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Holly Abery-Wetstone

West Hartford, CT USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 7 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 559 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "Loved the Book Hated the Narrator"
    Overall

    The book is brilliant but the narrator's voice more befits a romantic novel vs. this one. I agree with another reader that the male voices all sound the same, NY City Jewish accent.

    5 of 6 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
    (4597)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2057)

    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"
    "WOW"
    Overall

    I resisted listening to this book for a year because I thought the subject matter would be depressing. Then my book group picked the book and I was forced to read it. Boy was I ever wrong about the book! Despite the topic Room was really very life affirming and quite beautiful. I think it is crucial to listen to this book rather than read it because the child's narration makes the story exceptional. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2093)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1428)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Classic Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
    Overall

    Written in the same style as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series this book kept me guessing "who done it" until the very end. A great read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (788)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Way to Long"
    Overall

    The amount of detail and descriptions of mundane daily life put me into a coma. The sense of foreboding I got from the begining failed to spark my interest but made me care less about the characters. I still can't get over how stupid the main characters were, I can excuse a 14 year old mute boy but his mother was as stupid as a stick. I don't know how this book has become so acclaimed becuase I hated it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10326)
    Performance
    (5235)
    Story
    (5269)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Too Much Violence"
    Overall

    The premise of this story is great but the body count is way too high for my taste, I cringed as each person befell a bloody death. Many were not necessary to carry the plot of the book which is very interesting. A good read if you have the stomach for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Blonde

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her 30s, and she feels like she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone.

    Babs says: "Blonde of little brain"
    "Drive Around the Block to Hear More"
    Overall

    I actually drove around the block to hear more of this engrossing story of the trials and travails of a female federal judge. The story was interesting, pretty accurate from a legal standpoint and the narrator was a perfect choice. The ending was weak but the rest of this audio book is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Straight Man"
    Overall

    This is the funniest book I have listened to since John Grisham's Skipping Christmas. It is a hilarious account of the trouble a middle aged college professor can find while his wife is away for several days. Russo's writing combines humor with the trials and tribulations of growing old or should I say growing up? A must listen!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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