narration by making his strong female characters whiny and pathetic sounding, seems he listened to the poor reviews he was given on earlier Reacher series. This book is a little weak on the ending, but silly me, I still enjoy an escape to the Land of Reacher. Perhaps since my last few books have been a little heavy I enjoyed this and rated this higher than I would have otherwise, but sometimes I just want some mindless entertainment and Lee Child delivers again! Although heavily criticized by other readers, even die-hard Reacher fans, this book still gets a 4 star rating from me. Story line might be closer to a 3.5, but I chose to round up my rating, rather than round down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (321)

    Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history.

    Steven says: "great book, horrible audio"
    "Narrator ruins it -Better read this one :-("
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    As a big fan of Daniel Silva and the Gabriel Allon series, I was excited about purchasing this audible title. I was busy, knew I didn't have a lot of time to read, so despite the negative reviews on the narrator I purchased and downloaded Prince of Fire. I should have skipped this title until I had time to read it. Normally I've been able to "get used to " poor narrators and still get engaged in the story. This Silva book had such long passages of history and political background information that it was hard to stay focused. The information was vital to understanding the motives, actions and reactions of countries and ethnic groups involved, but the narrator made it feel at times like I was listening to a second rate college lecture. Normally I love this type of back ground information, and this would have been enjoyable in book form, or with a decent narrator, but Guerin Barry is a very difficult narrator to listen to. He is actually PAINFUL to listen to. His female voices are HORRIBLE, and NONE of the accents he gives his characters, male OR female fit the personality of the character. If this is the first Gabriel Allon book for you, you will end up disliking the characters because the voice and attitude the narrator gives each character overshadows what the author was trying to portray. There are times the narrator doesn't give enough change between characters for you to know who is speaking.
    So, save your credit, save your money, this title has been ruined by the narrator!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17942)
    Performance
    (16234)
    Story
    (16360)

    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.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "10 yr old recommended this, & I LOVED IT!"
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    I read *(and listened via Whispersync) to this book on the recommendation of a 10 year old relative who was so excited as she explained the plot I couldn't help but be intrigued. I found myself mesmerized by the story line, delighted at the great narration (that felt to me as "perfectly matched" with the book), and quickly became hooked on the series. Sixteen year old Beatrice "Tris" lives in a world where different types of people live together in factions. "Faction before Blood" is where loyalties must lie. Some children chose the same faction as their parents, some become 'transfers" into other factions. They must chose at age 16, and that choice is forever. They are given a serum and placed into into a simulation that seems as realistic as life. The simulation creates scenarios that require them to act, make choices and react to situations. It is designed to identify in which of the factions their personality fits. These factions are very rigid, everyone in the faction is expected to act and react the same. Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Dauntless.... and they are to fit into only one of these......
    But what happens when the test is inconclusive... What happens when a subject has more than one faction match?
    Hang on to your seats! Enjoy the ride! Be Sixteen again!~

