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Catherine

Kaneohe, HI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1301)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Interesting character, great narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Good House the most enjoyable?

    The character and setting were interesting. Narrator did an excellent job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hildy.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


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

    Everything in moderation… more is not always better


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (414)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "On Chapter 4 Not Sure I can finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better characters.


    What was most disappointing about Kristin Hannah’s story?

    It was slow and repetitive. They don't get along, we get it, move on with the story. It starts becoming a blah blah blah story. Seems unrealistic that real adults would be fixated like this on fairytales while someone is dying.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not her fault.


    What character would you cut from Winter Garden?

    Meredith.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (495)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Hmmmn..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The longer this book went on, the less and less I liked the main character, shrill comes to mind.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    It was ambitious, but not my cup of tea. I really did not like the main character and her mother. I did not empathize with them at all. Couldn't wait to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Lisa S. says: "I gave up"
    "Not worthy of this writer."
    Overall

    Pat Conroy is a gifted author and has a way with words I generally like. The problem was that I did not like ANY of the characters in this story. I gave up because I did not want to spend any more time with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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