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Kristin

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  • The Jewels of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

    Ruth says: "A "mystery" of a different sort, . ."
    "Not Brunetti"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a non-taxing, easy listen. An interesting story - just a bit bland.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (634)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Grating performance"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about We Are Water?

    The endless stream of consciousness, self delusional narration of the characters with no real point. Like listening to hours of Facebook entries. And Annie's voice turns a potentially sympathetic, albeit shallow, character into someone you wish would just stop talking.


    Has We Are Water turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love Wally Lamb's writing, so no.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There are too many reasons to enumerate


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Secret Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    Once the temepestuous Hannah Reid, Duchess of Dunbarton, and dangerous Constantine Huxtable, two passionate and scandalous figures, find each other, they discover that it isn’t so easy to extricate oneself from the fires of desire - without getting singed. For the duchess and the dark lord each have startling secrets to reveal, and when all is said and done, neither will be able to say which one fell in love first, who tamed whom, and who has emerged from this game of hearts with the stronger hand.

    Karen says: "Way better than first reviewer's one!"
    "Not What I Expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like Harlequin Romances, predictable plot lines, two dimensional characters and bodice-rippers in general, this is for you. Unfortunately, it is not for me. You may want to skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    Overall
    (1458)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (771)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "I love anything Murakami"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are a Murakami lover, you know that this is not a simple, conventional story. It's a wonderful insight into his mind. I've read the book; however, the audio adds nuance and depth to the characters and story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (871)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Intriguing at the outset; then exhausting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am in the middle of Chapter 3, and although I found the musings of the concierge interesting and intriguing at first, listening to her micro analysis of everything in her life - from the placement of a comma to the death of her spouse, is exhausting. And her disdain for the "upper classes" is tiresome. She definitely needs a hobby. I will put the book aside and try again, because I do enjoy the other characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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