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rachael

WOODACRE, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8822)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3126)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Lost Symbol again? Why?

    enjoyable but the same story more or less as the rest of his books


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

    it would be better if it was the first dan brown book I had read


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    yes


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I like his stories both they fallow the same format down to the twists and turns.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6479)
    Performance
    (1807)
    Story
    (1826)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "great"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes it is a wonderful book


    What other book might you compare The Kite Runner to and why?

    I cant think of one


    What about Khaled Hosseini’s performance did you like?

    he did a good job, nice voice


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

    the whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    great read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13121)
    Performance
    (5562)
    Story
    (5631)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    I did not really love it , but I enjoyed it


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sara Gruen? Why or why not?

    probaly not


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    it is a good story not amazing but entertaining

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5031)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1265)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "so great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Thousand Splendid Suns again? Why?

    maybe


    What other book might you compare A Thousand Splendid Suns to and why?

    I have not read a simular story


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

    not sure


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

    it was very moving


    Any additional comments?

    it is a great read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5925)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2141)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "creative"
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    Would you listen to Middlesex again? Why?

    no, I am a one time gal


    What other book might you compare Middlesex to and why?

    I cant think of a book like it thats what I liked about it


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

    not sure


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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