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Jess

Former English major who loves to read.

West Orange, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

ratings
89
REVIEWS
7
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
24

  • The Mermaid of Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amy Shearn
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this beautifully written novel that blends the whimsy of The Time Traveler’s Wife with an indelible portrait of motherhood, a young woman strives to pick up the pieces after her husband mysteriously leaves - and she finds strength from the unlikeliest of allies. Jenny Lipkin is an average, stretched-too-thin Brooklyn mom tackling the challenges of raising two children in a cramped Park Slope walk-up and bonding with the other moms about breast-feeding while spending endless hours in Prospect Park.

    Jess says: "skip it"
    "skip it"
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    Would you try another book from Amy Shearn and/or Hillary Huber?

    nope


    What could Amy Shearn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    nothing I can think of


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Really bad kid voices. Russian voice was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed. Felt like a blog that was published. Not enough there there for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Anastasia Burke says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "fluid, rich tale of the ordinary"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Someone to be better than the print version?

    Wonderfully written and my first foray into the work of Ms. McDermott. However, i have to say, I would have enjoyed the novel even more if the narrator didn't have the irritating habit of upspeaking: she ended far too many sentence on the upswing as though each statement were a question. Very distracting. The writing, however, won me over. Great first read and won't be my last of hers.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s performance?

    Stop the upspeak please. Definition: Affliction affecting my in today's society not just teenagers where a person makes a question out of a sentence that isn't a question (or more simply speaks "up" at the end of a sentence)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anton DiSclafani
    • Narrated By Adina Verson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age 15, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls' friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family's citrus farm - a world now partially shattered.

    Jess says: "Read this book!"
    "Read this book!"
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    What did you love best about The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls?

    The writing is lush and gorgeous and yet the author excels at keeping the story moving. Best kind of literary fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thea, the protagonist, who is a bold and brave girl with flaws and foibles. Smart and caring while being an adolescent who doesn't understand that there are serious consequences to her seemingly private actions.


    Which character – as performed by Adina Verson – was your favorite?

    Thea


    Who was the most memorable character of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and why?

    Thea ...see above


    Any additional comments?

    Just read this book. It will pull you in quickly and keep you swimming in this world for days to come. I look forward to the author's next book. Bravo first novel!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5085)
    Performance
    (2876)
    Story
    (2914)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "magical read"
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    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    It will take you away. Need a break from your every day grind? Pick this up and find yourself far, far away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama - desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

    Karen says: "Wonderful listen. Story well expressed by reader"
    "Wonderful"
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    If you could sum up Olive Kitteridge in three words, what would they be?

    I really enjoyed these stories woven beautifully together. I don't understand the complaints about the narrator!! i thought she did a wonderful job. Worth all the praise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1913)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Stick with it!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was ready to drop this book after about the first third but then the story took a turn for the better. The story of Cora's self discovery is much more interesting than that of Louise Brooks development and i feared that's what the focus of the novel might be in spite of the title. I fully enjoyed the story although the narration was at times a bit grating (why does the narrator have an English lilt?) but overall did a fine job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chaperone?

    don't want to spoil it


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth McGovern – was your favorite?

    Cora


    Who was the most memorable character of The Chaperone and why?

    Cora...strong. evolving, centered, smart.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration a bit too precious for me but overall worth the time and credit. Really enjoyed the story and writing style.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1079)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "wonderful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A wonderful story. The character of Renee will stay with you for time to come. Richly drawn characters who are real and flawed and textured. The narrator is fantastic!! i'm only sorry she hasn't done more with Audible yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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