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Cynthia

Englewood, CO, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Wench: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dolen Perkins-Valdez
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer.

    Donna says: "Fascinating and disturbing, an amazing debut..."
    "Thrilling, heartbreaking and raw with emotion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Wench rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very top of the list.


    What other book might you compare Wench to and why?

    ANY KNOWN BLOOD. The story takes you from girlhood to womanhood and has you inside the minds and hearts of the people and their circumstances as they are controlled seemly by the universe. Yet in their despair they know who they are and what is right, true and decent despite desperate circumstances.


    What does Quincy Tyler Bernstine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Warmth and intimacy


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

    Hmmm… I would have to think about that


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4156)
    Performance
    (2825)
    Story
    (2810)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Not her usual great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Her storyline was well pretty boring and she repeated her colorful descriptions over and over.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charlaine Harris before, how does this one compare?

    Not her best novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say


    Could you see Dead Reckoning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, but not on HBO. It could be condensed to a movie of the week on a network station.


    Any additional comments?

    I still love Charlene Harris but I will take my time and wait for the right book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he's found a way, doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic.

    Ann says: "Humor and Mystery"
    "Better to be Seen and not Heard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Writer made characters one-deminsional. I would have liked better narrater. His voice was flat and you noticed he was male during his female speaking parts. In a narrator you are lost in the story not the voice.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Game of Thrones


    How could the performance have been better?

    As above


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Skinny Dip?

    The shopping at the mall, the sneaking in and out of the house was excessive and towards the end where the heroine dresses as a male and follows the detective


    Any additional comments?

    Good parts but overall I was disappointed. I know where here was going with this but it missed the mark. Do not get me wrong, I love a good Mickey Spillane novel but this was undeveloped and left the reader feeling as though she waisted her time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brokeback Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

    JR says: "Finally! Someone gets it."
    "Broken"
    Overall

    This audio short story degraded women and passed it self off as a special bond between two people. It is a crude depiction of love.
    The descriptions of the intimate trists were nauseating and sleazy. a movie was written based on this short story.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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