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Meagan vR

I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

Ohio | Member Since 2013

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  • Chasing Harry Winston

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Meet Tali, Schuyler, and Kim. Best friends since college, each 20-something (okay, almost 30) has seen her share of career foils and romantic foibles in the world's greatest city, New York. Having been friends for more than a decade, they know that they all need a change. On Valentine's Day, they are each alone for one reason or another. At dinner together, the trio makes a pact. Within one year, each woman will change the thing that most challenges her. Chasing Harry Winston brings listeners once again into the heart of an elite world....

    Hope says: "I could hear the narrator swallow"
    "Fantasy Chick Lit- Entertaining Enough (SPOILERS)"
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    This book should actually be found under "fantasy" on audible. Three women fall completely backwards into fame, fortune, and amazing jobs. One woman actually breaks up with her celebrity fiance because another celebrity is pursuing her. Another woman has a famous movie director falling all over himself to date her. The story is basically three women who do absolutely nothing and find unbelievable success. It is disappointing because it really was well written and kept my interest so it had great potential. I will probably read other books from this author. But the story was just BAD.

    Anyway perhaps one of the reasons it was so pleasant to listen to is that the narrator was AMAZING. She did a great Brazilian accent and hit the emotions of the women perfectly. I will probably look for other books with this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (758)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "She wasn't ready to talk about her ordeal"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The professional writer or whatever who helped Smart write this book. The way her story is written is terrible and shallow.


    Has My Story turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I've read lots of personal accounts of true stories. Probably all were better than this one.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She wasn't so bad


    What else would you have wanted to know about Elizabeth Smart and Chris Stewart ’s life?

    This book is the "see spot run" of true crime.


    Any additional comments?

    She wasn't ready to talk about how she felt during her ordeal. Was she backed into a corner and had to produce something by a deadline? Skip the book and read the newspaper/police records of the crime and you'll get just as much out of it as you would have from the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bitter Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Libby Fischer Hellmann
    • Narrated By Diane Piron-Gelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    It all began with a line of Persian poetry . . . Anna and Nouri, both studying in Chicago, fall in love despite their very different backgrounds. Anna, who has never been close to her parents, is more than happy to return with Nouri to his native Iran, to be embraced by his wealthy family. Beginning their married life together in 1978, their world is abruptly turned upside down by the overthrow of the Shah, and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

    Snoodely says: "Impending Doom"
    "Omg this book is fantastic"
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    I honestly didn't want to stop listening. It almost brought me to tears at one point! Also learned a LOT about the Iranian Revolution that toppled the Shah. Hopefully audible has other books by this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jean Sasson
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage.

    Jay Friedman says: "Good story but..."
    "This is an amazing book!"
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    Amazing true life account of the Saudi princess and her life inside the kingdom. I never wanted to turn it off!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Johnston
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (352)

    From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

    C. Strutz says: "Intense"
    "Author tried way, way too hard"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody


    What could Tim Johnston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written linearally and clearly instead of jumping ahead in time, then back in time, then ahead a little further, then back again in an unfamiliar dramatic scenario, then adding new characters and then referring to the main (?) characters with only pronouns


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Started out well, and I continued to enjoy through first jump forward in time. After that blaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible. Author tried way too hard to make the story "interesting".

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Life: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Morton
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    On August 13, 1986, just one day after his 32nd birthday, Michael Morton went to work at his usual time. By the end of the day, his wife Christine had been savagely bludgeoned to death in the couple's bed - and the Williamson County Sherriff's office in Texas wasted no time in pinning her murder on Michael, despite an absolute lack of physical evidence. Michael was swiftly sentenced to life in prison for a crime he had not committed

    K. Babcock says: "A must read"
    "Pretty good"
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    Pretty good story of an incarcerated innocent man and his 25 year fight to be cleared of charges. Didn't really get much into the details of prison life although there were some anecdotes. Like all of a sudden he's like "I had been locked up for 14 years" and you're like oh didn't we just talk about your trial? Anyway if you're interested in true crime this is a great book for you.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Raffaele Sollecito, Andrew Gumbel
    • Narrated By Seth Numrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    A gripping memoir from Amanda Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, chronicling his relationship with Amanda and the four years they spent in an Italian prison for a crime they did not commit.

    Sylvie says: "Truly a remarkable young man"
    "Really great listen"
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    If you're at all interested in the Amanda Knox case this book is for you. Sollecito recounts his time in prison along with before and after the indictment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Woman and Springtime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon W. Jones
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Two orphan girls are taken from their jobs in a pants factory in North Korea, spirited across the Demilitarized Zone to be sex workers in the South, and eventually shipped to the United States. What propels the story is Gi, the heroine: a tender-hearted genius who loses everything yet refuses to be destroyed. All Woman and Springtime reveals with chilling accuracy the facts of life behind North Korea's iron curtain, the horrific underworld of the sex trade, and the resilience of a spirit in the midst of unspeakable oppression.

    Meagan vR says: "This book is great!!"
    "This book is great!!"
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    What did you love best about All Woman and Springtime?

    The characters were so well developed and the imagery he created of North Korea was amazing. Believable storyline and kept my interest up until the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By Paula Slade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.

    Michaela M. Nelson says: "New Owners Beware"
    "Real fail here."
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    What disappointed you about The Haunted?

    It is cliche, predictable, and lacks any sort of substance or plot. Basically a string of paranormal experiences with the woman screaming over and over and over. You keep hoping to hear some backstory or character development but it just never happens. How on earth was this a "NYT best seller"? This author took a boring title, threw together a male and female for the ol' "young couple in a new house", and just picked scary situations from different movies for them to be in. OMG thank goodness for the audible no questions asked return policy.


    What was most disappointing about Michaelbrent Collings’s story?

    The paranormal situations in some cases were actually interesting! Why on earth didn't he develop the characters or storyline? Could have been a great haunted house story despite the cliches.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It didn't sound like the narrator could have been in any way one of the characters from the book. It sounded like grandma reading you a bedtime story.


    Any additional comments?

    Why did this book happen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anywhere But Here

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

    jennifer says: "Fantastic character study"
    "Why was there no story?"
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    Would you try another book from Mona Simpson and/or Kate Rudd?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Mona Simpson’s story?

    Great characters who do nothing


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

    Yea


    Was Anywhere But Here worth the listening time?

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad. Well written for what it was but just became dull after a little while with nothing happening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (599)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Loved it!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- the book is very engaging


    Any additional comments?

    Really great story- liked how different actors voiced different characters rather than one actor trying to do all the voices. Disappointed that there are no other books written by this author. Really grabs you from the very first paragraph up through the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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