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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3847)
    Performance
    (3496)
    Story
    (3477)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Non-stop laughter"
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    Would you listen to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls again? Why?

    There aren't a lot of books I'd go back and listen to multiple times, but there are a few. There are definitely some stories in this one I would revisit and share with a friend or two.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    I find it very difficult to choose just one, but the two stories that I liked the best were the one about Obama being elected and the Europeans thinking it would never happen because Americans are too racist and the one where he talks about traveling abroad and learning German from the language recordings. Oh... and the young father with the special t-shirt in the airport. Can't forget that.


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    Not only is he a wonderful writer, but he is a very entertaining narrator. He tells the stories in an almost acerbic manner, but so humorously. The thoughts he describes going through his head are so much like what I think, and I'm sure anyone else who enjoys him. This is a man that I would absolutely love to encounter in an airport or coffee shop and spend some time bitching about other people.


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

    I enjoy listening to books while I do my grocery shopping. I go alone, so I like to disappear into my head. I use a set of bluetooth headphones and you can't see them under my long hair. I was listening to one of his stories while shopping the other day and noticed that a lot of people kept smiling at me. Then I realized that they thought I was smiling at them because I just couldn't stop laughing at David. They either thought I was extremely friendly or completely mental. Either way, I enjoyed that shopping trip very much.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very glad my friend suggested David Sedaris to me. I'd never heard of him, but I will be enjoying him from now on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1021)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Eye opener for this American girl"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Malala to be better than the print version?

    I can't answer this question, as I did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    since this is non-fiction, there aren't "characters"


    What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

    She has a very pleasing voice and put enough emotion into the performance that you were engaged for the entire story.


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

    I would say not. It was interesting, but not "exciting" like you'd get from fiction. That's a good thing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4605)
    Performance
    (3931)
    Story
    (3934)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Couldn't turn it off"
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    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Still don't know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy, mostly because he's the one you get to really know. His total devotion to his son and unwaivering confidence in his innocence was admirable.


    What aspect of Grover Gardner’s performance would you have changed?

    He wasn't the most engrossing performer I've heard. There are some performers that become the book and bring it to life. There are some that sound like any average joe reading a book out loud. Mr. Gardner definitely is closer to the former than the latter, but I really prefer narrators who can "act" every character in the book. His peformance was definitely strong enough that I got hooked, so that's really what is important.


    If you could take any character from Defending Jacob out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ugh... none of them. Maybe Father O'Malley, or whatever his name was, but only because I had a mental image of him as Mike from Breaking Bad. I didn't really relate to any of the characters in this book. But that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy hearing their story.


    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the story, I still don't know if Jacob was innocent or guilty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3911)
    Performance
    (3530)
    Story
    (3557)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "You can only do so much with non-fiction"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, unless the friend was a fan of the show. It's not a bad book by any means, and Cassandra Campbell is a very good narrator, but it's just a pretty forgettable story. You'd think that there would be more interesting things that happen in a year spent in prison.


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

    She's writing it as a memoir, so I assume she wanted to be true to the story. I think the only thing that would have made it more enjoyable would be to make it fiction and make some things up.


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think she read it in about the same way I'd have "heard" it in my head.


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

    Doubtful. I haven't even gotten around to watching the series on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    I did appreciate her take on the legal system. The way things are dragged out so that your life is in limbo while they go through all their unnecessary and illogical processes is extremely frustrating (forget to renew your dog license and see how many of your hours are wasted sitting in a court room just for them to say "renew it on time next year!" and you'll see what I mean). And then there are the police officers who think that because they have a 2 year degree in criminal justice, they deserve your respect, regardless of how rude they are to you.I also thought her realization of what matters in life was a good message. She was given the opportunity to know women she'd probably cross the street to avoid passing had she seen them outside prison. She saw their kindness and generosity and I hope that it's a lesson she's kept and shared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3536)
    Performance
    (3263)
    Story
    (3264)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Corey says: "Wow"
    "Entertaining murder mystery"
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    If you could sum up Joyland in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, bittersweet, heartwarming


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It wasn't the most intensely suspenseful story SK has written, but I was pulled in when the stuff went down. I actually was surprised when the secret was revealed and sad that it was learned so quickly. I'm not used to short Stephen King books and was so taken with Michael Kelly that I didn't want it to end so soon.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed his portrayal of Devon. Kelly doesn't make the huge distinctions in the characters like a lot of narrators do, but he still makes the story come alive. Devon, being the main character, was the deepest.


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

    There may have been a tear at the end. I won't say why


    Any additional comments?

    This is a pretty typical Stephen King short story. He has such a wonderful way of pulling you in so that you almost feel like you are there. You are sympathetic to the characters and get attached. This is a nice sweet story of a young man growing up read by a very good actor with a pleasant voice, who I originally thought might be David Spade. Then found out it's Doug Stamper from House of Cards.

    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
    (11533)
    Performance
    (10467)
    Story
    (10494)

    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"
    "Beautifully descriptive and captivating"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in the top ten percent of the audiobooks I've heard. The genre is much different than what I usually choose and I was engrossed from the first chapter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I felt that the most interesting character was Boris because of his rough sweetness. His depth of caring for those important to him contrasted his seemingly shallow attitude about himself and life. He had a wiseness that Theo lacked and saw things in people. Through all his tragedy, he enjoyed life while he had absolutely nothing.


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David PIttu's performance was one of the best I've heard. He brought each of the characters to life with all the emotion that was needed to truly get a sense of how difficult the story was to live for Theo. His characterizations of Boris, Andy and Xandra filled them out in a way my mind wouldn't have. I would've missed the humor.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

    The Goldfinch itself was the character that caught my attention and will continue to hold it. Her description of the painting and the emotions it evoked in all who loved it made it almost alive with its beauty and sadness. In my Internet search to see what this painting is, I've learned how much it has captivated other readers as they've flocked to view it with their own eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the NY Times review of this novel, I understand why I was so drawn to it. It does have a very Dickensian feel to it. Tragic with hope. Despair with beauty. Lessons learned with some salvation and redemption, with some help from lucky destiny. I loved how this chain of events starts off just by getting suspended from school for a "crime" he didn't commit and forever changes the expected path of a sweet boy. It sends him into a life devoid of enjoyment and full of pain, with emptiness surrounding him. But in the end, there's a glimmer of "you had to go through all this in order for the good to happen". It's the eternal optimist's way of looking at life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    A young man commits all types of sin, but only his portrait shows the ravages of his life. Oscar Wilde’s Faustian classic. Gothic horror at it's best.

    Name withheld because stalkers Google me and I find it annoying says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    I can't get through this because the narrator is not very good. The narrator makes or breaks and audiobook, and he's just too distracting due to his lack of talent.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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