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Jill

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 178 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6914)
    Performance
    (4879)
    Story
    (4868)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "BIG DOWNER"
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    I can appreciate historical books about slavery—and hardships that the slaves went through----but while reading this I felt there was nothing redeeming about it. If I had been lead to believe that it was more of a historical account......I would have had different expectations. There is resolve at the end...…but it was like the end of the holocaust----what are people left with?--a shattered life? It was pretty awful. I compare it to the third book of the hunger games in the sense that you want to know what happens—but hearing all the events of how it got to the end is so awful, its better to get the cliff notes.
    If you are interested in American history—or slavery in America, this would be a good read. The authors note at the end said that she did her research, and a lot of the stories were based on truth. It was pretty Depressing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (358)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "Wonderful captivating story"
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    This book was very hard to get absorbed by at first because of the strange accents and performance . It easily could have done without the dramatic characters accents throughout. The person reading it did a great job of separating the different characters with her voice, but some of them were so unbearable and annoying that it took away from this great story. Overall it was entertaining and gives you that magical feeling of a period movie. It would make such a good film.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Borrowed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (375)

    Rachel has always been a good girl--until her 30th birthday, when her best friend Darcy throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé Dex. Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for Dex. She prays for fate to intervene, but when she makes a choice she discovers that the lines between right and wrong are blurry, endings aren't always neat, and you have to risk all to win true happiness.

    Aimee says: "Ugh..."
    "dont waste your life reading this"
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    after reading "the heart of the matter" by Emily Giffin, i thought i would read some of her other titles. The heart of the matter was about redemption and forgiveness after an affair. But then i read "something Borrowed", and was sorely dissapointed. There were no virtuous or dignified characters in this book.
    The narrator of the story is an idiotic woman that has an affair with her very best friends Fiance.Every character in this book is selfish, and self absorbed. If your looking for stories in this genre, i suggest you rent the series "sex and the city" it will be far more entertaining, and interesting with more insights.The book has many flaws---its not elequently written. Frankly---i dont see how any good can come of reading this. It encourages infidelity and glamorizes deceit. There is nothing good to take away---no insights, no happy feelings. By the art on the front cover, you would think this book is about something cute. and that its entertaining. I can assure you this book is mildly, if any amount, entertaining. Not worth the time or money to read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27145)
    Performance
    (13766)
    Story
    (13813)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "heart warming historical fiction"
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    What a great read this is!! Was on my way to the caribbean when i heard the first paragraph. I Gripped my husbands arm and said "ooo-- this is gonna be a great book" . It sucked me right into it. You get seduced by the characters of this book---falling in love with each one. Abelene, Skeeter, Minnie--- completely transport you to that time period.
    Every time i turned the book off after reading a chapter , I felt like i would waltz right into my 50's home with an apron on, and get right back to work.
    Definately worth the money for the Audible version.The Voices make it so fun to listen to. Like your being entertained. YOU MUST READ THIS BEFORE SEEING THE MOVIE--when the book is over, youll wish you could read it all over again like it was the first time, And really savor it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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