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sally stanton

manhattan beach, ca United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5947)
    Performance
    (5157)
    Story
    (5148)

    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"
    "Totally entertaining"
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Ruins again? Why?

    This is a great book and listening to it was a real treat. I would recommend the book but particularly the audio. It is so enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes where in 1962 in Italy. It was great to have the events around the filming of Cleopatra.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (365)

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
    "Just don't get the hoopla about this book"
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    Many friends over the years have recommended this book so when it came out on Audible and with John Lee narrating, I jumped at the chance. Besides finding it impossible to keep the characters straight, i just didn't care about them. Some reviewers have said it is better to read and have a chart of the characters for reference which I agree. I thought about looking online for this but ultimately just stopped listening because the storyjust did not interest me.
    I have enjoyed John Lee in the past but this is not his best work.
    Sorry I wasted my credit but happy to listen to something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2743)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2309)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "A Clever Twist on Historical Romance"
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    What did you love best about The Winter Sea?

    I enjoyed the easy transition from the past to present. I was done so well, that I never felt confused. If anything, I hated to leave each story. Both stories are equally endearing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that it was in Scotland. I could feel as it I was there experiencing all the elements.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I thought narration was perfect


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (332)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Where is the interesting story?"
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    Would you try another book from Jane Gardam and/or Graeme Malcom?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Gardam again?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book on a recommendation from an author I really enjoy. I tried to hang in there but I just got to the point that I didn't care what Old Filth did next. It was just plain boring. It's not good if I keep looking to see if it's almost over. After about the 5th check I decided to give it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3044)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2776)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Sad but enjoyable"
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    Any additional comments?

    I must say I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and cry. A very thought provoking plot. Made me think about how I would react in similar circumstances.
    I felt all the characters were developed beautifully and added to the depth of the story.
    I thought the narration was right on as I used the Whispersync option for this book and it was a breeze going from reading to listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3209)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2414)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "I just don't get it"
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    What disappointed you about Cloud Atlas?

    Just when the stories got interesting the author stopped suddenly and went to the next one? I really didn't get the relationship or purpose between the characters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The actual turns and twists in each story was interesting but it just took too long to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if it was the narrators or the actual text of the book that made some of the stories so hard to listen to. The Hawaii segment was in this broken English and the British segment was just too much work to understand. Not my favorite listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (656)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Intrigue and action from a feminine side"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I love stories that take place in this historical period.


    Any additional comments?

    I choose this book as it was listed as a Maise Dobbs genre. It is that with more suspense but not quite the attachment to the characters. Never the less, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jan-Philipp Sendker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (421)

    When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

    Monica says: "Basic Story Interesting, But..."
    "This book was like a touching adult fairytale."
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    What did you love best about The Art of Hearing Heartbeats?

    I really found myself invested in the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It starts out in the present and takes you back to the love story and then brings it back to the present. I really wanted to know how it could have started in Burma and ended in New York.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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