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AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

GREENWICH, CT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4616)
    Performance
    (4150)
    Story
    (4181)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "ENTIRELY DONE FIRST PERSON FORMAT."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NOT REALLY. IT WAS TEDIOUS. AND I THINK I DON'T CARE FOR FIRST PERSON FORMAT. THE STORY WAS NOT APPEALING TO ME AS AN ADULT. TEENAGERS MITE LIKE IT. TOO MUCH LIKE A FIARYTALE.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    CHANGED IT TO THRID PERSON FORMAT. MAKE THE STORY HAVE A LOT MORE SUBSTANCE.


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

    SHE DID THE BEST SHE COULD WITH THE BOOK. I WILL PROBABLY NOT READ IT AGAIN.


    Did The Handmaid's Tale inspire you to do anything?

    TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO AVOID FIRST PERSON FORMAT BOOKS.


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Paul Brickhill
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred men for every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year. With only their bare hands and crude homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German clothes.

    says: "One of the most incredible stories of all time"
    "VERY GOOD BOOK."
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    If you could sum up The Great Escape in three words, what would they be?

    IF-ONLY-THE- MEASUREMENTS-WERE-RIGHT!


    What other book might you compare The Great Escape to and why?

    A FICTIONAL BOOK. INTENSITY. ONLY BECAUSE BOTH WERE VERY VERY TENSE.


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    HE DID A GREAT JOB!


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

    YES AND I DID.


    Any additional comments?

    HISTORY COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF THEY HAD THE CORRECT MEASUREMENTS TO THE WOODS.....IF ONLY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16156)
    Performance
    (13467)
    Story
    (13462)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "COULD HAVE BEEN A LIFETIME MELODRAMA"
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    What did you like best about The Girl on the Train? What did you like least?

    IT NEEDED EDITING. THE STORY WENT ON AND ON. I THOUGHT IT WAS OVERLY MELODRAMATIC. THE READING WAS GREAT.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    THE WAY THE STORY WAS TOLD THRU THREE PEOPLE. THAT WAS INTEREASTING. THE LAST THIRD OF THE BOOK WAS AN EFFORT TO READ.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    ALL THREE WOMEN MAIN CHARACTERS.


    Was The Girl on the Train worth the listening time?

    NO BUT IT WAS NOT A COMPLETE WASTE EITHER.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buffalo Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    From the best selling and critically acclaimed author of Trans-Sister Radio comes a hauntingly beautiful story of the ties that bind families - and the strains that pull them apart. "Bohjalian writes honestly and often movingly," says Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal calls it "tender...[written] with poetic skill."

    A.W. Nadine says: "Touching, and Sincere"
    "GREAT CHARACTER RELATIONSHIPS DEVELOPED."
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    What did you love best about The Buffalo Soldier?

    THE WHOLE BOOK. POSITIVE, PLEASANT, GREAT DEVELOPMENT, GREAT STORY.


    What did you like best about this story?

    ALFRED. HE WAS SUCH A GREAT KID. THE AUTHOR MADE THAT COME ACROSS.


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

    I DON'T THINK SO. SHE DID A GREAT JOB!!


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

    YES BUT IT TOOK THREE DAYS AND FOUR SITTINGS TO HEAR THE WHOLE BOOK.


    Any additional comments?

    I WILL READ ATHIS ONE AGAIN.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bishop's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mette Ivie Harrison
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward's designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward's unofficial mother whose days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church's patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward.

    Jonathan says: "One Non-Misogynist Man's Opinion - Worth Reading"
    "SLOW START GOT GREAT THEN FLOPPED"
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    Would you try another book from Mette Ivie Harrison and/or Kirsten Potter?

    I DON,T THINK SO.


    What could Mette Ivie Harrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    DON'T DRAG THE BEGINNING AND DON'T SCREW UP THE END OF THE PLOT.


    Do you think The Bishop's Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I WOULD NOT BUY IT!


    Any additional comments?

    INSTEAD OF WASTING SO MUCH EFFORT ON SUCH A BORING BEGINNING, THE AUTHOR NEEDED TO TAKE THE TIME TO END THE BOOK IN A MORE IMAGINATIVE WAY.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garden of Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The curse of Foxworth Hall has fascinated millions of readers, and Garden of Shadows is where it all begins. Long before four innocent children were locked away in an attic by their cruel grandmother, the seeds of obsession were sown in their proud family.

    debbie says: "Great"
    "I WAS HAPPY AUDIBLE GET THIS BOOK AVAILABLE!"
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    What did you love best about Garden of Shadows?

    I LIKE THE WAY CHARACTERS INTERACTED WITH EACH OTHER. THIS BOOK GAVE YOU A VIEW OFWHY THE GRANDMOTHER IN "FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC" BEHAVED THE WAY SHE DID.


    What other book might you compare Garden of Shadows to and why?

    ALL THE VC ANDREWS BOOKS IN THE FLOWER IN THE ATTIC SERIES REMIND ME OF EACH OTHER AS THEY INVOLVE THE SAME CHARACTERS. THIS ONE CENTERED ON THE GRANDMOTHER, OLIVIA AND HER LIFE.


