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Nicole

Blountville, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2407)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Different- but cute and clever"
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    I enjoyed it. It was a very different book and not for everyone. But, it was interesting and unique, and I fell in love with the main character. She is believable and fun and easy to love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2222)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Worth listening to...but not his best book"
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    I LOVED his previous two books, so I was going to read/listen to this newest one despite any negative reviews. Hosseini IS a story teller. He is magical with words and capturing a feeling, a place, a character's insight.I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did have to really pay attention at first during some of the narration; the heave accent was difficult to wade through at first. This novel felt disjointed a little at times, and I couldn't immediately see how every person and place was connected, but eventually the story all came around.

    Truthfully, if I had to do it over, I may have read the print version instead of listening to the audio. There were times I wanted to flip back and look at a certain page and refresh my memory. The names, places, and dates mixed together in head too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (748)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "Clever, Fun, Entertaining"
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    I was hesitant to buy this audio book, because it seemed too "young" for me. (I am 31). I am very glad I took a chance on it, because it has been one of my favorite audible books, yet. The story is clever and fun and entertaining and magical...but the narration really earns the 5 stars from me. I cannot imagine a better narrator, and I missed his voice once I finished the book.

    My girls are young (less than 4), but I can't wait to re-listen to this together once they get older.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4192)
    Performance
    (3535)
    Story
    (3529)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "A different storyline from other Grisham novels."
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    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    I typically enjoy John Grisham books, but sometimes they all run together, and I can't remember specific plot lines or characters. This book, while still definitely a Grisham novel, felt different than his most recent ones. The main character IS a lawyer, but he is in prison, so it's a more unique approach in that way.


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I grew to like the narrator. At first, he was a little too slow for me. I like more fast paced narrators, usually. But, his style and speed really fit the novel well.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Grisham books, this one is excellent. It kept me interested, and I found myself anxious to get back into the car to find out what happened. I love Grisham's 3rd person omniscient narration; I feel like it keeps the reader in more suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "LOVE Bill O'Reilly as a narrator"
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    I LOVED Bill O'Reilly as the narrator- he was efficient, interesting, and since he wrote the book, he obviously knew which words to emphasize and where to place inflection. I tend to be a very fast talker and reader, though, so I don't know if everyone will love his fast paced style. This was one of my favorite audio books so far, mainly because of his narration. I was kept in suspense the entire time- even though I already knew what was going to happen! If you like history, I highly recommend this book. It was well written, in terms of organization, style, characterization, and suspense. Very enjoyable. I want to try Killing Kennedy next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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