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  • Imperfect Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Rosie Ferguson is 17 and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. She's intelligent (she aced AP physics), athletic (a former state-ranked tennis doubles champion), and beautiful. She is, in short, everything her mother, Elizabeth, hoped she could be. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the life Rosie claims to be leading is a sham.

    Susan says: "Imperfect birds not quite perfect but good."
    "This is probably the worst book I have read"
    Overall

    I gaveit on star because I couldn't figure out how to give it -5!!!! This is probably the worst book I have read in 20 years. The writing is shallow and the topic of contemporary teenage issues was apparently very poorly researched thus presented in the story. Seems like the writer just wanted to write for shock value. The book is a waste of time, money, and effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgetting Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tatjana Soli
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    When Claire Nagy marries Forster Baumsarg, the only son of prominent California citrus ranchers, she knows she's consenting to a life of hard work, long days, and worry-fraught nights. But her love for Forster is so strong, she turns away from her literary education and embraces the life of the ranch, succumbing to its intoxicating rhythms and bounty until her love of the land becomes a part of her.

    A User says: "What a terrible disappointment"
    "What a terrible disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I do not know who would enjoy this book. The story was unorganized, boring, and slow.


    Has The Forgetting Tree turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    There needed to have been a story line. The author seemed to have just focused on random thoughts she tried to tie together through the lives of 2 characters.


    What character would you cut from The Forgetting Tree?

    Ha. All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry I wasted an audible.com credit and my time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (412)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "Couldn't Wait to Drive to Work So I Could Listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to my book club because of the writing. The story involved strong resourceful women at different times in history. The connection between women and families across generations was compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I just loved Bettie and Charlie. They were both such strong characters and I loved their conviction to what was right so ahead of their time.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    Bettie


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh Yes!! I wanted to drive around and around in my car and travel back to 1935.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (396)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "Book review"
    Overall

    Very disappointed in this book. Conroy tried to add every dysfunctional story line every imagined into one book. Don't waste your time on this disappointment!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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