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Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 138 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Something Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life… with a baby on the way.

    Vinessa says: "Better than expected"
    "Protagonist made even more annoying by narrator"

    Book Review: Incredibly whiny in the first half of the book, the protagonist, Darcy, does go through a metamorphosis halfway through, making the listen bearable. If I hadn't read reviews stating this, I don't think I could have finished it. If Emily Giffin only made the first half of the book more like the first 20% of the book, I would have enjoyed this much more.

    Narrator Review: The narrator reminded me of a character from Mad Men - overly affected voice used by film actresses of that era. Somehow, she made the whiny Darcy even whinier. It took awhile for me to get used to her voice and I would have preferred someone who spoke more naturally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Winter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seattle, 1933: Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, good night and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift, but it’s the only way she can earn enough to keep destitution at bay. In the morning - even though it’s the second of May - a heavy snow is falling. Vera rushes to wake Daniel, but his bed is empty. His teddy bear lies outside in the snow. Seattle, present day: On the second of May, reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to another late-season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this "blackberry winter" and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth.

    Anne says: "Pretty good story buried under turgid narration"
    "Overacted Narration, Cheesy Writing, Predictable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps people who like a highly emotionally-charged book, but don't care for literary-style writing. Perhaps someone with children. But, honestly, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone I know.

    What was most disappointing about Sarah Jio’s story?

    It was bothersome how everything just seemed to be such a coincidence, but each "twist" and "turn" was really predictable. The characters the protagonist meets are too convenient to helping her in her story. So much so that it became annoying.

    When she tried to create a scene that was light-hearted, or funny, (which the protaganist's best friend was supposed to do) it came off as cheesy, clunky, and unnatural.

    The cliche critique of the wealthy and entire theme of the book being poor vs. rich also got old. There are plenty of well-written books about the plight of the poor that don't spell it out so obviously and simply, citing each time a person with any money does something terrible, or would do something terrible, and contrasting it with a person with little means doing something wonderful or having a good heart. It's as if the author believes the reader is too stupid to pick up on what she is trying to say.

    What didn’t you like about Tara Sands’s performance?

    Her voice quavered the entire time, whether the characters were upset or scared, or happy (which, admittedly, was rare). She over-acted, which got pretty irritating. She definitely varied her voices & some might say she did it well, I just didn't care for her voices & theatrics.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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