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lynda

Love to write, love to read, love a great story

Fort Worth, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (288)

    Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

    L. Gutman says: "Required reading for humans"
    "So good, I hope there's never a movie version"
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    Where does Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock?

    The big reveal of the character's main motivation


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

    Noah Galvin gave Leonard just the right amount of naivete and depth. It was enchanting


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

    I actually pulled the car over so I could listen to the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was thoughtful and enchanting. Leonard was so sweet and wounded I wanted to go out and hug every lost teenager I see. But that would be creepy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lauren Graham
    • Narrated By Lauren Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead - and keep it together - in New York City. It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club....

    Dina says: "Missing Lorelei"
    "Great story, Great performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Someday, Someday, Maybe in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Informative, Romantic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lauren Graham drew me into the story. She did such a great job with this one, I would like to hear her narrate others.


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

    No.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I liked picturing the process of a struggling actress

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1103)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Laughed so hard I had to pull over"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim the most enjoyable?

    David Sedaris is hilarious


    What other book might you compare Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim to and why?

    no comparison Mr. Sedaris


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

    His sense of humor and timing is priceless


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

    Laughed out loud several times


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (1965)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Slow going at first, but worth the listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Chaperone the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator, Elizabeth McGovern, made the story flow and sing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it the story shifted seamlessly from the present day to the backstory


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

    She brought the character to life and added a dimension of hope that I wouldn't have been able to recreate on my own.


    If you could take any character from The Chaperone out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Louise. I would ask her if there was anything she would change about her rise to fame.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story deftly read by a fine actress

    0 of 0 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
    (17312)
    Performance
    (15417)
    Story
    (15460)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "I loved this and didn't want it to end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read all of Flynn's other books, and was intrigued by the premise of this one. The cast was impressive and the story was so good that I actually had to stop what I was doing during the final twist so that I could fully absorb the surprise.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Art Geeks and Prom Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alyson Noël
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Being the new girl is tough—just ask 16-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she's going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn't make the first day any easier for her. Then Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach.

    lil says: "Katie Schorr did the best she could with this book"
    "Wanted this to be better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the synopsis so I used a credit on this book. The started out strong, but the main character, Rio, became whiny and I lost interest. I finished the story because I was morbidly curious. The ending was good but not quite worth the time investment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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