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April

Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!

Leesburg, VA, United States

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  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "Wonderful display of "six degrees of separation.""
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    What did you love best about The Story of Beautiful Girl?

    This story reinforces the importance of treating EVERYONE you come in contact with dignity and respect. A full life is had not by proving how much better one is than another but by experiencing all the amazing talents and beauty in the people around you. So many people have amazing talents and perspectives.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful performance. I could picture the characters in her voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5853)
    Performance
    (5076)
    Story
    (5066)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Enjoyable story."
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    Find your satisfaction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    Memorable part of beautiful ruins was realizing the old producer really didn't have ANY redeeming qualities.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Oz: The Wicked Years, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (354)

    Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series became national best sellers and the basis for a hit Tony-winning Broadway musical. Now, Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling and compulsively readable saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last.

    Kathleen says: "Worth the Wait!"
    "Better as an audio than reading the book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Out of Oz the most enjoyable?

    I love McGuire's descriptive writing. Hearing the audiobook just enhanced the imagery for me.


    What does John McDonough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did an excellent job of bringing to life the descriptive writing of McGuire while also giving life and voice to the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (409)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Cynthia says: "Good story, well read, you know how it ends"
    "Cliche' in a different wrapper."
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    What disappointed you about One Thousand White Women?

    Ultimately the story only reinforced cliches and negatives. Author also resorted to an excess of descriptions of sexual violence that didn't really add to the story.


    Has One Thousand White Women turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Laura Hicks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/a


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It was disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yokota Officers Club

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sarah Bird
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Sarah Bird authors brilliant, introspective novels of bittersweet reminiscence tempered with humor. The Yokota Officers Club is a tale both courageous and touching--a journey of the heart that speaks volumes of the transient, isolated lifestyle of military families. Having grown up at the Yokota Air Base in Japan, and having moved six times in the last eight years, Bernadette "Bernie" Root and her five siblings are quintessential military brats.

    April says: "If you've been there, you understand."
    "If you've been there, you understand."
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    What did you like best about The Yokota Officers Club? What did you like least?

    I liked the author's clear understanding of a very unique life and culture; however, her writing assumed all her readers would have the experience to understand the lifestyle. I think she missed an opportunity to be even more descriptive.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I wanted more!! What happens next. What about the other characters - LaRue, etc.


    Have you listened to any of Carine Montbertrand’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/a


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

    Yes. I actually think it would make a good movie because what's missing in descriptions in the book could be better portrayed in a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew J. Mellen
    • Narrated By Andrew J. Mellen
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (817)

    Arguably the most organized man in America, Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for a client list that includes attorneys, filmmakers, and even psychologists. With Unstuff Your Life! he puts his powerful program in the hands of his widest audience yet.

    Angela says: "My lightbulb moment"
    "Love! Love! Love!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommend this book. Author breaks down steps to MAKE LASTING CHANGES and establish new habits into manageable pieces. Habits are more than a one day sorting project, and Andrew gives you the tools to develop good "stuff".


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dealing with stuff is more than organizing.


    What does Andrew J. Mellen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his sense of humor and seriousness both. His voice lends a personal quality. He is personally guiding you through the change process.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    You are NOT your stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend this for anyone who needs even a little help simplifying or streamlining a busy life as well as for anyone who is ready to tackle a major life change from hoarder to freedom from stuff.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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