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  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4291)
    Performance
    (3823)
    Story
    (3840)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Reads like 13 hours of moral lecturing from a nun"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is in Philosophy 101.


    What could Liane Moriarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Great stories have morals imbedded in them. That said, this read like a children's fable in the approach of the obvious moral questions being supplied more like a lecture. It read like a religious philosophy professor drilling a point.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A caring warm voice that makes do with another person's soapbox.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Husband's Secret?

    I would rearrange the scenes so that the moral dilemma was presented more subtly and not in a crescendo writing style,where everything comes together all at once. I would arrange it to feel more like real life, more believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I respect the writer's work, achievement, and point of view, and hope that my criticism is found to be constructive towards any future projects.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (2503)
    Story
    (2502)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Fabulously unique and funny"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!!
    There were fresh observations of modern life, and the people we have become. There is a lot of depth to this book, and the humor comes from this angle, wry and refreshing, not campy or tired stereotypes that fill so many pop books about women.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships that the central character has, the descriptions of each and every character, who are also well developed. The dread that the main character feels in coping with some of the characters and the ironic astute humor. The story was an original so there was no boredom or that feeling of reading the same formulaic book you've read before.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

    Bernadette!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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