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Sandra

Goffstown, NH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
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  • Love Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Debra Messing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life. Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

    Judith says: "Not what I expected."
    "Loved It"
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    I loved this story. I was one of those books in which I was sad every time I had to stop listening. I'd even drive the long way home just to get some extra listening time in. I liked the main characters and looked forward to finding out about them and their lives. Both women, far from perfect, were forced to deal with life events beyond their control. I found Anthony’s story fascinating. It was a point of view that I have never encountered. The book contained a great deal of humor, friendship, discovery and pain. After finishing the story, and now months later, I have a feeling of missing these characters and hoping that they have found happiness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (555)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Just Okay"
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    This was a slow, meandering story. It was simply listening to someone reminiscing about the past and trying to understand how that past has shaped them in the present. While interesting, it was not a book that gripped my attention.

    The author, Ishiguro, was able to develop the characters and make them feel like real individuals that you could run into on the street. Yet, the premise, the boarding school and the mysterious donations left me wondering and feeling like there was a purposeful omission of important facts to try and build curiosity or strong emotion in the reader.It didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Lucky You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kristyn Kusek Lewis
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, How Lucky You Are is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their long-standing friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her.

    glamazon says: "This Story Never Gets Old"
    "The Grass is not Greener..."
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    I liked this book. It told the story of three friends that on the surface seemed to have idyllic lives , but were facing hardships they did not share. The plot was interesting and the characters defined. The message was clear: no one's life is perfect.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3600)
    Performance
    (3251)
    Story
    (3271)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Disturbing"
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    I found this book to be disturbing in a good way. It took me a long time to listen to The Handmaid’s Tale after I purchased it, as I knew it would be a thought-provoking book, but I am glad I did finally read it. It made me analyze how people can be thrown into situations and have no way to change their circumstances so that life becomes a daily choice: live this way or die.

    I am glad that I listened to this book rather than reading it as the way it was written lent itself to this format. Claire Danes was fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2539)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Casually Bad"
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    I found this book to be lacking that little something that draws you in and makes you want to continue reading. The way the plot focused on the petty struggles of the wealthy and real struggles of the poor was too dramatic and seemed more like a caricature than a look into small town life. The characters fell flat and I couldn’t manage to care about their experiences. It was obvious what role each character was assigned and what part they would play in the big ending. I did not care for this book and would not recommend reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2141)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1360)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "You don't have to be a scientist to read this book"
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    I am not a scientist, not even close. I barely passed high school chemistry and only vaguely remember the periodic table. Yet, I have always like scientific concepts and history. I found this book fascinating. I learned so much about the periodic table in a fun and interesting manner. I loved the history and anecdotes behind the discovery of the elements. It was through this story telling that I was able to really understand and appreciate the science of the periodic table and elements. I truly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How We Decide

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonah Lehrer
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (497)

    Jonah Lehrer arms us with the tools we need to figure out how we decide, drawing on cutting-edge research by Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer, and others, as well as the real-world experiences of a wide range of "deciders" - from airplane pilots and hedge fund investors to serial killers and poker players. Lehrer shows how people are taking advantage of the new science to make better television shows, win more football games, and improve military intelligence.

    Sarah says: "Summarizes information from several superior books"
    "Interesting"
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    I enjoyed the analysis of how we make decisions. Jonah Lehrer was able to make what could have been a boring subject interesting through providing stories/anecdotes as examples to explain decision-making and how it occurs in a variety of situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (309)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Bowling is Great Fun!"
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    Breakfast with Buddha was a fun and thought-provoking book. I like how the characters were thrown together and how their personalities are so opposed at the start of the story. As the road trip progresses they have many funny experiences, I laughed out loud quiet a few times. There is a side to the story that encourages you to look at the world and think about your personal beliefs without ever feeling preachy or telling you how to react to the ideas presented. I really enjoyed the story and found myself wishing I was on that road trip and going bowling with Rinpoche.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3968)
    Performance
    (3414)
    Story
    (3391)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Great Book"
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    I liked this book more than I thought I would. I am an extrovert, although I do share a few traits with introverts. I chose to read this book to better understand my students, colleagues and friends that are introverts. It was eye opening to learn how much extroversion is prized and the stress that can put on introverts. I was pleasantly surprised at how both sides of the introvert/extrovert personality was considered and discussed. I felt that I was able to not only better understand others but also myself. I finished this book with a sense of how important it is to be open and interested in others and to see their strengths in order to create strong friendships and working relationships. And yes, I am trying to slow down, wait, listen, and shut up once in awhile to let the introverts in my life have time to think and share… if they want to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6013)
    Performance
    (5401)
    Story
    (5397)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Shadow of Night"
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    This book was interesting. I liked it better than the first book, A Discovery of Witches. The plot was interesting and not always predictable. The characters were more fully developed, and it did a great job in setting up the events for the last book in this series. Overall a nice read.

    The audio was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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