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Kaneohe, HI, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 527 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Mel says: "Soberingly Funny"
    "Interesting character, great narration."
    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?


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


    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
  • Madame Picasso

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Girard
    • Narrated By Leslie Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web.

    Donna says: "Picasso - The Early Years"
    Would you try another book from Anne Girard and/or Leslie Carroll?

    I regret this purchase. There is no story, just a lot of name dropping.

    What could Anne Girard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, it was done well, but couldn't save the experience.

    Do you think Madame Picasso needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean

    Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren’t impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon’s wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories - of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow’s walk, feverish and delirious.

    BookReader says: "Close to Home"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think its worth a full credit, but ok if its part of a deal.

    0 of 0 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

    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

    Terri says: "Best of 100"
    "On Chapter 4 Not Sure I can finish"
    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?


    Any additional comments?


    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

    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!!!"
    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?


    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

    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

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Not worthy of this writer."

    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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