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Robin Fentress

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Delinsky
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Emily Aulenbach is 30, a lawyer married to a lawyer, working in Manhattan. An idealist, she had once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse, but she spends her days in a cubicle talking on the phone with vic­tims of tainted bottled water - and she is on the bottler’s side. And it isn’t only work. It’s her sister, her friends, even her husband, Tim, with whom she doesn’t connect the way she used to. She doesn’t connect to much in her life, period, with the exception of three things - her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch....

    Gabrielle says: "Bit shallow but nice escape ..."
    "Whiny Character"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had to stop listening almost halfway through when I realized that I didn't care what happens to the main character any longer. she was so self absorbed and whiny, I just couldn't stand to hear any more of her thoughts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "Complex Characters"
    Overall
    Performance
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    An enjoyable read, very complex characters, not as entertaining as I desired the story to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oxygen: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carol Wiley Cassella
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Carol Cassella, a freelance medical writer and a practicing anesthesiologist, grounds her haunting debut novel Oxygen in the life-or-death scenarios of the modern medical field. Marie Heaton's successful anesthesiology practice is derailed when a child dies under the mask. Faced with a major lawsuit, she must turn to a former lover for moral support.

    glamazon says: "Excellent Read"
    "Excellent Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So well written, the storyline and main character draws you in immediately. This is character you care for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost and Found

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Carolyn Parkhurst
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    What do a suburban mom and her troubled daughter, two recently divorced brothers, a pair of former child stars, born-again Christian newlyweds, and a couple of young millionaires have in common? They have all been selected to compete on Lost and Found, a daring new reality TV show. In teams of two, they will race across the globe, from Egypt to Japan, from Sweden to England, to battle for a million-dollar prize.

    Colleen says: "I LOVED this book!"
    "Fun Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fun story, especially if you are an "Amazing Race" fan, like myself. Not a storyline or characters that will stay with you, but it was enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (325)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Such Insight Into the Art World"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed the storyline and the characters, loved the insight into a world I would never have access to. Is there anything that Steve Martin can't do?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1691)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (854)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "Story Immediately Pulls You In"
    Overall
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    Fabulous story, worthy of all of the great reviews and 'word of mouth' recommendations by friends. The current storyline and characters are interesting, and the back story is hard, but so well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6110)
    Performance
    (5425)
    Story
    (5423)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "MAGICAL!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Was dubious about this storyline at first, I normally do not read/listen to fantasy books, but this story was fantastical and expertly read. The reader was fabulous and lent each character their own special voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (794)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Dissapointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For this to be a book that won so much critical praise, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I enjoy books with likeable characters, didn't find too many here...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3841)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3267)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Excellent Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written story and the main character is someone to like. Can't give too much of a review as the listener needs to follow the storyline and absorb the information as the author lays it out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rescue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma--streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter.

    glamazon says: ""Rescue""
    "Real Life Characters, Story Draws You In"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No one can write about people like Anita Shreve. These characters and this storyline has stayed with me, enjoyed the experience of listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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