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Lynette Garet

San Clemente, CA
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  • Vox

  • By: Christina Dalcher
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 706

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial - this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women only have 100 to make themselves heard. But this is not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept but the end felt rushed

  • By Lynette Garet on 08-24-18

Great concept but the end felt rushed

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I really enjoyed the concept of this story but the dialogue was unnatural and the end felt like the author just got in a hurry to wrap things up; I don’t want to give it away but- I felt the author should have spent more time with it. Too rushed- so rushed that some things just left me going, “but wait- why did they do that and how did they get from here to there ??”

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Maybe

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

One final cry - "God almighty, help us!" - and suddenly Hannah's world shifted violently, and a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then came the pain, the freezing water, and a hand reached for hers before all faded into darkness

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing til the end!

  • By Kathleen on 12-13-15

Predictable from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Now I remember why I avoid romance novels. Still, narrator Saskia Maarleveld provided an enjoyable background listen while getting some things done around the house.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,209

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

Beautiful story... couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Any additional comments?

Haunting. Dark. Brilliant. Beautiful....Transcendent. I couldn't put this book down and, though unusual for me, I am now dying to see the movie, as I am deeply curious to see how this art, this colorful articulation of feeling, humanity, sentience, and connection could possibly have been translated into film.

Great narration by Jenna Lamia.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,907
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,728

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Beautiful prose

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

One of the most beautiful and captivating stories I’ve ever had the privilege to enjoy. Pérdida Weeks’ lovely voice really did it justice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,762

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Subtitle should have read "a guide for young men"

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

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

I bought this book because of the intriguing title and the seeming popularity of it. While the book started out as entertaining, it fizzled and got lost somewhere around chapter 4. Frankly, I really struggled to just push through to the end to see if the author would reconcile his philosophy with the title. He didn't. I kept thinking, why did he title this book "The Subtle Art of NOT Giving a F*ck?"

What was most disappointing about Mark Manson’s story?

It did have some good (but also pretty obvious) advice, but the book felt like a frat house discussion about life and its meaning between a young, 30-something boy and directed toward young men under 30. When the author mentioned Tim Ferris, I understood why.... I'm afraid it just won't resonate for most others; it didn't for me.

Also the tittle- It's easy to read between the lines that the author clearly does give a F*ck - so why the misleading, hype-filled title?

This book is not about "not giving a F*ck." It's about choosing which F*cks to give. Not difficult to figure out if you're an adult; comes with maturity and wisdom.

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the authors feelings when standing at the top of a cliff. Well written; he should use this talent to write a novel or book that is more worthwhile.

Did The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck inspire you to do anything?

um- no.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,928

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Ugh! Horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I really wanted to listen to this book, as I loved other books by Fredrick Backman. I must have listened to the sample 10 times, but could never bring myself to give up a credit for it. The narrator always put me off. When I found it on sale for $4.99 I decided I could give it a shot, thinking, "maybe it will get better?" Ugh. So sorry I did. I'm barely an hour into it and I just can't stand it anymore. I guess I'll have to read it instead... this man should never be allowed to narrate a book again. He's terrible.

  • Be Frank with Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,282

Reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies - with a few stipulations: no Ivy Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars -- more resolution would give it 5

  • By Kelly on 02-02-16

Heartbreaking, Sweet, Funny, and Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Be Frank with Me the most enjoyable?

Narrator Tavia Gilbert's performance was nothing short of excellent. She rendered Frank's voice and personality perfectly; likewise for Meme, Xander, and Alice. But, Frank -- well, that took some extra special kind of talent.

Any additional comments?

I felt frustrated that the author never mentioned autism spectrum disorder, and, in fact, used words like crazy, quirky, weird, and eccentric to describe Frank- who very clearly is a child with high functioning autism. Even if she had wanted to present damaged parental figures who were too self-involved to figure it out, Frank had school counselors, a psychiatrist, and doctors in his life. For that matter, Alice had been a teacher- I kept waiting for her to call it and get him some help; starting with suggesting it to his mother, or helping him get into an appropriate school environment, for example. Either the author is phenomenally irresponsible or merely uneducated; regardless of which it is, with this book she served to perpetuate the ignorance that surrounds autism. She had an opportunity within this, otherwise, beautifully crafted story to address the subject and give something important to society; she completely missed the mark. Some people complained about a dangling end; by the time I got there I was so sick of all the ignorance surrounding poor Frank that I was just happy to be done with it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,405

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Chilling and insightful

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

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Like many, I read and loved The Handmaid's Tale in the late 80s. Given the recent production of the Hulu mini-series, I wanted to "read" it again; I found this special edition to be far more insightful than the first, with its essay and commentary following.
Moreover, perhaps because of my own age, maturity and wisdom or because of the current political climate (likely, a combination of the two), I was far more moved by Ofred's story this time around. Margaret Atwood at her best; a must read cautionary tale.

35 of 48 people found this review helpful

  • Imprudence

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are...is frightened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I loved previous series, but...

  • By Pamela on 09-20-16

Definitely recommend

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Wonderfully narrated- wonderfully written. Not sure why people are complaining about the narrative; it's a different series that stands on its own and she did an amazing job.

  • A Place Called Freedom

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,671

This lush novel, set in 1766 England and America, evokes an era ripe with riot and revolution, from the teeming streets of London to the sprawling grounds of a Virginia plantation. Mack McAsh burns with the desire to escape his life of slavery in Scottish coal mines while Lizzie Hallim is desperate to shed a life of sheltered subjugation to her spineless husband. United in America, their only chance for freedom lies beyond the Western frontier - if they're brave enough to take it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WORTH THE CREDIT AND THEM SOME!

  • By Georgia on 08-28-15

Expected better than a historical romance

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Well. I had higher expectations for this book/ past experience with Ken Follett left me waiting for a sweeping saga; instead I found some sappy romance and an obsession with "sexy" scenes. Not that I'm against sex scenes, but this was a little much. I found myself groaning and eye rolling - ugh. Not again. Also, this story should have been narrated by someone like Davina Porter, who always delivers a great Scottish accent. Entertaining enough, but the ending was predictable and it was definitely not the Ken Follett I've come to expect over the years.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful