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Sheryl

Fallbrook, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Red House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    The set-up of Mark Haddon's brilliant new novel is simple: Richard, a wealthy doctor, invites his estranged sister Angela and her family to join his for a week at a vacation home in the English countryside. Richard has just re-married and inherited a willful stepdaughter in the process; Angela has a feckless husband and three children who sometimes seem alien to her. The stage is set for seven days of resentment and guilt, a staple of family gatherings the world over.

    Sheryl says: "Great Listen but not for everyone."
    "Great Listen but not for everyone."
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    Really good but nothing like "Dog" so reset expectations. This is harder to follow with many characters appearing right at the start. It takes a bit of focus to understand who, what, where. If you are okay with a confusing start, it is well worth your time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6160)
    Performance
    (5334)
    Story
    (5327)

    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"
    "Better than "Poets"."
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    Story

    This is a great listen. Jess Walter is well worth your time and "Beautiful Ruins" is a stand out.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • One Breath Away

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Susan Ericksen, Laural Merlington, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits. Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town’s children in her hands. As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.

    glamazon says: "Flat As An Iowa Prairie"
    "Nothing fresh here."
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    What was most disappointing about Heather Gudenkauf’s story?

    Not a terrible book just same-old-same-old. I fast forwarded to the end about 2/3 through the audio. Save your credit even if you liked any of her previous books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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