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ChaiKnuckles

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  • 1105 Yakima Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Dear Reader,You’ve probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel’s pregnant, and she says she can’t handle the stress in our household anymore. My 13-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it’s my fault. As a widower I spoiled her - Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that’s not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that’s not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don’t even know where she is. She’s not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon.

    Debby says: "Plenty of Saccharine and neurotic characters"
    "Didn't much like the performance"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about 1105 Yakima Street? What did you like least?

    This was a nice, sweet story very much in line with the other Debbie M books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Happy ending and relate-able


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sandra Burr?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (476)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Fajola Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Would you try another book from Martin Sixsmith and/or John Curless?

    No to Martin Sixmith. I expected investigative journalism and got a long - winded biography. Yes to John Curless. He is an excellent performer and easy on the ears.


    What was most disappointing about Martin Sixsmith’s story?

    I expected this to be a combination of a detective story and investigated journalism. The book started out fine with philomena's story, but about 9 of the first 12 hours is a biography of Philomena's son in excruciating detail. I have only 3 hours left in the book and still haven't come back to Philomena's story. I'm about to give up. Michael's story is a bit interesting but not hours and hours worth and he's not a very likeable person. I'm seriously disappointed and wish I hadn't wasted my time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed reading about philomena's time in the convent with Anthony.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reader was fantastic.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "Disappointing story and narration"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story had very little plot and moved extremely slowly. Given the quality of the work, even the best-quality narration wouldn't have improved the experience. However, and unfortunately, the narrator made the story even more ponderous.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Tyler’s story?

    The description was poetic, but the plot was thin and the pace slow.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice was annoying and his pace made a slow story even slower.


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

    Frustration that I couldn't move the story along, and disappointment that Anne Tyler's work this time around couldn't hold a candle to past work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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