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Maxine Fuentes

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  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 384 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    My sister and I listened to this book and we loved it.
    I must say, though, if you have heard of the Movie, Simon Birch from this book please don't bother. As much as we loved the book, we hated the movie. No wonder Mr. Irving did not let them use the Owen Meany name. Garp worked as a movie. Cider House Rules worked as a movie. A Prayer for Owen Meany did not, just as Mr. Irving thought. At least that is what I read somewhere.
    Mr. Irving's descriptions are vivid, the story thought provoking and the reader was "perfect."
    The interview with Mr. Irving was interesting, however, I would recommend not reading it until you have finished the book. I personally like to discover the story myself and I am furious if someone tells me an ending before I get there.
    If you decide to listen to this story you will not be disappointed.
    I have listened to well over 100 books and this is among the top five if not the best ever.

    60 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (1691)
    Story
    (1683)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

    The thoughts and dialogue was so real.


    What other book might you compare Big Little Lies to and why?

    That is what I liked so much about it. It is unlike any other book I have listened too.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    It was wonderful! I love her voice. I love the slight raspiness of her voice and the range of tone.


    If you could rename Big Little Lies, what would you call it?

    Secret drama of kindergarden moms.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope I would be Madelyn if I were a character in this book. I loved her. Warts and all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1653)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "My first Harlan Coben book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story had lots of twists and turn and it kept my interest to the last page.


    Has Stay Close turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book has made me want more from this author and appreciate editing crime mysteries even more.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    His delivery is always fantastic. I have never been disappointed in any book he has
    narrated.


    What character would you cut from Stay Close?

    If I had to cut a character if would be the Bloom's boss.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes I have a hard time getting into a book right away, so when I am finished I like to start again to paint a more vivid picture of characters and events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13496)
    Performance
    (5900)
    Story
    (5976)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    I love a great, well read story. This is both. I truly felt "with" Jacob as he recounted his story. I laughed, worried, became enraged, cried and then as it ended I just smiled with complete satisfaction. I have Elana, August, Walter, Uncle Al, Rosey and dear Rosemary pictured in my mind with great clarity.
    I have listened to many books and this is the best ever. I am telling everyone I know to listen to this wonderful book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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