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rebecca

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  • Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Jane Austen's most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, is brought to sparkling life in this new unabridged recording by AudioFile earphones award winning narrator Alison Larkin. A witty and always original voice, Alison Larkin is the perfect vessel to bring Jane Austen's classically satirical second novel to a new audience. This fresh and hugely entertaining listen from 'the English American' joined with Austen's deft satire, results in pure, boundless FUN.

    Michael says: "Jane Austen as she was meant to be heard!"
    "Best way to fall asleep quickly"
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    What would have made Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition better?

    If you listening to mindless "he said, she said" from fussy women consumed by trivial and material things - this is the book for you!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Austen again?

    No. I don't see how this "classic" survived 200 years.


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

    The narrator does an excellent job with the material provided.


    What character would you cut from Pride and Prejudice - the 200th Anniversary Audio Edition?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    4 hours of my life I won't recapture.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26297)
    Performance
    (23303)
    Story
    (23372)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Ridiculously Addicting, Twisted, and Unique"
    Overall
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a diehard Game of Thrones listener, and this is the only book that has been as remotely satisfying, and somehow surpassed all pleasure gleaned from other audible delights.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy - because she is so great. No, she is a jerk. No, she is brilliant. I love to hate her.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Delightful as expected of Julia. This was my first time listening to Kirby and he pulled it off like a champ.


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

    I couldn't stop listening. The turns were wild and unexpected. I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Best audible experience yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (9139)
    Performance
    (7610)
    Story
    (7582)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Less Good Than Game of Thrones But Still Kicks Ass"
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    What made the experience of listening to Yes Please the most enjoyable?

    This book is great, but it is hard to give it a perfect score because I just finished listening to every single Game of Thrones Book. My favorite parts are the sections that depict the King Slayer growing as a person and becoming less like a Lannister, but I digress.

    This is not that.

    Most chapters seemed quite disconnected - more like short stories or sitcoms. This will never be converted to an HBO series. Maybe a Lifetime Channel or Comedy Central something or other, but this is no Game of Thrones, but Poehler pulls it off because she is awesome.



    The book doesn't totally kick ass, but it kicks quite a bit of ass.


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

    There was a fair amount of positive fluff and flowery talk (to be expected of a woman writer) but many drug references, as well, like her dad smoking a lot of pot and eating ice cream in the afternoon or when she took a bunch of ecstasy on New Years and then felt too shitty to play with her kids the next day. (Amy, I know you're reading this. This makes me sad. You are a great, smart, powerful, beautiful, amazing woman. Don't risk harm to yourself or risk being convicted of a crime. No kid wants to see their mama on the cover of Just Busted.)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Definitely less exciting than Game of Thrones, but the book was a great listen during rush hour traffic."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20661)
    Performance
    (18554)
    Story
    (18717)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Quick-packed, engaging, exciting, but predictable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this book and found myself looking for opportunities to listen more. Fast pace, lots of action, and juvenile character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene when Tris was climbing the ferris wheel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    action packed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4342)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1751)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "Not an epic waste of time- somewhat entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A couple of chapters left me in stitches, but I find his work to be far more entertaining when read than spoken. Many nuances difficult to appreciate with his reading.


    What three words best describe David Sedaris’s voice?

    Whiny. Bostonian. Condescending.


    Could you see When You Are Engulfed in Flames being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Eh... not so much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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