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NOBLESVILLE, IN, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 95 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2018

  • Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Delia Ephron
    • Narrated By Meg Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, writing, movies, and family. From keen observations on modern living, the joy of girlfriends, and best-friendship, to a consideration of the magical madness and miracle of dogs, to haunting recollections of life with her famed screenwriter mother and growing up the child of alcoholics, Ephron's eloquent style and voice illuminate every moment of this superb and singular work.

    tooonce72 says: "AHHHHHHH - Just wonderful!!!"
    "Enjoyable, even if not a big fan of Nora Ephron"
    What made the experience of listening to Sister Mother Husband Dog the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know much about Nora Ephron, and much of the story does discuss the author's relationship with her, and their lives. However, I still found the book very interesting, and inspirational, and a lovely listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Bonny says: "Boy, am I in the minority on this one."
    "Skillful writer, but too lengthy for the story that it told."

    It was well-written; the author clearly has skill, which is appreciated. But, the story spent a long time telling not so much. It could have been more compelling if shortened, and less extraneous details were included. After investing 30 hours listening, I felt let down in the end. I did speed up the reading to 1.5 times halfway through because I felt like I was just trying to get through it at that point.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    > The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Loved it so much I was sad it when it was over!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to my friends. The story was interesting, and kept me listening longer than I should usually. I loved the characters, the story, the complexity of their lives, and the time and setting of the story.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Cora, was my favorite. She was realistic, but positive. Complex, but simplistic in other ways, too. I loved her feminist qualities despite the norms of the time. I loved the way she navigated her life and circumstances.

    What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

    Her narration stayed out of the way, so to speak. Some narrators are distracting in the way their voice or dialects they use interfere with the story, but this one was perfectly suited.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some critiques I read online have indicated that the way the book wraps up is too fast and too much like "tying up loose ends" but I really enjoyed that. I did not have an extreme reaction to the book except when it was over, and I was sad that I didn't get to listen to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Lissa Price
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first - the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again.

    Lindsey says: "Zing! This book is 'ztupid!'"
    "Zing! This book is 'ztupid!'"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    We bought this book to listen to on a road trip with our two young teen kids. We were really interested in the story line and couldn't wait to get started! However, the longer we listened, the more laughable the story became. Even the youngest in the car at 13, kept finding holes in the story. Eventually we only continued to listen to the story because we were just making fun of it. An entire motif seemed to be the author's habit of putting the letter Z in front of everything in an attempt to make if futuristic somehow. The only people who might enjoy this book are people who are young enough to not see the holes in the plot, but still old enough to tolerate the death and starvation of teenagers. I'm not sure that demographic exists. Also, the main character is very easily swayed from caring about her friend and ill younger brother, to being wrapped up in these rich old people's lives. The same old people who creepily "rent" teenagers' bodies and then make out with real teenagers, which is really disturbing in itself. The main character is also very preoccupied with how hot all of these rich teens are in her new world. There were parts of the book where my teen son literally said out loud, "why is she so worried about this date she has and not worried at all anymore about her sick, starving brother?"

    What could Lissa Price have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The plot needed to be better developed, with more connections, less holes, more consistency. It didn't seem that the author knew where the story was going at any point.

    What aspect of Rebecca Lowman’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was great.

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

    We were all disappointed in the book. We continued to listen throughout our road trip purely just to make fun of the more ridiculous parts, and in small part because we had invested so much time already and wanted to see it through. It was a waste of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Absolutely LOVED and was sad it when it was over!"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to a lot of audio books, and this was one of the best. Thoroughly entertaining, and I couldn't wait to get in the car to turn it on again! It helps that I'm already a fan of Tina Fey, and SNL and 30 Rock, but I found it really funny and interesting! A little bit of explicit language, but not much, and doesn't detract from the book at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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