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Sarrie

Bolingbrook, IL, United States

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  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (529)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Absorbing story"
    Overall

    A very serious first hand look at one woman's Islamic upbringing. The author/narrator was very good, I like her accent and find her pleasant to listen to. Her story is incredible because her courage is boundless. What she is able to achieve will stagger you. I think this woman needs to be listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (760)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "I adore Bill Bryson!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very entertaining listen. I think I will get a map of Australia in front of me for reference and listen to it again some time. Bryson mentions several times how little American know or hear about Australia. Listening to Bryson's book will remedy this for you; he explains the history, discovery (by Europeans) and settlement of this continent. He even explains the current government. Add this to an overview of several major cities and wrap it all in his incomparable hilarious dialogue and there you have it: this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (903)

    Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. In trying to avoid the deep suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes - who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac (which, of course, he is) - Dexter has had to slip further into his foolproof domestic disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his girlfriend, Rita, and her two children. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher?

    Tim says: "Deadly, Dreadful Dexter"
    "Good stuff"
    Overall

    This was my first brush with Dexter. I now know this is a series and even a television program. It was an interesting and fast paced read. I liked the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3619)
    Performance
    (2880)
    Story
    (2881)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Something different and good"
    Overall

    This has what I like in a book; interesting, funny and long. Although it is set in a mythical setting it's easy enough to draw connections to our real world. Locke is a con man who almost meets his match. I liked the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11018)
    Performance
    (6207)
    Story
    (6256)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Don't get sucked in by the hype"
    Overall

    An okay story, nothing to get worked up over. Basically the story of a shipwrecked, adrift-in-the-ocean teen and how he survives at sea while dealing with a tiger. Everything that happens before that is tedious. At best it is interesting to hear how he struggled to survive and ways he found to do so. Good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18906)
    Performance
    (13004)
    Story
    (12899)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Blech - Romantic Trash"
    Overall

    Well, if you like sodomy this book's for you. So predictable that you always know what's going to happen. Oh, he's a meanie, she doesn't like him at all; what, they're forced to marry? Oh no! I wonder if they will find love? Why, yes, they do! But I wonder if something will pull them asunder? Right again! A maniacal homosexual rapist to be exact. Oh, but will Jaimie ever be able to recover and love again? You guessed it! I liked the narrator.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (226)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    Sarrie says: "What is up with this narrator?"
    "What is up with this narrator?"
    Overall

    This is one of my all time favorite books. I thought it would be great to have it in audio format. However, the experience is ruined by Michael Prichard's weird, flat, boring narration. Another reviewer likened it to the ancient nature films we used to watch in school back in the 70's and I agree. This book is so funny, sweet and touching and it is a crying shame to hear someone reading it as if it were a grocery list.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18440)
    Performance
    (8584)
    Story
    (8626)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Could not be bothered to get past second chapter"
    Overall

    Empty, silly, worse than the Dragon Tattoo. I like the narrator. If you watch CSI four times a week you will probably like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "New Favorite"
    ""Groaning at the Rascal Fair""
    Overall

    Booooorrrrrriiinnnnnggggg. The narrator was good and pleasant to listen to. The story, however, was painful. The author is forever having the characters make the dumbest, unfunny smart-alec remarks to each other - you will just cringe. There was nothing in this story that should have taken so long to tell. Too long, too boring. Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4358)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2810)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I liked the narrator. The story is fast paced and interesting, however if you have seen more than three horror movies in your time you will know what's going to happen next since it's formulaic. If I could I would give it a 3.5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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