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S. DeAngelis

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  • A Queer and Pleasant Danger: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kate Bornstein
    • Narrated By Alice Rosengard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Kate Bornstein - gender theorist, performance artist, author - is set to change lives with her compelling memoir. Wickedly funny and disarmingly honest, this is Bornstein's most intimate book yet, encompassing her early childhood and adolescence, college at Brown, a life in the theater, three marriages and fatherhood, the Scientology hierarchy, transsexual life, LGBTQ politics, and life on the road as a sought-after speaker.

    Angel says: "I Pray Jessica Reads this Book"
    "Love"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Queer and Pleasant Danger the most enjoyable?

    I love kate bornstein and was delighted to learn and love even more about her life. I hear wholeness, a whole person, not just a story of a man then woman, or scientologist and not. Funny, wrenching, beautiful, full.


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

    First time listening to Alice rosenguard. At first I was missing Kate's voice but really felt Alice embodied her wonderfully.


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

    Laughed and near cried.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3281)
    Performance
    (3003)
    Story
    (3027)

    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"
    "A Classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    No, I don't consider it better, more equal. In fact, I was unsure I wanted to change my experience of the book through an audio version at all. This is one of my favorite books that I reread often. I was very pleased with the audio edition. It surpassed my expectations and added a new layer to my experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mysterious, vulnerable Gatsby.


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

    His tone and expressiveness lends a great deal to Nick, our narrator. He was excellent, giving more shape and presence to Nick, but not in any overwhelming way.


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

    Yes. I wasn't able to listen to it all at once but it was relatively short, and I was disappointed when it was over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Bloomer: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Are you waiting for New Life, for your talents to bloom? With The Late Bloomer, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes presents volume four of her masterwork on the Wise Woman archetype, bringing you six sessions of origial tales, stories from her ethnic families, poems, blessings, and psychological commentary exploring the cycles of "burgeoning, blooming New Life."

    Die Falknerin says: "Water the soul's garden so you can bloom"
    "Perfect for early 50s me"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Late Bloomer the most enjoyable?

    As I crossed into my 50s I began looking for support and resources for this next phase of my life. I was ready to make some major changes, including a new job in a new city, getting back to my writing and more. Just as I found Women Who Run With the Wolves helpful in my 30s, this book has been extremely inspiring and strengthening. I love hearing Clarissa's voice as well. Each story has something for me and I will return to this again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11845)
    Performance
    (10860)
    Story
    (10921)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Wow, didn't want it to end"
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I would listen to this again. The love story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters is sweet, funny, honest, and true, like them. all the characters are so well done, they are real and people I want to know, even Peter Van Houten at his drunken moments. The story was important, not because these are people dealing with cancer, although that is important, but because they are so real. A true journey of heart and mind and miles.


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

    This is the first time I listened to Kate Rudd and she was stellar. She captured the young adult tones of voice perfectly.


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

    Many, here are two. When issac's girlfriend broke up with him and he is destroying Gus's trophies, and when Gus and Hazel kiss in the Anne Frank house.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to read An Imperial Affliction and go to Amsterdam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4844)
    Performance
    (2887)
    Story
    (2888)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Engrossing"
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    Where does In the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great performance of a great story. Gripping plot with a flawed and complex and likable character. A mystery within a mystery.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Rob and Cassie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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