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Stefanie

Key West, Florida | Member Since 2014

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 319 titles in library
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  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1194)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans Will Enjoy"
    "Should be in the Young Adult section"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ok story, but really more appealing to the teenage mind. It has a semi-interesting mystery storyline, yet a little too simplistic to be believable, even as fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride And Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (303)

    Austen’s heroine Elizabeth Bennet deals with the issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Austen at her wittiest.

    Adam says: "Hilarious"
    "'Prepare yourself for something very dreadful...'"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No, not really that bad...

    Of course, there is nothing to be said about the story other than one of the best ever written. The only reason I downloaded this version was from the need for a 'refresher'. I have read Pride and Prejudice dozens of times, but had never listened to it. I have seen all the various movies, of course, but felt it was time to add it to my audiobook library as well.

    However, I felt the need to comment, in particular with reference to the performance of the narrative. It was at times, tolerable, and most of the time, spine-chilling. I am not musically-trained, so I cannot comment on the specific notes she was hitting, but the narrator's shrill, sing-song, and far-fetched performance was obviously meant to be projected into a large theater. I was listening with my MiniJambox and was beginning to worry about this version of Mrs. Bennet shattering to pieces the few nice wine glasses I owned. Not to mention the howling dogs in my neighborhood... However, determined to finish the story, I put on my headphones to finish. Turned down very, very low.

    Not bad for a few dollars, but say good-bye to your high-frequency hearing range.

    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
    (20409)
    Performance
    (14389)
    Story
    (14288)

    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"
    "One of the best I've listened to in a long time!"
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    As an avid Audible listener, I really enjoy books that exist as part of a series, since it allows one to become engaged in a story over a long period of time. I decided to give Outlander a try since the story synopsis sounded interesting and the reviews were mostly glowing... and I'd like to add another 5 star review!

    Ms. Gabaldon's writing has a very earthy, natural flow to it. The story does't feel like a rigid structure; the reader isn't constantly being set-up for the next plot point. However, it is rather interesting and keeps one's attention and the characters are complex. The narrator is outstanding!! Davina Porter adds another layer to Outlander that really brings the characters to life.

    One more thing... After reading a few reviews regarding the explicit sex in the story, I was prepared for something far more graphic than what it is. I would hardly describe the sexual content of this book as anything more than R-rated. I think it is simply adult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3854)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3544)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Patricia says: "Disappointed"
    "Adore this series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Simply wonderful! Story kept my constant attention and did not want it to end. However, when it did end, I was satisfied yet felt she left room for potential sequels. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1256)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "Could not get through it..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read the first title in this series and mostly enjoyed it. However, I quit listening to this one about halfway through; I was done. The author has a rather gory imagination and I realized I wasn't really enjoying but instead, tolerating it. I am into dark fiction, and have a high tolerance for anything gross, but something about this book was just depressing. Don't bother unless you're having such a wonderful week that you need a reverse pick-me-up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3181)
    Performance
    (2837)
    Story
    (2822)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Engrossing but grim"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Overall, it was an interesting story and kept my attention. At times though, it really felt like it was dragging; therefore, I highly recommend listening to it on 1.25x speed because it's very long and also, the narration is painfully slow. Another issue is that the writer seems to have an inordinate fixation on male genitalia, and at times, uses language that almost certainly would never have been spoken by folks in 1699. This sort of breaks the illusion of the storytelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (375)

    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    F. E. Sparrow says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Should Be Mandatory Reading!"
    Overall
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    As a former scientist and philosophy student, I gravitate towards books like Dr. Coyne's. He is truly a talented writer! He excels at making a discussion of evolution accessible, without sounding as if he is writing for young children. He is both succinct and descriptive in each of his examples within topics, the end result is that this extremely complex subject is nicely summarized in a relatively short book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about evolution... or even for those of us who marvel in the beauty of the natural world and never get tired of hearing all about it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1938)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Very entertaining!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rook the most enjoyable?

    The unpredictable rhythm and events of the story was so enjoyable, I never knew where it was headed. Then, add on a rather unique, supernatural subject matter, and you have one of the most refreshing stories I have personally enjoyed in a long time. In fact, what I enjoyed most was how unique O'Malley's characters are. I read a lot of 'monster genre' books (vampire, witches, shape-shifters, etc.) and most books are somewhat predictable in that often, writers stick to the traditional backstories and abilities of these sorts of creatures.


    What other book might you compare The Rook to and why?

    It's hard to compare, it has elements of a dystopian novel, but it is also funny at times.


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

    No, this was my first one. I rather enjoyed her as well, I was surprised to read one review that found her terribly annoying.


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

    Yes, I couldn't stop listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    I only hope the author is considering writing more about Rook Thomas and the Chequy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10735)
    Performance
    (8132)
    Story
    (8181)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Let the story unfold..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Firstly, the author offers a credible nod to alchemical history and other details of the evolution of science. As for the main story line, it is indeed rather slow in its reveal, but well worth the reader's patience. The main characters are somewhat unidimensional and simplistic, but interesting and likable.

    Also, the narrator is wonderful! She has command over different accents and voices with incredible believability. All in all, I found this book very engrossing and found it hard to stop listening. I will say the ending is a bit jarring, but once I realised it was a trilogy, all I could think was that I cannot wait for the next installment. Ms. Harkness has written a world and cast of characters that seem almost real... I would recommend this book to anyone with a good imagination. However, if you are somewhat lacking in this quality and need your fiction laced with a heavy dose of reality, this is not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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