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Wendy

Kingston, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2483)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (643)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Not great, not bad"
    Overall

    I downloaded this because it was listed as one of the best books and had so many positive reviews here...I wasn't entirely let down, but I also wasn't as thrilled as others. The narration was good and the characters voices seem to fit them well. Overall, just not a great, "must read" in my opinion. Something that passed the time well enough to deserve some praise, but not enough for anymore stars.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (360)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "okay"
    Overall

    I found this to be interesting, yet not entirely captivating as many reviews say. Personal preference I guess...not a bad book, not a great book. It was one that I wanted to finish so I could start a new one. It wasn't painful to finish, just wasn't really one that I couldn't turn off either. The narrator did a pretty good job, although I didn't love the voice she did for Rosaline. That's it; if it sounds like something you would like, then try it, but I for one wouldn't reccomend it as an amazing listen -- likely a better read however because the story was pretty good.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2910)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1136)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Laughed, cried and provoked a lot of thought"
    Overall

    This was an amazing listen! It was recomended to me as a good read, but I thought I would try it out in Audio book and I must admit that I listened whenever I could, even 10 min in my car. I cried at the end, but all throughout I would judge the characters and my opinion of who was 'right' would change depending on the person who's mind we were inside of.

    An amazing listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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