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  • My Notorious Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Manning
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 19 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning's My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages. Axie's story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling story, but an awful reader

  • By Kristin on 11-16-15

Axie's quest

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

Reviewed: 11-28-13

What did you love best about My Notorious Life?

I loved the topic of the book. At times I thought I would turn if off, and stop listening, but it was so intriguing that after a few minutes I would turn it right back on. I also liked the characters, the time period depiction, and the historical undertones.

What other book might you compare My Notorious Life to and why?

Maybe some of Diana Gabaldon's books, similarly there were many parts in her series addressing women's lives in different times of the past, childbirth, daily struggles, stuff like that.

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

I have never listened to Terry Donnelly before, but she is awesome! She did a good job with the period's English (as much as I can tell), and the various characters' voices. I loved the way she did Axie's friend, Greta's voice, who is a German immigrant. I would listen to more audiobooks narrated by Terry Donnelly.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. At times I couldn't believe how little has changed in the leading topic of the book, namely women's rights regarding abortion. It was riveting and also scary. The main character was great, I really liked her, and ultimately the end of the story was good. I was grateful for this, because from the beginning the story just had this black cloud over it. You'll know what I mean when you listen to it! I think this book would be a terrific choice for a book club.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,836

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

Excellent non-fiction!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

Where does Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up at the top. I haven't listened to a whole lot of audiobooks yet, but I just finished Born To Run yesterday, and today I started it over again. That says something, right? (PS. So far I've given high ratings in my reviews to pretty much everything I'd listened to. The reason behind this is that I spend a lot of time looking for the audiobooks, and if I don't like something I don't even finish it.)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen?

The final race. The narration of the race takes up the last hour of the audiobook. That hour just flew by!

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

Sanders gave a voice to even the non-talkative Tarahumara. I can't quite explain what I mean by this, you'll just have to hear it for yourself. I would listen to Fred Sanders again, he has a very pleasant voice and does a great job reading throughout the whole book.

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

It definitely made me laugh. It also made me think about things I've never even considered before. It made me feel nostalgic for something I have never even experienced.

Any additional comments?

I don't know why I'd waited so long to read this book. Probably because of the subject, as I'm not terribly interested in running or ultramarathons. I do love a good human triumph story, and this fits the bill. I got involved on a level I had not expected.

  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171

Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it!

  • By Smilie on 07-03-13

Another great white trash zombie book

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What did you love best about White Trash Zombie Apocalypse?

This is an awesome series in the otherwise crowded and overdone zombie subgenre. I love the fact that so far Rowland has been able to keep her books steadily good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't help but love Angel, especially as she continues to go through serious self-improvement. I also love Dr. Duplessis (sp?) for his continued show of humanity towards our little white trash heroine.

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

No, I have not, but am considering revisiting the first two white trash zombie books just to hear McLemore's performance. (I've read those books, but they were good enough that it would be worth a listen as well. Fun!)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Rowland nailed the title. No tag line needed.

Any additional comments?

I stumbled upon the white trash zombie series without looking for a zombie book, and was very pleasantly surprised. If you're in the mood for some fun, interesting, and well-done light listening, try this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In the Garden of Iden

  • A Novel of the Company, Book 1
  • By: Kage Baker
  • Narrated by: Janan Raouf
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157

The first novel of Kage Baker’s critically acclaimed, much-loved series, the Company, introduces us to a world where the future of commerce is the past. In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life (for profit of course). It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company, Dr. Zeus, Inc. One of these is Mendoza, the botanist. She is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Is A Wonderful Treat

  • By Anna on 02-04-11

Cyborgs in Bloody Mary's England

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

What made the experience of listening to In the Garden of Iden the most enjoyable?

The story was fast paced, the characters are well drawn.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Garden of Iden?

There are quite a few.

What about Janan Raouf’s performance did you like?

Janan Raouf was able to convey the various characters as well as the various speaking voices the characters had (accented, spoken loud, or just transmitted between each other).

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

Not quite, but I was always looking forward to my daily commute.

Any additional comments?

Recommended! This is a smart chick lit with SF and historical elements.

  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,915
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,991

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Predictable Dan Brown

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

Reviewed: 05-17-13

Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The performance is great!

What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Dan Brown is not a great writer. He's just OK. He created an interesting (albeit flat) character with an interesting background. Unfortunately he always has to take it too far with the end-of-the-world stuff in his stories. Too dramatic and unbelievable. It does make it enjoyable. Pure ear candy.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

Sienna. I'm always amazed at how well some performers pull off opposite sex characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Robert Langdon saves the world. Again."

Any additional comments?

I'm not all the way through, but this is a typical Dan Brown book. Fun, light, summer read/listen. Brown's writing style works for audio, because if you miss something you can be sure someone in the story will recap it for you pretty soon. Great book to listen to during your daily commute.

3 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,072

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

My first audio Murakami

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to friends who like deep, complex literary works.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the deeply personal accounts of all the characters' histories, and the hidden explanations of their personalities.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I like all the characters, although I had a hard time getting into Aomame's character due to the soft spoken voice of the narrator. However, she did end up being my favorite character after all.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In all honesty I'm only halfway through the book, but the connection of the two moons seems to send a message about the story that I really appreciate. I'm really excited about the second half!

Any additional comments?

Like I've already said, I'm only halfway through the book. At this point I absolutely love the book. Today on the way home, as traffic crawled through town, I didn't even notice that I got home 1/2 hr later as usual. It is that good. It took a while to get to that point, but I'm there! I also have to say that in general I like books that I can miss a few minutes without having to rewind for missing something important. This is one of those.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful