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Lorena

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • White Oleander

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Janet Fitch
    • Narrated By Oprah Winfrey
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery-but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes.

    Lorena says: "Excellent piece of literature"
    "Excellent piece of literature"
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    Where does White Oleander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I feel like Oprah didn't really sell it as a narrator. Maybe if somebody with a younger vocie narrated, it might be better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her time with Clair is very beautiful.


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

    It's very sad. I read in one of the reviews that somebody actually gave this book only one star because it was sad. What an idiot! So, if you're reading this, and you're the Stewart Smalley, then I am sure there are better choices for you... but anyone out there who doesn't mind a story of the harsh reality of the foster care system, then this is a must read.


    Any additional comments?

    People who give bad ratings to books because of their own personal preferences are morons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6581)
    Performance
    (6098)
    Story
    (6120)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "pretty demented"
    Overall
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    Story

    Great story about the secret lives of people with special powers, and the creatures that lurk in the night to prey on them. The story itself is violent and twisted, but the level of care that King takes in creating these elaborate lifelike monsters with their human weaknesses, and flawed antiheroes tortured by their pasts. This book is good for anyone with the stomach for a good horror novel, for all the wimps out there, keep moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8884)
    Performance
    (8144)
    Story
    (8150)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Weird, but in a good way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Such a heartfelt story about a boy who just wants to find a place in the world. The characters were so well created and beautifully done. Boris is my favorite, he is so eccentric and you find yourself loving him even with his flaws. The story itself is slow, but a good one, but I am a big fan of character development done well and Donna Tartt really pulls it off well in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5433)
    Performance
    (3690)
    Story
    (3702)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Wow!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely, and I have. This type of book is the exact reason why audio-books are huge now, and the performance aspect is definitely worth recommending to people.


    What other book might you compare World War Z to and why?

    Told as an audio-book, it was a lot like Dracula, where each character read their own short stories and is told from their point of view. But the book itself, not sure, it was very good though.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The Battle of Yonkers, it was told so well that I really felt like I was there.


    Who was the most memorable character of World War Z and why?

    I forget the character's name, but the woman who is dropped from the helicopter and is communicating with another woman on her walkie talkie... then the book leaves it open as to if it was a hallucination or not. Really great story telling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3759)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1215)

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "It's ok"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Secret? What did you like least?

    Maybe this advice works for some people but it's a bit too hippie-logic for me


    What didn’t you like about Rhonda Byrne and contributors ’s performance?

    Her voice is painful. I feel like she would be great for a meditation or yoga sound track but I'm listening to a book that is several hours long. No need to speak that slow


    Was The Secret worth the listening time?

    meh. Maybe... it's not terrible advice but it's not that practical either. Maybe it would be good for people with bad attitudes or that have depression but for advice on how to actually change your life (not just your mood), it isn't that helpful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9777)
    Performance
    (4447)
    Story
    (4432)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Classic and great career advice"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about How to Win Friends & Influence People?

    This book was not stuffed with weird manipulative advice and data. It is just a great compilation of stories about how famous world leaders and average Joes used friendliness and confidence to get ahead of the competition


    What does Andrew MacMillan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a very "classic" speaking voice. It can be a bit dry at times, but it's like taking advice from an old wise professor


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18030)
    Performance
    (13874)
    Story
    (13817)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I <3 Tina Fey"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    How could you not love this woman? She's super smart, she's sassy, and she's hilarious. This book was very enjoyable. She tells funny stories about her life and gives advice for women (people in general) that would like to get into media and entertainment... actually, she gives great career advice in general.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Best line “Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She's very expressive!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2537)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2248)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "required reading for ever professional woman"
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    Would you listen to Lean In again? Why?

    Yea. And I probably should. I wish Audible listed chapter names. This book should be required reading for all women who are about to graduate from college... I would also recommend for any women who have kids and have questions about juggling being a mom and a professional. Great book all around.


    What other book might you compare Lean In to and why?

    Women Don't Ask by Linda Babcock. Not as good as Lean In... seams almost a little too over the top but still good!


    What about Elisa Donovan’s performance did you like?

    Great speaking voice... not boring or slow.


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

    It will fix your life and attitude about work, life, career, and family


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2433)
    Performance
    (2222)
    Story
    (2250)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Excellent performance"
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    Where does Dracula [Audible Edition] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't usually like fiction, but this is great! Very different from the movie too. Mina was lame in the movie, she's great in the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The narrators really do a great job!


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

    It's pretty dark, not scary, but eerie. It's really good. Definitely worth the 20 hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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