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Jeanne

I'm just me!

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5334)
    Performance
    (4618)
    Story
    (4612)

    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"
    ""Take me away" with Mystery, Humor, and Romance"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, Romantic, Mysterious


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    He was smooth and did all the accents and voices very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I like to flip flop between heavy and light in my reading material. This would be on the lighter side and included some real life figures mixed into the fiction. It takes place both in Italy and the US and takes us back and forth between the 60's and present day. The narrator was very good and the story at times takes you by surprise. I enjoyed it and found myself waiting for opportunities to get back to the book (Always a good thing for me!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "I did not want it to end"
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    Story
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I kept sneaking away from my life to listen whenever I could. The Narration was wonderful and so easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of those books where you find yourself truly caring about the characters. The pictures painted in my mind of Italy, New York, and everywhere the story took me were in such detail, I felt I was there. I Loved This Book!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2523)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2163)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "A Beautiful Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and have recommended this book. It kept me interested and wanting to get back to listening as soon as I could.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the historical setting and the twists and turns the story took. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, everything would change.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10579)
    Performance
    (9124)
    Story
    (9088)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Very Interesting and Thought Provoking Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Changed the World


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very detailed and full of facts, but read like a story.


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

    A wonderful narrator!


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

    A little of both....it seemed like we really got a true picture of this extraordinary man.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Walter Isaacson really took the time to research and portray all the many sides of Steve. You feel a little like you knew him by the time you finish. Very Well Done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7446)
    Performance
    (4212)
    Story
    (4195)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Another Great One by Follett"
    Overall

    If you like history and enjoy the way Ken Follett wraps fiction around real historical events....you will love this book. Can't wait for the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15939)
    Performance
    (11914)
    Story
    (11845)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "MadeMe Laugh"
    Overall

    Listened to this book while on a cruise and was caught laughing out loud by strangers several times. I think it was even better because Tina narrated it herself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Minding Frankie

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (201)

    When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone.

    Carolyn says: "Top Notch Binchy"
    "Another Hit!"
    Overall

    Loved this book, the characters are still dancing around in my mind. Read "Scarlet Feather" first if you can because some of the characters pop up again in this book a little older and wiser

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet Feather

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    New York Times best-selling author Maeve Binchy has a way of making everyday experiences extraordinary. Scarlet Feather introduces budding entrepreneurs Cathy and Tom who, along with their extended families, meet the trials and rewards of life head on. Scarlet Feather is a new catering company formed by two friends from cooking school, Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather. Their dream is to have the best business in Dublin.

    Jeanne says: "Another Hit on My List"
    "Another Hit on My List"
    Overall

    The story is so uncomplicated and simple and the characters so very lovable........It made me keep coming back to find out what happened........Thanks again Maeve!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3695)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2301)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Worth every Penny!"
    Overall

    This book could and should be college level required reading. The question would be, “in what subject?” It is filled with scientific research and facts, covers topics of family relationships, history, medicine and racism. It does all this while telling a story I found very hard to put down. Learned much and also escaped into it…Thanks to the Author!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Conor Grennan
    • Narrated By Conor Grennan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (328)

    In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

    Angela says: "Amazing experience + Inspiring tale"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Well written story! I found this author really taught me a great deal about the Lost Children of Nepal while weaving a heart warming and uplifting story. You felt as if you knew the individual characters and I for one did not want the story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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