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Janet

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
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  • The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louis Sachar
    • Narrated By Louis Sachar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner—whatever that means. Alton’s uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich.

    CRISTY says: "Definitely worth the time.."
    "not just for lovers of bridge"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I have not played bridge in years but I enjoyed this look into the world of contract bridge. More than that, the voice of the teenaged narrator was genuine and true. Also, an excellent reader and an engaging story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1064)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "a wonderful multi-generational tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kate Morton handles the intricacies of a story that covers multiple generations and settings. The story satisfies and the period pieces are spot on. A wonderful story and a good recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (969)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Sara says: "Spring in Three Pines"
    "Love the Louise Penny Three Pines Mysteries"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This series continues to satisfy with engaging stories, a wonderful local, and characters that you wish you actually knew in person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury Your Dead: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (792)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

    Susan says: "Ms. Penny writes a wonderful mystery story"
    "Love the three pines mysteries!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the concept of multiple murders within such a small community is a bit difficult to swallow, the stories are great fun and the characters really special. I love hearing about life in Canada and the issues between Francophones and Anglophones in Quebec. Very interesting books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5240)
    Performance
    (3007)
    Story
    (3049)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I do not hand out 5 stars lightly nor often. This book really stole my heart and mind. Great story, difficult time shifts handled masterfully, plenty of intrigue, and unforgettable characters. The performance is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (786)

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    Patricia says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "another great read by Penny"
    Overall
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    Louise Penny's books are intriguing with complex characters, intersting stories, and wonderful verisimilitude. I recommend this one for an enjoyable experience, a good story, well written, well read.

    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
    (8547)
    Performance
    (5221)
    Story
    (5212)

    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.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Can't wait for the next book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ken Follett has found a way to make history live. This epic novel, and the first part of an epic trilogy, fullfills all expectations. Excellent story, well told, and very well performed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1460)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "remarkable first novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you enjoy truly eloquent writing, you will be glad to find Amor Towles. Wonderful turns of phrase, a delightful recreation of an interesting era, three dimensional characters. I will be watching for his next offereing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (572)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Another great Picoult book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is gripping, the reading is excellent, and the inclusion of music adds just the right note, pun intended. Picoult is a wonderful writer who looks at difficult situations from all angles with equal sympathy. And she creates multi-faceted characters you really care about. Highly recommended. Keep your mind and heart open and enjoy it from beginning to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1963)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1367)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "excellent story of its times"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this interesting portrait of Hemingway and of the artistic community of Americans in Paris in the post-World War I era. Told from an interesting perspective, it offers insights into the life of an important author and the early influences on his writing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "a wonderful story of personal discovery"
    Overall

    Although I generally have little patience with stories "ripped from the headlines," this story of the wronged politician's wife becomes an engaging tale of self-discovery. The ending is predictable, but on the whole the experience is enjoyable. Nice light listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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