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Martha

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jill Abramson
    • Narrated By Beth MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    One sparkling summer day, Jill Abramson brought home a nine-week-old golden retriever named Scout. Over the following year, as she and her husband raised their adorable new puppy, Abramson wrote a hugely popular column for The New York Times website about the joys and challenges of training this rambunctious addition to their family. Now Abramson has gone far beyond the material in her column and written a detailed and deeply personal account of Scout's first year.

    Martha says: "The personal touch of the reader added"
    "The personal touch of the reader added"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Puppy Diaries the most enjoyable?

    I love dogs; and I loved sharing it with the author


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Puppy Diaries?

    Her decision to go with another dog to help her heal her body


    Have you listened to any of Beth MacDonald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the production of new books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Son: JFK Jr. and the Mother He Loved

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Christopher Andersen
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    At the heart of The Good Son is the most important relationship in JFK, Jr.'s life: that with his mother, the beautiful and mysterious Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Andersen explores his reactions to his mother's post-Dallas suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs (as well as men); how Jackie felt about the women in her son's life, from Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, to Daryl Hannah and Carolyn Bessette, to his turbulent marriage.

    Martha says: "Good Son, Bad Book"
    "Good Son, Bad Book"
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    What would have made The Good Son better?

    The author posited complete knowledge of intimate conversations all through the book. He needs his view to be more believable. He outed the most salacious things about everyone without substantial backing, How he knew about actions, complete conversations, thoughts etc. was/is totally questionable.


    Has The Good Son turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Unless I know the author, yes.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robertson Dean?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Just hearing the timeline of the Kennedys was touching and desperately sad.


    Any additional comments?

    Be careful of slime merchants like this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10899)
    Performance
    (9935)
    Story
    (9957)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Fascinating and Engaging"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I will recommend it; with the warning about the heavy dialect used for the Russian character. Too vaudeville and grating.


    If you’ve listened to books by Donna Tartt before, how does this one compare?

    First book of hers I have read; I intend to listen to her other books.


    What didn’t you like about David Pittu’s performance?

    For the most part: the voice of the narrator was on the mark; but too much effort was put into the Russian character. Too much Bullwinkle.


    Did The Goldfinch inspire you to do anything?

    I will recommend the book and I definitely will read her other books


    Any additional comments?

    grade of A minus

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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