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MoxyIdeas

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  • The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rebecca Wells
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure.

    Joanne says: "Sweet Southern Women"
    "Loved it, Ya'll!"
    Overall

    First, my most favorite thing about this audiobook was that Judith Ivey sounds just like Paula Deen! Wonderful.

    Second - if you don't like to cry, skip this one. I must have had tears streaming down my face for half of this book - which looks a little crazy in Albertson's, let me tell you!

    Wonderful story - rich characters, real pain and joy, descriptions of Louisiana food that made my mouth water!

    I couldn't take my ear buds out - I wanted to listen all day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farewell, Dorothy Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Meister
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When it comes to movie critics Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. Equally unafraid of big Hollywood names and public opinion, her biting reviews are widely quoted. But when it comes to her own life, Violet finds herself unable to speak up - paralyzed by crippling social anxiety. When a chance encounter at the famous Algonquin Hotel unleashes the feisty spirit of the long-dead Dorothy Parker, the famous literary critic of the 1920’s, Violet thinks she is going crazy. But as the rematerialized Mrs. Parker helps her face her fears, Violet realizes how much she has been missing by keeping quiet.

    MoxyIdeas says: "Fun with Dorothy"
    "Fun with Dorothy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Dorothy Parker but didn't know much about her biography, so this is a fun, fiction intro to her life. The story of Violet was entertaining. Her fear is somewhat annoying - if I was reading, I definitely would have skimmed past her equivocating more than once - but I was entertained through the whole book. A well-spent credit. The narrator was good, but had an odd Captain Kirk thing happening where she'd shout the last word of some sentences and use strange pauses. After the first hour or so, I got over it. It didn't add to the story, but it doesn't ruin it either. Her various voices were very good, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16874)
    Performance
    (15008)
    Story
    (15053)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "More unlikeable people"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was a mistake to listen to this after A Casual Vacancy. So many unlikeable people in this one too! I had hoped for more intrigue or mystery or something - this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I figured it all out pretty early on and then just kept waiting for something surprising to happen. That being said, Gillian Flynn really created a complete world and cast - everyone is clear as a bell and very real, I just didn't like those people at all and didn't want to spend any time with them.

    If you enjoy books where there's someone to root for, this is not it.

    The narrators were really excellent, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2859)
    Performance
    (2511)
    Story
    (2531)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "A very unlikeable cast"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, I listened to the whole thing...so that's something. It took a long time, though. The story is like a microscope on a small contingent of very unlikeable people. I wasn't invested in any of their lives, and felt a little like I was watching an episode of a horrible-secret-revealing daytime talk show. Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10620)
    Performance
    (9889)
    Story
    (9892)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Something for everyone!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    Yes because of Wil Wheaton's narration. Maybe a little no also because there are a lot of lists...list of the current top 10 scorers, list of games, lists of computers, etc. I would probably have skimmed those in a regular book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wade was my favorite character. Smart, funny, humble, likeable - I wanted him to win the whole time.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


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

    YES.


    Any additional comments?

    Props to Ernest Cline for creating a spectacular world. I love all the influences and how they rear their heads throughout the story, but Mr. Cline put it all together perfectly in his own very unique way. Who doesn't dream of a 'world' where there's a Firefly galaxy next to a Star Wars galaxy next to a Star Trek galaxy? And you can play quidditch? Totally awesome. Also, it's rare that a book appeals to both sexes equally, but I think this one does. Highly recommended, and totally credit-worthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2498)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "Cute, but Maggie is no Mo."
    Overall

    I'm a big Molly Harper fan. I didn't have as many laugh-out-loud moments with Maggie - she's a little more complicated than charming and funny Mo from the first book in the series, but I loved coming back to Grundy, AK. Very cute, light-hearted paranormal romance. I highly recommend Molly's Nice Girls Don't series. Amanda Ronconi is always great - so 5 stars for her!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterhood Everlasting: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....

    Penny says: "Depressing"
    "A sweet ending for the Septembers"
    Overall

    This last piece of the traveling pants story took a little while to get into. I think I struggled with the narration in the beginning - it starts out very buttoned up or maybe stodgy? Very careful pronunciation, not conversational at all, which would be how I hear the girls in my head. But after an hour or two, it seems to loosen up. By the end, it seemed much, much better. The story is kind of goes along with the narration...drags in the beginning...particularly with Lena and Carmen...sometimes I just wanted to shake them and make them have the necessary conversations to get their lives on track. But if another story about them was released, I'd snap it right up and listen or read it cover to cover, just like I did with this one. You can't not read the end of the series. Overall, I'm an Ann Brashares fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5032)
    Performance
    (2139)
    Story
    (2131)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Worth a credit for history buffs"
    Overall

    I was looking for more of a spy thriller, and The Company just moves too slow for that. Here's what I liked: awesome character development, interesting people put in very difficult situations...you end up cheering for the so-called villian more than once. Historically, I found it very compelling - a lot of times I headed straight to the internet to learn more about the different campaigns/battles/events. Bottom line, this book is LONG. I struggled to stay interested, it just doesn't have a quick pace, but I did finish it, and I'm glad I did. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened to Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sarah Dessen
    • Narrated By Meredith Hagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move - four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, Mclean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself - whoever that is. Perhaps her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out.

    Melodi says: "Be Prepared for a Great Book!"
    "One of her best!"
    Overall

    I'm a big Sarah Dessen fan, but this might be my favorite yet. The narrator is perfect, really brings the characters to life AND has good comic timing! Highly recommended if you're looking for a good YA novel with great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5117)
    Performance
    (2902)
    Story
    (2940)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "A lovely generational mystery"
    Overall

    I loved this one. Great narration by Caroline Lee. Wonderful story telling (including original fairy tales!) by Kate Morton. There's a little darkness, a little magic - not literally, it's just a feeling. I think if you liked the Thirteenth Tale, you'll like this. I'd say it's not as fast-paced, but excellent the whole way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10130)
    Performance
    (5043)
    Story
    (5076)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Credit Worthy!"
    Overall

    Wow - I am not generally a Stephen King fan, but I loved every bit of this one. I kept imagining a dome coming down as I was driving on the highway. Totally crazy to imagine - and King does it in full detail. This is a long one, but it holds your attention throughout. Narration is superb - distinctive voices for all of the huge cast.

    Although King does go for full detail on some gore and depravity, this isn't a horror novel at all. I'd say it will appeal to anyone who likes a good small-town story, where the characters rule the roost. Human nature under a magnifying glass. With a little science fiction thrown in for good measure. Highly recommended!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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