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Louise

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (999)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Exhaustingly detailed"
    Overall

    Yes this book is beautifully written and nicely narrated, and the story is engaging. In book form I would have enjoyed it, as I would have been free to skim over some of the incredibly exhausting details. Trapped in my car with the audio version, however, this option was not available. There is just far too much detail and far too much time spent on matters that are largely irrelevant to the plot. For some readers who enjoy the journey more than the destination, this is a positive thing I know but for me, way too frustrating. I thought I would tear my hair out in the final couple of hours, waiting for the end to come, and having to endure endless amounts of descriptive prose. As I said, beautifully written, no denying that, and the author has a truly impressive ability to paint a mental picture, but for me, just too long.

    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • All You Could Ask For: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Greenberg
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Happily married Brooke discovers her loving husband has led a separate life with…another wife. Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband's cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer. High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career. Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don't know one another, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined. And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity.

    Marethyu says: "Great story and great performance!"
    "Annoyed by Hidden Theme"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was really enjoying this book until it hit the "hidden theme" which has already been revealed here by others. I found this annoying, because frankly I would have avoided the book had I known about it which is probably why it is kept hidden in the publisher's synopsis. I stuck with it, however, mainly because I didn't have another book on reserve and had a long drive ahead of me. I really don't know what to think about how the three stories panned out, central theme wise. You can be the judge of that. However, I will say that the characters were interesting and the other aspects of the stories were engaging and entertaining. I agree with one of the other reviewers about the Brooke story - it did seem like something was missing and this must be the plot line mentioned in the synopsis that never materialized. It must have been edited out, which for me is probably not a bad thing because I like to think that there are marriages where the partners are happy and fully committed. Anyway, on balance, I would say that the book was not bad but not great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe's finally made it; he's the star of a hit TV show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, they've got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love. Or so Julia thinks.

    Patricia says: "Views of a marriage from the inside."
    "Abrupt Ending!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this book, until its abrupt ending. It was very well written and completely relateable, with well drawn characters and amusing dialogue. I was looking forward to hearing how the main character was going to resolve her dilemma, when the book unexpectedly drew to a close. I guess that's why the book is called "out-takes" - I get it now. Very disappointing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    Lieutenant Sam Holland has no sooner accepted Senator Nick Cappuano's proposal than she's back on the job. A woman has been found brutally murdered and evidence points to Henry Lightfeather, a senator and close friend of Nick's. While Sam investigates, Nick stands by his friend - complicating his own bid for reelection, and causing tension between the couple.

    Lia says: "Another Great Installment"
    "Couldn't stand it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps I have been overly influenced by reading Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series of detective stories, but I found this book to be almost laughable. The narrator's youthful, eager voice, while very pleasant, sounds completely wrong for a police lieutenant, and the dialogue is so sanitized (there is never a lapse into profanity - even the supposedly hardened police detectives say "what the heck") I just could not take this book seriously. As others have said, this is more a romance story than a police procedural, so if that is what you are after and you prefer an airbrushed version of life as a police officer and a politician (and there is nothing wrong with that), then this book is for you. As for me, I could not be bothered to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far From the Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Virginia DeBerry, Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Fran L. Washington
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Celeste English and Ronnie Frazier are sisters, but they couldn't be more different. Celeste is a doctor's wife, living a perfect and elegant façade. But secretly, her marriage is falling apart and her need to control people around her threatens to destroy them all. Ronnie is an actress, living in New York. But she has no money, she has no home, and her life is held together by "chewing gum, paper clips, and spit." When their father dies, the sisters inherit a house in Prosper, North Carolina.

    Dee says: "My Favorite Book So Far, by Far!"
    "Totally engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the characters and the story. Touching but real. Characters very engaging. Narration excellent. I feel like moving to South Carolina. Made me think about a few things too in terms of why we do the things we do. Read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "Mostly dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the writing style very difficult to tolerate. The story was interesting, but the journey to get there was far too long winded, with lots of mind numbing detail. The lack of emotion in the writing (and hence the narration) may have been purposely done to illustrate the fact that all the characters were subject to very strict controls on their lives, but I found it very distracting. And there has been enough said about the swallowing etc. - also very distracting. I don't recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Night Women

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marlon James
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

    A User says: "read now to understand the past"
    "Tough on the senses but wonderful read"
    Overall

    What a compelling book! While tough to read the very graphic descriptions of physical and mental abuse, this book really transports the reader to the time and place. The plot was pleasingly unpredictable, in accordance with what real life has to offer. A very moving work, with absolutely fabulous narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (206)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. The two female characters were interesting and credible, though I found myself relating much more to one than the other. My only complaint is regarding the male character, who did not have the benefit of a first voice perspective and therefore remained a mystery in terms of his motivation. But maybe the motivation for this kind of behavior is always somewhat of a mystery anyway, even to the subject. Nevertheless, a very satisfying (audio) read. Narration top notch as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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