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Elizabeth

Beverly, Massachusetts | Member Since 2010

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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "LOVED it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tuscan Rose the most enjoyable?

    Ms. Alexandra's attention to detail is impeccable. She drew me into the story within the first few paragraphs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was so sad when I finished the book because Rosa had almost become a friend. I believe there were probably many "Rosas" that lived through the horrible tragedies of World War II and whose stories will never be told. The book pays tribute to those women.


    If you could rename Tuscan Rose, what would you call it?

    In the Company of Wolves.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy historical novels then don't miss this one. I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Alexandra's novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (411)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "A must listen!"
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    Where does Tattoos on the Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of the list!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    There were points in this book that brought me to tears for the situations people find themselves in and by my own ignorance of the world. There were equally times that made me laugh out loud.


    What about Gregory Boyle’s performance did you like?

    I don't think anyone else could have read this book. The book was written with love and yes compassion and to hear it in the author's own voice was priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    This book touched my heart so vividly that I have sent for the hardcopy so that I may read and reread the passages when I need that reality check on my own life. Too often in this world people are "written off" because they don't meet the norm and Boyle's book shows us just what we are missing out on by putting up those walls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1366)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Loved this book!!!"
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    Where does The Good House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Good House ranks in the top five of the audiobooks I have listen to since starting my subscription.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good House?

    There really is no one memorable moment, the book is well written, we begin to love Hildy from almost the first page. Leary's description of the characters and the area that they live in is wonderful. It does help that I live in one of Windover's surrounding towns. Leary discribes the personalities and the landscape to perfection.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    She sounded exactly like all the "Hildys" that I know from the area. The accent and inflections were spot on.


    If you could rename The Good House, what would you call it?

    I think the name is perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it, you will not regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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