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  • An Abundance of Katherines

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (331)

    When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans will Enjoy"
    "Good version of a John Green classic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed listening to this book. Interesting characters, well narrated. You felt liek you were inside their heads.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although slightly predictable, there were enough twists to keep me interested. The characters were very engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Colin and Lindsay in the secret hiding place.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    good stuff!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9167)
    Performance
    (7241)
    Story
    (7277)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Probably best of the year"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    Told the German "everyday man" side of the war, which I had not really heard before. Innovative approach with Death narrating. Very moving journey of a young girl and her adoptive family.


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

    Sarah's Key due to holocaust themes and a child's journey; A tree grows in Brooklyn due to the journey of a young girl facing hardship,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the bombing scenes were very suspenseful and tragic. I also liked the scenes with the mayor's wife. I didn't enjoy the various death scenes, but they needed to be told/scene to make the story complete.


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

    yes, this book moved in many ways, happy and sad.


    Any additional comments?

    best book of the year for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6812)
    Performance
    (3099)
    Story
    (3113)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Typical Lawyer Fare"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Connelley's books start to blend together - bad boy lawyer, ex wife, addictive behavior, dirty clients, etc. He should deviate from the formula a little.


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

    a few more surprises


    What aspect of Adam Grupper’s performance would you have changed?

    I can't think of any (actually I though someone else did the narration)


    Do you think The Lincoln Lawyer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, I've read the follow up book and didn;t love it, so that is hard to answer. Iguess it was good to know how he fared after the injury and legal issues, etc.


    Any additional comments?

    no, I think I'm done with Connelly for a while.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6886)
    Performance
    (6235)
    Story
    (6235)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Very moving story"
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    Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

    yes, I want to re-listen to this one. I only realized during the author's note at the end that this was a true story! Now I want to go back and listen to with that in mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Handful was my favorite. She never gave up and maintained her dignity through it all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the reunion of Handful and her mother and the boat scene at the near-end.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Invention of Wings and why?

    I think Sarah and Handful were both memorable, but I think Sarah was probably the most memorable. She had such conviction and gave up so much to follow her path. I wish history gave her more credit. She was the first feminist!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, and important message.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (506)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Linda says: "Misled by description"
    "loved this one!"
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    Would you listen to Philomena again? Why?

    yes, I'd listen to this again. I went out to see the movie after reading the book. The movie is more about the mother's story, while the book is the son's story. I want to listen to it again after seeing the movie.


    What other book might you compare Philomena to and why?

    Angela's Ashes and Doubt due to themes of Catholicism


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

    no, but he was fantastic


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

    yes, but couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    great, moving story; made me laugh and cry. Highly recommended.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4383)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1914)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Good for typical lawyer stuff"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was a good book, and perfect for long car rides. It just didn't have anything too unique. Bad boy lawyer, ex wife, kid in the middle, questionable clients, etc.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    yes, I've listened to a few; they are entertaining, but nothing to write home about.


    What three words best describe Peter Giles’s performance?

    bad boy attitude


    Was The Brass Verdict worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (504)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Suspenseful story line"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Weight of Blood the most enjoyable?

    I liked the parallel stories of the women. It took me a little bit to realize what was going on, and figuring it out was fun. I love a surprise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development of Lucy, Lila and the other women.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lucy is told about her mother by Bertie.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Great drive time story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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