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Lisa S

Highland, Ca | Listener Since 2009

  • 9 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 45 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Frankenstein, Book Four: Lost Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, to forge a new legend uniquely suited to our times. It is a story of revenge, redemption, and the thin line that separates human from inhuman.

    Lane says: "Frankenstein Lost Souls"
    "I feel a little ripped off"

    Let me first address why I feel ripped off. After over 8 hours of listening, the end was a huge disappointment because nothing in the story was resolved. It seems to me that the reason for this is to make way for another sequel.

    In my view this can be good & not so good.

    Good because Christopher Lane is an excellent narrator. I am always amazed when narrators are able to remain consistent as they give voice to characters. The only exception would be Michael and Madison. Since both come from the south, I would expect both to have a distinct southern accent. Neither do.
    Good because this book is really funny in parts. As I drove and listened, I laughed out loud. Sometimes Mr Koontz is downright silly, and frankly I enjoy silly when it doesn't become stupid and tedious.
    Good because the dialogue is always interesting and it's real. I like that too.
    Not so good because I tend to wonder if I will maintain interest long enough to see the saga of Victor Frankenstein (or whatever alias he uses--this one is Immaculate, which IS kind of stupid.)
    Not so good because frankly I think this is purposeful to keep me coming back--and so far I'm falling for this age old tactic. I guess I enjoy it enough that, despite the not so goods, I continue to be entertained.
    Finally, I would recommend this book if you want an entertaining, funny cliff hanger and you're willing to get sucked in. Mr Lane's narration is really engaging enough when added to Mr Koontz' humor to be worth the cost/credits. I'd do it again, and I'll probably find myself listening to #4--or is it #5. See! You just lose track.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Robe

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lloyd C. Douglas
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe, a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity. Set against the vividly drawn background of ancient Rome, this is a timeless story of adventure, faith, and romance, a tale of spiritual longing and ultimate redemption.

    Jerrilynn says: "Simply the Best"
    "Worth the time and the credits"

    I rated this book only four "stars" because of the narrator. He is easily understood, but has some very weird pronunciations and vocal modulations. Often he tries to use the voice of one of the characters and it's pretty funny. Gets them all confused. Still, I really LOVE the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a complex, carefully crafted story. I don't know why I've not read this book before, and I haven't seen the movie. I might rent it now because it's fun to compare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "One of my all time favorite books"

    When I read The Prince of Tides I was enchanted-the way the words of the story took on a life of their own captivated me. I loved, loved, loved this book, this story, the language, and I couldn't wait to see the film. I was not disappointed. The film, like the novel became a favorite. Frankly, I didn't think it could be improved upon. I was wrong. Listening to Frank Muller the story comes alive in ways it never did before, and the characters become individuals whose voices I automatically recognize as I listen. This is one I will probably listen to again and again just to hear the sheer beauty in the rhythm of the language.

    The only down side is that I am reminded what a loss the death of Frank Muller is to the literary world. He was a genius; a master actor as he read, and I miss him.

    In my estimation, those who listen to this audio book will be glad they did, and like me, will hate for the story of the Wingo family to end.

    There is only one Pat Conroy and one Frank Muller. I am glad the two were united in this project.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "I LOVE this book! Love it!"

    I would never have chosen this book. I saw it on the new releases, and read the reviews which intrigued me. Then I listened to the sample and thought, "OK. Sounds interesting. Interesting? Not the half. I have been captivated by the story line and the narrators as they enable me to get caught up in the lives of the characters. I listen in my car, and I can't wait to get back to the story, and I'm sorry when I get to where I am going. I don't think you will be sorry or feel you've "wasted" your credits if you buy this book. I think you will probably want to listen to this one over and over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eventide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cindy Martinusen
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso

    Eventide is the heartbreaking tale of a long-ago romance that resurfaces in the fading light of a woman's life. Many years ago, Carrie experienced true love and was nearly destroyed by a soul-crushing betrayal. She moved on, but never forgot. Now, as Carrie faces an early death, her best friend Lauren sets out to confront the man who broke Carrie's heart.

    Lisa S says: "This is a lovely story"
    "This is a lovely story"

    I am glad I did not get put off by another's review. I found this book to be as enjoyable as Cindy Martinusen's Salt Garden.
    Characters are well-developed, and the story is beautifully written as I've come this expect from this writer. The reader of the story is expressive and adds to the story by her narration--I enjoyed her voice very much! VERY much. I've learned to trust my instinct rather than reviews and I'm glad I did so in this case. You can bet I'll continue to read everything Ms Martinusen writes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jim Cymbala, Dean Merrill
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pastor Jim Cymbala shares the lessons he learned when the Spirit ignited his heart and began to move through his people. This material is for anyone seeking to live at the center of God's purposes.

    Cory says: "An answer to prayer"
    "GREAT book. Well worth the investment."

    I will keep this book to listen to again and again. I've already recommended the book to a number of friends. As the Executive Director of a pregnancy resource center that is struggling because of the economy, I found this book encouraging and inspirational, I learned a lot from Pastor Cymbala which I have and will continue to incorporate into my daily life. Prayer has always been key to me, but has now taken on a whole new dimension. If you need something "fresh" in your life this is the book to choose. I will be listening to this one for a long time. Good investment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Gary Beaty

    Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live.

    David says: "Success Formula in Story Format"
    "I'm listening because I bought it and it's OK"

    The premise sounds interesting, but the whole story is silly. Too far-fetched and contrived to be a good book. I listen when I'm in my car and at least I'm hearing something positive. Some of the conversations with famous people in the past are just plain silly--like Anne Frank. The author puts his own thoughts and feelings in her mouth. The "pledges" are dumb although sound advice. When I'm done with this I will delete it and move on. Don't bother is my advice if you are thinking about buying this one. It is only mildly entertaining, and frankly I didn't buy this book hoping to be entertained.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Till We Have Faces

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This timeless tale of two princesses, one beautiful and one unattractive, and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is C.S. Lewis's reworking of the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche, and one of his most enduring pieces of fiction.

    Tim says: "Interesting, but different than other Lewis . . ."
    "Big CS Lewis fan"

    I'll start by saying the reader of this book is one of the best I've heard. She is the main reason I stuck with the dragging, pretty much uninteresting story to the end. Wonderful character portrayal. The story; however, left me wondering: And, the point is????
    I just hate to get to the end and wonder what was THAT all about? So, I wouldn't recommend this book at all unless you just like to hear a good reader.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "One of THE best reads in a long time"

    The Shack is not meant to be theology. What it is is the author's attempt to communicate God's personal work of healing and redemption in his life. I've read this book twice and now have listened. All three times God has used Paul Young's words to explain some things in my life that are hard and confusing. I've been to The Shack, the place of my greatest pain to find my greatest healing.
    I recommend this especially to folks who are struggling with hurt and questions, and to open up your rigid view about who God is. God is anything and everything we need and He, above all else wants us to know Him intimately. That's what The Shack is all about. ENJOY!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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