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mike

Frist off my name is Cynthia. My husband is Mike, but he has never been a member.

franklin, tn, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Sheltering Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jennifer Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (220)

    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

    Melinda says: "A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune"
    "Jennifer Connelly did a wonderful job."
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    Would you listen to The Sheltering Sky again? Why?

    I would listen to this story again because each character
    was so complex and they came together and a very interesting time
    and place. I did listen to part of it again just to be sure that I understood the ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters inner dialogue verses how they related to one and other.


    What about Jennifer Connelly’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was perfect for the female character. I like the way she reacted to her husband
    in the story.


    If you could take any character from The Sheltering Sky out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The female character, she was the most interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the ending it was quite a surprise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Riley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (448)

    Molly Murphy has finally begun to forget the unpleasant murder of a would-be rapist back in Ireland, not to mention her investigation into the murder of a fellow recent Irish immigrant, and is finally free to begin her life in New York City. Given her experiences so far in the New World, Molly has decided that her first order of business is to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America.

    Robert says: "Delightfully fun series"
    "Not a strong Series."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think anyone that likes to read series would enjoy. Murphy is a cute character.


    Has Death of Riley turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The Death of Riley didn't turn me off from this type of book.
    I think Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele turned me off from
    this type of method writting.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy Nicola Barber's voice she is one of the best narrators at Audible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, but I know that other listener may enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (695)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "This is an OK series but I got tired after book 2."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    ?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No I like Nicola Baber. She is a very good narrator.


    Do you think Murphy's Law needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Murphy's Law has follow-up books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (912)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Different/Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. very intersting story told in a creative way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dinner?

    The story of what happened with the sons.


    What about Clive Mantle’s performance did you like?

    The way he was reading about his brother it seemed that he was really talking about his brother.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when I had finished the story I kept thinking about the way each person in the family handled
    what had happened. I think the two women were very much in tune with one and other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (780)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Cute book"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    it was entertaining enough.


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

    ok


    What three words best describe Jenny Sterlin’s performance?

    good enough.


    Was The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen worth the listening time?

    sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I will listen to any of the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daring Ladies of Lowell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to the looms of Lowell, Massachusetts - and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love. Eager to escape life on her family’s farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of "the mill girls." In spite of the long hours, she discovers a vibrant new life and a true friend - a saucy, strong-willed girl name Lovey Cornell.

    Linda says: "Just barely historical fiction."
    "Very intersting Story. Very well read."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Daring Ladies of Lowell?

    I enjoyed the way the girls supported each other in the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daring Ladies of Lowell?

    The night of the strike.


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

    I love to listen to her voice. She is one of my favorite narrators.


    If you could rename The Daring Ladies of Lowell, what would you call it?

    I am not sure, maybe "The Girls of Lowell Mill".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Headmaster's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Thomas Christopher Greene
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Kevin T. Collins, Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (97)

    Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another, and the true nature of things, a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. Luminous and atmospheric, the novel is part mystery, part love story and an exploration of the ties of place and family.

    Kathi says: "Love, tragedy and descent into madness"
    "Strange"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was not one of my favorite books. In fact I almost didn't finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Christopher Greene again?

    not sure.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narrators are fine it is the story that I didn't like.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Headmaster's Wife?

    The wife when she is with he boyfriend. It could have been much nicer than it was.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (750)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "Different"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was an interesting story and an unusual main character.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The life style of the hynotist. I don't think I had a least interesting part. I think the story all went together well.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a good job.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (640)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Mark says: "Superb Reading of Horror Classic"
    "I didn't like this story."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Shirley Jackson and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    I was disappointed in the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have listened to alot of books since then.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think it was the story more then the reader.


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

    the storyline was thin.


    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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