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Book Woman

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  • 4 reviews
  • 107 ratings
  • 196 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    "Couldn't finish."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I never wanted to like a book so much as I wanted to like this one. Every other media I've come across Zelda -- TV, movies, other novels -- she was quite an interesting character. This novel made her seem dull and uninteresting. The story wasn't going anywhere, and I couldn't finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Therese Anne Fowler again?

    Never say never.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jenna Lamia?

    No. Narrator was fine. Accent was perfect.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3292)
    Performance
    (2077)
    Story
    (2094)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Best read rather than listened to"
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Kingsolver and/or Dean Robertson?

    I love Barbara Kingsolver. She wrote one of my favorite books, Pigs in Heaven. The writing here is great, too, but when you have 50 words where 5 will do, and the reader is reading so fast you can't digest them, then this is a book that is better read than listened to. My opinion.


    If you’ve listened to books by Barbara Kingsolver before, how does this one compare?

    It doesn't.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She read too fast.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Poisonwood Bible?

    I didn't finish it. Will try to read it, though.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not the reader's fault. She was just doing her job. I'm sure she was directed to try to squeeze as many words as she could in under a minute.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ariel Lawhon
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    They say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city's most notorious gangster, Owney "The Killer" Madden.

    Sand says: "Entertaining Listen for NYC History Fans"
    "Flat characters"
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    What disappointed you about The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress?

    The characters were flat, uninteresting, and not exciting in the least.


    What was most disappointing about Ariel Lawhon’s story?

    The characters were cliches. The corrupt judge with the showgirl. It's been done a million times before.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use a Spanish accent that doesn't sound Russian.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The title was promising but the book didn't deliver.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1730)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1579)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Simply Brilliant"
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    Where does The Rosie Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Rosie project is among my top "reads" for this year.


    What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

    The narrator made the main character seem real, very true to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Aspies need love, too.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I came across this book on Audible. I've never enjoyed listening to a book more than this one. The story is about a genetic professor with Asperger's Syndrome (high-functioning autism) who embarks upon a quest to find a wife, through the scientific method of having women fill out a questionnaire, hence The Wife Project. Enter Rosie with her own set of problems, and he takes on The Rosie Project as well. The world turns topsy-turvy and hilarity ensues. I absolutely LOVED this book. I think the author is nothing short of brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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