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  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "This is just a setup for the next book."
    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    I love Scott Brick's performance. He is second only to George Guidall, in my opinion. I have read many Brad Meltzer books and will read more.

    What was most disappointing about Brad Meltzer’s story?

    It did not flow. There was too much jumping around and it was confusing. I hated the ending and felt cheated. He used this book simply as a set up for another book. It was not the cliff hanger I think it was meant to be.

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

    He does different voices well. He performs women as well as men, so that you forget it is a man reading all the parts.I get into the characters better having him read to me.

    Did The Fifth Assassin inspire you to do anything?

    No. I basically hated the book and found it very unsatisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    "Easy Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Next Best Thing the most enjoyable?

    Performer is pleasant to listen to. I can read in the car while I'm driving and walking into work, doing my chores and exercising. Her books are easy reads. That is not bad. When I feel like a complicated book with multiple characters, I'll go to a different author.

    Would you recommend The Next Best Thing to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, and I have recommended it and her other books.

    Which character – as performed by Olivia Thirlby – was your favorite?

    The main character.

    If you could rename The Next Best Thing, what would you call it?

    Don't know, but it is a confusing title. Someone could have done a better job. That doesn't make the book less enjoyable, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Benjamin Mee
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in the Guardian, We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. This touching memoir is set to be a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, in theaters December 23, 2011.

    Christie says: "Fabulous narrator."
    "Good True Story"
    What did you like best about We Bought a Zoo? What did you like least?

    I didn't know it was a true story. That was pleasing. It was well written and flowed nicely. It was interesting. I have not seen the movie so can't compare, but I don't think the movie had the sadness of his wife's sickness. Not sure, though. I listen to several books per week driving and doing chores. I enjoy a good reader. I feel they make the story. I did not like the reader of this book. I found the voice flat and unimaginative. He did not do female voices well. I never forgot that a male was reading the book. I actually thought it was read by the author (seldom a good idea-most should stick to writing and leave to reading to the pros), until I looked to see. I would probably listen again.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife. I liked her positive attitude and tenacity. And the mother. She was interesting. I would have liked to hear more about her. She was very generous and trusting with her life's savings.

    What aspect of Gildart Jackson???s performance would you have changed?

    I would have found someone else. I did not like his performance at all.

    Do you think We Bought a Zoo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If someone else was the reader, I would listen to a follow up. Otherwise-no. I would like to hear more about the family.

    Any additional comments?

    Get a new reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Chicago Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Don't waste a credit. One of the worst."

    Short, sweet and to the point: I read alot. I can't finish this. It is disjointed, unpleasant and never ending. It is a waste of my time and upsetting to even write about this singularly boring and undeserving book. I "get" Brit Lit humor. This isn't it. Spend your credit on something that makes sense.. This doesn't.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Assassinations: A Novel in Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Harsh Nayyar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.

    nina says: "Great Listen, wonderful narrator!"
    "I had to force myself to finish this"

    Unless you have an interest or knowledge of the history of India, don't bother wasting a credit or your time. This was not entertaining. It was very raw and unpleasant (this, from someone for whom the F-Bomb is a part of life!). I listen to several books per week. It took me two weeks to struggle through this. I saw little point in the book and have no idea what appealed to me when I chose it. Don't make the same mistake. No stars is the harshest I have ever been.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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