LISTENER

Jennifer

  • 15
  • reviews
  • 11
  • helpful votes
  • 15
  • ratings
  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,216

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

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

Yes so enjoyable to listen to

What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

When he was waiting to go to the circus and no one ca me. It broke my heart.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he left to go see the circus

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

So many. It makes you think how we treat people when they get old

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,224

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Makes you think

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

The parents were so supportive

Would you ever listen to anything by William Landay again?

Yes

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Made the characters real

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

No too long but held my interest

Any additional comments?

Still uncomfortable with the ending

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,684

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing Book

  • By Elizabeth on 11-01-13

Good book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you listen to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close again? Why?

No it was not deep enough to read it more than once

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oskar Schell

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

The grandfather

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

No I did get tired after awhile but finished it relatively fast

Any additional comments?

Much better than the movie

  • The Longest Ride

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,442

91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story

  • By Bj on 10-13-13

Good story

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Where does The Longest Ride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good love story with a twist

What did you like best about this story?

The dialogues with Ira and his wife

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and January LaVoy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not prev listened to them

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

When Ira passed

Any additional comments?

Great plot

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,533

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect title especially for the audio format!

  • By Abby R. on 03-05-13

Great read

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

What did you love best about The Storyteller?

The storyline and the story of living in the concentration camp was so moving

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

When she realized who the old man really was

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The ability to put such emotion in her reading

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

Yes but it is really long

Any additional comments?

Very sad

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Boyfriend

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 747

Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to love this book but it fell flat

  • By Becky on 03-19-13

Good detective story

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

What made the experience of listening to The Boyfriend the most enjoyable?

Till was so likeable

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it kept surprising the listener

Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

Till

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

Yes it kept you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what was going to happen next

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,439

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

Interesting book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

If you could sum up Brain on Fire in three words, what would they be?

Frustrating reality medicine

What did you like best about this story?

That she recovered

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

The emotions and the descriptions were real

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

Very interesting and frustrating at times.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Reconstructing Amelia

  • By: Kimberly McCreight
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,564

When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gossip Girl

  • By FanB14 on 04-16-13

Really good book

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

If you could sum up Reconstructing Amelia in three words, what would they be?

Sad surprising enlightening

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reconstructing Amelia?

When you found out who the father was

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Dillon

Any additional comments?

Would make a great lifetime movie

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Reason I Jump

  • The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
  • By: Naoki Higashida
  • Narrated by: Tom Picasso
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,663

Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful but left me skeptical

  • By JoAnn on 06-25-14

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The book was difficult to finish but it was interesting to get into the mind of someone who is autistic

What did you like best about this story?

The story he told

What three words best describe Tom Picasso’s voice?

Meaningful, kind, and inspiring

Did The Reason I Jump inspire you to do anything?

Wanting to treat people with autism in a different way

Any additional comments?

I think some parts of the book ere lost in the translation

  • Ruby

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Hood
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

After a college student speeding in a blue Honda Civic kills her husband of less than a year, Olivia is completely lost. One hot summer day, she walks into the beachfront Rhode Island cottage she and David bought the previous August—the place where they had planned to someday start a family—and finds a stranger sitting at her kitchen table. Pregnant fifteen-year-old Ruby is looking for a safe haven for herself and her baby-to-be. Olivia takes her in, desperate to assuage her grief through human connection, even with a troubled teenager.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful book

  • By CwMarkham on 12-23-18

Worth listening

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

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Would you listen to Ruby again? Why?

No not really. Once is enough

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were easy to imagine.

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Ruby

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

When she decided to keep her baby.

Any additional comments?

No