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Irmo, SC, USA

  • 14 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 100 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Brick Lane

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Monica Ali
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre

    Nanzeen's inauspicious birth in a Bangladeshi village imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents. Married off to a man old enough to be her father, Nanzeen moves to London and cares for her family. But gradually she begins to question whether fate controls her or whether she has a hand in her own destiny. She discovers both the complexity that comes with free choice and the depth of her attachment to her husband, her daughters and her new world.

    Anne says: "A truly wonderful book!"
    "Excellent Read!"

    I really enjoyed this story and the journey via the lives of the two sisters by way of their letters to each other. The author is a excellent story teller and the lady who narrated it is the best I have listened to to date! The narrator is very versatile and extremely talented. She moves between characters flawlessly and I was enchanted with her verse.

    I had an opportunity to see the movie "Brick Lane" and most naturally it did not compare to the book. I can't wait to read the next one by Monica Ali. Good Job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Same thing all over again..."

    It is unfortunate that the author, Dan Brown feels he can manipulate his audience into finding any merit in a book that reads exactly like the one before?? I mean does he think all of his readers are gullible? I think he must because this book is the same as the De Vinci Code except with a few plot variations towards the end.

    Oh well, this was a waste of money for me, yet I hope this review and some of the others will assist people in finding something more entertaining to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norwegian Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.

    Louise says: "Lots of Fun"
    "Confusing Stream of thoughts..."

    Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this book. I had higher expectations and waited and waited in vain for it to get better and it did not. The narrator was pleasant enough however I just could not get anything out of the story itself. The book is basically conversations that just seem to go on and on and on, at least to me this is the way it read, a young author, a bit obsessed with sex and this is natural, but for the more mature reader whose been there and done that, this was a monotenous(sp) story that never made it or never made any clear point to reflect on. . .

    2 of 8 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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!"
    "Good, yet there are FLAWS..."

    Here's the thing... I enjoyed the book and always enjoy hearing Jenna Lamia narrate, however there are some things about the book that stick out to me as an african american who can tell when it is a white perspective of "black folks"! Why is it that white authors always feel the need to describe a black person's skin tones, color hues if you will, but never the color hues of the white counterpart or characters in their novels? This is a phenomenon in the black community and something I would love to get an answer to!

    Don't get me wrong, the story is interesting yet there are unbelievable scenarios that are difficult for me to digest. One, when Ms. Celie has her miscarrige, the "helper", Millie, with all her children would not have responded the way she did, by acting as if she did not know what to do and that the unborn baby was somehow not human, unclean. This scenario is unbelievable for someone with children. Second Millie also would not have done something so hateful as what was written in the climatic ending. This to me is almost a sub-conscious method of the author insinuating, african-american's are pretty disgusting individuals...

    Overall, I did enjoy the story line, I just could not swallow some of the areas that I knew were just too unrealistic.

    Better luck next time..


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Some Things That Meant the World to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joshua Mohr
    • Narrated By Ben Rameaka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Rhonda was a child - abandoned and ignored by his mother; abused and misguided by his mother's boyfriend - he imagined the rooms of his home drifting apart from one another like separating continents. Years later, after an embarassing episode as an adult, Rhonda's inner-child appears, leading him to a trapdoor in the bottom of a dumpster behind a taqueria that will force him to finally confront his troubled past.

    Catherine says: "Narration at times odd. Otherwise insanely good."
    "Publisher's Review = Wronger than Wrong!!!"

    I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings but, this book was AWFUL, TERRIBLE and the narration made me cringe! It is sad really that you can't get your money back when a book is this bad. I primarily had a problem with the narration though and how the story was all over the place. Never a cohesive thought was presented in my opinion. I started this audio over about 7 times before I gave up and knew I would never finish it because it just was not interesting enough. The narrator really did not help this book at all. His voice as a woman, any woman drove me crazy! Oh, well better luck next time.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Runaway: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin

    Three stories concern the same woman - in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.

    David says: "Poor Audio Quality"
    "Sadly an Unfortunate Read..."

    I honestly think it may have been the narrator who destroyed this read for me. Even though she has a pleasant voice, a pleasant voice does not a narrator make! The story drolled on and on and on and got absolutely nowhere! I tried to get into it several times and finally realized, I had just wasted my money. The writing is superficial, predictable and just plain boring. Maybe it would have been better if a different narrator had verbalized one of the three stories, anything to break up the monotony. I had hoped after the first story, the second might be better and it was actually worse. Again though, I think it was the narrator. I was so annoyed with her tone that did not change, I would forward to another audible book until I felt I could go back and try again. I Hope the next book will be better and/or a more talented narrator is used.

    23 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "The Narrator is Superb!!"

    I truly enjoyed this story and have, since reading it, seen the movie. The beautiful thing in the book is two-fold.. One, Ms. Monk reminds me of Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty and Zora Neale Hurston and all of the other wonderful writers of the south who always could weave a story and make you feel as if you were there, in the sunshine and heat of the south, drinking lemonade and watching the sun go down.

