You no longer follow Stephanie

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Stephanie

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Stephanie

Lino Lakes, MN, United States

2
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Ashenden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wilhide
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Spring, 2010. When Charlie and Ros inherit Ashenden from their aunt Reggie, a decision must be made. The beautiful 18th-century house, set in acres of English countryside, is in need of serious repair. Do they try to keep it in the family, or will they have to sell? Moving back in time, in an interwoven narrative spanning two and a half centuries, we witness the house from its beginnings through to the present day. Along the way we meet those who have built the house, lived in it and loved it.

    Stephanie says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Wilhide and/or Carole Boyd?

    Yes, Carole Boyd
    No, Elizabeth Wilhide -- or at least not without much more research on how others liked her book


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

    This was not what I expected at all. I enjoy sweeping epics that are based around a building. I'm a huge Kate Morton fan and love how her stories center on a house or an estate and tell the story going back and forth in time. That was what I was looking for. What I got instead was a story about a house and each little story that was told felt disjointed and unconnected. The author kept saying at the end, "The house knows. The house knows what it wants." Apparently it wanted a lot of inhabitants that were fairly boring and only wanted their stories half-told. It seemed that each time I became half-way interested in a few characters, the author jumped to another era. Arghhh... and barely any stories were connected! I did enjoy at the end when Allison and Izzy and Charlie and Reggie all seemed to float in and out of the stories.

    I listened all the way through, I kept hoping it would get interesting and I could have given up on the story, but I'm too cheap. I paid for it dammit, and I was going to listen to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1069)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Will Patton can do no wrong"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book made me work to figure it out! I really enjoyed this book, but was often disturbed by the way the characters behaved.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a really funny line about the Texans who were headed West instead of staying to fight in the Civil War. The narrator comments that this is still what is wrong with California today.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll listen to anything read by Will Patton. I discovered this book simply because I enjoy him as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Violets of March

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (128)

    In her 20s, Emily Watson was on top of the world: she had a best-selling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-Aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.

    hampton says: "MUST LISTEN!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Violets of March rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good..liked the story and the narrator did a excellent job


    What other book might you compare The Violets of March to and why?

    Kate Morton books.. Forgotten Garden


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.