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Robbie

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  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (417)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "Mesmerizing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and would - bought the Kindle book for my best friend for her birthday! Although the protagonist was a teenage girl, I was wrapped up in the story, and was really able to see the natural progression of the actions and plot, and not get caught up in why people made the choices they made. I loved the way facts came forward over the course of the story, and the way characters interacted. I didn't know what to expect when I started the book, and soon found I couldn't stop until I was finished the whole thing! Very interested to read more from this author!


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

    Her voice was really unique, and added to the uniqueness of the story. I found her to be a really great fit for the narration of this story!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3448)
    Performance
    (3063)
    Story
    (3074)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Fundamentally interesting story, executed poorly"
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    The story itself was interesting, and I was sucked in pretty quickly at the beginning. After the first half though, it just plodded along, growing more tedious. I wanted to know how it all got resolved, so I hung in there, but it was hard to listen, as opposed to other books that I can't stop listening to.

    I also lost all favor for the writer/main character as the story went on. At first he was interesting, but I got to the point where I could no longer abide his flagrant disregard for the law. I was rooting for the time where he actually got caught and held accountable.

    There was also a lot of technical writing that lost me, but I am admittedly not THAT computer savvy, so maybe I'm not the target audience.

    Overall it was interesting, but I couldn't get on board with cheering on such an egotistical criminal.

    Sidenote: The narrator did a great job with what he had to work with, but could have had more variety when speaking in voices other than the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "I cannot praise this experience enough!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Letting Go of God the most enjoyable?

    This book did not convince me to be an atheist. It contextualized my own personal journey, and gave a voice to an ignored people. Not everyone follows religion in the same path, and Sweeney's fearless sharing was inspirational and empowering.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Sweeney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one remains my favorite. I've read her book and listened to her other one woman show, and both are stellar, but this performance and material speaks infinite volumes in just over 2 hours!


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

    Catharsis.


    Any additional comments?

    Head's up - This is an audio recording of her one-woman show of the same name. It is not a traditional "audiobook" and was recorded in front of a live audience.

    I also urge believer's to listen as well. I don't think anything expressed convinces the listener to abandon their beliefs. What it does is offer an honest look at one person's journey, and hopefully that knowledge can provide understanding about the many like-minded people in the world. We don't want to steal God away from you, but we don't want you to insist that we embrace the idea either!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2895)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2690)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "A real stunner! One of the best I've read!"
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    What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

    I have now read all of Hill's novels (and a few short stories) and this book is him at the top of his game. The two previous books were solid and enjoyable, but this one is on the next level. I can't wait to see what he does next, and how well the next novel stacks up to this one!


    Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

    I truly could not pick just one. Mulgrew did a stellar job with so many voices and characters and dialects, and keeping them all separate and unique was truly a triumph.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had so many twists and turns in the story that I could hardly stop listening. I would be decorating our house for Christmas and baking cookies listening to grisly passages and morbid parts. The symbiosis of author and narrator in this book was remarkable, and I cannot recommend it enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3015)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2828)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Disappointing on MANY levels!"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    No way. This book was so pointless. There are far better zombie books out there that don't follow such an inane and overdone plot. It's like if the cast of your average stupid sitcom about a put-upon husband and a shrill wife wound up in the zombie apocalypse. The book had a ton of plot holes, and lame scenarios. Nothing was well thought out, and the attempts at humor fell flat. More disappointingly, the book broke out in rampant homophobia and misogyny all over the place, which doesn't sit well with me. The overused fecal references from the first chapter should have been a sign of the s--- that remained for the remainder of the book.


    Has Zombie Fallout turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, it has me more interested in finding books that don't suck!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    Not really. The book was bad enough, but his performance didn't improve anything.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zombie Fallout?

    This book had an editor!? Could have fooled me!


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid at all costs! There are better books out there... even in the Zombie genre!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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