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Tara Saunders

i love to listen!

Madison, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 16 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (221)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "I'm in!"
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    Would you listen to The Dirty Life again? Why?

    No, only because I'm not a re-reader. I usually only read books once. But it was a great listen. It could have been longer with more details in many areas...especially their relationship. At the end she touches on them having a child. I would love to hear more about raising a child on a farm.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing of how the farm was started from scratch and how much hard work and devotion they put into it. So much so that I bought a share in a local organic farm for the summer!


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    Her performace was fine but I always prefer when the author reads in a book such as this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5998)
    Performance
    (5562)
    Story
    (5580)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "I would recommend!"
    Overall
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    Very good book, even if you did not listen/read The Shinning. I have found myself recommending this book several times. So it must be a good one...right?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9513)
    Performance
    (8715)
    Story
    (8769)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Pretty Good I Guess"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not sure that it lives up to all the hype, but it is a good book. Narration is good and story is sad, yet intriguingly not too sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (739)

    Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

    Katheryne says: "Wash. Rinse. Repeat."
    "Snoozefest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No actual content in this book. Honestly I did not get through the first few chapters. I couldn't even make it to a juicy part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alysia Abbott
    • Narrated By Alysia Abbott
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and 80s San Francisco with an openly gay father. After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation - few of whom are raising a child. Steve throws himself into San Francisco's vibrant cultural scene.

    Tara Saunders says: "If you loved The Glass Castle listen to this!!!!"
    "If you loved The Glass Castle listen to this!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Such a great life story also filled with actual historical events. Alysia's story has you from the beginning. I fell in love with her writing and narration. LOVE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2300)
    Performance
    (2090)
    Story
    (2106)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Just watch the show!"
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    What disappointed you about Orange is the New Black?

    The TV show is so much better! If you are going to listen to the book just don't watch the show first. Then it will probably be ok.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future. That was half a lifetime ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband, George, is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone.

    Jen says: "Pure Sarah Addison Allen"
    "So bummed."
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    Would you try another book from Sarah Addison Allen and/or Janet Metzger?

    I would, only because her other books were so much better. I waited for her to release a new book. I was pretty bummed. This one did not live up to the expectations she had set for herself. The 'magic' wasn't the same.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Addison Allen again?

    I'm not sure. This was the first one of her books (I've read all of her others) that I listened to. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with the 'magic' being different? But I rarely read books anymore and I LOVE Sarah Addison-Allen so I'm sure I will listen to her next book!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Janet Metzger?

    Not my favorite reader. But tolerable.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (477)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Not my favorite Jackson book!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only because her other books are great and I think this plays an important role.


    Was Gods in Alabama worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (3931)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2524)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Great Read...I was shocked!"
    Overall
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    Story

    This was very different book. I enjoyed that it was a true story and that there was astory within a story. After I downloaded it a friend told me that her highschool student had to read it in their science classes. That made a little nervouse, but it was just enough science and just enough story. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (833)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Stopped listening halfway through."
    Overall
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    Jodi Picoult books have been suggested to me many times by friends. I have always looked at them and passed them by, none of the story lines grabbed me. But I decided to purchase this anyway. It's written well, it's just not my kind of story. I like an up beat book that can take you away from the troubles of the world. This is hitting too close to home with the recent Colorado shootings. I just quit listening and I'm not sure that I will listen to another Picoult book in the future.

    And I really dislike this reader. Second book I've listened to from her...DISLIKE, big time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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