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Joan

Waterloo, ON, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7906)
    Performance
    (7128)
    Story
    (7126)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Sleep-a-more Row"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well perhaps being familiar with testimentary capacity and undue influence, I was really looking forward to this book. The plot was set fairly early as weathly man dies and does not leave fortune to family....simple. Well it really didn't get too much more complex than that and of course the family were made to look like money-grabbing selfish children with an exaggerated sense of self entitlement. Really? The authour couldn't have added a few unexpected twists? Things got a bit better by the last few chapters but it was a lot to read throught without succuming to sleep...and that southern drawl, while necessary I suppose to the setting was really annoying. It was a book that I thought had alot of potential to be great but ended up being ...sleep inducing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of those Who Survived

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andrew Wilson
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy. How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night?

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful"
    "The Titanic Strikes Again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In 1912, 1500 people lost their lives when the ship sunk, mostly due to hypothermia in the seas of the North Atlantic. Now listeners of this story of the survivors, are at risk of a slower death...by boredom! The way the story is stretched out is akin to saying to an author,
    "Here is the basic story of Cinderella. Now stretch it into a
    10 -volume set!".
    I think the premise is interesting, as you wonder what happened years later to people who have survived a disaster. How did it affect them? How did they cope? But the author has dragged some simple stories on..and on...and on..
    I do find it quite useful however, when it put my earphones in at night, as generally, when I start listening to the story, I'm asleep within 10 minutes.

    13 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1076)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "G is for Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first book of her series that I read, and like her style and story so much I've read to more of her books. Not disappointed! They are comically told stories spun around a mystery, so you get both. I will read more of her writings as I enjoyed this one so much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Bowen
    • Narrated By Michael Friedman
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When 11-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers’ well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother’s. Henrietta longs to see a few sights in the foreign city; little does she know what fascinating secrets the Fisher house itself contains.

    Julie says: "A marvelous book"
    "YUK!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I started listening to this twice...I can't stop falling asleep, which is why I can't get into this book. I just don't think I can start a 3rd time...it's just ...YUK!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1125)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Read the others first...."
    Overall

    I bought this audio book because of the 5-star rating..I can't understand what is going on and basically I've started listening to it 3 times and still don't "get it" and maybe why I think this book just stinks. Way too many adjectives, and it goes on and on about I can't figure out what??? I might try the other books in the series first, but only if someone gives them to me free...won't pay for any more of this author's work.

    5 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries About the Brain are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By R. Douglas Fields
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, R. Douglas Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a very important part of this vital organ has been overlooked in most books - until now. The Other Brain is the story of glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain. Long neglected as little more than cerebral packing material ("glia" means glue), glia are sparking a revolution in brain science.

    Douglas says: "Some bit of knowledge in the field of neurology..."
    "I don't have enough brain to read about the brain."
    Overall

    Wow, even though I am in the medical field I found this book a tough one. The level at which things are explained are more suited to someone doing an advanced degree in neuropsycology. There should have been some sort of warning...do not attempt this at home....very heavy, very detailed, very in-depth coverage of the brain. This book is not meant for us with "regular" brains, only those who are "brainiacs" should attempt to understand this one. All it really did was confirm that I do not posses enough white matter...or grey....and probably am deficient of some synapses too. Oh well...

    12 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.

    Cathleen says: "Better than Three Cups of Tea"
    "3 Cups of Tea -part 2"
    Overall

    While the book was enjoyable, it really was a continuation of the first book, Three Cups of Tea, which I must say, I did enjoy more.

    0 of 0 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
    (1142)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (385)

    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!"
    "Plain Truth-plain and simple."
    Overall

    Living in a area near Amish people, I was intrigued by the story. The author set the scenes well, and the characters were believable. The basic plot however moved at the pace of a horse and buggy. The basic premise of the story was interesting, but if you cut out all the times Katie said "there was no baby", the story would have been only about 1/2 as long, and could have been told just as well. I would call it an "ok" read, not one of Jodi Picoult's best, however.

    1 of 2 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
    (2797)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1028)

    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"
    "What would I do?"
    Overall

    That's what I kept thinking as I read this book and each interesting character in it. If I was the mother, what would I do? If I was Anna, what would I do? The sister? etc. Gotta give this book A+ for being thought provoking as this book addresses a very real medical/ethical dilema. Second book I've listened to by this author and I really like her style. Then ending was kind of quick, but tied up all the loose ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3048)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1269)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Interesting and thought provoking"
    Overall

    Aspergers's you say? Hmm, assuming the book has some accurate medical basis to describing this affliction, it was quite interesting. Not only that, but I loved the writer's style. Found her writing style witty and loved listening to her . As well I found the story took a few twists and turns. Liked it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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