LISTENER

Mary

Denver, CO, United States
  • 36
  • reviews
  • 79
  • helpful votes
  • 298
  • ratings
  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,366

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Believe all the positive reviews!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Where does A Man Called Ove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Man Called Ove?

Gaining insight, little by little, into the truly great guy Ove was. At first I wanted to hate him -the grumpy old goat -- but I adored him at the end.

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?

Ove

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Again, I say, "Believe all the positive comments!"

The Perks of Being a Wallflower audiobook cover art
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • By: Stephen Chbosky
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,193

Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story

  • By FanB14 on 12-13-12

If I could give it a "10" I would!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

What made the experience of listening to The Perks of Being a Wallflower the most enjoyable?

Wondering what was behind Charlie's anxiety. The characters all resonated with me, just loved them all & the story, too!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

Charlie's feeling of being infinite brought back a long ago memory of a similar group of friends and a snowy winter afternoon.

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

He made Charlie and his friends real.

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

Both! And a lot!

Any additional comments?

It's a must read for any age group.

  • Lessons from Madame Chic

  • 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris
  • By: Jennifer L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned in Paris - tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn to master the art of eating (deprive yourself not), dressing (the 10-item wardrobe), grooming (le no-makeup look), and living à la française.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great advice for a lovely way of life

  • By Elizabeth Black on 09-02-15

Do people really not know most of this stuff?

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Scott and/or Amy Rubinate?

If you have a mom, she probably already gave you nearly all the advice in this book, and probably with a better sense of humor. Here's a brief summary -- and if considering buying it, the only one you need: Dress as well as you can, be presentable, spend a little time on your appearance, don't wear way too much makeup, use good manners, limit the junk food, don't spend foolishly on things you don't need (like this book), keep the house tidy, and don't lie around like a lazy bum.

The reader sounds as about as tired and bored with the material as I am halfway into this useless book.

What was most disappointing about Jennifer L. Scott’s story?

I didn't learn anything new.

Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

Good grief no! I listen at work and found myself nodding off frequently!

Was Lessons from Madame Chic worth the listening time?

If you've been living under a rock, perhaps the book would help.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste a credit

12 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,760

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Compelling story, surprising twists

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

I usually never read or listen to a book more than once. Same for movies. You know what happens already

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

no

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

yes

Any additional comments?

Just an awesome story, loved the characters and the mystery involved!

  • Don't Breathe a Word

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer McMahon
  • Narrated by: Lily Rains
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 187

On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still scared to turn out the lights...

  • By Celia on 04-16-12

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-11

A great yarn, an eerie page-turner that's right on the mark. I have made the mistake of listening mainly to so-called intellectual type books -- the types often picked by book clubs (though I'm not in a book club myself). A lot of those books really are worthwhile, but I'm glad I took the plunge and got the chance to enjoy a truly fun thriller that didn't want it to end! Get this book if you like a little fright & mystery.

  • The Hour I First Believed

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent all around yarn

  • By G. on 01-10-09

Not his best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-11

What started as an interesting fictional story about the Columbine tragedy, started to meander and was complicated by a long & tedious family history of the main character. That family history was necessary to bring the story together at the end but could have been cut WAAAAY down. I found myself half listening to those parts. And the family history parts were made even more tedious, because they were written in the manner of long ago, with never-ending, overly polite descriptions of every detail. I was glad when I finished it.

  • Let Your Goddess Grow!

  • 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking
  • By: Dr. Charlene M. Proctor
  • Narrated by: Charlene M. Proctor Ph.D.
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In this audiobook of women’s wisdom, Rev. Dr. Charlene M. Proctor teaches you how to replace old, negative thought patterns with new, powerful ideas that will help you create a joyful life. In seven spiritual lessons, you’ll manifest more success while deepening your relationship with Spirit. Let Your Goddess Grow gently leads you to the concept of the divine feminine and explains why both men and women need more of Her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By modwena on 04-22-10

So far a lot of drivel re-hashed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-11

Was hoping for more substance -- now just hoping to be able to make it through this trite book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Know This Much Is True

  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Ken Howard
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 531

In the long awaited follow-up to the highly praised novel She's Come Undone, Dominick Birdsey must come to terms with himself, as well as with the schizophrenic twin brother he has spent his life both protecting and resenting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Douglas on 03-20-08

4 out of 5 only because it was abridged

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-11

This book was great. My first experience with Wally Lamb's writing, but not the last.

  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ins and outs

  • By Jesse on 11-07-10

Wow, what a ride!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-10

Keef, you've written a brutally honest, funny, and at times soul baring memoir! In case any disappointed reviewers here have been living under a rock, The Rolling Stones is a "bad boy" band -- and they're proud of it. Drugs, sex, self-indulgence, crude & rowdy behavior... would you expect anything less from Keith's autobiography? The Stones music was a huge part of the soundtrack of my youth, and hearing their history from Keith's point of view has been so much fun. Joe Hurley put the British spin on Keith's already colorful language. What a gas, gas, gas!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Some Things That Meant the World to Me

  • By: Joshua Mohr
  • Narrated by: Ben Rameaka
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3

When Rhonda was a child - abandoned and ignored by his mother; abused and misguided by his mother's boyfriend - he imagined the rooms of his home drifting apart from one another like separating continents. Years later, after an embarassing episode as an adult, Rhonda's inner-child appears, leading him to a trapdoor in the bottom of a dumpster behind a taqueria that will force him to finally confront his troubled past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration at times odd. Otherwise insanely good.

  • By Catherine on 05-28-09

I tried

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

Reviewed: 10-06-10

The book simply stinks. Not everything has to be a nicey-nicey feel-good book. I like serious, and sometimes dark stories, but this just was not compelling. Sad things happened to main character, but it was hard for me to like him nevertheless. The rest of the characters were completely uninteresting & unlikeable. The story just never got better. At a little more than halfway through I realized I was wasting my time. Good luck if you download it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful