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Member Since 2008

  • 4 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 503 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Kasia says: "brilliant!"
    "Interesting... finally!"

    When my book club chose this title I checked it out of my local library but couldn't get through 10 pages without falling asleep. I was thrilled to find it on Audible. While it takes forever for the plot to develop... nearly two thirds of the way into the story... I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. She voiced every character so well you hardly needed to be told who was speaking! While it is a long story and it takes a while for the plot to develop, the reader and ending are worth the wait

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Beautiful novel"
    Any additional comments?

    I was told about this book by a friend who had read the printed version. After listening to the excellent narration of a wonderful story, I wanted to tell my friend she had somehow been cheated and desperately needed to listen to it! Truly a fantastic book and narration. And, it didn't hurt that my mother's family is originally from the region of Italy depicted in the story... a beautiful part of a beautiful country.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Not what I expected..."

    I am totally baffled by the high ratings this audiobook has received. While I am not from Charleston, I am from the south and have visited the Holy City and vacationed in nearby Isle of Palms for years. First of all, the narrator's attempt at a southern, low-country accent was most unfortunate! But what should you expect... she is from Seattle! However, even if a true southern had narrated, I don't think it would have improved the content! Maybe there is a good story in there somewhere... but what wasn't anywhere in sight (or earshot) was an editor! Some of the phrasing made me cringe and the downright errors (the author had the Mayo Clinic in wrong Rochester!) made me wonder if anyone with a brain had read this before it was published! Thank goodness I bought this in the paperback sale and only paid $5 for it! I'm not sure it was worth that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty

    From his first novel, Mohawk, to his most recent, Straight Man, Richard Russo has demonstrated great affinity for the tragicomic human condition, and here he expands his geographical and psychological claims on the small town, blue-collar heart of the country.

    Tom New says: "Empire Falls"
    "Empire "Fails""

    I purchased this book because of so many glowing reviews but it really didn't work for me. I kept waiting for something to happen and when it did I was disappointed... as in "that's it??" The author took so long to set up the climax of the story and then seemed to run out of gas... like he had something else in mind but didn't quite know how to get there so he just ended it. Definitely not one of my favorites!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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