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Shawn

Wilmington, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Last Time I Saw You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Berg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    From the beloved best-selling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one another - and themselves - at their 40th high-school reunion.

    LJ Web says: "completely entertaining"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I LOVE Elizabeth Berg's books and was excited to see that she had a new release. This book, However, was not like her other books at all, almost like it was written by someone else. Shallow characters, boring plot, and, worst of all, I could not stand to listen to her voice. Eventually I just got tired of listening the this banal book and gave up on it. I never give up on books but this one was not worth my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (2365)
    Story
    (2363)

    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.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "I Love Owen Meany"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I first read this book when it came out and it has always been one of my favorite books. It is weird (in a good way) and quirky and you will never forget this character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how everything comes together in the end and it all makes sense.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Owen Meany-of course! I loved hearing his strange, sweet voice.


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

    Owen Meany, a boy you will love and never forget.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend A Prayer for Owen Meany.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila says: "Worth a listen!"
    "A must read for baby boomers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake again? Why?

    Yes. I am in my mid fifties and starting to look at life from a diferent perspective. This book is a thought provoking look at mid life from a woman with a bright and positive outlook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It resonated with where I am in my life right now. It is as if I could have written it myself.


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

    This is my first Anna Quindlan audio book although I have read all her others. She is my favorite author of all time. I don't think this book could have been performed by anyone but her. I really liked hearing it in her voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because I didn't want it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended it to all my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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