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4416)
    Performance
    (2892)
    Story
    (2937)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Great story-What took me so long to find Sanderson"
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    My first Brandon Sanderson book, and all I can say is "Why did I wait so long!"
    The story was a great read, I loved the narrator and his ability to pull me into the story. There are only a few narrators who can make me forget it's a man's voice saying the women's lines, and Jack Garret is now on that list.
    After reading/listening to this title, I immediately bought a bunch more Sanderson books and audible titles. (Kindle and Audible so I can easily sync back and forth)
    This story describes the struggles a man has after he is thrown into a city behind walls where only those affected by a terrible plague reside. The plague strikes randomly, leaving the victims in a state of death, their hair falls out, they have no heartbeat, their skin turns dark and mottled. They are unrecognizable from their former selves. They cannot heal, they can not die, every cut, sore and wound adds to their pain and suffering. The inhabitants of the city become little more than animals, existing in gangs that compete for what little food is available. Eventually some go insane with the pain and can not even compete for food. What happens when another victim of the plague is thrown into the city who refuses to turn away from his humanity? Refuses to accept this plight of subhuman living? Refuses to forget he had a reason for living? Seamlessly through the book, Sanderson weaves the story of a myriad of characters our Hero left behind. Sanderson pulls you into their world, to their struggles, and we are torn between wanting to know what is happening to the walking dead in Elantris and those still living and struggling on the outside. Sanderson forces you to love and care about both! His bad guys and good guys have that perfect amount of "both good and bad" inside them....All are deep, well developed characters. Enjoy the journey Brandon Sanderson characters take you on as you watch the hero's journey to accept and understand who he is and what has become of his dreams.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (623)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Great background for Sword of Truth Series"
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    After having read/listened to the first 4 books in the Sword of Truth series via immersion reading (i.e. switching back and forth between my Kindle and the Audible edition) I purchased this audible title. I enjoyed the story, but more importantly I was very impressed with the narrator. There seems to be a shortage of quality women narrators who are properly matched with the audible titles. Kellie Fitzgerald was a delightful surprise. After listening for only a short time, Fitzgerald made me feel like she was REALLY Magda Searus narrating her own story. As far as the storyline- Goodkind did a great job of weaving the characters in this tale. He was believable in his description of the heroines thoughts surrounding her husbands death, her struggles with grief and loneliness, and her courage and resourcefulness in the face of danger. Although some of the S.O.T books seemed to drag, Goodkind succeeded in keeping my interest in "the First Confessor." I wasn't ready for the story to end, and found myself looking for the next part of her story....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3602)
    Performance
    (2071)
    Story
    (2085)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "I worked with cadavers for years, but...."
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    I've worked with cadavers, I've dissected them, taught students from them, studied from them. I've learned to appreciate the incredible gift of body donation. There is NOTHING that can take the place of actual human cadavers for the study of the human body. It was entertaining to hear a non-medical person's point of view and the author's warped sense of humor was for the most part entertaining. I read the paperback book, and then a few years later I listened to the audiobook. The narration was excellent in portraying what I believe to be the authors intended tone and voice, however her constant mispronounced terminology will probably be very distracting at first, if not down-right irritating. After you get used to the mispronouncing of words, the listener can begin to hear the tale. BUT WARNING, this book is not for the weak at heart. The author uses graphic descriptions of how human bodies have been used to further knowledge of medical science, automobile safety, organ transplantation and even effectiveness of bullet proof vests worn by our armed forces. At first the jovial tone of the book seemed disrespectful since as a student I was warned that any conversation that was inappropriate or disrespectful of my cadaver would earn me a failing grade and dismissal from the course. I suspect the cavalier, jovial tone of writing is what makes the subject palatable for the layman.
    All in all, an excellent book with great information that will hopefully change people's mind on the importance of organ donation and how critical body donation is to science. As people come to understand this,perhaps doors will open and opposition will end so that more studies can be done to increase our knowledge base. Perhaps some may even consider personally donating their body to science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1036)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Heartbreaking personal account-a courageous Woman"
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    This audio book was very difficult for me to work through. As a mother it was so very painful to know what she was subjected to and I felt physical pain and anguish for her. There were times I had to set the audiobook aside and absorb the enormous reality of her life in captivity. I had to clear my head and breath for a while before I was able to continue. Jaycee Dugard narrates her personal account of a horrific life as a prisoner to a sick and demented couple. Her courage and ability to distance herself from the reality of her impossible life helped me to stick with the audiobook, despite the pit I had in my stomach the entire time. I decided that if she could survive this ordeal with the strength, courage and the tenacity she showed, I could overcome the pain it caused to listen to the horrible atrocities she was subjected to for years and years. I knew I wanted to hear her message, and I concentrated on the incredible resourcefulness she showed -even as a little child, and I pray she can continue to heal and move on with her life. Jaycee Dugard is a hero in every sense of the word. May God bless her and her family with peace, joy and the opportunity to have the privacy and normal happy life they deserve. Thank-you Jaycee for sharing your story, for helping us to understand how you survived this experience and for sharing with us the healing journey you have begun. You give us all courage to tackle our own demons-although so very small in comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (2415)
    Story
    (2446)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Steller narration makes this a great listen!"
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    This was my first experience with Terry Goodkind. Enjoying Tolkein and Card, was told this was a similar genre. I can not honestly say if it captured my attention because of the outstanding narration by Tsoutsouvas, or if it was the author's story, but I found myself sticking the earphones in to continue the story every chance I got- even while drying my hair and getting dressed in the mornings. The story line is not for wimps. There are some 'mature audience' areas suggestive of perverse sex and of torture (and from reading reviews of later titles in this series, the torture is mild in comparison), so this is not a title for youth. I enjoyed the saga and the developing of the characters. I felt Goodkind did a great job giving just enough information to hint that critical information was coming, but held back enough that you knew you didn't want to stop til you reached the end. And by the way, although you know the story continues in the next book and it is stated as well as hinted there are many more perils facing the characters you've come to love and enjoy, the ending feels complete enough that you don't feel like you're hanging off a cliff. I can honestly say that in all the narrations I've heard over the years, that this is the best paring of Story to Narrator that I've experienced. Sam Tsoutsouvas is brilliant and a perfect voice to this genre. I will be interested to see if other books he's narrated are as enjoyable as this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Games begin..."
    "Didn't like narrator at first, but she grew on me!"
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    I had already read all three Hunger Games titles when I purchased this audio book. I got this title on sale and listen to while working in the yard and around the house. I didn't like the narrator at first, but as the story progressed I became more and more attentive, forgot the narrator and heard only the story. For me personally, when a narrator 'disappears' into the book and is no longer noticed, they have succeeded! In the past I have had to discontinue listening to audio books in the past because I could not get past the poor narration. I'm glad I ignored the 'sample' narration and purchased the title anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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