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Jennifer

Middle aged wife, mother, student and full time worker. I listen to books using my phone, especially when I drive/travel for work.

Olathe, KS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3252)
    Performance
    (2928)
    Story
    (2941)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "A good listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Handmaid's Tale the most enjoyable?

    An interesting story with good detail and interesting characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I read this book many years ago and remembered liking it, but not the details of the story. I enjoyed listening to the book and getting re-aquainted wtih it.


    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    Comfortable voice to listen to.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Handmaid's Tale and why?

    The main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6922)
    Performance
    (6336)
    Story
    (6341)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A Long Listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    Wide variety of characters who were unique and believeable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters themselves and how they managed their struggles, with the help of friends and family. The story was detailed, interesting and not predictable. You really get to know the characters.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to and understand.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. It is long, so make sure you have plenty of time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (385)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "A Family's Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tell the Wolves I’m Home the most enjoyable?

    Good story with interesting and believable characters. The setting in a past time frame and references to historic issues of that time were interesting. I was able to reflect on those times and remember them.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (924)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Heft"
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    Where does Heft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good. I liked it and enjoyed listening to the story. It started out somewhat slow but as it progressed and added new characters I got interested.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good detail about the various characters, their imperfections and how they dealt with them. In the end, it as hope-inspiring.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed both characters. The teen boy was probably my favorite and was easier to listen to. I had appreciation for the older character but at times he spoke so quietly that I had a hard time understanding it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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