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Evelyn

What can I say except I love reading either by listening to books when am exercising or reading an e book when I have time to sit and relax.There are so many wonderful stories out there and never seem to have enough hours to listen to or read them!

Westmount, Quebec, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3122)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2475)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Gruesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading Gone Girl by Flynn which I really liked decided to buy another of her books. This one was disappointing. The story was long,tedious and the descriptions were gruesome . You don't feel sorry for Libby Day, the main character because she is unlikeable. Her brother Ben is more sympathetic but his reasons for protecting his lover seem somewhat lame when he is accused of killing his own family. All the rest of the characters in Dark Places seem degenerative and inhuman as well as terribly violent.

    The plot gets more convoluted and ridiculous as the story evolves. The reader was excellent and listened to it until the end to find out who were the actual killers. It was disappointing as could not believe Flynn could write such rubbish because Gone Girl was so good I couldn't stop listening to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1993)
    Performance
    (1758)
    Story
    (1744)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Wonderful book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a well written and lovely story. We forget how difficult it was for women alone at the beginning of the twentieth century to forge a life for themselves. The main character in the book Cora shows us the strength and abdominable spirit of what one woman can do. Although orphaned as a child and then living in a loveless marriage she struggles through bitter disappointments to find happiness. Due to society's norms of not accepting homosexuality or divorce she lives a very unorthodox life for the times and yet she endears herself to us time and again because of her choices and how she fights for them. It was sad to say good bye to Cora but she will linger in my thoughts for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (838)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "A lovely story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Light Between Oceans again? Why?

    Really enjoyed the story but disliked the narrator as found he mumbled a great deal and sometimes had to go back and listen again to parts of the book.


    What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

    It is a unique story somewhat improbable and yet believable..it could happen and it is a tragedy of of two people in conflict about doing "the right thing for the wrong reasons".


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Taylor?

    Don't really know too many names of narrators although have listened to hundreds of books pay little attention who narrates them unless really dislike the voice. Unfortunately I noted Noah Taylor and ascertain that I never listen to a book that is narrated by him...that is how bad I thought he was!


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

    The dilemma of making the right choices in life!


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed it because the characters were so well defined. It was interesting to feel the depth of the isolation of being on the island when Tom was alone and then to see the terrible decisions made because of their remoteness from civilization...could they have gotten away with keeping Lucy had the letter never been written, had the rattle not been discovered - you wonder and you feel so sad for them.

    That is why it is such a touching story because although you know what they did was wrong you can only feel sadness for Tom, Isabelle, Hannah and Lucy. As a reader you realize there is no possible solution to a tragic misjudgement all in the name of love and you can never judge them....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (345)

    Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

    Watson says: "Suspense for suspense's sake"
    "Confused"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Would change just about everything in this book as it the plot was so confusing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Think I won't be reading a thriller for a while and try just fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Had no real favourite scene. Found many of them to be rather gruesome.


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

    Don't think would bother as did not enjoy the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    Will not purchase another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (432)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Global Warming"
    Overall

    Learnt a great deal from this book. Crichton did a lot of research on global warming and made it the theme of this very engrossing tale. You just can't stop reading it. He explains all his theories at the end. It certainly makes one reconsider all the propaganda on our fears of climate change. Feel like buying this book for all my friends and get them to read it. Wonderful conversation piece. Don't miss listening or reading this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Careless in Red

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    After the senseless murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley retreated to Cornwall, where he has spent six solitary weeks hiking the bleak and rugged coastline. On the 43rd day of his walk, at the base of a cliff, Lynley discovers the body of a young man who appears to have fallen to his death.

    Rebecca says: "Elizabeth George is Back...Whoo Hoo!"
    "Interesting Read"
    Overall

    Really enjoy Elizabeth George's work but this last book left me bewildered. The story line is complex which the author usually manages to plot well but this time it just didn't quite jive. It rambled in some parts. The characters were hard to follow and the necessity of the murder didn't make any sense.

    At the beginning of the book she piques your interest when the body is found but as it goes on you couldn't quite follow the plot..it was too shallow. Of course, I wanted to know what happened to Inspector Lynley after the murder of his pregnant wife in George's last book. How was he coping with his wife's and unborn son's death and she depicts him very well in his grief. He is such a defined character in all her novels. It was disappointing but will read her next one when she publishes it She writes very well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In this remarkable book, Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But Katherine Swynford was much more than that.

    Marsha E. Wood says: "Enthralling"
    "A boring read"
    Overall

    This book is just a series of historical dates with absolutely no fiction. While it may be factual it makes for boring reading.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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