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Zane

United States, 1243 East 2nd street, Bloomington | Member Since 2011

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  • Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nicholas Trout
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Helen is a 10-year-old cocker spaniel found neglected and abandoned in a restaurant parking lot one rainy night. Despite her mangy condition and terrible smell, Ben and Eileen fall in love with the pitiful creature and decide to take her in. But just as Helen is rescued from a sad life on the streets and enveloped in a loving home with all the creature comforts an old dog could ask for, a tumor is discovered and she's given a devastating prognosis.

    Sherry says: "Love is the Best Medicine"
    "If you LOVE animals, this is for you"
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    What did you love best about Love Is the Best Medicine?

    I'm a huge animal lover, so every story about the characters/animals courage and strength reminded me of the amazing animals I've known.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I didn't like the narrator that much, he was terrible but, somehow it didn't work for me.


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

    yes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Mishka Shubaly
    • Narrated By Mishka Shubaly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (420)

    Two-time best-selling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is back with a dark, intimate, fascinating story of love, hope, and human connection... gone horribly, horribly awry.

    caroline says: "Hysterical telling of the dangers of social media"
    "It's somewhat entertaining"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's not very long, so its not like you'll wast days. It's very self indulgent, it starts out sounding smart but towards the end I felt like I'm listening to a chick moan about her crazy X for hours at end. If what this guys wrote is true, it's an amazing story to listen to over drinks; not really good enough to write a book about. But it's a good story; he tells it well and it is short so it's fine.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Wasn't profound, although I think that's what he was going for. It's fine. He went on a bit.


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

    He tells it well, he really gives life to the moments where he talks about loneliness and the angry bits really come alive. Done well.


    Was Are You Lonesome Tonight? worth the listening time?

    Yes I would say so. It's short so it's not days out of your life, otherwise I would say no.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not profound, don't be fooled. It's entertaining, the narrator delivers it well, but it's a good bar story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 12 Biggest Mistakes Women Make in Dating and Love Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Lyn Kelley
    • Narrated By Lyn Kelley
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (29)

    Dr. Kelley, Relationship Coach, has years of experience (her own, her friends, and hundreds of clients) and has discovered the secrets of getting any man to fall in love with you and beg to see you again as soon as possible. If you want to "win" with men, you need to "know" them better. You need to be one step ahead of them. If you haven't been successful in love, you aren't doing it right. All of Lyn's suggestions have been proven to work over and over again. She wants you to know them and use them to your advantage!

    Angela says: "This so bad, don't even try it."
    "It's so BAD! But it will make you laugh"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Crazy women who would actually hire private detectives


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was perfect for this book. Not to be horrible, but she sounds a but dumb. And that contributed to how funny this was.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The 12 Biggest Mistakes Women Make in Dating and Love Relationships?

    Really nothing the whole thing is horrible


    Any additional comments?

    I would still have bought it, it's hilarious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A House of Night Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (412)

    Neferet’s true nature has been revealed to the Vampyre High Council, so Zoey and the gang might finally get some help in defending themselves and their beloved school against a gathering evil that grows stronger every day. And they’ll need it, because Neferet’s not going down without a fight. Chaos reigns at the House of Night.

    Mary says: "Getting tired, but still entertaining."
    "Really bad, but addictive"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for a 14-year-old girl, not a 30-year-old woman. I started reading the series, because let be honest, Vampire trash is addictive. But this will be my last book in this series. The writing is terrible and the story and references is aimed at entertaining an early puberty girl.


    What was most disappointing about P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast ’s story?

    The story is really dragged out, but besides that maybe my problem with this book is just that I'm completely not the target audience. Again, this is for a 14 year old girl.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not much, he narration was fine.


    What character would you cut from Hidden?

    Heath


    Any additional comments?

    If you are older than 16 or have more behind your name than matric, dont bother, you will cringe all through the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (312)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
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    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This must be my favorite audio book to date. This story would have been good read by any one, but Neil Gaiman added to it even more


    What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to and why?

    I tell every one who doesn’t know Coraline, that it is very ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ / ‘Corpses bride’


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the magic of the grave yard –Bod’s adventures with all the dead and their stories and the secrets of the grave yard he explored.


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

    Yes, definitely


    Any additional comments?

    This is really a good book, definitely worth a credit. The author reading it made the audio book even better, because who could better understand precisely the mood of each scene and the personalities of the characters. Different people like different kinds of books, but I can’t imagine that any one would listen to this and regret it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5234)
    Performance
    (2830)
    Story
    (2870)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Host again? Why?

    I might a few years form now, its a interesting and entertaining story. Its simple in its writing and I suppose the kind of love story it tells but that also a plus - its easy to listen to, not to hard to follow - a book for the gym.


    Would you recommend The Host to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes i would. Its the kind of book you keep for times you don't really have to concentrate too much. Like for the gym or at the office. But the story, although filled with aliens, are a very simple love story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Reading?

    Yes


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it. Its effortless entertainment, you wont be sorry as long as that is what you are looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows (Part Two): Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (198)

    The War of the Five Kings has ripped Westeros apart. The bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne, with allies as ruthless as themselves. Lord Frey was host at the Red Wedding, so called for the massacre of the guests, their screams unheard above the music of the feast. Euron Crow’s Eye is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, sworn to deliver the whole of Westeros to the ironborn. No less to be feared are their enemies. The Starks of Winterfell and the Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead.

    Simon says: "Whose voice is whose?"
    "Another brilliant book in this series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its a brilliant series.


    Any additional comments?

    I didnt enjoy this book as much as the others. The story line focus more on other characters that were previously supporting stories. So you go into it wanting to know more about the characters you know, to find that you have to get use to a new cast now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold: Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (268)

    George R.R. Martin’s superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire continues with the third in the series A Storm of Swords. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Unabridged and split into two parts. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs.

    Ian says: "Just Keeps Getting Better"
    "The best series"
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    If you could sum up A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, exciting, thrilling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are so detailed and richly described that its hard to pick one.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    I don't know what ells he would be suited to narrate but for this genre he is perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Young Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anne Frank
    • Narrated By Helena Bonham Carter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

    Terry says: "A powerful book"
    "Briliant"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Is a amazing story, and the narrator is perfectly suited for this read.


    What other book might you compare Diary of a Young Girl to and why?

    Nothing, its about something historical but written in such a fresh perspective. There are many books about the holocaust but non written in this way.


    What does Helena Bonham Carter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the narrating, her voice suited the character and she infused it with emotions in a appropriate way. Her 'acting' was natural and not over the top.


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

    It made me sad to realise again how many brilliant people died in the holocaust because of one man's insanity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destined: House of Night Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (624)

    Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet - which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together - if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

    Jamie says: "Destined to keep you guessing..."
    "Didnt enjoy this"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story and a narrator that sounded a bit older


    What was most disappointing about P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast ’s story?

    The story line has gotten increasingly worse, nothing happens. The book goes on about one thing and leads up to one event the whole book long.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series starting out, but its just going on for too long now. The story line is getting increasingly worse and the narrator is terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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