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Beth Anne

i like to read. i like to listen.

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "Stay with it. Interesting Story Race & Family"
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    What made the experience of listening to Telegraph Avenue the most enjoyable?

    The story itself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Telegraph Avenue?

    The final scenes with Julius and Gwen in the hospital as she delivered her baby, and then when he left and went looking for Titus...I found Julius to become a great hero of this novel and really liked it.


    What aspect of Clarke Peters’s performance would you have changed?

    I think the way he performed all the women and children sounded the same...and sometimes I that annoyed me. His encapsulation of the 70's vibe of Nat and Archy were on point, though.


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

    No, but it was a good, solid story.


    Any additional comments?

    this book really took me by surprise. i listened to the first chapter and honestly thought -- i'm not going to make it through. it seemed...er...do i want to say pretentious? maybe? or...perhaps i'll just say, it seemed like it was going to be too much for me. just too much.

    but something kept me listening. and i'm super glad i did.

    i found the lives of archy and gwen, nat and aviva, julius and titus, so enthralling....i ached for more of each of their stories. yeh, i totally just said that.

    it's funny, because i know that this book was intended to be about the two men -- archy and nat -- but i found myself more riveted with the other characters' stories. i mean, i loved those guys. archy was a particularly intriguing character. i wanted him to do the right things. i rooted for him to be the good guy.

    but overall, gwen was my favorite character in this book. she was tender but serious. a no nonsense woman who was raised to never sit by and let her situation get out of control. yet, all the lives around her were out of control....and she struggled to take charge and be the woman she was intended to be. her sensibility was right on.

    i also loved julius. he was such a sorry little boy. my heart went out to him every time he looked at or thought about titus. i think he was one of the true heroes of this novel. as i said, his scenes at the end of the book when gwen was in labor were truly special.

    this is another book where all the ancillary characters were so strong and well developed. 'chan the man,' gibson goode, 'the king of bling', luther...every single one of them had depth and purpose. i enjoyed each and every story that intertwined with our main protagonists.

    i think the most interesting part of this book was the underlying (and at times overlying) element of race that was the theme of the novel. the world views that are so different between nat and archy, aviva and gwen, titus and julius. the ability they have to coexist, as best friends, business partners, lovers...yet the inability to absolutely understand the other's point of view...never able to grasp the uniqueness of the other's race. and the wedges that formed between them all because of race.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Remember Me Like This: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bret Anthony Johnston
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Four years have passed since Justin Campbell’s disappearance, a tragedy that rocked the small town of Southport, Texas. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Did he drown in the bay? As the Campbells search for answers, they struggle to hold what’s left of their family together. Then, one afternoon, the impossible happens. The police call to report that Justin has been found only miles away, in the neighboring town, and, most important, he appears to be fine. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin’s homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family.

    Dana says: "Gripping"
    "Impressive Novel of Loss and Family"
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    loved this dissection of an American family in the aftermath of a tragedy and how each member copes (or doesn't) with it.

    i think the characters were so strong...it was like i was living this story through them. i knew how each of them thought, felt, existed.

    the way Johnston handled the thought provoking experience of losing (and finding) a child was really expertly done. i couldn't stop the story from running in my head -- and i expect to continue to think about it for a while.

    i was surprised and extremely impressed with how this novel ended...really really liked it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundred-Year House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rebecca Makkai
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
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    Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room.

    Beth Anne says: "Great Book Immediately Placed On My ReRead Pile"
    "Great Book Immediately Placed On My ReRead Pile"
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    i love how this novel jumped back in time to four generations of inhabitants of the hundred-year house. starting in the "now" and going back with so many secrets intertwining all three generations. every section answers questions, gives you more questions, and wraps you up in the secrets and lies and intensity of the house.

    i loved the character development, even in the shortest sections -- i loved the interactions between the artists, the owners, the caretakers and the house itself. the house was the main character (obviously) and held all the secrets in its walls and under it's soil and in every part of it.

    would read again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Headmaster's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas Christopher Greene
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Kevin T. Collins, Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another, and the true nature of things, a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. Luminous and atmospheric, the novel is part mystery, part love story and an exploration of the ties of place and family.

