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Patricia

Cypress, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (2596)
    Story
    (2600)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Jodi Picoult's Best Story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The variety of readers, the intricate story line, the character development, and the humanness of the characters made this story highly enjoyable! In addition, the detailed information about what daily life was like for Jews in the camps was astonishing. I haven't finished it yet, so I hope the ending is as satisfying as the 'stories within a story'. In any case, I am never disappointed in Jodi P.'s writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the blend of past, present, romance and fantasy - The Holocaust years written in such detail, the present with Sage and Leo, and the vampire/werewolf.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I liked the way the reader simultaneously portrayed Sage's vulnerability and strength.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I am enjoying this story so much that I don't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (341)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "Loved this book!"
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    What other book might you compare The Obituary Writer to and why?

    The theme is similar to books written by Kate Morton. I enjoy reading books that span 20 to 50 years. This one had a neat little twist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (254)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Fantastic subject....disappointing ending!"
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    Where does Handle with Care rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's near the top. I love Jodi Picoult's writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the sensitivity of the topic and I felt it was authentic.


    Have you listened to any of Celeste Ciulla’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She read the story well, and her voice was right for the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the ending was not so realistic. If I remember correctly, another of Jodi's characters ended similarly. Why do the kids with special needs die of a completely unrelated incident?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baker Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In a stunning follow-up to her best-selling debut, Mrs. Kimble, Jennifer Haigh returns with Baker Towers, a compelling story of love and loss in a western Pennsylvania mining town in the years after World War II.

    Dawn says: "Very Good Family Saga"
    "Difficult to follow"
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    Has Baker Towers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Annoying voice with inaccurate intonation and accents


    Any additional comments?

    The story was difficult to follow, and the characters were poorly developed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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