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I have been a long time listener of audiobooks but am new to Audible. I find audiobooks to be a wonderful format to expand my reading genres and strongly believe that the narrators skill is the most important aspect to all audio books, even slightly ahead of plot. The best books , of course, combine a great story and narrator and make for memorable listening experiences

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  • The Bluest Eye

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.

    Linda says: "Frustrating..."
    "Thought provoking and haunting novella"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this book for someone looking to be challenged by the material and themes and who is open to the humanity of the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Morrisons ideas on beauty and virtue


    Have you listened to any of Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first Morrison and Ruby Dee book but will not be my last


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

    No but as I was drawn into the story it became impossible to not finish


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2010)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Marginally interesting short story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have never read Lisa Gardner before so unfair for me to comment


    Would you recommend The 7th Month to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I would not as I found the story cliched and rather dull


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes it did as in nothing special but more about the material than the narrator


    Could you see The 7th Month being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2758)
    Performance
    (2432)
    Story
    (2430)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Solid middle book in a planned trilogy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Twelve: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Solid middle book. Does a great job of filling back story and setting up the final chapter in the trilogy. However, some of the characters are weak and poorly written


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter because he seems to the most human and the voice of conscious and reason in the story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes where Peter meets up with Tifte


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve: A Novel and why?

    Alicia as she is so noble and yet so human


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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