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Sarah

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  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (717)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Great read"
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    Where does Looking for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The combination of Beth Hoffmann beautiful writing and Jenna Lamias narration is truly captivating. It is amount the best I have listened to so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3809)
    Performance
    (1524)
    Story
    (1524)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    MCRedding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Engaging journey into our food chain"
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    This book was wonderful. It took me nearly 4 months to finish because I had to pause to digest the the information given regularly. I have begun to think differently about the food that I eat and what it means to be responsible about my food. I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Beyoncé

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Madison Moore
    • Narrated By Zane Sanchez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (230)

    We're in a Beyoncé moment. The pop sensation has more fans, more fame, and more cultural influence than ever before. But what makes her so iconic? Is she really that perfect? And why do we love her so much? How to Be Beyoncé isn't a biography (mostly because nobody wants to get sued by someone who does everything so perfectly). Instead, it's a meditation on her place in culture, why we love her so much, and what we can learn from her image and work-ethic, so we can reach our own potential.

    elle says: "Not Even Worth Free"
    "A fans personal love story for Beyoncé. Who cares?"
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    What disappointed you about How to Be Beyoncé?

    How to be Beyoncé promised to be a more academic look into why Beyoncé is So wonderful. What it was was a fans tribute to her including a personal story for every point he was trying to make. It was borking and a little sad.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator added what I'm sure he thought was a sassy twang to every other word. It came off as a little desperate.


    What character would you cut from How to Be Beyoncé?

    Beyoncé


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charade: The Games, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nyrae Dawn
    • Narrated By Macy Sterling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection. Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom's dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it's what he wants too. Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought?

    Jordy says: "A Complete Suprise"
    "No surprises here"
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    What would have made Charade better?

    Better character development, a less predictable plot line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nyrae Dawn again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Macy Sterling’s performance?

    The characters all sounded the same.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I suppose if you were a teenager looking for a trashy novel this would be it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was just too predictable. I didn't ever need to finish because it was far too predictable. I listen while working out and this book made them feel longer. I expected a fun easy read but it wasn't engaging enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4522)
    Performance
    (3945)
    Story
    (3920)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Couldn't wait for it to be over."
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    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    No. He spent so much time talking and describing in detail women's breasts. The book also dragged on for far too long. The entire story could have been told in 1/4 of the time. It would have been great if the useless detail were left out.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I did enjoy all the narrators voices. They were fitting and expressive.


    Any additional comments?

    The book had an interesting plot line. Two parallel worlds, one controlled by the little people. Yet it dragged on for so long that by the end I was listening just to get the book over with. I felt a huge weight lifted off once I finished this 40 hr audiobook. It was interesting enough that I wasn't miserable the entire time but for this kind of an investment I would really like to be enthralled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29026)
    Performance
    (25622)
    Story
    (25695)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Quick Interest"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of them. The development of every single character was amazing. Amy was haunting. Seriously great character development


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    When Amy's voice changed from "diary" amy to real amy. My mind was blown. That is when I knew I was going to finish the book that day!


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality was quite terrible. The book regularly skipped ahead or skipped. It felt like I was listening to a used CD rather than an audio book that I paid for. The story and narrator were great. Ending a little disappointing but other then book quality pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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