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gingerpenny95

Fairfield, Ca, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Whole World Over

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart.

    Coriander says: "disappointed"
    "Pleasantly Engrossing"
    Overall

    I enjoyed both the narrator and the story of Julia Glass's first novel, The Three Junes. This one was narrated by a woman, instead of a man and my only criticism of the book is of her voice when doing the child, George, (whom I grew to dislike intensely and would predict that if he were a real, not a fictional character, he would grow up to be an eco-terrorist) grated on my nerves. Aside from the brat, the book is an engaging and wonderful 22 hours long.

    I was delighted to find Fenno McCloud appearing in this book, as he was the main character in The Three Junes. I also liked the author's handling of the gay characters as real human beings, capable of grown up love, and not some limp-wristed parodies of themselves.

    Were I not gluten intolerant I would sure love eating the wonderful cakes baked by the main character, Greenie, as she wins a coveted position as chef to the governor of New Mexico. I enjoyed the descriptions of the food items as well as the beauty of New Mexico. I liked her handling of 9/11 and the crazyness of that scene and what a profound effect, both direct and indirect, that it had on so many lives.

    I am awaiting the next novel in hopes that Fern, who was a character in The Three Junes, will appear as did Fenno McCloud in this one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Can't finish it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I have tried but cannot finish this one after going half way through. The ingenue character is so unlikable and stupid I cannot feel sympathy for her. Bathe adult counterpart has no redeeming characteristics. All characters are unsympathetic and self absorbed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (920)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Finally a happy conclusion."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

    I am actually going to listen to the past ones over again. Number eight left me devastated, so much so that I returned it. This one is gratifying.


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

    Of course


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    He is a wonderful reader


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

    I did listen in one day. I am a dressmaker and listened to it whilst completing a project.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the other ones or you will be lost.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • One More Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Liz Flaherty
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father's prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.

    Claudia says: "I Praise this Author"
    "Simply awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who live in a fantasy world


    What could Liz Flaherty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The concept was all wrong. We are supposed to believe that a woman with a heart condition that is so debilitating that she cannot share a bed with her husband, has the energy and the will to coerce her cousin into abandoning her own kids in order to have an affair with the woman's husband to produce a child that the sick woman somehow has the energy to raise. The author could have contrived a more believable plot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Can't criticize the narrator.


    What character would you cut from One More Summer?

    The demented real mother.


    Any additional comments?

    How hard is it to contrive a plot that could have happened?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jonah Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

    Steve says: "Incredible Story of the FLDS"
    "Reads like a novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Prophet's Prey again? Why?

    Maybe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The PI who wrote the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The material was so organized and the description so riveting that it kept me fascinated. As a fan of Big Love, the HBO series, I can see where many of the real life characters were the inspiration for the cast of Big Love. It amazes me that the type of child abuse perpetrated by this community is allowed to exist and I am appalled that the CPS of Texas were so derelect in their duty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3835)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3217)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Suspend disbelief and you will enjoy this tale."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Racketeer again? Why?

    No, I never listen to a novel twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

    The ending but I would not give away the ending to describe it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the Mexican prison.


    Any additional comments?

    An incredibly complicated plan is hatched in prison by a wronged lawyer who was serving a long sentence because he was the fall guy in a scam. For the plan to work, all actions by the protagonist must be perfectly timed and initiated. Fun fantasy. Not as good as most of Grisham's work but fun nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (278)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "Incredibly Stupid Protagonist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I lost patience with the stupidity of the main character, a woman with few qualifications who somehow got a book published about cleaning and organizing. She is supposed to be an expert in her field but fails to recognize valuable objects and collectibles. She was clueless in so many ways. The narrator was semi annoying but I gave her a 4.

    I expected this book to be more about letting go of things but it seemed to be so superficial. Glad I only paid $5 for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Great character development"
    Overall

    Jodi can take situations in the news and allow us to see all sides, humanizing her characters and making us think about all aspects of a moral quandary. The ending left me beyond satisfied.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Meredith Baxter
    • Narrated By Meredith Baxter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Meredith Baxter is a beloved and iconic television actress. Her warmth, humor, and brilliant smile made her one of the most popular women on television, with millions of viewers following her on the small screen each week. Yet her success masked a tumultuous personal story and a harrowing private life. For the first time, Baxter is ready to share her incredible highs, (working with Robert Redford, Doris Day, Lana Turner, and the cast of Family Ties), and lows....

    gingerpenny95 says: "Self effacing pleasant to read"
    "Self effacing pleasant to read"
    Overall

    This is one book that is complemented by the author reading her own work. Her pleasant, modulated and familiar voice was a pleasure. I have always enjoyed Hollywood insider biographies and this was no exception. Her realization that she is gay is only a small part of the story and far more interesting is her growth as a woman who late in life realizes her worth as a human being. She is a person I would like to know as a friend. She pulls no punches when it comes to describing her relationship with her two ex-husbands. I hope she has a good lawyer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1372)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Best of my 200+ titles"
    Overall

    I have over 200 titles in my library and I must say this book has given me more listening pleasure than any of them. The reader is sublime, the dialogue is wonderful and the insight into canine behavior is amazing. I can't say enough about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oprah: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kitty Kelley
    • Narrated By Kitty Kelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    Based on three years of research and reporting, as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprah is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era.

    gingerpenny95 says: "Boring Droning Voice"
    "Boring Droning Voice"
    Overall

    Perhaps I learned a little bit more about the subject than I had previously, but it was a great price to pay for slogging through this boring account of every dollar she spent, every person she is or was mad at, or every luxury item she has purchased for her friends. The author's own narration was awful.

    I'll save you a lot of time. She might have had sex for money when she was 13. She has a lot of neer do well relatives, some of whom are religious fanatics who feel they haven't bled her enough. She likes luxurious things and she holds a grudge if somebody shows her disrespect. OK, that is all you need to know about Oprah.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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