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Mariane

DANVILLE, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5855)
    Performance
    (5077)
    Story
    (5067)

    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"
    "Love the cover photo"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Beautiful Ruins? What did you like least?

    the cover photo drew me in. But the story did not live up to the photo. I need characters I can like or relate to. Was missing that in this story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jess Walter? Why or why not?

    No


    Was Beautiful Ruins worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1620)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Downton Abbey in a novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm a big Downton Abbey fan so this book was fun to listen to. The story isn't as good as Downton and was rather predictable. I like Kate Morton's books and don't think this was one of her better ones. But if you like Downstairs/Upstairs dramas from England, you will find this entertaining.


    Would you recommend The House at Riverton to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not - the story isn't strong enough.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (505)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "A wonderful book"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Walk in the Woods to be better than the print version?

    I've wanted to read this for a while. Glad I listened rather than read it because Bryson's lengthy descriptions of statistics and history of the AT may have caused me to doze if reading - but listening, I was able to stay with him and also know that if I got distracted, I didn't miss too much. That isn't to say his historical data wasn't wonderful, it was. Enjoyed the narrator as well. loved his voice for the friend of Bill.


    What other book might you compare A Walk in the Woods to and why?

    Read this with Wild - a very different type of book about walking the Pacific Coast Trail.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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