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Nate

Hagerstown, MD, United States

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  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1177)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Jacqueline says: "A M A Z I N G"
    "Wonderfully crafted"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of suspense films or novels. The author crafts a story that immerses the reader into a universe that is so vivid that you can literally see the entire story as it's being narrated.


    What other book might you compare Night Film to and why?

    Night Film is very original and you would be hard to find a similar story. While it falls into a modern noir category the writing and incorporation of the digital material makes it very unique.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jake Weber?

    While Weber comes off as monotonous initially you eventually accept it and even embrace it. His performance as the other characters is acceptable but not great. I would listen to another book narrated by Weber.


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

    The entire story is gripping and you will find yourself scrutinizing the details.


    5 of 6 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
    (20052)
    Performance
    (17954)
    Story
    (18017)

    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!"
    "Great story with an unsatisfying ending"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    Gone Girl is a great story that is excellently narrated by it's two narrators. Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring the characters to life in a way that is seldom heard in audibooks. The story for the first 2 of 3 acts is gripping and keeps the reader wanting to learn more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character had to be Nick. When you are immediately placed in his shoes you feel for the character but at the same time you question the behavior and motives that he may have, and you get a feeling that he isn't quite telling the audience all the information he has. This makes the character straddle the line of being likeable and unlikeable at the same time which makes him all the more compelling.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    These two narrators are able to tell the same story in two different view points in a way that makes the reader see into the world Flynn has created with a different perspective. Both narrators bring the characters to life in a way that is seldom heard in audiobooks. Their delivery honestly makes you feel like you're watching a movie.


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

    Most definitely, as the story progresses you can't help but continue to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The only real issue that I had was the ending of the book is completely unsatisfying. You invest 18 hours into listening to only end up feeling let down by the end, while you get a resolution it's not what the audience hopes for, which is a shame because the rest of the book is incredibly well written. It feels that when you reach the last act Flynn has just tired of her own characters and ran out of steam. It was the equivalent of watching an Olympic 100 yard dash where the runners are going full steam for 90 yards and then all of a sudden at yard 91 they decide to stop and walk off the track. And the worst part is that the reader can see what is most likely going to happen when they reach 91st yard marker. Overall I enjoyed the book, I just wished for a stronger ending.

    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
    (10472)
    Performance
    (5366)
    Story
    (5406)

    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.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Amazing!"
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    Where does Under the Dome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Under the Dome is my first audiobook with Audible. After listening to the free preview I was hooked. After finishing I can honestly say this is my favorite audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    To listen to this story with such an expansive cast of characters and pick a favorite is nearly an impossible task. I find myself going with the obvious choice and picking Barbie as my favorite but then I think of Joe and Rusty and even Big Jim and I find myself enraptured with these characters.


    Which character – as performed by Raul Esparza – was your favorite?

    Esparza plays every character so incredibly well that you often forget it's only one person narrating. Every single member of the large cast has their own voice and Esparza does an amazing job of remaining consistent with all the characters. I would listen to any book narrated by Esparza, and found myself searching for other books he may have narrated.


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

    I think the moment I was most moved was when one of the characters suddenly turns up dead. It wasn't a main character but when they die it happens so suddenly and matter-of-factly that you can't believe that King would go there. To have this character make it so far and then ultimately meet their demise with two simple sentences, in a way that is so cold you can't help but be saddened.


    Any additional comments?

    This book differs from the television series completely with only the dome and a few characters being the same. The book is an incredible look at this large cast of townspeople, whom all inspire you to be interested in what happens to them. I can say that this is my favorite book from Audible so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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