    The second fantastic aspect of this audible read is of course the narrator. Oh my goodness!! This is the first time I have listened to this young lady and she is amazing... She makes the story so believable with her voice and she takes you through the story with ease and wonder.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope there is more to come from this author and the story teller/reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Patrick McGrath
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the summer of 1959 Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting - a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage. But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues -a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

    Mebythesea says: "So enjoyed this book!"
    "Should be a Movie - Book Needs Promoting!"

    This story is excellently written and very intriguing. I agree with Maureens review completely. I was taken with the story from the beginning and after listening once, I had to listen to it again. I enjoyed it more the second time!

    The narrator is perfect for the story line. His voice uses just the right amount of inflection in all situations. This book should be made into a movie. The characters become real and as you listen, you can see them and you feel like you know them. I can see Benicio Del Toro as Edgar and Nicole Kidman as Stella! Add Hugh Grant as Max and you would have the beginning of a very intriguing cast ready to bring to life an amazing story of love, selfishness, insanity and misery!

    I was particularly captivated by the way the author described how Stella felt when she was with her lover. He really understands the various emotions a woman goes through when in love with a not so savory but magnetic man.

    I can not wait until his next book is written! I recommend this book to all who enjoy a good love story with tragic running through the theme.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Just Too Good to Be True: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By E. Lynn Harris
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming a professional football player. Brady has always followed her lead, including becoming a member of the church's "Celibacy Circle".

    Marcia says: "Entertaining Journey"
    "Entertaining Journey"

    E. Lynn Harris has a formula for writing that always seems to work and is fairly predictable! I suppose he sticks to the adage, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    It is a story of a young man, his mother's love and her secrets, a deceitful woman, and a number of good men! As predicted, the book will make you laugh, sigh, think and remember (if you ever were in college).

    The story is told with 3 narrators, 2 are women and the only down side for me, was the male narrator who attempted to produce a southern male voice. At the beginning, his interpretation was awful! The male narrator sounded more like a antebellum southern slave, who makes attempts to speak like a 1870's white southerner! It was quite obviously fake and this made it quite annoying. I wondered why the producer of the audio did not find an authentic southern male narrator instead of selecting someone who did not have a natural southern accent. I almost gave up on the book within the first couple of chapters. However, eventually the male narrator gave up the pretense and used a more natural college aged male voice and it flowed much better, was more believable.

    The story itself has enough twists to keep you listening and reacting as a good story book should. All in all, not Mr. Harris' best, but not his worst either!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kerry Cohen
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kerry Cohen is only 11 years old when she recognizes the power of her female form in the leer of a grown man. Her parents are recently divorced, and it doesn't take long before their lassitude and Kerry's desire to stand out, to be memorable in some way, combine to lead her down a path she senses she shouldn't take. Kerry wanted attention and she wanted love. Vulnerable and adrift, she turned to sex instead.

    David says: "In Search of Love"
    "Probable Events Must be Missing!"

    I found this account of promiscuity a bit faulty in that the writer must have excluded many accounts of what she would have went through in school. It would seem her name would have been run through the mud and she would have been extremely unpopular in her high school as well as college. Typically during those formative years, once labeled a girl who "sleeps around", it is like wearing a brand on your forehead and a misery.

    She seems to go through the years unscathed and she still manages to get what she wants. Also, the narrators voice began as a very provocative young woman and that was fine, however as she aged and matured, it would have been nice if the narrator could have inflected that new found maturity. Instead the same sexual undertones are used through out the book to the end. I found this annoying and hence unbelievable...

    Book is okay, however it could have been better. I did not buy the growth that was written about, maybe this one is better enjoyed if read in the traditional manner and not as a listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Falls Away

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Mia Farrow
    • Narrated By Mia Farrow

    Told with grace and deep understanding, as well as humor, Mia Farrow's exquisitely written memoir goes beneath the surface of her amazing life, with all its drama, success, and pain, and exposes the inner workings of a mind and spirit for whom truth, compassion, and faith are essential.

    Nichola says: "An Eye Opener"
    "Candid & Honest"

    Ms. Farrow's memoir is interesting and honest. Although she narrates as if she is "standing at the head of the classroom and simply reading a book to her peers), the contents of the book keep you listening.

    She is very forthcoming about her marriages, how love effected her life and decisions and her devotion to her children. I especially appreciated her candor at writing and acknowledging the judge's observation that she showed dubious parenting ability when she did not leave Woody Allen and distance herself and her children from him, as soon as she realized what a danger he was to her children and his sexual overtures to her daughter. I began to feel she did not have a strong character, however she did finally do what needed to be done and it is apparent she does love her children very much. She is not a woman who would put a man before her kids! Commendable and honest!

    The final chapters are far more captivating and flow with excitement as she discribes all she went through to get where she is today.

    I recommend the book highly if readers enjoy a true account that does not withhold the bad and only highlight the good. She tells it all to the best of her ability!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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