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Heidi

Dana Point, CA, USA

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  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (192)

    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

    Kestrel says: "Don't make me get out of the car..."
    "Funny but a little slow at times"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book..Nora Ephron is typical Nora Ephron, clever, witty..but suprisingly the book drags on at times. Possibly I'm the wrong demographic for the book..I'm only 35..but it was overall a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Wife of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (57)

    From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all.

    Heidi says: "Fun historical fiction"
    "Fun historical fiction"
    Overall

    I found this book because I was looking for works similar to the Philippa Gregory books (i.e. "The other Boleyn Girl) and I wasn't disappointed. This is similar in subject matter, but unique in style, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and narration, and was caught up in the story from beginning to end. I loved learning more about Catherine Parr, a lesser known wife of Henry XIII, and found myself consulting my historical reference book frequently to get some additional facts as it made me curious about the era..I just love historical fiction and this one didn't let me down!

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Abortionist's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Hyde
    • Narrated By Beth McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Two weeks before Christmas, Dr. Diana Duprey is found floating face-up in a small lap pool in her back yard. A medical doctor with an abortion practice, and a national figure who inspired passion and ignited tempers, she had been the target of violent threats by right-to-life activists. Her husband, Frank Thomson, a lawyer in the district attorney's office, fought bitterly with her on the morning of her murder. To reveal the nature of their argument would cost him his career, and more.

    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca says: "The Abortionist's Daughter"
    "Great mystery"
    Overall

    I loved this book..interesting characters..good mystery. The last hour gets a tiny bit slow, but at that point I was so into the book it didn't matter to me. I had some trepidation about it because of the subject matter..but it really isn't about abortion, it is just a good murder mystery. I wish there were more books available by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Limitations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. His days as a criminal defense lawyer are long behind him. At 59, he has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet, when a disturbing rape case is brought before him, the judge begins to question the very nature of the law and his role within it. What is troubling George Mason so deeply? Is it his wife's recent diagnosis? Or the strange and threatening e-mails he has started to receive?

    Heidi says: "REALLY dry narration"
    "REALLY dry narration"
    Overall

    This is the first time I've wished I read the book instead of listening to it..I like Scott Turow a lot, and I think this was a good book, but the narrator was so flat that he lost me a number of times. I don't understand the choice..maybe they were trying to go for an intellectual, legal sound? Anyway, it didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12668)
    Performance
    (5134)
    Story
    (5194)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Definitely deserves best of the year award"
    Overall

    This is an amazing book..the best audio book I've listened to since utilizing the Audible service. Well narrated, moving story, compelling characters, and an important reminder to not take our octogenarians and nonogenarians for granted..what amazing stories are out there that we are missing? I'm so glad I listened to this one!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (436)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Insightful relationship story"
    Overall

    In the beginning, this book has many parallels to 'memoirs of a geisha', but by the end they are nothing alike in my mind. I really appreciated the writers ability to be so transparent in her description of her characters' psyches and the depth of their relationship. This is really a love story between two friends, and a lot of food for deep psychoanalytical musing, if you are in the mood...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayelet Waldman
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    For Emilia Greenleaf, life is by turns a comedy of errors and an emotional minefield. Yes, she's a Harvard Law grad who married her soul mate. Yes, they live in elegant comfort on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But with her one-and-only, Jack, came a stepson, a know-it-all preschooler named William who has become her number one responsibility every Wednesday afternoon.

    Sandra L. Jacob says: "Heart breaking, hopeful, and brilliant writing."
    "Sweet--interesting psychological insights"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this novel..the narrator is fantastic, and captures each character perfectly, particularly little William. I found it a bit depressing, but realistic, and appreciated the wise insights into human relationships that the tale provided. All in all, a worthwhile and entertaining read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plain Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (347)

    The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

    Susan says: "Plain good!"
    "Great book, engaging plot"
    Overall

    Jodi Picoult does it again, creates a story which has many complex levels of character development, plot twists and ethical dilemnas. I was entertained and challenged, and would have rated this book 5 stars were it not for the narrator whose voice I found annoying at times, and for the court scenes which dragged on a bit in the middle of the book. All in all a great read though, I definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do.

    Linda says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "Good old-fashioned brain-candy-thriller"
    Overall

    I got what I wanted from this book--nothing too challenging, but a nicely paced medical thriller. I've read Robin Cook before, and this one wasn't one of his best as far as I'm concerned, but I think I got my money's worth, as I was definitely engaged & entertained.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here?

    Scott says: "A Thought-provoking listen"
    "Sweet but slow moving"
    Overall

    I really love Fannie Flagg so I was excited to download this one, but was disappointed upon listening..I kept waiting for it to 'suck me in' and nothing really happened until the last 30 minutes. The character development was sweet, and there was some nice humor, and the narrator did a good job; but I think I would have preferred to spend my time on another book, unfortunately :-(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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