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REBECCA

Loves baseball, art and Audible!!

SILVER LAKE, IN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    Oscar Wilde’s classic story of a young man who sells his soul in exchange for eternal beauty and youth continues to thrill generations of readers. Written by a man who was every bit as flamboyant and unconventional as its hero, The Picture of Dorian Gray is as haunting today as when it first shocked the British public in 1891. Dorian Gray, young, intelligent, sophisticated, gazes on his freshly painted portrait.

    Cynthia says: "Fifty Shades of Wilde & Gray"
    "Delightful, Timeless Classic..."
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    Would you listen to The Picture of Dorian Gray again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again. I truly enjoyed it. Oscar Wilde was a literary genius. He showed no fear in giving us a glimpse into life behind closed doors in his time.


    What other book might you compare The Picture of Dorian Gray to and why?

    I am not sure I can compare it to another book. It stands out from any other book I have ever read.


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

    I truly enjoyed Steven Crossley's narrating. He brought such life and realism to the characters in the book. Crossley's reading added to each character's personality perfectly.


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

    The end, of course. A dramatic, climatic ending to a wonderfully, written book. I did not laugh, nor cry, but I sat in extreme shock and bewilderment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read and has me looking forward to reading more books by Oscar Wilde.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian O'Connor
    • Narrated By Nick Pollifrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Every spring, Little Leaguers across the country mimic his stance and squabble over the right to wear his number, 2, the next number to be retired by the world’s most famous ball team. Derek Jeter is their hero. He walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and someday his shadow will loom just as large. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact, he hasn’t always been the best player on his team. But his intangible grace and Jordanesque ability to play big in the biggest of postseason moments make him the face of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of America’s game.

    Toni says: "Story is really good, narration was horrible"
    "Truly, The Captain..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Captain to be better than the print version?

    I own both, but am not much of a reader so I chose to listen to the audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, The Captain, Derek Jeter!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved how the book set the scene of the day he was drafted by the NY Yankees. I felt so much emotion, it made me cry.


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

    Yes. I had a number of reactions throughout this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the fact that I finally now know what caused the fall out between The Captain and A-Fraud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amanda Knox
    • Narrated By Amanda Knox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

    Brock says: "A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!"
    "Her story, her words, her voice..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Waiting to Be Heard the most enjoyable?

    An author's narration always makes a book seem more real to me. I enjoyed Amanda's narration of her book. Her emotional narration made it seem like the things she endured over her 3+ years in Italy were happening now.


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

    The entire book moved me. It is always nice to here the other side of the story the media seems to always overlook and not cover.


    Any additional comments?

    I commend Amanda for having not only the will to survive throughout this ordeal, but to share her story, in her words and in her voice with the rest of the world. I wholeheartedly believe she is innocent and that she and Rafael were escape goats for the corrupt Italian Police involved in the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Her name is synonymous with elegance, style, and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy.

    Stefanie says: "lovely ;-)"
    "Enchanting but turbulent Life..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Enchantment the most enjoyable?

    I have always adored Audrey Hepburn; her style, grace and movies. However, I did not really know who she was and all she had been through until this book. There were many enjoyable parts in the book, but there were also many sad, heart-wrenching parts as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enchantment?

    There were so many; her Oscar win for Roman Holiday, her strained, cold relationship with her mother, her not-so-happy marriages, the struggles endured for the birth of her 2 children, and her life-long friendships.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    Kimberly's voice was very soothing and pleasant to listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Un Amico Italiano

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Luca Spaghetti
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Luca Spaghetti (yes, that's really his name) was asked to show a writer named Elizabeth Gilbert around Rome, he had no idea how his life was about to change. She embraced his Roman ebullience, and Luca in turn became her guardian angel, determined that his city would help Liz out of her funk. Filled with colorful anecdotes about food, language, soccer, daily life in Rome, and Luca's own fish-out-of-water moments as a visitor to the United States-and culminating with the episodes in Liz's bestselling memoir, told from Luca's side of the table....

    REBECCA says: "Left me wanting more...in the best way!"
    "Left me wanting more...in the best way!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Un Amico Italiano to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but plan of buying it. I enjoyed the audio version, as I do with all of the books I have heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Un Amico Italiano?

    I loved Luca's reaction the first time he traveled to New York City and attended his first New York Yankees baseball game. I too had the same reactions. I also love how borderline-obsessed he is with James Taylor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's a tie...between Luca's first New York Yankees baseball game and his meeting(s) with James Taylor.


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

    Luca's meeting with Liz Gilbert. I adore Eat Pray Love and Liz's other novels, so I was excited to see Luca write about their meeting in his own novel. I love how stereotypical American's can be and how his meeting with Liz blew that out of the water.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Myself and Then Some

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lauren Bacall
    • Narrated By Lauren Bacall
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart, she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

    LB in Dallas says: "She has such a great voice! A great Listen."
    "Wonderful look at an extraordinary life"
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    What did you love best about By Myself and Then Some?

    I love Lauren's narration, as I always do when the author narrates his/her own book. I truly enjoyed how she allowed us to look into her life and that of those who surrounded her. I could only dream of finding the kind of love she and Bogie shared.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lauren and Bogie's timeless romance.


    What about Lauren Bacall’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful...I loved every minute of it!


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

    Yes, it was so hard to take a break and I found myself excited to continue on.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8403)
    Performance
    (7696)
    Story
    (7775)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Loved the series, but disappointed with the ending"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed the detail in which the story was told. I also enjoyed the male and female voice differentiation in the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tris, of course. She's the heroin of the series, but Four as well.


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

    I was moved by how descriptive the scenes were when Tris' mom saved her from the water tank, when she witnessed her father dying and when she herself moved on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frances Mayes
    • Narrated By Frances Mayes
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Frances Mayes - widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer - opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In sensuous and evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Also available: Bella Tuscany.

    Alicia says: "Under the Tuscan Sun"
    "Unexpected disappointment..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, I would not. I was disappointed to find that the book was quite different than the movie. More than likely, I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it first, then watched the movie. I had expected to hear a "Diane Lane" type of voice...again, so different from the movie...I was very surprise when I heard the author narrate her book with her southern, twangy voice.


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

    The story itself was an enjoyable look into Tuscany and into the authors life there even though I had an extremely difficult time getting past her accent.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frances Mayes’s performances?

    Possibly, as long as she is not the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (673)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Facinating..."
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    If you could sum up Rebecca in three words, what would they be?

    Timeless, suspenseful novel.


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

    It kept me wondering and interested throughout the entire book. There were so many questions to be answered along with fabulous plot twists.


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

    The scene with her at the staircase dressed as the lady in white as Rebecca had the previous year. The ending...twists and turns...then the ultimate demise.


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book. I have had an old hard copy for years, but have never read it until now. I enjoy the way it was written, the characters, and the suspense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4845)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1495)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Eye-opening adventure of self discovery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Liz Gilbert's voice is very soothing and easy to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eat, Pray, Love?

    I love Italy and Liz's take on Italy. I also love her interactions with all of the individuals she came into contact with. They were not merely characters for her book, but friends she cared for and learned from.


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

    I commend Liz on openness regarding her views, relationship with God and finding her path to happiness.


    Any additional comments?

    I was truly moved by this book. I have since began to focus on my own dreams and relationship with God. I have started learning Italian as well, simply because I can.I hope to travel to Italy in the near future. Thank you Liz!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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