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nursebettyknitting

knitting fiend

Boise, ID USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 35 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 417 titles in library
  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
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    (1541)
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    (1549)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Wonerful, heartbreaking,loved it!"
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    I was reluctant to read another Holocaust book. I felt I was "saturated" with this topic, but decided to get it anyway because of the great reviews. I was not disappointed. The Lost Wife is a masterfully written novel and I felt so absorbed in it I could not listen to anything else for a week after finishing it. The author has this incredible ability to paint with words and conduct emotion in such a way, I felt like I was actually there, in Prague, in Terezin, and in Auschwitz. I recognized that "hollow shell" existence that many survivors had after liberation from seeing this in my own grandparents and my mother. They could never be the same after living through this horror. Despite wanting to cry a lot during many passages, I find this literary creation to be top notch. Great narration, too!

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Days of Winter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Cynthia Freeman
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Nathan Hack expects his four sons to marry well and keep up the tradition of becoming barristers in the prestigious house of Hack. But Rubin, the youngest, feels that his legacy is a stranglehold. He's betrothed to a woman from a fine family when he falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic stranger in Paris. Her name is Magda, and she will change Rubin’s life completely. Decades later, history will repeat itself when a woman is caught between two men during Hitler's regime.

    Margaret C Johnson says: "not worth buying"
    "culturally inaccurate"
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    Jewish wedding ceremony doesn't contain "death do us part ". Unbelievable, cliche, with bad narration . Not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Strange New Things

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Josh Cohen
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings - his Bible is their "book of strange new things."

    KHarrang says: "The Book with a Strange New Setting"
    "Dissapointed"
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    I loved everything else Michel Faber had written. I forced myself to listen because I loved his writing so much, however, I am deeply disappointed in this new book. The Book Of Strange New Things is boring and dissatisfying. Even under the guise of science fiction, it's premises are unconvincing. OK, we can just try to focus on the husband-wife relationship. Ultimately, this is also dissatisfying, as there is no resolution, and we are left guessing. Skip this one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Curse: Cousins' War, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
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    (201)
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    (200)

    Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter - Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret's contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon.

    Linda Lou says: "A DISAPPOINTING ENDING TO AN GOOD SERIES"
    ""Milking" the Tudor's theme"
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    I am deeply disappointed. I am a fan of Philippa Gregory and love her style of writing. However, the "King's Curse" is void of engaging characters and brings nothing new to those of us who read Gregory's previous books. To me, it seems like the Tudor theme is simply being "milked" to sell more. I am 5 hours into it, and feeling terribly bored. I think I'll be asking a refund for this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Marshalsea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Antonia Hodgson
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
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    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    It's 1727. Tom Hawkins is damned if he's going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a country parson. Not for him a quiet life of prayer and propriety. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there's a sense of honor there too, and Tom won't pull family strings to get himself out of debt - not even when faced with the appalling horrors of London's notorious debtors' prison: The Marshalsea Gaol.

    Greg says: "Very entertaining look at London's debtor's prison"
    "Well researched riveting historical fiction"
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    I had been searching for new books narrated by John Lee - he is one of my favorite narrators - and found Marshalsea. I knew nothing about history of debtors prisons in England, so this book was educational as well as entertaining. The characters are well developed and believable. The author illuminates the complexity of human attachments and emotions, delivering a thoughtful description of inner "grayness" of souls. No one is perfect, every one is flawed in one way or another. I loved the book. It has a satisfying ending and the historical information is well researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Apple Tree Yard: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Doughty
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Yvonne Carmichael, renowned geneticist, public authority, happily married mother of two, sits in the accused box. The charge is murder. Across the courtroom, not meeting her eye, sits her alleged accomplice. He wears the beautiful pin-striped suit he wore on their first meeting in the Houses of Parliament, when he put his hand on her elbow, guided her to a deserted and ancient chapel, and began to undress her.

    Melinda says: "No Scarlet 'A' in Apple Tree"
    "So much more than a crime novel"
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    I seldom read crime novels, but I am really glad I got the Apple Tree Yard.I found it to be a real masterpiece - the descriptions of feelings and thoughts are so compelling, so true. This book is so much more than a crime novel - it is like a slice of life, an in depth look into what drives us to do what we do, to make the choices we make. I really hope to be able to listen to more works by Louse Doughty. Juliet Stevenson's narration is excellent as always.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful American

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jeanne Mackin
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    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
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    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.

    Booker D says: "The Tea 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
    (35)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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
    (36)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    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
    (203)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (50)

    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

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