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Linda

Linda

CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1415)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Unending Sadness"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing, it's just not my kind of story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He almost mumbled.


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

    Unbearable sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my cup of tea! Before anyone starts sending hate mail, please understand, the book is well written, I (meaning ME, my opinion) just hated the story. In regard to the characters, I'm not sure who the protagonist or the antagonists are but I hated Tom! and Hannah! Truth be told I don't like reading any book that is so overwrought with sadness as to make ripping my own heart out and shredding it with my fingernails seem preferable, but I digress. I have five kids, so yea... I'm a Mom. I thought Hannah was selfish to demand the return of Lucy/Grace without thought for what it was putting the child through. I also thought Tom was selfish for agreeing and then, in order to quell his own guilty conscience, destroying just about everybody's lives. Something akin to confessing an affair for no other purpose than making yourself feel better. Isabel was the easiest for me to forgive, losing 3 babies and then having one appear almost magically. It would be real easy to convince yourself it was a gift from God and surely meant to be.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • When I Found You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (560)

    Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

    Zabie says: "Love comes from many places"
    "Just...so...boring"
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    The characters were all either unlikeable or uninspiring. So slow. I was completely detached from these uninteresting characters and story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winterswim

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ryan W. Bradley
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Pastor Sheldon Long was born of the woods, raised in a secluded cabin by a mute mother and an abusive father who preached God's vengeance. Forced to take control of his own destiny, Pastor Long found God in his own way, melded with the mythologies of his mother's tribe. Now he's out to send the wicked, as he has judged them, to heaven. Steven, Pastor Long's son, is pining for his former babysitter and crushing on nearly every girl he goes to school with. Soon his preoccupation with the opposite sex lures him into investigating a string of drownings that local police are declaring accidents.

    Linda says: "Horrible creepy rape and murder book."
    "Horrible creepy rape and murder book."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you want to read a book that goes from one rape and murder to the next with nearly nothing in between, you might like this book. Honestly I think its some sort of twisted sick genre type book.


    What could Ryan W. Bradley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. Absolutely nothing.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance?

    The content was so disturbing the performance didn't matter.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Winterswim?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (406)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "Absolute Gem great and Outstanding Narration"
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    A man of Jewish Polish descent, a survivor of the Nazi occupation is the victim of a con artist. Having lost everything as a child he is determined, at any cost to not let this happen to him again. A gripping psychological thriller. I could not put it down.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6263)
    Performance
    (4140)
    Story
    (4154)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "A converted skeptic!"
    Overall
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    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way up there!


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    Enzo, the dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I was skeptical when I heard the dog tells this story but with an open mind I listened. I grew to love that dog, although at times his story was so sad. Such a wonderful book but hard to read because it is so heart wrenching.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (252)

    In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times best-selling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world - no matter how out of place they feel.

    Anna says: "Lovely"
    "Lovely Writing ends Abruptly"
    Overall

    I was in the midst of enjoying this book when it suddenly and without warning ended. It leaves many things unsettled or unexplained and I was very dissatisfied. The reader has a lovely voice and I did enjoy listening to her.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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