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Debra

Chesapeake, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "I hated the ending!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got the storyline ending but it still left me gazing off and feeling like I wasn't finished!
    Very good narrator though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4753)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2617)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "LOVED IT!"
    Overall

    I loved the story, the suspense, the narration. You name it, I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Children: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Friends at Brown University, Marina, Danielle, and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their 30s. Marina lives with her celebrated parents on the Upper West Side while trying to complete her book. TV producer Danielle's success is due to the puff pieces she churns out. Freelance critic Julius can barely make ends meet. Into this mix comes Bootie, Marina's college dropout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making significant changes in their lives.

    Diane says: "Suzanne Toren a makes a good book great"
    "Difficult Listen"
    Overall

    I did not enjoy this book at all. The narrator was haughty and synical sounding. As far as the book itself, I thought the character development was lacking. I'm not sure if that was due to listening rather than reading but in any event I felt it was a waste of time listening to.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4551)
    Performance
    (1453)
    Story
    (1461)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Narration was wonderful. Great story but a little dragged out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In one of the most popular novels in English literature, excitement begins to fizz in the Bennett household when young and eligible Mr. Charles Bingley rents the house nearby, and brings along his haughty and even wealthier friend, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. While Mr. Darcy irks the vivacious Elizabeth, the second of the five Bennett girls, Elizabeth annoys Mr. Darcy.

    Lynn says: "One genius deserves another."
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! I loved every minute!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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