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Raymond W. Savage

Ray

Pennsylvania | Member Since 2005

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  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "Great beach read"
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    Would you try another book from J. Courtney Sullivan and/or Ann Marie Lee?

    I will try one more.


    Would you recommend Maine to your friends? Why or why not?

    I love well written sagas that cross generations. The characters were interesting, the story well developed and the plot was non formulaic.


    Was Maine worth the listening time?

    Absolutely worth the listening time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Barbarian Nurseries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Héctor Tobar
    • Narrated By Frankie J. Alvarez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    With The Barbarian Nurseries, Héctor Tobar gives our most misunderstood metropolis its great contemporary novel, taking us beyond the glimmer of Hollywood and deeper than camera-ready crime stories to reveal Southern California life as it really is, across its vast, sunshiny sprawl of classes, languages, dreams, and ambitions.

    David says: "A modern classic for 21st century Los Angeles"
    "Thank you for this fabulous daily deal!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe because I've lived on the east coast all of my life but I was fascinated and charmed to read this novel from the point of view of the industrious Latina maid who works for this family.The characterizations were very good , a little thin at times, but most were robust The story was so well-developed and the setting so well defined that I felt like I was living inside of it. Some literary books are difficult to follow in Audio formar. This is not one of them. Enjoy it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5084)
    Performance
    (2876)
    Story
    (2914)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "fun read, good story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    well constructed story, mediocre prose, decent characters good story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The plot twists were ingenious, female characters were well written.
    Male characters were weak and the male romantic interest was thinly fleshed out.


    Was The Forgotten Garden worth the listening time?

    It was a wonderful, non demanding listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4222)
    Performance
    (3043)
    Story
    (3042)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Best Book of 2011"
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    Would you listen to State of Wonder again? Why?

    I have already listened a second time because the story was so engrossing that i missed some of the excellent prose. I also will read a third time so I can re savor the experience of exploring the Amazon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marina Singh's character was complex, damaged and beautifully developed. We come to know her though contrasting her interactions with peers, teachers, mentors and family which are nuanced and detailed.


    What about Hope Davis???s performance did you like?

    Hope Davis's performance was soft and unobtrusive. It added little but more important to me,
    it did not detract at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Certainly this is a book with flaws, some of the supporting characters needed better development. The science sounds dubious to this layman, but these faults pale beside the intriguing story, the layers of relationships and the magic of the locale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15734)
    Performance
    (10055)
    Story
    (9935)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "my idea of a great beach read"
    Overall

    I love novels with a great sweep, complex relationships and good sex. I cannot abide poor writing or formula novels. This was a perfect break from Roth, Nabokov, Stegner, Franzen, and the other literary great modern writers. If you like this book, loved "Cutting for Stone" and the "History of Love" and find reading Eco like going to school, please consider sharing great reads with me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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