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Nina

Bratislava, Slovakia | Member Since 2010

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  • 18 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 135 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila A. Dechantal says: "Worth a listen!"
    "An insightful tale into wisdom of aging"
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    A wonderfully written memoire in which the author shares her views on aging, generation gaps and what we can all learn from each other young or old. A delightful book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5989)
    Performance
    (5196)
    Story
    (5188)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Beautiful vacation-time book"
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    Easy to listen and captivating, the story switches between post-war Italy and nowadays Hollywood and follows the intertwined lives of an Italian hotel keeper, an American actress and the man who made a living manipulating with people's lives.
    I read it amidst a harsh cold winter but can just imagine laying out in the sun on some beautiful beach, listening to this wonderful tale and hearing the ocean waves splash in the background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (311)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Gripping till the very end"
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    A wonderfully written and well performed book. A husband telling the story of his missing wife and the wife revealing their life in her diary. Or so it seems at first... and just then when you feel yourself choosing sides (will you be in the Amy or the Nick camp?) the story takes on an unexpected twist. What looked like a pretty straightforward story now has you guessing - how on earth will it end. So go ahead, listen and hold your breath till the very end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It’s Jack’s birthday, and he’s excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

    Marcie says: "Like a car crash you cannot look away from"
    "Perfectly written and narrated as well"
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    This was a very interesting book which I couldn't stop listening to for a minute. It gave me the creeps when I imagined someone having to spend their childhood being locked up in a tiny room but on the other hand it described the amazing courage and hope that the main character Jack and his Ma showed throughout their ordeal. I loved Ma's creativity and Jack's perspective on the world as the book is told in his voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (4750)
    Performance
    (2498)
    Story
    (2538)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Gave me a new perspective on running"
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    I'm a recreational runner and completly fell for this book. It not only talks about running and its different aspects but has an intriguing story behind about a people to whom running comes as natural as breathing and about a race that celebrates just that. It even made me think about changing my running style and discovering bare foot or minimalistic running.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15438)
    Performance
    (12756)
    Story
    (13395)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Terribly written"
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    This must be my first audio book that I will not finish. It's just a disaster, the way it's written, the way it's read and most of all the lousy story it is. While erotic, maybe, it gets boring right at the second chapter when you realize the words and replics keep repeating itself over and over. This is a credit I am sorry to say I really regret.

    2 of 2 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
    (5147)
    Performance
    (2928)
    Story
    (2967)

    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"
    "Enchanting"
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    I loved this book. A delightful tale of a grand daughter who goes in search of her late grandmother's steps to find out the truth about her grand mother's origins. The story bounces back and forth between the present and the past changing characters and captivating you in more and more with each minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (423)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Predictable ending but enjoyed it nevertheless"
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    I find Jodi Picoult's books easy and entertaining to listen to for example on the commute to work. This one was no exception, an interesting tale that held my attention to the very end although the ending gets a bit predictable in the last quarter of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Isabel Allende
    • Narrated By S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (235)

    Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

    Madelaine says: "good story, ok narration"
    "Loved every second of it"
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    Isabel Allende is one of my favourite authors for her ability to weave beautiful stories on the background of historical facts with the spirituality of characters that is so captivating.
    Island beneath the sea is a wonderful story based on the island of what is now Haiti and talks about the hard life of the slaves and the slave uprising. The narration was very good and I enjoyed the book very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita Mahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

    Lynn Diener says: "Kept me guessing and kept pulling at my heart."
    "A surprising twist"
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    Not sure what to think of it at first, the author almost lost me in the last third of the book but just as I was thinking "here we go again with yet another way too predictable ending" the story spun round and got me hooked again, guessing to the very end. The narration was excellent and I'm glad I stuck with the story till its finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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