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Penelope

Riverton, CT, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Annie M. says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "Robotic Voice Kills It For Me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Someone better?

    Choosing a different narrator. Kate Reading did an abysmal job. Her voice was so robotic that it was all I could do to hold on until the end of the story.


    Would you recommend Someone to your friends? Why or why not?

    I might give the physical book as a gift. I would not recommend the audio recording to anyone.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    Her voice. Her droning. Her flatness. Her mechanical voice was just awful.


    What character would you cut from Someone?

    No one.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2821)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1734)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Tana French is my hero"
    Overall

    After reading "In the Woods" earlier this year, I was thrilled to see that "The Likeness" was available on Audible. Just as in French's first novel, I was swept away to the gritty world of the Irish detective. Heather O'Neill did a fine job of narrating, capturing the different voices very well (though I did think her reading of Daniel's voice was a bit monotone). Can't wait for another French novel!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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