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A. Anderson

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6539)
    Performance
    (5660)
    Story
    (5651)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Great Story"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    The intertwining of all the stories


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He was an excellent narrator


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Ruins out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dee Mora -she seemed like she had the most depth to her


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13214)
    Performance
    (11997)
    Story
    (12028)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Very different"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Clines? Why or why not?

    I would. The story kept me guessing and had very interesting characters throughout.


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

    I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. The ending was a bit off the wall, but I didn't dislike it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (2027)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1833)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Mel says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Touching story"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Art. He was very likeable and gave you insight to what it must be like to be overweight and homebound.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book much more than I expected and really enjoyed Arthur's story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4755)
    Performance
    (4060)
    Story
    (4063)

    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.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Good story that kept you guessing"
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    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    No, it was a good story, but now that I know the ending there would not be a need to listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was a good overall read, but Andy's character was a bit annoying. The twist at the end was a huge surprise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rules of Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Claire Bidwell Smith
    • Narrated By Claire Bidwell Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    At age 14, Claire Bidwell Smith - an only child - learned that both of her parents had cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one before she came of age compels Claire to make a series of fraught choices, set against the glittering backdrop of New York and Los Angeles - and the pall of regret. When the inevitable happens, and Claire is alone in the world, she is inconsolable at the revelation that suddenly she is no one's special person.

    Kyra says: "Total frustration!"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rules of Inheritance to be better than the print version?

    I loved having the author as the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rules of Inheritance?

    The entire book was full of memorable moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the best memoirs I have ever read. I couldn't wait to listen to more and thought the book was beautiful. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14704)
    Performance
    (13398)
    Story
    (13474)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Loved it"
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Yes, I thought it was funny, sad and moving


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book and thought the narrator did a great job as well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Voice in My Head: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Emma Forrest
    • Narrated By Emma Forrest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just 22 and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist--a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life.

    glamazon says: "Celebriphilia?"
    "Different read"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book overall and it made me want to find out more about Dr. R.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3754)
    Performance
    (3327)
    Story
    (3337)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Just okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I almost gave up on this book a few times, but wanted to see how it ended


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

    I loved how his accent worked perfectly with the story


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit disappointed overall in this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1537)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Good Enough"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wanted more of Eve's story


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amor Towles? Why or why not?

    I would be willing to try another book from this author depending on the subject matter. I enjoyed all the NYC references in Rules of Civility.


    Do you think Rules of Civility needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I don't believe it needs a follow up book. They ended the story with closure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28852)
    Performance
    (25471)
    Story
    (25542)

    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?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Kept me guessing til the very end"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, Unexpected, Enthralling


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    One doesn't come to mind. This was my first Gillian Flynn book so not sure if the others share a similar format.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Amy Elliot Dunn


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

    Always expect the unexpected


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the ending. Thought it was fitting for the overall tone of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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