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Paula Beck

Chester, MA
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  • The Teller

  • By: Jonathan Stone
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154

Twenty-three-year-old Elaine Kelly doesn't earn much as a bank teller, and most of her salary goes toward caring for her terminally ill mother. When a lonely old man who deposits money at her bank every week gets hit and killed by a delivery truck, Elaine - a good Irish girl from Queens - thinks she's found the answer to her problems. She'll just transfer $1 million from the dead man's account into hers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. And not in the good way.

  • By Lori on 01-05-16

De-virginated?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Are you kidding me? I never knew that was a word, and the author uses it not once but twice!

I found the story get more annoying as I went along. Not my kind of protagonist .

However I did suffer through to the end so I guess that counts for something ...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Place

  • Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,107

"The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well...I really liked 50% of it

  • By Pamela on 09-11-14

Teen Age Drivel

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Almost through this book and I finally have to admit that I can't wait for it to end. I am a huge Tana French fan and was really looking forward to revisiting Holly and Steven. The best part about the book is when Frank Mackey appears... brash and familiar as he was in Faithful Place. Like other reviewers, I dislike the female narrator, and I was truly disturbed by the eight teenage girls... are my nieces really like that? Listening to this drivel almost makes one pick up start to pick up their language (it seemed to me that Steven started to).

I will go back to my previous Tana French's and hope that the next book gets back on track.

  • Homeland: Phantom Pain

  • By: Glenn Gers
  • Narrated by: Damian Lewis
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 872

Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read for Fans of the TV Show

  • By Anne on 10-20-13

Thank You Audible!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-13

Where does Homeland: Phantom Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High

What did you like best about this story?

A chance for Homeland fans to hear directly from Brody's mouth

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

His voice

Any additional comments?

Thanks Audible for this chance to check in with Brody!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,440

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please pay for a professional Reader

  • By sunstan on 12-07-14

Sad, Thought Provoking

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The author was the narrator, and her voice was flat. I think a better narrator would improve this book

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her flat tone

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

Yes, I think I would!

Any additional comments?

Very thought provoking. I am now more empathic with my 90 year old mother. I also thought about how I would feel if I got AD. I am grateful for my working brain!

  • Crossing the Borders of Time

  • A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
  • By: Leslie Maitland
  • Narrated by: Leslie Maitland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to end..absolutely wonderful!

  • By Ellen on 05-07-12

Excellent, don't want it to end!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-12

What did you like best about this story?

I love that this story is both a romance and historical. I learned alot and have gained more empathy for those affected by WWII

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wishin' and Hopin'

  • A Christmas Story
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

It's 1964 and 10-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he'll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade - easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise

  • By Kathi on 11-16-16

Laughing Out Loud

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-11

I was pleasantly surprised by this little book...I haven't read any of Wally Lamb's others. Since I grew up in the same time and vicinity as the narrator, this book rang so true to me. Nothing like growing up Catholic!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,136

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

Love it!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-11

I'm glad that Audible's "Free First Books" allowed me to try this quirky book. I love Sookie! Unlike any of the other vampire novels you may have read or heard about. I look forward to getting to know her better.

  • Girl in Translation

  • By: Jean Kwok
  • Narrated by: Grayce Wey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Precious

  • By Vickie on 07-13-10

Grabbed Me

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-11

Halfway through this book, I would have given it two stars. But as it continued, I liked the people and the love story. Vey thought provoking and well written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Boleyn Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ruthie Henshall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ABRIDGED!!!

  • By Julie Gibson on 01-30-08

Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-10

Another reviewer suggested that I read "The Constant Princess" first, so I did. I loved it, and I loved The Other Boleyn Girl. I had never paid that much attention to Henry 8th before.

It got me watching The Tudors, a Showtime production and I'm totally hooked!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fluke

  • Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Bill Irwin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story, as usual!

  • By Jill on 07-16-09

Fun

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-09

I was looking to laugh out loud. I loved "Fool" so I got this one. I was surprised that it wasn't a laugh a minute like Fool. Still, it held my interest and I enjoyed it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful