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Margie

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13476)
    Performance
    (9319)
    Story
    (9377)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Must read!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    What I learned from his experience.


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    The Hiding Place


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just his experience after he got home. It seemed like he hit rock bottom then and understood God's plan for him and walked away from all the hate. You think you don't make a difference to anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a hard time picking these kinds of stories because it really hurts to know the terrible things that people had to go through, but I know there is something for me to learn and appreciate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10176)
    Performance
    (9313)
    Story
    (9332)

    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"
    "Goes downhill"
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    What would have made The Goldfinch better?

    The book starts out great then heads straight downhill.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    After reading several reviews before reading any other books.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Wonder if author when into a tailspin of life and reflected in book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3682)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1856)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Not sure how it's going to end."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great book that I would recommend to most friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is always tough for me.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Did a great performance of all the characters.


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

    Some mysteries you can start putting pieces together to figure out "who done it." This was great to the end.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (1247)
    Story
    (1270)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Fun story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemyst the most enjoyable?

    I liked the original narrator. He did great with the different character voices.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemyst?

    It's hard to narrow it down to one thing.


    What didn’t you like about Denis O'Hare’s performance?

    Parts of it was done by someone else.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2959)
    Performance
    (2263)
    Story
    (2279)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Too many Narrators"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    I like Orson Scott Card stories. Did not like the jumping around of narrators. Very frustrating to listen to. It wasn't like there was a different narrator for each character. It would just jump from person to person telling the story. Don't really understand why that was done.


    If you’ve listened to books by Orson Scott Card before, how does this one compare?

    I really enjoy Orson Scott card books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    One Narrator. I really don't understand why five narrators. It was disappointing.


    Could you see Pathfinder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18771)
    Performance
    (16974)
    Story
    (17114)

    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."
    "Great story"
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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    I would recommend it. Keeps you interested the entire way through the story.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    I like them all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Just good all the way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12475)
    Performance
    (11294)
    Story
    (11391)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Great sequel."
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    Where does Insurgent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this series. It keeps you wondering who is the enemy or ally along the way. Which has a surprise at the end that wasn't expected.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy suspense stories.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    Just very surprised at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By Xanthe Elbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (257)

    She is the last of her kind...It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

    Allison says: "Totally Different from Graceling"
    "Did not like ...."
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    What would have made Fire better?

    I really liked the book Gracelings by Kristin Cashore. This book seemed dark and was disturbing to me. Could not finish the book.


    What was most disappointing about Kristin Cashore’s story?

    Too dark.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Xanthe Elbrick?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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