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Carol

Dickinson, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4236)
    Performance
    (1599)
    Story
    (1622)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "Somebody please end the misery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would shorten the story. I was bored with book several chapters into the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Breakfast with Buddha


    What three words best describe Fred Berman and Phoebe Strole ’s performance?

    Complimentary, clear, feeling


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

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1350)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "I read the book because of the bookcover"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Rules of Civility in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, breathtaking, surprising


    What other book might you compare Rules of Civility to and why?

    Ethan Frome. Once I really got into the storyline of this book, I couldn't help thinking of how easily it would have been for all three major characters to fit into Ethan Frome's life. Without giving away spoilers, there are similarities, but well played and totally fitting.


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

    I think if I had just read the book I wouldn't have caught the emotional depth of the sadness through the eyes of the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Imagine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    The War Between the States may be over for the rest of the country, but not for Kit Weston. Disguised as a boy, she's come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carolina home she loves. But unknown to Kit, the Yankee war hero is more than her bitterest enemy; he's also her guardian. And he'll be a lot harder to kill than she's figured on.

    Laura C. Pailler says: "Susan Elizabeth's great formula"
    "Just Imagine..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Just Imagine? What did you like least?

    I liked the fact that the heroine of the story had spunk as a child and continued as an adult. The story had some nice, slightly predictable twists. What I liked least is that the book was predictable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    My reaction to the ending was I could believe in the ending. That life would continue on with ups and downs, but realistically.


    Have you listened to any of Cristine McMurdo-Wallis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The only reason I listened to this book was because Cristine was the narrator of this book. She gives the characters life with her accents and change of voice to match the character.


    Could you see Just Imagine being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This could be a Lifetime Movie Channel movie. I could see it as a mini series. There's enough to use with a bit of embellishment to fill in a few blanks. Although, it could be more of a romantic comedy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Not crazy about the narrator"
    Overall
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    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator that is easier to understand would have made a huge difference for me. I didn't finish the book because most of it seemed to be garbled English and hurried.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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