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Midland, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 178 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Open House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Becky Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this superb novel - an Oprah Book Club selection - a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.

    Iris says: "Open House"
    Would you listen to Open House again? Why?

    I would certainly recommend the book but I wouldn't listen again because I generally don't reread books.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Open House?

    There were many memorable moments in Open House, but the best one is when Sam has a chance to go back but moves forward.

    Have you listened to any of Becky Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't listened to any of Becky Baker's other performances, but I plan to look her up on Audible's narrator search and select another book she has narrated because I really liked her voice. I think she fit the character of Sam very well.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction, but I did chuckle at some of the parts and get a few tears in my eyes in other parts. It was just a very satisfying book.

    Any additional comments?

    I really liked Sam, because she was able to accept people for who they are and find the good in people without negative judgment. Her initial assessment of people focused on the positive rather than the negative. She was a very optimistic person, although I don't think she saw herself that way.

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like different books for different reasons, but this one ranks way up there. I have recommended it to several people, and a few have read and/or listened and they liked it, too. This book will stay with you long after you have finished.

    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    I don't think I can compare Gone Girl to any other book I have read/listened to. This was not your everyday ordinary crime drama. This book was a puzzle with so many twists and turns (but was not hard to keep up with). It is a very chilling portrayal of a sociopath like the ones who live among us. (I would recommend The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, which is a non-fiction book about sociopaths - and you probably know a few. They are ordinary people living ordinary lives and it is frightening. That book is also available from Audible.)

    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Wow! It is impossible to choose. Both performances were off the chart and at times you equally loved/hated both Nick and Amy. The characters in the book are developed very well, and these two narrators did a fantastic job. I have already searched for other books narrated by each of them and plan to listen to some of them.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You live with true evil among you every day. What would you do if it was your spouse?

    Any additional comments?


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  • Gossip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Beth Gutcheon
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Loviah "Lovie" French owns a small, high-end dress shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Renowned for her taste and discretion, Lovie is the one to whom certain women turn when they need "just the thing" for major life events - baptisms and balls, weddings and funerals - or when they just want to dish in the dressing room. Among the people who depend on Lovie's confidence are her two best friends since boarding school: Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf.

    Cheryl says: "Gossip defines and entertains!"
    Would you try another book from Beth Gutcheon and/or Kimberly Farr?

    I'm not sure if I would try another book by Beth Gutcheon. If it was given at least a 4-star rating, I might try it. The same for Kimberly Farr.

    Would you recommend Gossip to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend Gossip to my friends. I didn't dislike the book, but it was rather long with little action. I don't think the title of the book fit the story. Other than just a few times in the book where the main character "Lovie" mentioned overhearing someone say something about someone, there wasn't really much "gossip" in the book. In fact, since "Lovie" didn't ever repeat gossip, non of it spread among the characters. Also, Dinah, was a gossip columnist, but there wasn't really much gossip going on there, either, that really affected the storyline. The description of the book states that gossip is what leads to a tragedy, but I did not see that as the case at all. Dinah did mention something in her column that may have led up to the tragedy, but I think circumstances, rather than gossip, led up to it. Additionally, I don't think the characters involved in the tragedy were even developed well enough for the reader/listener to understand why the tragedy happened. I expected this to be a fun book with a bunch of ladies coming in and out of a dress shop with lots of juicy gossip, until the gossip went too far and a tragedy resulted, but the book was not fun, and there was little gossip. I don't regret reading it, and I don't feel it was a waste of time - I just wouldn't recommend it.

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

    The performance was fine. The narrator's voice fit the main character well. She sounded like a proper, affluent person. Also, the tone of her voice fit the tone of the book.

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

    I might depending upon the cast.

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