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Michaela Conley

Michaela Conley, MA CSMS, CWP

Columbia, MD | Member Since 2014

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23764)
    Performance
    (21187)
    Story
    (21255)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Twists & Turns Left Our Heads Spinning"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    Yes, like the challenge a knotted necklace presents, this book continued to surprise me with its twists and clues sometimes seeming as though I was on the right track to untangling it just to see that I was not only wrong but so surprised by the new tangles...


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

    With a lesser level of intensity but comparable surprises, I think of "The Song is You".


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

    That's hard to say, with the twists & turns I found my allegiance shifting from one character to another. Overall, I'd have to say I find myself in Nick's camp.


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

    Amy's treasure hunt clues from their 5th anniversary was so convincingly written


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment.

    S. Stambler says: "Superb On All Levels. Dog Lover? Purcahse Now!"
    "Beautifully told a love story with a dog"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you've ever caught your dog doing something so ordinary yet absolutely, breathtakingly insightful then you'll appreciate this wonderful book about the power of a dog to teach unexpected life lessons. We listened to this book almost entirely on a drive to Chicago and back home to Maryland. We were riveted and sad when it was over. Even our 4 year old grandson listened attentively and now feels as though he has a friend too in the story of Trixie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trixie the dog is just like a friend, family member to us. We love her dearly.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator's clear and steady voice made me think the author was telling the story to me directly. What a treat.


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

    Why humans and dogs are meant to be together


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend!

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