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bernadette

Akron, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Nickle
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (49)

    The year is 1911. In Cold Spring Harbour, New York, the newly formed Eugenics Records Office is sending its agents to catalogue the infirm, the insane, and the criminal - with an eye to a cull, for the betterment of all. Near Cracked Wheel, Montana, a terrible illness leaves Jason Thistledown an orphan, stranded in his dead mother's cabin until the spring thaw shows him the true meaning of devastation - and the barest thread of hope.

    Abraca says: "Entertaining"
    "Eutopia"
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    This is the FIRST book I've purchased from Audible that I didn't finish .....I wanted to but it just went on and on a on on and it lost me about 2/3 through. Very different.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "Wow!"
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    This is the first book I've read by this author - just finished a few minutes ago and I am downloading another of his books as I type this. Had me in suspense until the very end and I don't think there was any "advance guessing" that you could do and be correct. Really liked the narration, he is a good story teller but not one that puts you to sleep. Great Book!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10547)
    Performance
    (9575)
    Story
    (9595)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Couldn't even finish!"
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    I liked the characters in this book and it seemed okay for the first half. At some point this book went berserk and became WAY too Sci Fi for my taste. Just not my cup of tea and gave up somewhere in the second half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2253)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Another Winner!"
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    I read Gone Girl quite some time ago and really enjoyed it. I seem to have had a few not so great book choices lately so thought I'd go back and search books by authors I have liked. This book did not disappoint! WOW! Everything about the book is perfect - even though early on I knew "who'd done it" - you were never 100% sure and when all the details come together it was amazing. Highly recommend this and I will be reading Dark Places in the near future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2658)
    Performance
    (2420)
    Story
    (2429)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "WOW!"
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    I have about 2 hours left and I don't want this book to end! I have no idea what the ending will be - but I decided to write this review because this is the best book I've listened to in ages .... already looking to see what else the author has written! It's been a long time since I was this "into" a book!
    Do yourself a favor & spend the credit - you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2127)
    Performance
    (1875)
    Story
    (1862)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "The Chaperone"
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    The best part of this book was the narration by Elizabeth McGovern. Story was just "okay" but Elizabeth was why I finished the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2443)
    Performance
    (1233)
    Story
    (1239)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Fabulous Book!"
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    I can't believe I waited so long to read this book but it was worth the wait. The story brings out so many emotions, it makes you sad then angry, and then you might smile for a moment. I fell in love with Frank and his life and immediately rented the movie but found it to be a fraction of the book. After I finished Angela's Ashes I read it again, making sure I didn't miss anything and then went on to read his next book, 'Tis.
    What struck me most about Frank's life is that it was only about 80 years ago when he was born and that there was such poverty in a civilized country. This book makes you feel grateful for so many things.
    This book moved me and made me thankful. I thought Frank was perfect as the narrator and couldn't imagine anyone else telling this story. *****

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2837)
    Performance
    (2433)
    Story
    (2445)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "A good read!"
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    I like Kate Morton's books and this is a good one. I don't know why but I also like the narrator - something about her voice..... this is an interesting story that is worth reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "Turn of mind"
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    This was just so SLOW and very disappointing for me - I plodded on thinking it might get better but it never did ...... BORING!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mosaic: A Chronicle of Five Generations

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (82)

    >i>Mosaic is compelling storytelling at its best - from the fascinating details of Polish-Jewish culture and the rivalries and dramas of family life, to its moving account of lives torn apart by war and persecution, this an extraordinary true story of a family, and of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.

    Margaret says: "Spectacular story"
    "Mosaic"
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    This is an amazing book that is perfectly narrated. The story is captivating and important I'm almost to the end and I want it to go on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a 13-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family.

    Tinker says: "Not enough hours ....."
    "Fabulous Story!"
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    This book is super duper long ...... which for me, is a huge plus with an audio book. Once you get going you never want this book to end! This is a lovely book that takes you back in time and is wonderfully written and red. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have now read all of Kate Morton's books and I'm hungry for more!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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