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Linda

Linda

CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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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
    (1203)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1042)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    (5521)
    Performance
    (3475)
    Story
    (3483)

    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.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "A converted skeptic!"
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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
    (388)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (196)

    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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