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nursebettyknitting

knitting fiend

Boise, ID USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 30 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • The Beautiful American

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jeanne Mackin
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    As recovery from World War II begins, expatriate American NoraTours travels from her home in southern France to London in search of her missing 16-year-old daughter. There she unexpectedly meets up with an oldacquaintance, famous model-turned-photographer Lee Miller. Neither has emergedfrom the war unscathed. Nora is racked with the fear that her efforts tosurvive under the Vichy regime may have cost her daughter's life. Lee suffersfrom what she witnessed as a war correspondent photographing the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.

    Carolyn says: "Great Summer or any season Read"
    "Simply wonderful"
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    The Beautiful American was simply wonderful - a great story, well developed characters, masterful narration. I felt like the book had so many themes relevant to all: universal human imperfection, true love and friendship, war and betrayal, kindness and brutality. The story feels authentic, honest, believable, with a very satisfying ending. This one stands out. I was thoroughly engaged, and will be looking for more by Jeanne Mackin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tea Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

    Leslie says: "Please complete the trilogy with "THE WINTER ROSE""
    "Drawn out and unbelievable"
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    Mediocre bodice ripper/crime novel with great narration by Jill Tanner. After this, I am not interested in other books by Jennifer Donnelly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiltsville

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susanna Daniel
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    One sunny morning in 1969, near the end of her first trip to Miami, twenty-six-year-old Frances Ellerby finds herself in a place called Stiltsville, a community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. It's the first time the Atlanta native has been out on the open water, and she's captivated. On the dock of a stilt house, with the dazzling skyline in the distance and the unknowable ocean beneath her, she meets the house's owner, Dennis DuValand, a new future reveals itself.

    nursebettyknitting says: "boring, slow, and... who cares?!"
    "boring, slow, and... who cares?!"
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    This book is full of minute details I did not care about. I did not care about the characters, ether, and stopped listening after about 6 hours of boredom. I don't understand all the praise. All this is "filler"! Who cares about you buying pink matching robe and slippers! Who cares your husband left the lights on! Complete crap and will be promptly forgotten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Astrid & Veronika

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Linda Olsson
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Deeply forlorn following the devastating loss of her fiancé, young New Zealand writer Veronika resettles alone in a quaint Swedish village. Her arrival is quietly observed by Astrid, an elderly, reclusive neighbor, whose companionship will be a great blessing to Veronika - if she embraces it.

    Patricia Lucas says: "Wonderful"
    "Not believable and not satisfying"
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    It was all down hill for me after Astrid confessed about killing her own baby. I did not understand how Veronika could be so accepting of infanticide and had not questioned this at all. After this point, I stopped liking the book, and became very uneasy. I kept thinking Astrid probably sped up her husband's death, or she was going to kill herself, or will kill Veronika with her bloody poisonous mushrooms. There was not enough "beef" in the book to justify this infanticide committed out of Astrid's own hatred. The rest of the book was sugary sweet and melodramatic. However, Linda Olsson's other audiobook - Memory of Love - is wonderful and highly recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady and the Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld, Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

    Lovin' life and winding down says: "Wonderful Audiobook!"
    "Needs to be re- recorded"
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    The quality of this recording is plainly poor. A different narration(or an ongoing conversation) is heard in the background for almost all of the first half of this book. It is very distracting and I almost stopped listening. The male narrator sounds like an old man, even when acting as the young artist Nicola. I really did not even like anyone in this book until introduction of the blind Eleonore. Terry Donnelly saved the day and I give this book 3 stars for performance, just because Terry is so great. Overall, a wasted credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

