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Jacklyn

WALNUT CREEK, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2832)
    Performance
    (2486)
    Story
    (2507)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Warning: Never Aspire To Be Rowling's Neighbor"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Rowling has an amazing ability to distill people's characters in a few crafty sentences. Everyone is flawed and she is unapologetic and quite blunt about it. The most mundane person in your neighborhood gains a kind of power from her intense interest in them and interpretation of them and we the readers see the people around us in sharper detail. We might not be entirely sympathetic to them but I for one feel like minding my p's and q's in case she is observing me.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Prairie says: "An Excellent book on Modern History"
    "Insightful and eye opening view of the world"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because Hillary is able to humanize characters on the world stage that we only get to know by sound bites and shallow reporting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hillary's determination to find the truth, a leader's true motivation and her willingness to pull people forward and challenge their motivations and appeal to their goodness. She is not always successful and her triumphs are rarely complete but she is a true American motivated to live her ideals and protect ours..


    What does Kathleen Chalfant and Hillary Rodham Clinton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kathleen's inflections are similar to Hillary and I forget sometimes that it isn't Hillary reading. In that moment I am disappointed that it is not Hillary's real voice but understand that it is probably better to have a professional handle the audio.


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

    I felt extremely frustrated with the quagmire that is our involvement in the Middle East. The irrational relationships we are burdened with because of our foolhardy entry into a war that we had no business starting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8366)
    Performance
    (7670)
    Story
    (7678)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Fascinating from beginning to end"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The characters and circumstances are creative and eloquently drew me into an unimaginable world. I was very sorry to reach the end of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (767)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "The Story IS Timeless"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Caine Mutiny the most enjoyable?

    Herman Wouk is one of the most graceful insightful writers I enjoy reading. Picking up this book written so many years ago, I thought it would be outdated and possibly corny. Instead it was a compelling historical journey into the mentality of World II with delicious detail and suspense. I'm going to reread/listen Winds of War and War and Remembrance soon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The everyday lingo and crisp descriptions of the submarine's smell and textures. The sympathetic and tolerant creation of imperfect characters is unique to Wouk.


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

    I wish Humphrey Bogart were alive to do the remake.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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