    Kathi says: "Love, tragedy and descent into madness"
    "Slow Building Story With No Real Payoff"
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    ok. spent some time thinking about this book...and maybe the fact that I couldn't decide how to review it should make me give it a higher review..but i don't know, i just can't.

    while the book is beautifully written...i just felt something was incomplete in the story. it is a very slow build and nothing in particular made me want to keep reading (though i did, to the end, so maybe it's sadness made me want to know how it ends). i guess i just felt like while there was some worthwhile prose and some interesting commentary on grief and how people handle it....but i'm not sure the book as a whole felt complete and i don't think i would recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lauren Beukes
    • Narrated By Christine Lakin, Terra Deva, Sunil Mohatra, and others
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story.

    Robert says: "Well worthnthe money"
    "Great Creepy and Graphic Horror Crossover"
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    i like the way Beukes writes. one of the better writers in this type of crossover genre that i've read.

    this book in particular is extremely graphic and thrilling and very well done. all of the narrators are great...well thought out and have unique and exciting voices. i loved layla the best...but was also quite interested in TK's path in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miniaturist

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jessie Burton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    On a brisk autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office - leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

    Cariola says: "Too Many Holes"
    "Magical Historical Story of Secrets and Misery"
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    Really well written book. It made me sad to read, but kept me fascinated with the magic and history and characters. It's a book about secrets and more secrets. And as each of the secrets came to be revealed more and more trouble fell upon the characters. I truly didn't want the story to end...I could have followed these characters infinitely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (948)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Classic Stephen King Horror Story"
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    solid classic King story. i really liked the fact that this novel had a huge lead up to a really really scary payoff at the end. Jamie Morton was a great protagonist....he was your typical King lead male antihero, with a great back story and a wonderful voice.

    Charles Jacobs was an awesome creepster. You knew from the start there was something...off...and of course when the apex of the story hits you're floored at just how off. The ending, though a bit rushed, comes out of nowhere and scares the shit out of you...in true King style.

    I am a fan. I will always be a fan. I love his sick mind and am glad he shares it with all of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls from Corona del Mar: A novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rufi Thorpe
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
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    (30)

    Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at 15, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further - and there is nothing Mia can do to help.

    Beth Anne says: "amazing story of two utterly broken women"
    "amazing story of two utterly broken women"
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    Where does The Girls from Corona del Mar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it's one of the best books i've read this year. definitely top 5 for 2014.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the emotional rawness of each of the characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it's hard to choose a favorite scene...the book is full of tragic snippets of these two girls/women and each is devastating and beautiful and raw all at the same time.


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

    the end of the book really made me rethink my notions of both characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open.

    Melinda says: "Still Waters Run Deep"
    "Heller and Deakins are a magnificent pair"
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    Peter Heller is an amazing writer. he writes the most complex male characters. they are so masculine, but have fragile and empathetic sides...they are delicate and strong at the same time. they are smart, witty, full of depth. and they are full of violence and grief and something that you just love and root for. this book made me so unsteady...it was heartbreaking and shocking and sad...

    read by Deakins, his characters become real and intimate and even more honest.

    i think Heller is one of the best authors of our time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (456)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Cynthia says: "Terrible Narrator!"
    "story of a selfish awful family of people"
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    this is a tough book to rate and review. i found most of the main characters so selfish and self consumed, it was hard to feel any genuine empathy or sympathy for them. both sisters at the heart of the story were horrid girls. i kept trying to convince myself they weren't so bad...that they were just teenagers...but i just couldn't excuse their behavior.

    i think that parts of the story, the study of human behavior and misinformation at the beginning of the AIDS crisis, were quite interesting. i was too young when this story took place to know that this is how people reacted to someone with AIDS. it made me sad. it made me mad.

    but the actual family this story revolved around, i didn't really care for or about, and so i have a hard time saying i liked this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bird Box: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Josh Malerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (128)
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    (128)

    Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: 20 miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them....

    Melinda says: "Macaroni Guts vis-à-vis Fear, Itself"
    "really scary read for thriller fans"
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    this book was truly scary. i mean...what a well written story. i think it's supposed to be categorized "post apocalyptic" but really i think it's a horror novel. i was scared from beginning to end and i loved every word of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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