    Karen P. Smith says: "Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer"
    "One of the best novels ever written"
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    At first, I had trouble "getting into" this book - a lot of foreign names to sort through. However, I kept listening and got completely engrossed in it. For sure, this is one of the greatest work of literature of our times, and I don't declare it lightly. What an amazing portrait of humanity with all its flaws, a slice of life painted with masterful strokes. The destinies of main characters - a widow, two taylors, and a college student intersect for a year.They become an unusual family of sorts, enjoying companionship, friendship and mutual support.
    The book has a very sad ending. It is probably more true and realistic then the "good" endings I like to enjoy at the end of stories. Do not miss this novel, it is a true gem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mary Sharratt
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Bess Southerns, an impoverished widow, lives with her children in a crumbling old tower in Pendle Forest. Drawing on Catholic ritual, medicinal herbs, and guidance from her spirit-friend Tibb, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future in exchange for food and drink. As she ages, she instructs her best friend, Anne, and her granddaughter, Alizon, in her craft. Anne ultimately turns to dark magic, while Alizon struggles to accept the power she has inherited and dreams of a simpler life.

    nursebettyknitting says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
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    An absolutely wonderful and touching story! Daughters of the Witching Hill brought tears to my eyes...Terry Donnelly is great as always - she is one of my favorite narrators. It was fascinating for me to understand this piece of 17th century's English history and culture. I am amazed how these poor unfortunates were able make a living using divination, begging and fear. Not a good living, but a temporary reprieve from hunger and cruelty of the surrounding world. Robbed of comforting catholic rituals and left with no protection against the powerful, women of the Pendle Hill had to fill the void in their souls and bellies by something - so called witchcraft. Said and uplifting at the same time, "Daughters of the Witching Hill" is well worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Sharratt
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the tradition of Philippa Gregorys smart, transporting fiction comes this tale of dark suspense, love, and betrayal, featuring two star-crossed sisters, one lost and the other searching.Bright and inquisitive, Hannah Powers was raised by a father who treated her as if she were his son. While her beautiful and reckless sister, May, pushes the limits of propriety in their small English town, Hannah harbors her own secret: their father has given her an education forbidden to women.

    nursebettyknitting says: "A most wonderful story, don't miss it!"
    "A most wonderful story, don't miss it!"
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    I was looking for a book that was narrated by Terry Donnelly, any good book, since I love her voice and find her to be amazingly gifted. Initially, I was hesitant to buy this book because of 1 poor rating and luck of Audible reviews. I am glad I did!
    Vanishing Point is a very believable story that touched my heart - story of love and loss, happiness and pain, devotion and cruelty - story of human condition. Wonderful character development and attention to detail. I cried at the end - please do not worry, this book does not have a bad or dissatisfying ending, but because of how real the characters were to me. I did not want the book to end.
    The story line is well described in the Library Review, and I don't want to give anything away. I have a feeling this book will be more appealing to women than to men. If you love good fiction with a historical background, this is it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched by its brutality and corruption, nowhere more than in Rome and inside the Church. When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy as Alexander VI, he is defined not just by his wealth or his passionate love for his illegitimate children, but by his blood: He is a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If the Borgias are to triumph, this charismatic, consummate politician with a huge appetite for life, women, and power must use papacy and family—in particular, his eldest son, Cesare, and his daughter Lucrezia—in order to succeed.

    Taryn says: "Borgias Brought to Life"
    "Not engaging..."
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    Listened to this book for 8 hours and quit... Really interested in Borgia s, however, non of the characters captured my imagination or engaged my heart/brain. Love Eduardo Ballerini - he is phenomenal, but he cannot make a poorly written book to be great. I read other books by Sarah Durant, found them to be lucking something - authenticity, perhaps?Characters not fully fleshed out? Will be asking for a refund.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (2163)
    Story
    (2164)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Best book of the year?!...Not..."
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    I guess I am of the minority opinion - I was left feeling empty and dissatisfied after reading this book. Something is lucking. I can't even say that I disliked it - the book is just bland, like a meal cooked by a beginner. It will obviously have a sequel - the Epilogue is leading me to believe this, but I have no intention of ever listening to it. It seems like the author threw together few fantastic and unbelievable characters, magical beliefs from Jewish and Arab cultures. What is the point of this? The lasting peace in the Middle East?!
    As far as a description of the immigrant experience, it is just filled with glum and doom. There are so many better works of literature describing it.
    George Guidall is great as always, but he did not "save" this book for me.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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