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Mary

Washington, DC, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 521 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Broken for You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful story of mending and redemption"
    "Sometimes its even better to listen than to read"
    Overall

    I am a long-time listener with Audible and this book ranks up their with the best. Its moving; its funny (listening to the narrator track a conversation between an old jewish lady and a middleaged Irishman is hysterical)and the characters are those I wish I could revisit. Its a lovely story about redemption. I don't usually write reviews but this book will remain one of my favorites along with the Time Traveler's Wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8736)
    Performance
    (8018)
    Story
    (8023)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Best book in a long time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was the first book I've listened to/read in a long time where I wanted to start it again immediately upon finishing. Its a little dark - but the characters are so vivid. I saw the actual Goldfish painting at the Frick last week. It made the book even more special although I tried not to think about the bombing as I looked at it. The narrator was great - very different voices. I completely lost myself in the story and the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3095)
    Performance
    (2291)
    Story
    (2317)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "A great series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a wonderful series full of clever characters and with a great narrator. The 'steam punk' aspects of the story were really clever and the characters are so different than your typical vampire/werewolf series. This is light and funny but really well written. I will likely listen to it again. If you enjoy Jaspar Fforde Alexia is kind of a 19th Century version of Thursday. Except with Dandies and fire-shooting cephlapods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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