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Rina A. Stein

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Wooster, OH | Member Since 2006

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  • Bright Shiny Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Ben Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel - a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines - some never to be seen again - but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives.

    Rina A. Stein says: "Sooo Good"
    "Sooo Good"
    Overall

    This is such good writing. I love this author. I forgive him that he wasn't an addict. Oprah, you need to rethink your anger towards him. Maybe he just got caught up in the moment.....the NOW. He is becoming one of our primo authors. I was born in LA. I got out of there. Frey shows the butt end of that community and it is true and not pretty. If you ask me this is a piece of work, and by the way, this reader gets my 5 star applause.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4029)
    Performance
    (3636)
    Story
    (3664)

    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....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Amazing narrator!"
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Handmaid's Tale again? Why?

    This great story is made fresh and wonderful again by the narration of Claire Danes. Don't miss it. It is the best.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3464)
    Performance
    (3172)
    Story
    (3197)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "AMAZING read of this great book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    When Jake reads this it is like a 4 hour poetry reading. He reads every sentence like it is the only sentence. I have all of his movies and love this guy. Who knew he would be so outstanding as a narrator. I have loved this story for many, many years and have other copies from Audible, but this is THE best of all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    To me, FSF only writes a sentence that carries the story forward. There is no blah, blah, blah in his writing. Every character in the story is developed. You know them. You care for them. They are precious to the theme of the story. He writing has this amazing sense of humor. For example, when they buy the dog off of a dog peddler on the street. Just incredible for the concise, sarcastic, exchange between the characters. Love, love, love it!
    And Jake pulls this off so well. I've read/heard/seen this story many, many times, but how Jake reads this scene is just, well, hysterical.


    Which character – as performed by Jake Gyllenhaal – was your favorite?

    ALL


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

    Did that.


    Any additional comments?

    I only hope we get to hear more from Jake. This has been, by far, my most fav book in years.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1946)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1764)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Loved this book and narrator!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Silver Linings Playbook?

    The story was so well written and insightful. I thought it was well edited with no spare parts. I enjoyed the development of the characters and how I came to appreciate them.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful tone of voice and no over acting.


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

    Yes! I couldn't make it, but it had my interest from the very beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing Matthew....I will be waiting for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3395)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (2977)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Not for me."
    Overall
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    What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult’s story?

    I just figured out something. This book desperately needed to be edited. I made it to the second download and felt I did not know much more than I knew by Chapter 3. I was wondering why the author keep repeating the same information over and over. I am ready to start Chapter 7 and still don't know why the main character has a scar and further more I no longer care. Then it hit me...a book that has 2 to 3 downloads costs a bunch more than one where the entire book requires only one download. I think this encourages repetitive, long, drawn out stories that could have easily been edited into a concise and more enjoyable experience. After a while it just becomes blah, blah, blah.
    Also, if I had known it was a story involving reference to the holocaust I would not have purchased it in the first place. I do remember and appreciate that horrid event in human history, but to me it is a cheap way to give a story meaning. I have read a number of books where the holocaust is the central theme like Schlindler's List and The Pianist and for me they are stories that help you see and remember. But, The Storyteller uses the holocaust to get the character where she needs to go. So my review is based on half the story because I cannot make it to the end. This is only my opinion and I note that many people really liked this book as you can see by the other reviews.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Very nice.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sam Wasson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey - dainty, immaculate - is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings....

    J. C. says: "Excellent!"
    "It went so fast!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a movie nut and love reading about behind the scenes you will love this book. I am crazy about Audrey anyway. She survived the Nazi invasion and she was just a young girl. She went on to be such a star and made wonderful movies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inside look at Audrey Hepburn's personality.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    What is not to like? He is just the BEST,


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting and fun look at that time and how times were changing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lotus Eaters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tatjana Soli
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    It's 1975 and the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the city falls into chaos, two lovers make their way across the city to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a devastated country she has come to love. Nguyen Pran Linh, the man who loves her, must deal with his own conflicted loyalties. As they race through the streets, they play out a drama of love and betrayal that began twelve years before.

    A User says: "Best book I've read yet this year"
    "Thought provoking, well written and well read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a well written well narrated story that grabs your interest and makes you think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lotus Eaters?

    The final sentence.


    What about Kirsten Potter???s performance did you like?

    I love her narration and her voice is wonderful. She did a superior job with the different characters.


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

    When Lin and Helen go to find Darrow


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • When Gravity Fails: Marid Audran Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By George Alec Effinger
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can't refuse.The 200-year-old godfather of the Budayeen's underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance. But first Marid must undergo the most sophisticated of surgical implants before he dares to confront a killer who carries the power of every psychopath since the beginning of time.

    Cliff says: "A must have series!"
    "Riveting story, incredible narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm enjoying every word of this interesting story and it is narrated so well by Jonathan Davis. I am looking forward to listening to books 2 and 3.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3551)
    Performance
    (2841)
    Story
    (2830)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Wonderful!!!"
    Overall

    I loved this book!!! It was interesting from the first sentence. Rob Lowe narrates the book so well I hope he thinks about reading more books. I would buy them all. You won't be disappointed. I watched all of his movies and the West Wing again with the in put from the book. It was wonderful. I was so sorry when I finished the book because I miss its company for the long drive to work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (647)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Preachy"
    Overall

    This novel started out interesting and evolved into the Christians are the good guys and the Islams are the bad guys. I'm so tired of that theme.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Up in the Air

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Ryan Bingham's job as a Career Transition Counselor - he fires people - has kept him airborne for years. Although he has come to despise his line of work, he has come to love the culture of what he calls "Airworld" - finding contentment within pressurized cabins, anonymous hotel rooms, and a wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks.

    Edwin says: "Thought Provoking"
    "Good story, irritating narrator lisp."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story but the narrator has this annoying lisp with certain words that end in the 's' sound...like his dentures don't fit correctly. It sounds like a picky complaint, but it really is irritating after awhile. I finally listened to the last half, while cleaning the garage, on a pair of cheapo travel speakers. That made it more tolerable and I got through to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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