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Mrs.Morgan

geemo49

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  • January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Schofield
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    January First is a brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir. The story of Michael Schofield's daughter January's descent into scizophrenia, and her family's struggle to save her, will fascinate and move listeners. January First is the extraordinary story of a father's fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.

    Daina says: "Jani is Interesting!"
    "Hard to say"
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    What did you like best about January First? What did you like least?

    Mom


    What was one of the most memorable moments of January First?

    January guessing at reason for time out


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick Lawlor’s performances?

    Not if I can help it


    Did January First inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting study in Father Obsessiveness. Thank God he was there to save the day. Gee if someone just listened to mom, there would have been no story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (1614)
    Story
    (1617)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Hmmm"
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    Not sure why this book received such high ratings. It was like playing golf with a dead guy...or watching grass grow. Maybe it was the narration. The last 42 minutes, which was the most exciting part of the book, was a ponderous listen. Save your credit for another time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1110)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Tom says: "Really Disappointing and not about what you think."
    "Fail"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, the book was well written. The content of the book well researched. It's a little bit about Patton, and a whole lot about the others who played leading roles in WWII - my only criticism of the book. It's too bad it didn't carry another title.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    Bill could read the Bible and make it sound like breaking news.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I saw it before


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (2178)
    Story
    (2185)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Beyond Intense"
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    If you could sum up Endurance in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, thrilling, inspiring


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

    The many moments of failed attempts followed by sublime successs


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The loss of Endurance


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

    I wanted to listen to this in one sitting, but had to do it in three. It just made it even better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quick: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lauren Owen
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural world populated by unforgettable characters.

    kelliez123 says: "not my favorite"
    "Gosh"
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    What would have made The Quick better?

    What would have made The Quick better? Less words.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Owen again?

    Don't know. I'm sure there will be Book 2, but will probably not read it.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narration is great. Wasted on this book.


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

    The last 5th if the book


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1851)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Read It"
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    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Power of One is right up there standing strong with all my favorite books. The narration was perfect. The story was so good, I had a hard time putting it down to sleep. I loved how Mr. Courtenay took us through the life of a child and the life of a nation.
    This was a Daily Deal purchase. The best five bucks I ever spent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6813)
    Performance
    (6312)
    Story
    (6318)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Scoobie Doo is Missing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend because I didn't like the book. Not that I must like every book I listen to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Working Holly in sooner with Jerome. Maybe a couple of books for Bill, Holly and Jerome to do some crime fighting


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton saved the book


    Was Mr. Mercedes worth the listening time?

    I listened to it, and out of all the hours spent listening, there were 10 to 15 minutes well spent


    Any additional comments?

    I read the reviews before listening to this book. I knew it wasn't the regular King fodder, so I gave it a try.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (173)

    The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline - its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at 20 to nine.

    Barbara says: "Riding a local train"
    "Where's the story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I haven't a clue.


    What was most disappointing about Sarah Waters’s story?

    There is no story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Give the reader something to work with. I love Simon Vance, but this isn't his fault.


    What character would you cut from The Little Stranger?

    This is an unfair question. All of the characters, with the exception of the dog, should be left out.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope. I wish I read this book when I first bought it, so I could get my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1371)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Love Mary Roach!"
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    If you could sum up Gulp in three words, what would they be?

    Good Shit, Dude!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Alimentary Canal.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Woo Zeller – was your favorite?

    Emily did a great job. She has a light airy voice which translates mischief very well.


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting. I bought it as a daily deal, not sure whether to spend a whole precious credit on it. I wasn't disappointed. I haven't read the other reviews before writing mine. So, I am curious to look back and see what others thought. Of course, this isn't War and Peace. It reminded me of the old Readers Digest series "I'm Joe's Liver", but with greater depth, curiosity, and respect for the subject.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would be a great read for any one wanting information about the anatomy, without being bored to death. Very down to earth, interesting, and fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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