    Which character – as performed by Sally Darling – was your favorite?

    OLIVIA WAS MY FAVORITE.


    If you could take any character from Garden of Shadows out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I THINK I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE OUT JOHN AMOS. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE WAS THINKING.


    Any additional comments?

    I READ THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS ABLE TO PHYSICALLY READ. NOW I CAN READ IT ANYTIME I WANT ON AUDIO! I LOVE THE BOOK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To a God Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Set in familiar Steinbeck territory, To a God Unknown is a mystical tale, exploring one man's attempt to control the forces of nature and, ultimately, to understand the ways of God.

    Michael says: "My Favorite Steinbeck; Terrible and Beautiful"
    "OK BOOK NOT UP TO STEINBECK'S STANDARDS."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    YES. I WOULD HAVE NOT LEFT READER HANGING. WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS SON? WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS FAMILY?


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

    IT WAS NOT SLAM BAM ENDING. IT WAS OK.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    JUANITO


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    WHY WAS IT SO DISJOINTED? I HAVE LOVED HIS WORKS BUT THIS ONE IS A DISAPPOINTMENT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Annie M. says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "MUNDANE"
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    Would you try another book from Alice McDermott and/or Kate Reading?

    IF THEIR WAS A REAL PLOT.


    Would you recommend Someone to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NOTHING STOOD OUT. KIND OF MUNDANE.


    Was Someone worth the listening time?

    NOT REALLY. IT WAS PRETTY BORING IMHO.


    Any additional comments?

    IF IT WAS PEPPED UP IT MITE MAKE A GOOD MOVIE. BUT IT WOULD HAVE TO BE PEPPED UP A LOT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2499)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "SUPERB BOOK SUPERBLY READ BY ALL THE READERS"
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    If you could sum up The Good Girl in three words, what would they be?

    ENJOYABLE, WELL-READ, GREAT STORY


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES, IT HAD NO DULL SPOTS. I READ THIS BOOK IN THE PERIOD OF TWO DAYS.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    THE READERS WERE AMAZING. IT MADE THE BOOK EVEN BETTER. I THINK IT IS NOT EASY TO FIND SEVERAL READERS WHO DO SUCH A GOOD PART IN READING.


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

    THERE WERE PARTS THAT I FOUND VERY EMOTIONAL.


    Any additional comments?

    READ THIS BOOK. IT IS WELL DEVELOPED AND IS AMONG MY TOP TEN BOOKS NOW. THIS IS SAYING A LOT AS I HAVE AT LEAST 220 BOOKS. I BOUGHT I WILL READ THIS BOOK WITH MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER AGAIN IN A FEW DAYS. I KNOW HE WILL LOVE IT.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By David Mamet
    • Narrated By Gordon Clapp, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (257)

    A group of low-ranking real-estate salesmen are trying to survive in a cut-throat office culture. But when two of them devise a plot to redress the company's wrongs, the resulting turmoil increases the pressure to unbearable levels. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance.

    Nothing really matters says: "Top notch, dramatic acting in a great story."
    "IT IS A BETTER PLAY THAN AN AUDIOBOOK"
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    Would you try another book from David Mamet and/or the narrators?

    A BOOK BUT NOT A PLAY.


    What did you like best about this story?

    IT HAD LOTS OF POTENTIAL. BUT I FELT THE PLAY LEFT SOMETHING OUT. I DID NOT FEEL I UNDERSTOOD THE WHOLE STORY. I MAY READ IT AGAIN AS IT IS NOT THAT LONG. I FELT IT GOT BETTER TWORDS THE END.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I LOVED RICHARD DREYFUSS ESPACIALLY BUT I AM PARTIAL TO HIM. I HAVE SEEN HIM IN MANY MOVIES. HE IS TALENTED.


    Was Glengarry Glen Ross worth the listening time?

    YES IT WAS BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. IF I WAS IN THE AUDIENCE I AM SURE I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN A LOT MORE OUT OF THE STORY.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Englade
    • Narrated By James Conlan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Tells of the seductress, the student, and a murder in New England. The perfect life of newlyweds, Pam and Gregg Smart, was shattered in 1990 when Gregg was shot dead. In the trial, it emerged that Pam had seduced 15-year-old Bill Flynn to do the killing.

    Laura says: "Behead the narrator, please!"
    "MEOCRE BOOK."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    IT WAS OK. I PROBABLY WON'T READ IT AGAIN.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    IT WAS FACTUAL. I SAW THE TRIAL ON THE NOW DEFUNCT COURT TV. BUT IT WAS HOLLOW.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    IT WAS NOT A BOOK THAT HAD ANY SCENES THAT WERE INTERESTING OR SPECIAL.


    Did Deadly Lessons inspire you to do anything?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I DON'T FEEL I KNOW ANY OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS STORY. IT IS TOO BAD IT WAS AN INTERESTING TRIAL AND I WOULD HAVE LIKE TO KNOW HOW THESE PEOPLE EALLY INTERACTED.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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