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Maureen Burbury

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  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9155)
    Performance
    (5347)
    Story
    (5355)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "A must listen!"
    Overall

    This is a fabulous audibook - you won't want it to end! I commend the author for sharing her struggle with depression, and how she reclaimed her life through meditation and the interesting people she met during her travels. This book has history, humor, and hope. It's a wonderful journey that is not to be missed.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Innocents and Others: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dana Spiotta
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    Dana Spiotta's new novel is about two women, best friends, who grow up in LA in the '80s and become filmmakers. Meadow and Carrie have everything in common - except their views on sex, power, moviemaking, and morality. Their lives collide with Jelly, a loner whose most intimate experience is on the phone. Jelly is older, erotic, and mysterious. She cold calls powerful men and seduces them not through sex but through listening. She invites them to reveal themselves, and they do.

    Eric says: "Likable story and a wonderful reader"
    "Bored me to tears"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know why I didn't like this book I listened to maybe 3 hours on various car rides, then I had to stop. It was boring me to tears, and I listen to audiobooks to help me stay awake while driving.


    What could Dana Spiotta have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I didn't see the purpose of the story.


    What three words best describe January LaVoy’s performance?

    Mildly annoying (sorry...that's only 2 words).


    Any additional comments?

    Some magazine (Marie Claire maybe?) gave it a good review, so I thought I'd give it a try. I should've waited for other Audible listeners to weigh in before purchasing the audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Drew Barrymore
    • Narrated By Drew Barrymore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2474)
    Performance
    (2259)
    Story
    (2243)

    Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country road trip, saying good-bye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today.

    Lori says: "Stop the Screaming!"
    "Couldn't get past the shrieking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Drew Barrymore and/or Drew Barrymore?

    Only if she didn't narrate the book herself.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Drew Barrymore’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really wanted to love this book. The stories were pretty interesting, but I had to stop listening because of Drew's narration. I found myself wincing in the car at 6:00am...this is not how I want to start my day.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably get the Kindle version of the book so I can finish the stories. But listening to the rest of it is out of the question.

    37 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5146)
    Performance
    (3960)
    Story
    (3990)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Classic Atwood"
    Overall

    I had a hard time "reading" Margaret's last 2 books, but this one gripped me from the beginning. She paints a devestating picture of a future that doesn't seem so unrealistic. A must "read" for Atwood fans!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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