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Madeline

ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1113)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Disappointing Ending of a Well Crafted Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was unsure about this book at the beginning, but it quickly grew on me. I found myself eager to listen and not wanting to put it down. I felt the main character was believable and compelling. I enjoyed the romance and the relationships as well as the depiction of life in a small town. HOWEVER, the end was a complete disappointment and ruined the story. It was perhaps not unexpected (in term of the character's denial) but it happened way too quickly and abruptly. It turned what I had considered a good book into a disappointment. In fact, the ending was so abrupt, it seemed either like the author simply ran out of steam or an editor told her she must end it there. In either case, it was a total let down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (529)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Sub Par SEP"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Great Escape?

    The story was not up to SEP's normal standards. Less detail, less compelling characters and no witty repartee.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips again?

    Well, I've liked several of her books, but this one is really not up to her usual standards. I'd hesitate before I plunge into the next one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded quite old - WAY too old for the main characters. Also, not enough nuance between narration and character voices. Kid voices also not well portrayed. Too squeaky and not believable. Child in the book for 12 not 4.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. It feels like a novice ghost writer wrote this instead of SEP. There was a little bit of the familiar finesse with the Bri/Mike storyline, but nothing was developed enough - false stakes, not enough genuine tension. SEP phoned this one in. Don't bother.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (726)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Disappointing work from Crusie"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed Jennifer Crusie's books in the past, but this one is awful - BORING. It is predictable, unrealistic, cliched. Don't waste your credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (408)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "A fun, fast listen"
    Overall

    This is not the type of book I usually listen to, but I was hooked from the beginning. I found the main character sympathetic and compelling. A great depiction of someone who does a lot of wrong but still manages to come off as good. I also found the depiction of both the medical world and mob world interesting and enjoyed the book's humor and frankness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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