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L. Fadden

Los Angeles, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 15 reviews
  • 139 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Homer & Langley

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World's Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work. Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers - the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War.

    A User says: "Good On So Many Levels"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    I finished this a few months ago and I still think about it. Fascinating story, well written. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6731)
    Performance
    (4707)
    Story
    (4692)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "What a disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't understand all the rave reviews about this book. The reviews are so off the charts I felt I had to try it. The first half was really good, I was completely involved. I just don't understand what happened to the second part. It went from a well written book to a shallow young adult melodrama. Excellent narration though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1230)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Great book, excellent narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mary Beth Hurt needs to narrate more books - I listened to her first with The Darlings by Russell Banks (also an excellent read).

    The Good House was an engaging and fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hitch-22: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (424)

    Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

    Laura says: "Truth, the whole truth and nothing but."
    "Please hire a narrator"
    Overall

    Love C. Hitchens, enjoyed his previous book and this one but it is almost unbearable to listen to his voice. But great book otherwise and please get well CH.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    The one goodthing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has ina desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    L. Fadden says: "He phoned this one in"
    "He phoned this one in"
    Overall

    It's really too bad MC phones in every third book. When he gives it the time and attention, his books are riveting and fun. But every so often, like with this one, it's a ridiculous attempt. I know he can do better, the book that comes after this one was much better. Save yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Great listen."
    Overall

    Clever, funny, smart and riveting. And not only a great narrator but perfect for the protagonist's voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4751)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2167)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've listened to this year. I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge of Sighs

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his 60 years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for 40 of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be: chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive.

    Victoria Wright says: "Wonderful"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    Loved the book, loved the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jericho's Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    Stephen L. Carter's brilliant debut, The Emperor of Ocean Park, spent 11 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Now, in Jericho's Fall, Carter turns his formidable talents to the shadowy world of spies, official secrecy, and financial fraud in a thriller that rivets the reader's attention until the very last page.

    Kevin says: "One Star Too Many"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    I've been a big fan of Stephen L Carter's previous books. He phoned this one in. I'm so disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4680)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1340)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Can't I give this zero stars?"
    Overall

    Self indulgent, whiney, I want back each minute I spent listening to this ridiculous book. maybe pre-teen girls might like it.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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