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anniepaints

Idaho USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • Geek Love

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katherine Dunn
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (217)

    No one wants to be a victim, but most find the event too hypnotic to ignore. In order to save their traveling carnival from bankruptcy, the Binewskis are creating their own brood of sideshow freaks. Under Al's careful direction, the pregnant Lil ingests radioisotopes, insecticides, and arsenic to make her babies "special".

    Cayora says: "Shudderingly Good!"
    "Loved this book!!!"
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    I read "Dia's" review and it convinced me to get this book.
    I doubt if I would have considered using a credit for it without Dia's words to entice me..... so read that review and include a big "ditto" from me!
    Definitely one of my best reads of 2008. I have listened to it twice and will surely do it again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2165)
    Performance
    (1857)
    Story
    (1846)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Don't care any more!"
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    I got about half way through this novel when I decided I just don't care to listen any longer. I had not come even close to understanding the plot. The deal breaker for me is Scott Brick as the narrator, I find his southern accent in this novel so phoney and pretentious that I just could not stand to hear another word.

    7 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Petal and the White

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (251)

    NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

    anniepaints says: "Loved this Book!!"
    "Loved this Book!!"
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    I loved this book SO much and when I read the first review that was written for this book I felt so sorry for waiting to give my opinion. I think that anyone that enjoyed watching "The Duchess of Duke Street" and/or "Upstairs, Downstairs" on PBS would probably like this story as well or more. This is not a book for the squeamish so if you cannot tolerate a certain amount of sex and unpleasantness, don't bother. I was able to keep track of the many characters quite easily, partly because the narrator is so easily understood. Once I started listening, I was so hooked! I finished this almost 42 hour book in just 10 days and wished it was longer. The ending was excellent. It was a bargain for just one credit. (Editor NOT needed, thank you very much).

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (640)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Please DON"T sing!"
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    At least the folks that buy the book have a choice if they want to listen to the music or not! I find having to fast forward through the singing so annoying that I probably will not listen to the rest of this book. I have been a big fan of Jodi Picoult until now. Sorry I wasted a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4742)
    Performance
    (2209)
    Story
    (2198)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    ""Room" by Emma Donoghue"
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    The down side of listening to "Room" by Emma Donoghue is that it is nearly impossible to find a book as good to follow it! I consider this audio book to be my best listen to date. I thought the narration of the child's voice was really believable. The situation was similar to several true stories we have heard on the news of kidnapping and imprisonment. Listening to the audio sample of "Room", I was a little unsure if I would like it. I had tried to listen to the book "Me and Emma" by Elizabeth Flock and the narration of the child's voice in it was so annoying to me that I just could not get into the book. I gave it several tries. not wanting to waste my precious credit. When I finished "Room" I immediately went back to the beginning and listened a second time. A very well spent credit for sure!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (905)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Child 44 (Unabridged)"
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    I have been a member of Audible since 2007. I read this book in November of 2008. I now have over 400 books in my audible library and this book remains undefeated as one of my top five listens.

    I chose this book because I love mysteries and thrillers but it turned out to be so much more than that.

    This book is so enlightening as to the reality of what living in a depressed society is like. I was growing up in America as a child of the same age as the characters in this book and none of us ever had a clue how lucky we are and what freedom really means.
    I feel that anyone that does not appreciate how fortunate we are to live in this free country of ours should read this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2930)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (838)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Time wasted!"
    Overall

    I understand the author took 10 years to write this book.............he probably didn't feel like wasting any more of his precious time by giving it an ending. Sorry I wasted my time listening to it!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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