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Knoxville, TN, United States
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  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,690

Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to be rushed but to be savored

  • By J. Stirling on 08-02-16

I can't believe I finished the whole thing!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of my favorite actresses of all time. When I saw that Anna Karenina was on sale a few weeks ago and that Maggie was the narrator, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. I not only enjoyed her narrations but the story was interesting as well. It took me a while to finish the entire book but I did. This surprised me because I have been getting into a habit of not finishing books after becoming bored with them. This historical fiction classic was sad, funny and entertaining up to the end. I was surprised at how relative the characters are to modern society. I found Maggie Gyllenhaal's voice to be really relaxing and soothing. It makes the experience very enjoyable.

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  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,539

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

You just thought your thoughts were nuts...

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved listening to the constant stream of Joe's mind. Once your own voice gets going, don't you hear yourself getting just a little on the crazy side? Kepnes captured the essence of his internal dialog in such a unique flow of consciousness that you can almost understand the unbelievable absurdness of his logic.

Which scene was your favorite?

I totally enjoyed the masquerade as he became different characters in order to hide in plain sight outside the apartment. How often do each of us walk by and purposefully look the other way to avoid those who might make us feel uncomfortable. I felt that these scenes along with his explanations of who he was those days described many of use as we try to fit into what we think the world wants to see.

Any additional comments?

This was a really fun read for those who aren't squeamish!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wicked Girls

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,066

On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing from beginning to end

  • By anne on 01-10-14

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

So this was right up my alley. I loved this performance of this book. Mary Kate and Ashley made me laugh and cry,

  • Damned

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,070

“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!

  • By William R. on 01-18-12

Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

Would you listen to Damned again? Why?

I have listened to this story twice and will be listening again. It was fun, irreverent and surprising!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Madison was fun and realistic. It is amazing how well a man could capture the spirit of a thirteen year old girl. She is bright, witty and funny.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved it when she beat up Hitler. That was really off the wall.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful