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Marcella

Sarasota, FL, United States

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 101 titles in library
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  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (521)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "I don't have this much time to devote.."
    Overall

    ...to a book I can't even understand the narrator (16 hours+). I didn't read anywhere that the story was based "across the pond." I usually listen to the sample first because I'm tired of listening to British accents on Audible books, I'll never make that mistake again!. It sounded like a great story and I was in a hurry, I needed something quick to have for a road trip, but I found myself fast-forwarding after 30 mintues. Sorry, but I tried.

    I'm having a bit of bad luck, the last 3 or so books I haven't been able to finish, usually too boring. What a waste of a $15 credit times 3.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5860)
    Performance
    (5081)
    Story
    (5071)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Started out great an d promising but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story line was very intriguing but after 3/4 of the book it was lost and never came back around. The story ended with a fizzle and no satisfaction.

    The narrator was excellent, with his Italian accent for his Italian lines he sounded very sexy and with the English lines he sounded like Alec Baldwin so it was a delight on the ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6272)
    Performance
    (5575)
    Story
    (5571)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "I've given up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's not that often I give up on a book but this one is going into that category. It's just too long and boring. I have other things to do and listen to and not spend my listening time on a book that doesn't develop into anything. The premise sounded promising but it never materialized into a story I am interested in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (817)

    In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

    L.W. says: "Horribly depressing"
    "How gumbled can it get?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story sounded good before I listened to it. The love story might have been there but no not really and the performance was dry and emotionless. It was like I was listening to several different stories that were connected by a thread and nothing was ever fully developed. Sorry but I'm not listening to any more Nicholas Sparks novels they have all been a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6606)
    Performance
    (2913)
    Story
    (2924)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "The story was interesting and..."
    Overall

    This is an interesting story, I never grew tired of it and my mind didn't wander. Just when I thought I had it figured out, the story changed. The narrator is excellent, all the different voices really brought the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MoonPies and Movie Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amy Wallen
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    While watching TV one day, Ruby Kincaid catches sight of her runaway daughter Violet in a commercial. Quicker than a jackrabbit, Ruby makes up her mind to head straight for Tinseltown and reclaim her wayward daughter - even if she has to lasso her. MoonPies and Movie Stars is Amy Wallen's snappy, sassy, and sensational debut novel. A hysterical romp across the Southwest, it pits a spunky Texan mom against the star-studded power of Hollywood.

    R. Sippel says: "l wouldn't call it a hysterical romp"
    "Tried to finish but..."
    Overall

    I tried to finish the book but the story moved too slow for me and it was suppose to be a fast-paced romp across the Southwest but an hour into it Ruby was still in the bowling alley. There were way too many adjectives, meaningless dialog and details that seemed to be there only to "prove" it is a true southern story (it seemed like the story was there and the editor sent the author back to make it longer by adding southern colloquialisms; therefore make for a larger book). I usually like a story that moves faster into the meat of the storyline. The sentence structure was very sophomoric. I couldn't finish the book, I found my mind wandering, maybe I'll try at another time. I loved the southern accent of the narrator but I don't think it is a natural one. I gave it 2 stars only because of the sentence structure and I couldn't bear to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of the Villa Mimosa

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Adler
    • Narrated By Monica Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A beautiful Jane Doe with no memory of who she is or how she got to the bottom of a treacherous ravine; and a psychiatrist who joins her on her search for her identity. Dr. Phyl Forster was intrigued by the lovely woman who had been recovered from a San Francisco hillside and taken to the hospital where Forster was a resident psychiatrist. When Jane Doe regained consciousness, Dr. Phyl was at her side. It was then she realized that the patient had lost all memory.

    Margeret Harris says: "Not the best Elizabeth Adler"
    "Ran out of steam"
    Overall

    The story is intriguing but it seemed like the author changed in the last 1/3 of the book and the connections were too neat and tidy. The audio recording/narrator was above par.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (206)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Very anticlimatic"
    Overall

    Never mind the fact I couldn't feel the attraction between Nick & Valerie the story just dragged on and was very anticlimatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1344)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Sweet little story"
    Overall

    This is a great little story of surviving family hardship and the strength of women. Wonderful narration by Jenna Lamia (the best I have ever heard!!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10018)
    Performance
    (4938)
    Story
    (4969)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Won't finish, just couldn't"
    Overall

    The premise of the story sounds great but not too far into the story it is apparent that this is a waste of time. I should have took to heart the reviews I read on Amazon.com. Too bad this is my first Stephen King novel too.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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