LISTENER

Gail

jackson, NJ, United States
  • 50
  • reviews
  • 91
  • helpful votes
  • 77
  • ratings
  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,710

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Started Out Good ....

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

This story grabbed me in the beginning -- confused me with too many alternating characters, places and time frames in the middle -- then lost me completely with an entirely unrealistic ending.

  • We Are Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,851

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wally Lamb at his Finest.. Again

  • By Wendi on 11-10-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

The narration was excellent, but this novel never really hit a crescendo after hours and hours of build-up. Could have been so much better.

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,633

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Lacks Depth

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Little substance to this novel full of shallow, unrealistic superficial dialogues. Predictable cliches and transparent ending. Narrator did a good job.

  • My Absolute Darling

  • A Novel
  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 939

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At 14, she roams the woods along the Northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous. Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Talented writer that needs direction

  • By Mel on 09-08-17

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Beautifully written and narrated. Kept me reading. I think this book could have been stronger without all the in depth gun descriptions that were likely lost and over the top for the average reader. Also, there was a bit too much circular and repetitive dialog between the characters. which got annoying. Perhaps a tad more editing would have made this an epic tale. All in all this book got to me .I found myself wanting to throttle Julia into action. I look forward to more from this author.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Torch

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

"Work hard. Do good. Be incredible!" is the advice Teresa Rae Wood shares with the listeners of her local radio show, Modern Pioneers, and the advice she strives to live by every day. She has fled a bad marriage and rebuilt a life with her children, Claire and Joshua, and their caring stepfather, Bruce. Their love for each other binds them as a family through the daily struggles of making ends meet. But when they received unexpected news that Teresa, only 38, is dying of cancer, their lives all begin to unravel and drift apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Listen to the Intro

  • By Heather Humble on 02-08-17

Authors Should NOT Narrate

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Couldn't make it through this book.The narration was monotonous. Every sentence felt like a bland staccato of downward lilts at each comma, with upward lilts at the end of each sentence. I found my head bobbing to the repetitive robotic rhythm. Also not a fan of the overly wordy writing style that seems to stock pile adjectives just for the sake of doing so. The Prologue was like Reader's Digest version of the book to come.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Play Blackjack

  • A Beginner to Expert Guide
  • By: Steven Hartman
  • Narrated by: Forris Day Jr
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

After pumping dollars into the slot machine and staring at a screen, you get up and notice the table games section of the casino. Brightly lit from can lights shining downward and the crisp green felt of the line of games, making you think of the cash in your wallet or purse. There is a row of blackjack tables.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Beginner to EXPERT Guide? Not Even Close!

  • By Gail on 05-06-17

Beginner to EXPERT Guide? Not Even Close!

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Zero content here. Don't need a "book" to tell you NOT to put a drink on the felt or hold cigarettes under the table to be polite. Please save your money.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Living 'A Course in Miracles'

  • Applying the Course's Messages of Wisdom, Courage, and Forgiveness
  • By: Kenneth Wapnick Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Wapnick Ph.D.
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Have you ever wondered just what it would take to experience miracles as everyday occurrences in your life? In Living A Course in Miracles : Applying the Course's Messages of Wisdom, Courage, and Forgiveness, renowned Course expert Kenneth Wapnick takes you on an extraordinary journey of spiritual transformation. As he shares his insights, you may discover that shifting the way you perceive your life may open doors that you weren't even aware existed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content with one major caveat

  • By MJ on 12-08-14

Beginners Should NOT Take on This Presentation!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

A not so great representation of ACIM. If this had been my first glimpse of the course, I'd have run and never looked back. With so many inspiring and beautiful messages throughout the course's text to expound upon, this presentation seemed a bit dogmatic and singularly focused on humankind's error in choice -- over and over and over again. I found myself thinking if I were depressed or suicidal, this discussion would affirm any desire to end my physical existence and return home to reverse that error in judgement. Wapnick sounded aggressive and dogmatic at times. Passages were read, re-read, re-worded and hyper-dissected, with few comprehensible interpretations or examples for real-life application. The Wapnicks may be experts on this material, but they are challenging orators to listen to for any length of time and completely uninspiring (perhaps I'm projecting here?).. As others have noted in these reviews, I'll assume that the production choices are the culprit and would encourage anyone interested in experiencing the true beauty and inspiration of this course to seek elsewhere.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,916

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!

  • By M. Davis on 04-20-12

Predictable and Bleh!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-14

I cranked my narration speed to 2.0 to get through this book. I went by the ratings here when I purchased this, but think I need to dig deeper. I'm guessing this may be best suited for young adult readers?? Wish books contained genre ratings here.. Nevertheless, as a middle-aged female, I found this book so long, so boring, so predictable, so un-believable ... every part of it. Under-developed characters that I didn't care about. The narration, especially the part of Sunny, grated my nerves. Glad it's over.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

  • By: Neale Donald Walsch
  • Narrated by: Neale Donald Walsch, Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

Suppose you could ask God the most puzzling questions about existence, and God would provide clear, understandable answers? It happened to Neale Donald Walsch. Conversations with God is Neale Donald Walsch's account of his direct conversations with God, beginning in 1992 while Walsch was immersed in a period of deep depression. He composed a letter to God in which he vented his frustrations, and much to his surprise, even shock, God answered him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book changed my life.

  • By EliseN on 08-30-11

Life Changing

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

If only the organized religions of the planet would teach this content. Throughout the trilogy, I felt an overwhelming sense of truth that made my spirit soar. Share this with everyone you know!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Drunkard

  • A Hard-Drinking Life
  • By: Neil Steinberg
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg loved his job, his wife, and his two young sons. But he also loved to drink. Drunkard is an unflinchingly honest account of one man's descent into alcoholism and his ambivalent struggle to embrace sobriety. Sentenced to an outpatient rehab program, Steinberg discovers that twenty-eight days of therapy cannot reverse the toll taken by decades of hard drinking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Narrator

  • By Ron Andrews on 03-27-15

Caution: Triggering Content for Alcoholics!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-14

Disappointing. There wasn't a lot of context to this story. Basically a diary of drinking days, without much back story to make it all meaningful, and more importantly for me to invoke any sympathy. My guess is the 4 and 5 star ratings come from fellow alcoholics supporting the effort, but this really isn't a book. I was not invested in Neil, and quite frankly found him arrogant and entitled. Of course, this is the disease, which is why some "pre-disease" understanding of who Neil was would have been meaningful.. I would not recommend this book to a recovering alcoholic. Neal's enticing descriptions of his drinks of choice made me want to order up a Jack, and I've never even had one. I'd imagine this book would be very triggering for someone in recovery.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful