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MAUREEN

Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • Eat, Pray, Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

    MAUREEN says: "Self serving autobiography"
    "Self serving autobiography"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really worthwhile. The preamble about the author's divorce was very self-centered, as if no one had ever gone through anything like it before. The chapters in Italy were downright boring except for a few coloquial and historical references. Life at the ashram in India was the most interesting. The final section about Bali was tepid. The author found love there and all was right in her world. A real Danielle Steel ending. Not worth it.


    Would you recommend Eat, Pray, Love to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. My friends like real literature.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She should have hired a professional.


    Did Eat, Pray, Love inspire you to do anything?

    This book inspired me to be more careful about my purchases.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4854)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2265)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "My best listen ever."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Cutting for Stone reached me on every level. It is a truly original, fascinating story. The characters are so rich and deep, they become your friends, your enemies, your family. Abraham Verghese is a genius storyteller. Sunil Malhotra's narration sweeps you away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (548)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Waste of Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What was most disappointing about Kevin Wilson’s story?

    I forced myself to read several chapters because the reviews were so good, but I don't get what people were raving about. It isn't funny, it is insultingly simplistic and immature and the story goes nowhere endlessly. Maybe it was written for twelve year old boys. Spud guns. Really?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator cannot be blamed. She had nothing to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Filled with breathtaking images and historical detail, Danielle Steel's novel introduces one of her most unique and fascinating characters: Annabelle Worthington, a remarkable woman - a good woman - who triumphs against overwhelming odds. More than compelling fiction, her story is a powerful celebration of life, dignity, and courage - and a testament to the human will to survive.

    Cindi says: "A good read I thoroughly enjoyed"
    "A Wasted Credit"
    Overall

    Now I know why I haven't read any Danielle Steel. The nauseatingly simplified characters play out a predictable story told in a boring, one-dimensional tone. The characters and the narrator are a perfect match.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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