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Barbara

Sisters, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Seating Arrangements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maggie Shipstead
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn.

    Anastasia Burke says: "A Great Authorial Debut"
    "Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it's too slow and tedious


    What was most disappointing about Maggie Shipstead’s story?

    Nobody goes anywhere or develops and learns anything


    Did Arthur Morey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes but his characters were not particularly interesting


    Did Seating Arrangements inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I won't read one of hers again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "Mediocre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. Could have passed on it


    What could Marie Bostwick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too simplistic


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    n/a


    Did A Single Thread inspire you to do anything?

    No. I'm a quilter living in a quilt town, so it didn't do much for me


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3347)
    Performance
    (2372)
    Story
    (2376)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "An Aussie sage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    The voyages


    If you’ve listened to books by Bryce Courtenay before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good reader, gets into the characters


    Any additional comments?

    An O.K. story, but I've read better about immigration to down under

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2948)
    Performance
    (2537)
    Story
    (2551)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Detailed but with interesting developments"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Unpeeling an onion


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    The bombing in Dolly's boarding house


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Falling in love with her husband


    If you could rename The Secret Keeper, what would you call it?

    When my real life began


    Any additional comments?

    Complex tale which at times required patient listening, but eventually wove her life together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    A Wicked Old Lady from Boston says: "Incredible"
    "Good read"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing story of a ex-officer turned animal caretaker


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first opportunity to read her. Now I'm a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Real

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Imagine there was never a Laguna Beach, a Newport Harbor, the shimmering Hills. Imagine that your hometown - your school - is the first place XTV descends to set up cameras. Now imagine they've trained them on you. When Jesse O'Rourke gets picked for a "documentary" being filmed at her school in the Hamptons she's tempted to turn down the offer. But there's a tuition check attached to being on the show, and Jesse needs the cash so she can be the first in her family to attend college.

    suzanne says: "fun and easy"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not much of a story - simplistic read and boring story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus again?

    Nope


    What didn’t you like about Mandy Siegfried’s performance?

    she didn't have anything to work with


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    When a dachshund she's walking digs up a dead body, she realizes the person she's just waved to, the one speeding away in the dead man's car, may be the murderer. Although Dixie can't ID this mysterious driver, the killer got a good look at her - and Dixie's life is in danger.

    Marilene says: "Great fluffy cozy mystery"
    "Another fun mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund to be better than the print version?

    Don't know the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was good and interesting. Did build suspense


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she euthanised the dachsund and got mad at her owners


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - I drew it out


    Any additional comments?

    I'll keep reading her

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1121)
    Story
    (1117)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does W Is for Wasted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good story plot and interesting characters. Ranks as very enjoyable


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was good and more complex than her prior one or two


    Have you listened to any of Judy Kaye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love that gal


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in her lasttwo, but she's got it in this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1206)
    Story
    (1182)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Lots of twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What did you like best about this story?

    The slowly emerging revelations of the daughters life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The granddaughters strength and emerging maturity


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nothing extreme


    Any additional comments?

    Happy ending. 3 generations in an interesting tango

    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
    (2643)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1357)

    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!"
    "Simply beautiful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    Her shift and understanding, coupled with wonderfully tender characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the slowly developing plot with its revelations and growth.


    Have you listened to any of Jenna Lamia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she is a wonderful narrator - great accents and shifts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when she realized she missed and loved her mother


    Any additional comments?

    In the style of Gibbons, this is even a more developed and polished story. Can't wait for another by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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