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Mary

Waterloo, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6206)
    Performance
    (5374)
    Story
    (5367)

    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"
    "Great Book!"
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    This is a very entertaining book whose story covers many time periods and topics. This all fits together perfectly for the listener's pure enjoyment. I like to listen to a variety of types of books and this one is great for such a fun and inventive fictional journey. Have fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1367)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Light, Silly Chic Lit"
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    I got this book because I was looking for something short and lighter in nature. The narrator was great! She certainly got the character's dry sarcastic nature to a tee. But, the story was so stupid and predictable, and, the Kentucky setting, though the writer went to great lengths to make it appealing, didn't spark any interest in me. Historical reenactments and puppet museums? Not so much. I'm sure there are better reads in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2153)
    Performance
    (1939)
    Story
    (1942)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Writer is a genius!"
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    This is a wonderful novel. The balance of story, fact, fiction, pace, and the intersection and coming together of story lines is pure brilliance. This book is an example of writing genius. The amount of knowledge alone on the subject of this war leaves me awestruck not to mention how he weaves the stories of two separate characters and how they finally connect. The writing style is often dreamy and poetic, so much better (for me) as a listen. WWII is not a pleasant subject and yet he brings humanity to each side.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6833)
    Performance
    (6187)
    Story
    (6187)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Kind of Boring"
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    This book really tried to make something interesting out of a historical figure who, all in all, really didn't have enough of a story to drive a fairly long novel. The fictional character of Handful gave us a bit more in terms of interest, but the entire novel seemed like a long plodding backstory waiting for something to finally happen. And I do know the subject matter is very important. What was of interest, surprisingly, was the lengthy after note narrated by the author in which she details all of her research, and what is fact and what is fiction. I loved this part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2938)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2687)

    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.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Moriarty great at crafting a good story"
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    This is the third book of Liane Moriarty that I have "read". She is great for a fun, suspenseful, story driven ride. After reading something serious or historical, her books are the perfect choice for a nice balance. Caroline Lee does great with numerous characters, maybe just slightly over the top with Madeline, but lovely narrator. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Condition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    The Condition tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. One day on the beach, Frank McKotch is struck by an image he cannot forget: his 13-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin Charlotte. At that moment, he knows a truth that he can never again unknow: something is terribly wrong with his only daughter.

    glamazon says: "Awesome read"
    "Interesting, but often meandering"
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    Though the overall story of this book is interesting, it moves at such a slow pace that it gets frustrating. This is due to the use of backstory. Sometimes, this background has a point and is connected to the story, but often I was thinking why, let's please get on with it. From my perspective, the "condition" of the character Gwen was just a piece of the plot line, no more or less significant than the personality traits of the other family members. I am glad that the author did tie up the story lines which gives the reader closure. The narrator was good but I did often wonder whether I would have read the characters quite as "hard" as she did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3782)
    Performance
    (3384)
    Story
    (3399)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Excellent!"
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    I got this book as it was suggested "If you liked Gone Girl..." I loved Gone Girl and I have to say, this was even better. I am a story driven reader and this was so well paced, with lots of twists and unexpected turns, so very entertaining. Also, the narrator, an Australian, was excellent, perfect for the book, which is set in Australia. Another one of those books which, when you listen when you drive, you don't want to get to your destination because you have to stop listening! A top 3 favourite for me for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20804)
    Performance
    (18650)
    Story
    (18717)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Incredibly Entertaining"
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    This book was a Facebook recommendation. I have to say, it was one of the most entertaining reads I've listened to in a long time! The story was very well paced with twists and turns and layers coming at you left and right. The narrators were just great, especially Julia, in the way she was able to create the different sides of her character. I listen to books while driving to work and I was sitting in my driveway all week because I couldn't stop listening. I have to say I would have written a different ending but that didn't take away from the overall thrill of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1002)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Jodi Picoult at her best!"
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    I regularly listen to Jodi Picoult. Though her books have some similarities, they are extremely well researched and very informative on their subjects. This book I found to be one of the most enlightening and interesting ones to date. The story of the wolves is fascinating and the way she intertwines it with the delicate situation at hand is genius. I always like to hear what this author has to say and love the ways she tells her stories. This is one of her best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (521)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "Albom always has a lesson to share"
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    I love Mitch Albom and the way he writes and the messages he has to share. This book does have a good message though I felt this one was not as effective as his others have been. The narrator was excellent and his voice for each character was perfect. It is a short book and certainly well worth the time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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