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Martha

Heathsville, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 157 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Red Hook Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayelet Waldman
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A marriage collapses under the strain of a daughter’s death; two bereaved siblings find comfort in one another; and an adopted young girl breathes new life into her family with her prodigious talent for the violin. As she writes with obvious affection for these unforgettable characters, Ayelet Waldman skillfully interweaves life’s finer pleasures—music and literature—with the more mundane joys of living.

    glamazon says: "Brilliant"
    "Whiny Blather"
    Overall

    Very rarely, an audiobook comes along that I just cannot finish. This was one of those. Each chapter is way too long and it just became monotonous. Obviously, other listeners enjoyed it, but after listening to half of it, I had to stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthly Possessions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Charlotte Emory has always lived a quiet, conventional life in Clarion, Maryland. She lives as simply as possible, and one day decides to simplify everything and leave her husband. Her last trip to the bank throws Charlotte's life into an entirely different direction when a restless young man in a nylon jacket takes her hostage during the robbery--and soon the two are heading south into an unknown future, and a most unexpected fate.

    Martha says: "I liked it"
    "I liked it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this was a very nice story of two lonely people who cannot figure out what they want in life, coming together in an unexpected event. The development of the characters was very well done. I would definitely recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two dear little boys, a posh home in one of the upscale suburbs of Atlanta, expensive cars, a plush houseboat, and a husband - Dr. Bart Corbin, a successful dentist - who was tall, handsome, and brilliant. But gradually, their seemingly idyllic life together began to crumble. Bart was distraught and Jenn seemed disenchanted. Then, just a few weeks before Christmas 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, an apparent suicide....

    Martha says: "True Crime Goodness"
    "True Crime Goodness"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was turned on to Ann Rule's books through the 2KnitLitChicks podcast. I am so glad that I found this! I love true crime drama and this just satisfied my quest for it. Although I may have been familiar to this story through a 48 Hours Mystery episode, I still found it chilling. The narration was perfect, with the right tones at the right times. I'll definitely read more of Ms. Rule's books!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4565)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2023)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Spellbounding"
    Overall

    This story captivated me in a way that no other book ever has, written or audio. Whether I was sitting at home listening to it or driving in the car, I was totally mesmerized. The narrator who did the boy's voice was superb. In fact, I think that those who listen to this receive a better experience than those who read the book. Buy this audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (577)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    FanB14 says: "Beachy Fare"
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the relationship between the two women, even thought it was a bit drawn out and a little bit predictable. The narrator was fabulous. I look forward to listening to her read other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (269)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "Tear Jerker"
    Overall

    For the first several chapters, I wondered what was the plot of this book and almost turned it off. But then, the "incident," and I was completely absorbed in this to the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2838)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1067)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Heart Wrenching"
    Overall

    The topic was an interesting one to ponder. Whose position would I take on this was a thought that I held throughout the book. The author's presentation was so well done that she made both sides very strong. I totally enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (210)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    It was nicely narrated by Cynthia Nixon, which is why I wanted to listen to it. It is a nice story, too, but so very predictable. Good brain candy, but that's about the extent of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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