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Terri

Gilroy, CA, USA

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  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "pretentious soap opera drivel"
    Overall

    I stuck this book out hoping it would be redeemed in the later chapters, but it just kept getting worse. With the exception of Kiki, there was not a single likable character and the author writes about these pretentious characters in an equally pretentious style. None of this book rang true for me and it just felt like a dressed-up melodrama. I truly don't understand the high praise it has received.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3060)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1278)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Ultimately disappointing."
    Overall

    It was hard to believe how many times the author repeated the same story without really bringing out any new information or perspective... I kept listening waiting for the big reveal that was obvious very early in the story. We finally got it at the very end, WITH NO RESOLUTION. How is it possible that the author decided to skip what actually ends up happening to the characters? I think it was because she couldn't achieve realism and a satisfying ending at the same time.
    This story had so much potential; a great hook and some interesting characters, but the plot was very poorly presented and resolved.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (247)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Unpleasant, predictable, and dull..."
    Overall

    Loved Time Travelers wife; hated this. Both the plot and characters were filled with wasted potential. The plot "twists" were predictable, and the characters thoroughly unlikeable and uninteresting. Even a "fantasy" story needs to have characters behaving in a believable fashion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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