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  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,164

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

I hated the characters.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

What did you like best about Gone Girl? What did you like least?

I liked nothing

What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She should take anti-depressants. The world is not that bleak.

What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't even remember them.

Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

Read the nuances of reviews more carefully.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Poison

  • 87th Precinct, Book 39
  • By: Ed McBain
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Her former lovers are dying one by one, and beautiful Marilyn Hollis is a top suspect. Smitten Detective Willis tries to believe in her innocence, until he begins to have his doubts.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
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  • By Ingrid on 04-08-15

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

What disappointed you about Poison?

The characters weren't likable and the plot wasn't credible.

What was most disappointing about Ed McBain’s story?

The lead character had no cohesive philosophy, ethics, or rules of life. One minute he's upright-- an adult with character. Next he's acting like a baby, a fool and a man without a backbone.

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

no

What character would you cut from Poison?

The opening detectives--their dialogue about the smell went on for way too long for no good reason.

Any additional comments?

This book is from the Mad Men era. People's attitudes have changed since then. The book is mired in the past.

  • Then Again

  • By: Diane Keaton
  • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293

“Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful.

  • By philippe on 11-18-11

Just awful

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

Reviewed: 11-11-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not possible. The author shows virtually no insight, no growth, or maturity coming from her experience. She merely rambles on, lingering far too long on her mother's illness and death,

Has Then Again turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love biographies and autobiographies.--I'm just turned off by poorly written ones. From John Adams and Abigail Adams to Steve Jobs, biographies can be entertaining and enlightening.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Diane Keaton?

Keaton was passable as narrator. At times though, she would have an insincere little laugh that left me feeling uncomfortable.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I've enjoyed Keaton on-screen in many roles. It is true she oftern plays the same "Annie Hall" type character--which you hear often in the book. Unfortunately, she did not seem to know who she was--and thus she failed at how to play herself. Her lack of insight left me disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Not recommended reading.

  • Macbeth: A Novel

  • By: A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,763

Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator choice inspired

  • By Beverly on 07-10-11

You may be surprised, but not disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-29-12

If you could sum up Macbeth: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

Action. Treachery. Ruin.

What did you like best about this story?

The heavy testosterone kept it interesting and exciting.

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

It's a toss up between Macbeth and Banquo--they seemed so alive in the narrative.. It's embarassing to say it, but I think today they's be described as "hot."

Who was the most memorable character of Macbeth: A Novel and why?

Macbeth's wife is incredibly supportive of her husband and wise to the ways of the world. The relationship had a very modern feel to it. But like him, she was not meant to cross the the line of morality.

Any additional comments?

It's generally hard for me to relate to Shakespeare in the way that the audiences of his time would have heard and understood-and enjoyed- the story.. This version felt film-like. I could virtually "see" and understand the characters -- the influences, the decisions, and consequences and how these things affected the characters. All in all, so well done I could hardly put it down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prep

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Julie Dretzin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 344

This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy & Enjoyable Listen

  • By Lorraine on 06-07-12

A long and whiny road

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

What would have made Prep better?

No one should write a book about their high school years unless and until they have gained perspective. There's a reason we strive to "Know theyself."

What was most disappointing about Curtis Sittenfeld’s story?

In the years after college, when the main character met a classmate, it was clear she had no more self knowledge than she had had as a prep student.

Any additional comments?

Every 10 years or so, I reread Catcher in the Rye. It's unlikely that anyone would feel that way about this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American on Purpose

  • The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
  • By: Craig Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Craig Ferguson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabashedly Honest

  • By Diane on 12-09-09

There's something good under that kilt!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-12

What made the experience of listening to American on Purpose the most enjoyable?

Ferguson himself was the perfect choice for narrator. He exudes charm, humor and, most importantly, humanity. Never backing away from admitting his mistakes, and never blaming others, he's easy to like and easy to listen to.

What did you like best about this story?

This is the classic, beloved

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

Ferguson embraces both his Scottish background and his American citizenship with goodwill, grace and gratitude, doing so in such an open and self effacing manner you never doubt the truth and depth of his feelings.

  • The Lion's Game

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724

To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and engaging

  • By CoCo on 12-26-02

Thriller, but 'over the top' anti-Arab sentiment

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-11

Exciting story line, but the characters, particularly the villains, were one dimensional. It's almost like reading propanda.

  • Guilty

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

One cold November night when Kat Kominski was 15 years old, she and some friends held up a convenience store. In the heat of the moment, one of the others shot and killed an off-duty cop moonlighting as a security guard. Kat and her pals fled the scene in a panic, and no one was caught. Thirteen years later, Kat - now Kate White - has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with a nine-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA's office. But her dark past returns to haunt her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good at Shattered

  • By LeftyMom on 04-11-10

"GUILTY" is not credible

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-11

I love a series like Harry Potter where the author has fleshed out the cast so fully that no one ever acts in a way which betrays his or her character. In "Guilty," the main character, Kate, is a prosecuter, a nice girl (with a past) who lies relentlessly and plans a murder, although the intended blackmailer dies before Kate can act. Her policeman love interest is the most incorruptible man on the force, Apparently he suffers partial amnesia as the story wraps up, remembering only that he's crazy about her (he'd have to be crazy), but forgetting that she's lied to him continuously, she's breached ethics as a lawyer; and she was willing to commit murder. Hey, love conquers all I guess.
In addition to the obvious gaps in character development, the book will make you squirm with impatience as each description is doubled and tripled unnecessarily. After you're told the air was crisp, you'll still have to hear how it felt on her face and that she pulled her coat tighter and shivered a little. Come on, just move the plot along!

The book's greatest success was in building drama and suspense. Had it been better edited, I might have given it half a star more on that count. But the lack of credibility in the characters' actions is an overwhelming flaw.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Mercy

  • By: John Gilstrap
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Gage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 560

No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Catherine Redlich on 06-18-11

Narration detracts from excellent story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-10

This tight, fast-paced story with interesting characters holds your attention. Though somewhat one-dimenisonal, the characaters have a way of interacting that makes their personal relationships seem real.
John Gilstrap's dialogue is well-written, but
Jeremy Gage distracts as the narrator. His voice grates. Regardless of which character he represents, he always sounds like an old New England school teacher who lives in over-heated rooms with several cats. Worst of all is his penchant for ending sentences on a rising note as if he has a question.
Listen to the sample before you order and give some thought as to whether you might also have a problem with the narration.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful