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Pattie

LEWISTON, MAINE, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 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
    (15066)
    Performance
    (12410)
    Story
    (13048)

    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"
    "Oh, my."
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Maybe from Becca Battoe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    Probably not.


    Was Fifty Shades of Grey worth the listening time?

    I have just about gotten through the whole thing, which is more than I can say about the last several audio books I downloaded.

    This is the first audiobook where I really liked (or at least didn't mind) the PERFORMANCE but the plot was GODAWFUL.

    But it's bad. And it's not even 'sinfully bad.' It's just bad. This is not a sex-positive book. It's totally unbelievable. Someone get this author a thesaurus.

    My inner goddess hated me for every minute I listened to this book, but my subconscious said, "don't you dare waste another audiobook!"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Druckerman
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (546)

    The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children is here. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent". French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special. But French children are far better behaved and more in command of themselves than American kids....

    Emily - Audible says: "Inspiring"
    "Worth the download"
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    This is my first parenting book of what I'm sure will be many (and yes, the author might make fun of me for that). So I don't have much of a frame of reference for it, but I think it was worth the time. I like that the author had mostly common sense reasons for the techniques she saw used to parent children in France.

    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
    (3024)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2798)

    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.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "The narrator really made this book come alive"
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    The quality of a narrator will make or break an audio book for me.

    This is a great book.

    And Michael Kelly is a great narrator.

    I felt like I Devin was really talking to me - it was a riveting book and I heard it all in only a few listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17679)
    Performance
    (15719)
    Story
    (15672)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Perhaps my favorite Stephen King novel"
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    As huge as this book is, it's a small, personal story that happens to include a time travel plot. It can be brutal at parts, but it's also the most tender book Stephen King has ever written. Craig Wasson does a good job reading. He messes up a couple of accents and over acts a couple of times, but he also brings a lot of necessary pathos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4797)
    Performance
    (4050)
    Story
    (4021)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Interesting"
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    I was with Duhigg at the beginning, but I think his conclusions at the end are a bit stretched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (3135)
    Story
    (3156)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "I'm glad I have this audiobook a chance."
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    I read The Handmaid's Tale in high school and was not a great fan. But I love Claire Danes so I tried the audiobook, 12 years later. She does a great job making Offred's voice come to life. Maybe it was her narration, or maybe that I'm a bit closer to Offred's age now, but it is a good book and worth the download.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (718)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Best audiobook I've ever bought."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In a heartbeat! Ron Perlman is an amazing narrator. I could not stop listening. He needs to narrate more books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Thieves?

    When Kolya finally gets his shit. Yes, you read that right.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final one. Which I won't spoil for you.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From the writer of the 25th Hour, a new movie ...


    Any additional comments?

    If I ever feel sorry for myself, I'll just remember library candy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (171)

    To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

    Susan K Treiman says: "Wonderful, inspiring, insightful"
    "Not the story I thought"
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    Would you try another book from Augusten Burroughs and/or Augusten Burroughs?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Augusten Burroughs? Why or why not?

    I am a big Augusten Burroughs fan — I loved Dry, and Running with Scissors. I thought that this book would be like his others, but not so.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The author reading his own work — he sounds incredibly sarcastic. Not the way he sounds in my head when I read him.


    Was This Is How worth the listening time?

    I did not get through the second chapter. Oh well.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Augsten Borroughs, but this book just did not capture my attention like an audio book needs to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jonah Lehrer
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (539)

    From the best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types”, Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective.

    aaron says: "Starts out Promising, but Then...."
    "Pretty good if you can get past the narrator"
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    Would you try another book from Jonah Lehrer and/or Jonah Lehrer?

    Yes, but probably not an audiobook that he narrated.


    What other book might you compare Imagine to and why?

    Reminded me of Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author doesn't have a great reading voice. He's a bit nasally and matter-of-fact.


    Did Imagine inspire you to do anything?

    Much of the information Lehrer shares in the book is not new to me, but he draws some interesting conclusions. I'll definitely try to practice some of the ideas he outlines in my own life and career.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book, if a little dry at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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