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Melinda Greenberg

Just your average bookworm.. love reading books physically, but with work and school, audiobooks are a great alternative. I host a book club, and I few of us are avid listeners. I listen while I clean, drive, and workout. Great hobby!

Cincinnati, Ohio | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 ratings
  • 102 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1588)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1419)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "beautifully written"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Wife in three words, what would they be?

    life's not fair.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josef. His love for Lenka was relentless.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Josef and Lenka in their childhood, at his family's vacation home.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    in a negative way, the whole narration of the Occupation


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18788)
    Performance
    (16790)
    Story
    (16843)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I found myself just staring..."
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    insane twisted must-read


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    I have no idea... I've heard her other books are much darker... I like that this one was intriguing and it was a great discussion at book club. I love recommending it... I never doubt people won't have SOME strong comment about my recommendation... which is the highest compliment.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    If I had to pick? Nick. You end up hating both. which is the best part about the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    happily ever after isn't always pretty. or normal.


    Any additional comments?

    such a good story, and great narrators. I love when books have multiple narrators. I found myself just standing in the yard once, staring, with my jaw on the ground... when I was suppose to be raking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10818)
    Performance
    (6031)
    Story
    (6077)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "fun imagination envoker"
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    Would you listen to Life of Pi again? Why?

    YES, I NEED TO. after the bookclub discussion questions, I realized there's SO MUCH I MISSED with this book. I wish I had went into it knowing how heavy it was.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    The acid island.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Pi. loved him.


    If you could rename Life of Pi, what would you call it?

    hmmmm. good question. don't have an answer now, but I can see how it would be rename-able.


    Any additional comments?

    this book reminds me of LOST... where you're trying to catch a million concepts at once, and you miss several. do a little research, so you understand what mindset to have as you read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Flowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (900)

    A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.

    Diana - Audible says: "You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one"
    "very good"
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    Would you listen to The Language of Flowers again? Why?

    Definitely. Great narrator. Matched the characters well.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Flowers to and why?

    White Oleander... troubled girl in foster-home-hell.


    Have you listened to any of Tara Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No-


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really hated the main character a lot of the book, and my heart cried out for the child.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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