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Cynthia

New Orleans, LA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 94 ratings
  • 803 titles in library
  • 48 purchased in 2014
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  • Broken for You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful story of mending and redemption"
    "One of the best I've enjoyed with Audible"
    Overall

    "Broken for You" is original on many levels, fresh in concept, looking at a theme rarely examined in fiction: the question of how to live with an ill-gotten legacy. The prose is well crafted and the plot is vibrant, with characters who are both flawed and sympathetic. I found it difficult to put this story aside and replayed portions of it several times.

    The reader is wonderful, with a pleasant, clear voice for the narration and a strong delineation between the characters. I've enjoyed her reading in other works as well. I highly recommend this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Too spoooooky for my taste."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Wendy Webb and/or Xe Sands?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wendy Webb again?

    No. Not my type.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At first I thought it might be a mystery with a touch of the occult but ...


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

    Not so much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (449)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Glory says: "Incredible FICTION"
    "Good story, well read, you know how it ends"
    Overall

    A fascinating story well told, if you're one of those who can actually suspend disbelief. I always think I'm not, but I do get caught up in the tale.

    The fact that the scenario is entirely implausible lurks behind every scene, but a memorable cast of characters does emerge. The heroine is good-hearted, iconoclastic, rebellious, loyal, strong and funny, and the "history" rings true.

    The language waffles between attempting to sound authentically mid-19th century, as one would expect in a personal journal, and quite modern, as in "God, Martha, that would be very low on my list of priorities." Still, an entertaining and predictably tragic story.

    I like this reader very much. Pleasant voice, good characterizations, and no creepy transgender voices when reading the male characters' lines.

    If you're looking for an entertaining story, by all means, have a listen. But if you read to fight insomnia, this is not your choice. I couldn't sleep the rest of the night after I finished the story.

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Liberating Paris: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Bloodworth Thomason
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Woodrow McIlmore, the town's golden boy and local gynecologist, is married to his beautiful high school sweetheart, Milan, and seems by all appearances to be leading the perfect life with his two children and extended family and friends. But when Wood's daughter announces that she is smitten with a college classmate and intends to marry him, her parents are stunned.

    Cynthia says: "Deeply moving, a great listen"
    "Deeply moving, a great listen"
    Overall

    One of my favorite Audible selections. Opening with a funeral, ending with a wedding, with a wealth of humor, tragedy, and original characters, the story ends all too soon. Bloodworth introduces a handful of memorable, flawed players you will be glad to know, without once falling into the trap of predictability. Very well read, too. The female reader manages to create unique vocal characters without slipping into caricature, as women readers often do when creating male voices. I heartily endorse Ms. Bloodworth's fiction debut and look forward to her next release.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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