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Ohio Foodie

Gambier, OH USA

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11392)
    Performance
    (10454)
    Story
    (10508)

    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"
    "An enthralling story about a depressing topic"
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    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top three


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty of the character's thoughts and dialogue, and the way that the story doesn't end in a Hollywood-sweet conclusion.


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

    don't know - didn't read the book. It's helpful to hear an evocative voice recite the dialogue, I suppose.


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

    Many - the realistic approach of death that cancer patients are forced to have was very well drawn, and so were the moments of joy.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hesitant to read a Young Adult book whose main characters are cancer patients, but I really feel that I gained perspective and understanding from it -- and oddly enjoyed reading even the most painful parts. I gave it to a 30-year-old friend of mine who has just learned of the re-occurrence of his cancer, and then fretted that he would find it patronizing or simplistic or just not true. But he loved the book too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Night at the Lobster

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Perched in the far corner of a run-down New England mall, the Red Lobster hasn't been making its numbers, and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift. With only four shopping days left until Christmas, Manny must convince his near-mutinous staff to hunker down and serve the final onslaught of hungry retirees, lunatics, and holiday office parties.

    Richard says: "Very good novella"
    "Sweet story but I expected more"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I just wish there was a bit more substance to it


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stewart O'Nan? Why or why not?

    Yes. The writing is engaging and evocative.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    The sound of his voice. He is very expressive, too.


    Did Last Night at the Lobster inspire you to do anything?

    No, we read it for our book group and talked about this point, but I wasn't particularly inspired.


    2 of 2 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
    (17330)
    Performance
    (15435)
    Story
    (15478)

    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"
    "gripping psychological thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is deftly told, alternating points of view, so that you are never sure which character is telling the truth and which one is lying. The narrators do an excellent job of making both characters sympathetic so that you are constantly on edge about what happens next.


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

    see above


    Which scene was your favorite?

    can't say without spoiling any of the many surprises


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You never really know the one you love


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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