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Theresa

banks, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Lost December

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By John Dossett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    When Luke graduates from Wharton with his MBA, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust funds, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of wanton pleasure seeking. But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled and alone, Luke takes a job at one of his father's copy centers.

    Christine says: "Totally awesome!"
    "A bit maudlin for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was well spent in that i was cleaning the house as i listened.


    What aspect of John Dossett’s performance would you have changed?

    It was bit too far fetched


    Could you see Lost December being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad listen. Enjoyable, but predictable

    0 of 0 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
    (3258)
    Performance
    (2890)
    Story
    (2888)

    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!"
    "How do you spell Antarctica"
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    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    Yes , it was purely delightful


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    The Rosie Project
    I found great humor in both


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

    Not sure


    If you could take any character from Where'd You Go, Bernadette out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bernadette. I found her fascinating


    Any additional comments?

    It was a delightful book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12387)
    Performance
    (11215)
    Story
    (11242)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "intense"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, dark, melancholy


    What did you like best about this story?

    extremely well written the narration was beautifully done


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    hard to choose just one


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    Hmmm, not sure i can answer this


    Any additional comments?

    This book transports you into the story and i found i felt a bit off while reading it as it has many dark and sadly melancholy moments
    It is so well written and i enjoyed it , but found myself ready for light summer reading after i finished it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Matchmaker: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

    Tammy says: "Enjoyed this!"
    "summer reading"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Elin Hilderbrand and/or Erin Bennett?

    eventually, but not soon


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elin Hilderbrand? Why or why not?

    This book was ok, but really not believable and a bit boring.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    narration was good, setting well described


    Do you think The Matchmaker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, one was more than enough


    Any additional comments?

    an ok book if you dont have anything better .

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan... and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets 12-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own.

    H. Daum says: "Loved this story"
    "Summer reading"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Glass Kitchen in three words, what would they be?

    Light, easy, fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    upbeat, sweet, easy to listen to. Perfect for a beach read


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    main character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1361)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    I. Nelson says: "Safe Haven"
    "Nice, sweet easy read"
    Overall
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    Where does Safe Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an enjoyable book. I liked the voice of the narrator, it was easy to listen to and uplifting and happy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1749)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "Good Read"
    Overall
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    Where does Looking for Alaska rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3.5 to 4


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing style of the author


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Great job, very easy to listen to


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I was first introduced to John Green in A Fault in Our Stars which was an amazing book I immediately had to read something else he had written. This book is very very good, a coming of age novel, and i enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: Sisters of the Heart, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shelley Shepard Gray
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (27)

    When Anna decides it’s time to leave her abusive boyfriend, she doesn’t know where to turn. Rob has completely won over her parents, and the entire community, with his good looks and smooth charm. Only Anna has seen his dark side.

    Svetlana says: "Very Exciting and Insteresting!"
    "Predictable but enjoyable none the less"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Shelley Shepard Gray and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Maybe


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes,


    Any additional comments?

    Predictable, a bit slow, but i finished it and parts were sweet and enjoyable. The Amish life style is always fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3426)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2781)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Good read"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Drop?

    The action , the development of the characters


    Any additional comments?

    Satisfying story, enjoyed the narrator, enjoyed the book. Would recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4190)
    Performance
    (3422)
    Story
    (3391)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "A Good Read"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Litigators in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the time


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not so much.


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris – was your favorite?

    David


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i enjoyed it but did not have an extreme reaction


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14782)
    Performance
    (13462)
    Story
    (13537)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "A MUST READ"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved the entire book, from the first word to the last.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had to remind myself that this was indeed a story, made up, fiction. That the characters were not real, and that i did not know them !


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is perfect for the story !


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Only time i put it down was when i was weeping and had to arrive somewhere dry eyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous book. Best book i have listened to in a while. I plan on listening to all of his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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