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Stephanie

Richmond, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "ONE OF STROUT'S BEST"
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    Actually, when has Elizabeth Strout written a bad book? Done with her inimitable style and inimitable observations of how we humans behave, both badly and well. A gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1184)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "My book of the year!"
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    I'm curious to see if someone else can come up with a more original, more engaging premise for a book in 2013. Praised by Gillian ("Gone Girl") Flynn as the book she herself wished she had written. Can't wait to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (670)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Not as much fun as I thought it would be"
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    Replay starts with an interesting concept, but the execution is just okay. The book needed an editor--not for the writing, which was good enough to keep me relatively entertained, but for the narration: some of the pronunciation of words was completely wrong. Someone wears a "ma-DRAS" skirt, another woman is a "SO-see-a-lite," and I had to completely hoot when I hear Poughkeepsie pronounced "POOH-KEEP-see." Errors like made the whole thing seem less professional. I liked the narrator's voice well enough--earnest and young--but why didn't someone help him with this sort of thing? I also thought the sex scenes intrusive, but that's a personal preference.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2023)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Just when you thought you knew what was going on.."
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    Tana French has delivered another meaty police procedural with plenty of twists and turns and surprises. Her characters--as usual--are oh-so human and vulnerable, just like all of us. I found the story highly addictive and listened to the last section all in one uninterrupted gulp. Good, gripping story and excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3216)
    Performance
    (2411)
    Story
    (2421)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Modern masterpiece!"
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    I started out reading the book version of Cloud Atlas, but after skimming a bit and seeing that the Audible version had a variety of narrators, decided that it would be more enjoyable to listen to the different voices--and it was! Some of the narrators are better than others, but in general they tell the story well. In fact, I enjoyed the story so very very much that I'm now reading the paper version. The story--stories, actually--are interwoven with a sure, but delicate, hand. Author David Mitchell is a genius!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (893)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Book 7 in Louise Penny's mystery series"
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    Louise Penny's stories starring the gentle and wise Inspector Armand Gamache just get better and better. And I can't wait for the next one: "The Beautiful Mystery," due out in late August 2012. If you haven't read any of them yet, start with "Still Life," the author's introduction to the quiet little town of Three Pines in Quebec and its quirky--and sometimes dangerous--inhabitants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (1716)
    Story
    (1715)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Fascinating piece of history"
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    An up-close look at how Hitler came to power from the perspective of the U.S. ambassador to Germany and his attractive and somewhat promiscuous daughter. Very entertaining and "readable."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (688)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "I wish I could listen all over again!"
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    This book was just plain fun. I love history and got lots of it here, some for real and some invented, but all fascinating. The characters and situations were so original and new to me. A real saga, and very well read by the narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Oracle of Stamboul: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael David Lukas
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    An elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting debut novel set in a mystical, exotic world, in which a gifted young girl charms a sultan and changes the course of an empire's history. The Oracle of Stamboul is a marvelously evocative, magical historical novel that will transport readers to another time and place—romantic, exotic, yet remarkably similar to our own.

    Michele says: "Lots of atmosphere"
    "Okay, Not Fabulous"
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    Would you try another book from Michael David Lukas and/or Mozhan Marno?

    I probably would not try another book by this author. I read it because it was a book club pick, but did not enjoy it really. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either; her voice was a little sharp.


    Would you recommend The Oracle of Stamboul to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, would not. It was fairly well written, but I was bored by it. It should have been much more interesting, given the subject matter.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    That would depend on who the director and actors were.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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