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Teresa L. Hansen

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Seattle, WA USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (778)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Is my life fiction?"
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    The Sense of an Ending: A Novel didn't really have a sense of an ending for me. However, I recommend it to every Audible listener. It makes you think about your life and your memories. You begin to wonder just how much historical revisionism you have applied to your own life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Evison
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything - his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving taught in the basement of a local church. There Ben is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability and how to keep physical and emotional distance between client and provider. But when Ben is assigned to 19-year-old Trev, he discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan checklists have done little to prepare him.

    Teresa L. Hansen says: "Refreshingly different"
    "Refreshingly different"
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    Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving was a definite shift from my usual listen. I thought the narrator, Jeff Woodman, did a great job of presenting the tone of the novel. This is the first listen in a long time that I couldn't put down. Generally, I only allow myself to listen in my vehicle. But I broke that rule and listened at home as well. I'm very glad that I listened. I'm looking forward to the author's next work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • America America: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Ethan Canin
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In the early 1970s, Corey Sifter, the son of working-class parents, becomes a yard boy on the grand estate of the powerful Metarey family. Soon, through the family's generosity, he is a student at a private boarding school and an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president of the United States.

    Martha says: "elegant and thought-provoking"
    "Canin missed opportunity"
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    I have always been a big fan of Ethan Canin so I was very excited to start listening to America, America. I was quite disappointed in the overall story. There is a great story there, but Mr. Canin failed to draw it out. The story lost energy when the author tried to be a little too clever in trying to surprise the reader along the way in a very understated way. It had so many possibilities that I wished it could be revisited. Still, it is better than most books so deserves the 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (420)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "A Southern Joy"
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    Pat Conroy is such a master! I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor of Charleston which he so ably brought to the story. The narrator, Mark Deakins, brought even more of that flavor to life and made me glad to have listened to this book Instead of reading it. The tempo of the prose and the tempo of the reading melded perfectly resulting in a wonderful listening experience. The story is also quite memorable. I've decided to visit Charleston soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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