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Victoria

west roxbury, MA, USA

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  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (243)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "7/8ths great"
    Overall

    I was riveted by the characters and plot in this book until about the last 1/8th of the book. The ending was contrived, predictable and downright corny. It's still a very good read, just not all that satisfying in hindsight.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3269)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1020)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Last King"
    Overall

    I loved King's early books, but hadn't read one in about 15 years after a clunker, whose title i can't recall. This was worse. He must have written this from the perspective of one of the zombies he describes in the book. I only finished it because I paid for it. Don't bother.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "If you can't sleep, listen to this book"
    Overall

    It's fascinating that the reviews for this book are either raves or rants. I agree with the first reviewer: If I could give this zero stars I would. 1.5 of the 10.5 hours were of some interest to me, which leaves 9 hours for such stimulating events as, what would probably amount to 10 pages, on a squash match, or a very in depth description of Henry's mother's dimentia. How this book lands on any respected list of books of the year is more intriguing than any part of the book. Listen to "The History of Love" or "The Secret Life of Bees" not this overhyped book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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