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  • How It All Began

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Penelope Lively
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    When Charlotte Rainsford, a retired schoolteacher, is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true.

    Molly-o says: "Wonderful and beautifully written"
    "boring"
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    What disappointed you about How It All Began?

    The characters were flat, not layered. The story flashed back and forth between characters making it confusing to follow rather than showing their connections. There was no point to the story other than to show how one event can affect many boring people in a number of ways. The movie "Crash" did an incredible job of making that same point with characters who were layered and interesting. I recommend that movie if you want to see a well-made point. I would not recommend this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Penelope Lively again?

    No


    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s voice?

    Interesting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How It All Began?

    All of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (282)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Loved it"
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    This is a multi-layered story. There are a lot of characters who all grow and become more full bodied as the story goes on. I didn't want it to end because these people had become real to me and I knew I would miss them when the book ended. I enjoyed every minute of this book. This is not a fancy, gimmicky or racy novel; it is character-driven and the characters are very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Insight: The Hour of Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Redfield
    • Narrated By Bruce Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    The fourth book in the Celestine Series, this is an adventure tale, both suspensful and contemplative, that builds on the insights introduced in Redfield's previous books. It describes a new wave of religious tolerance and integrity that is now silently arriving, in reaction to watching years of religious warfare and political corruption.

    Donna says: "Not as good as his other books"
    "Not as good as his other books"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed his other books and wanted to find out more. This one was not as good, I thought. It seemed like the author was trying to continue a good thing and had run out of interesting ideas. I did find his thoughts about new insights to be interesting but the story line to get there was flat.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6068)
    Performance
    (2646)
    Story
    (2682)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Steven says: "Spellbinding"
    "Very interesting"
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    What did you love best about The Road?

    I don't know that I could say that I loved the story, because it was hard to see myself having to go through something that could really happen. However, it was a brilliant and gripping portrayal of what a father and son had to go through in their apocalyptic world.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13745)
    Performance
    (9567)
    Story
    (9626)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Fantastic"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    It's an incredible, true story so well-written I almost felt like I was there. I could see the characters and environments vividly as the story unfolded. I loved the book and sent it to my father who was a WWII vet who flew in the South Pacific during the war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louis, of course. He was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things and the author was able to show him in a very full and layered fashion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's very hard to say - there were so many different times and places.


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

    Yes, when Louis was able to forgive and went back to Japan to face his captors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27286)
    Performance
    (21026)
    Story
    (21108)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Loved it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wasn't sure I would like it when I started listening but quickly got involved and enjoyed it so much I bought the rest of the series because I needed to find out what happens to all these interesting people.


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

    He's able to change his voice so characters are easily identified.


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

    I'm not sure but one thing I wouldn't do is focus on the sexual parts like the TV show does. There is far more more to the story than that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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