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ANNANDALE, NJ, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 18 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 509 titles in library
  • 55 purchased in 2014

  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Sarah Vowell does it again!"

    Sarah Vowell's never fails to make me fall in love with her all over again!

    Unfamiliar Fishes is the story of the Americanization of Hawaii, and Vowell uses her storytelling - complete with historical facts, stories and personal anecdotes of her travels - to make the tale interesting and memorable. I can't imagine hearing this story read by anyone other than the author - her unique voice, along with the interjections from other celebs, makes a great book a truly spectacular listen.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jill McCorkle
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Too Bad"
    "So excited to see McCorkle's new novel!"
    What did you love best about Life After Life?

    I love the way that Jill McCorkle paints the characters in all of her books, and Life After Life is no different. I loved that this was a great story with some amazing character studies woven in.

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

    Holly Fielding is a great storyteller, and really picks up on the subtleties of McCorkle's characters.

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

    I really liked listening to Life After Life broken up in pieces on my commute - each time, I felt like I was digging into a different character's story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Well-written story read by a great narrator"

    An Object of Beauty is a really appealing book for a number of reasons:
    Campbell Scott is a masterful narrator. He has a great range of voices at his disposal, and uses them very appropriately.
    The story itself is well-written, with interesting characters.
    Steve Martin's knowledge of the art world is thorough. He is able to weave real and fictitious artists through the narrative in a way that feels fluid, never forced.

    This book is a really great listen, and I would recommend it for anyone who's a fan of good fiction, the art world or a character-driven book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Bloody Jack #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Jacky Faber, Bloody Jack, is back, and this time, she's facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L. A. Meyer's sequel to the enormous popular Bloody Jack, is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original.

    William says: "Nice story, extremely well read!"
    "Great Follow-Up to Bloody Jack"

    Curse of the Blue Tattoo is the sequel to Bloody Jack, and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. Don't read on if you haven't listened to Bloody Jack! - after Jackie is kicked off the Dolphin, she winds up at a finishing school for young ladies and experiences more ups and downs than possibly imaginable throughout Curse of the Blue Tattoo! Everything is told in Jackie's emotive voice, and the narrator keeps up the great tradition of voicing a number of characters all with great depth.

    This was a great follow-up and I recommend this series to anyone looking for a great listen.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Slummy Mummy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Fiona Neill
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lucy Sweeney has three sons, a husband on a short fuse, and a tendency toward domestic disaster. It has been years since the dirty laundry pile was less than three feet high, months since she remembered to have sex, and weeks since her toddler started using the trash can as a toilet. Lucy is living in a constant state of emergency, caught between perfectionist Yummy Mummy Number One and competitive Alpha Mum.

    Darima says: "a better read"
    "Great British Chick Lit"

    Slummy Mummy is well-known in England, and I'm glad the audiobook made it here! The story is one of Lucy, a really disorganized stay at home mom and the chaos she turns her life into through various missteps. Lucy is still a lovable character and her interactions with her husband, kids, and the other parents at school and in the neighborhood are hilarious.

    The reader gives Lucy a great voice and tells her story in a relatable way which makes you sympathize with her (rather than finding her annoying, like some other chick lit characters). I can't wait to listen to the next book in the Slummy Mummy series now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "An 18th Century High Seas Adventure!"

    I really enjoyed listening to Bloody Jack - it's a great story about Jacky Faber, an orphan who disguises herself as a boy to get aboard an 18th century sailing ship. The book is well written, exciting and engaging. There are a lot of characters, and the reader does a great job of giving them all their own voices.

    I'd highly recommend this book for a listen with kids - it's entertaining for all ages.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cocktails for Three

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Madeleine Wickham
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Each month, three staffers of The Londoner gather at a nearby lounge for an evening of cocktails and gossip. One April evening, Maggie relishes her last weeks of normalcy before the birth of her first child, while Roxanne breezes through between glamorous foreign assignments. But Candice's chance encounter with a girl from her past reveals secret depths in the clean-scrubbed reporter, and the events that follow have permanent repercussions for the trio.

    Kat says: "Fun Listen, Great Narrator"
    "Fun Listen, Great Narrator"

    Cocktails for Three is a great story about 3 women working at the Londoner magazine who meet in a great bar each week to talk over their lives. In comparison to Sex and the City (which, really, sets the bar for all of these books), Roxanne's life is much like Samantha's and Maggie is Charlotte WITH a baby. The most compelling story, though, centers around Candice and an old acquaintance she runs into in the bar near the beginning of the book. All of the characters are well-developed, some more likable than others. The narration is tops - the reader has an authentic accent and gives this book a great voice!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Smiths' Meat is Murder (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joe Pernice
    • Narrated By Neal Huff

    A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations. Infatuations with a girl (Allison), with a band (The Smiths) and with an album, Meat is Murder, that was so raw, so vivid and so melodic that you could cling to it life a lifeboat in a storm.

    Kat says: "Accurate Fiction about Meat is Murder"
    "Accurate Fiction about Meat is Murder"

    This book is called the "black sheep" of the 33 1/3 series (the rest of the books are about the making of the title albums) but often times the black sheep can be the most interesting.

    Meat is Murder is a narrative about figuring out relationships, death, high school, friendship, and music in 1985. Joe Pernice paints a really accurate picture of the kind of kid who would listen to Meat is Murder when it first came out. Any fans of indie music in the 80's would definitely appreciate the story. The audiobook is read by Neal Huff, who I know from watching The Wire. His narration is convincing (I think he's about the right age to read for the main character) and gives the characters depth without taking away from the underlying narrative about the album.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trading Up

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Candace Bushnell
    • Narrated By Mira Sorvino

    Janey Wilcox wants to be on top. Not since author Candace Bushnell created Carrie Bradshaw and Sex and the City has there been a heroine like Janey Wilcox. Janey is a beautiful yet struggling social climber determined to survive in New York City society. Listeners first met Janey in Bushnell's international best seller 4 Blondes. Now, everyone's favorite character is back, with a major modeling contract, a Porsche Boxster, and big plans.

    Susan says: "Don't waste your time."
    "Fun Chick Lit, Great Narrator"

    I was a little skeptical about listening to Mira Sorvino for a whole 5 hours, but she turned out to be a great narrator! Trading Up is a pretty standard chick lit book, with fun details about couture clothing and posh Hamptons parties (everything you'd expect from Candace Bushnell), but it also includes a hunky polo player and a great main character. Sorvino gives all of the characters great voices and she's a pleasure to listen to. Two thumbs up for an escapist listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ricky & Mobo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Roscoe Orman
    • Narrated By Roscoe Orman

    For his sixth birthday, Ricky receives the best present ever: Mobo, a mechanical horse. With a few pumps of Ricky's legs, he and Mobo race across the floor. Nothing could be better! Then Ricky's mom tells Ricky about the neighborhood block party and race. Children will compete to find out who is the fastest. Ricky is sure he and Mobo will win the race.But when the big day comes, not everything goes according to Ricky's plans.

    Kat says: "Ricky and Mobo - Fun Story for Kids"
    "Ricky and Mobo - Fun Story for Kids"

    This audiobook is a really fun story for kids, read by the author Roscoe Orman, who is well known as Gordon from Sesame Street!

    The story is short and sweet, focusing on a child (Ricky) and his toy horse (Mobo), and the neighborhood race they run together. A really fun story with good music and a good moral for kids.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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