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Mary

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (2145)
    Story
    (2145)

    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!"
    "Fun Read! May not be for men."
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    Where does Where'd You Go, Bernadette rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved this book! It was very different then most books i read but thought it was really interesting and fun.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (3006)
    Performance
    (2677)
    Story
    (2681)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Really sweet book!"
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    Ohh I loved this audio book. Reading it makes you feel motivated and appreciative of your life and love. Go Harrold!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16609)
    Performance
    (14762)
    Story
    (14806)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Good listen but a little long"
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    Liked this book alot...but dragged on a bit in the end. I would recommend though! GREAT NARRATOR

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4227)
    Performance
    (1510)
    Story
    (1525)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Dumb Characters"
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    What disappointed you about A Dirty Job?

    You know when you are watching a movie...and the main character does the opposite of what you want him to do and it is frustrating? Or, you figured out how the end is going to obviously play out...and the main character hasn't realized it? This is why this book is so frustrating. The main character is really unlikable and has terrible jokes...and you figure out what is going on early (intentionally) but have to wait for the incredibly dumb main character to figure it out. the racial stereotypes are uncomfortably bad as well. Don't know why this book was so well loved...to each his own i guess!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6443)
    Performance
    (3225)
    Story
    (3245)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Loved! Can't look at a grave yard the same way!"
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    Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was definitely a little more of a kids book but I loved it. Great read right before Halloween. Very likeable characters and by far the best reading performance I have had.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

    The descriptions. The book is not violent but still really scary!


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

    This is definitely a book that is best via Audible. The reader is AMAZING and the music is great.


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

    I think this book has a great beginning. It gets you interested immediately...and has alot of great mysteries. Loved this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5902)
    Performance
    (5114)
    Story
    (5105)

    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"
    "Overall...pretty weak"
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    What disappointed you about Beautiful Ruins?

    This had such good reviews...and I am not a very picky reader so I was suprised by how much i didn't like this book. I thought the stories were pretty cheesy...and I didn't have a huge desire to tune back in. Maybe if you live in California you would like this one...but I thought there were way to many cringe worthy stereotypes...including the love stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jess Walter again?

    Probably not


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

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like that they tied everything together in the end so that you could take away a life lesson. I just didn't love that good happened to good people and bad happened to bad almost like a kids story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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