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gingerpenny95

Fairfield, Ca, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Whole World Over

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (232)

    "It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

    Sara says: "The Sharp Edge Of Family"
    "Plodding but worth it. Needs a sequel."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Spool of Blue Thread to be better than the print version?

    The reader is good and does a plausible southern accent


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was worth plodding through this just to hear about the saga of the porch swing. It brought to light the different values of the married couple. She wanted the porch swing to be blue because it reminded her of a beloved neighbor whose family she wanted to belong. He wanted it varnished to look classy and impress the neighbors. It was resolved in a telling way.


    If you could rename A Spool of Blue Thread, what would you call it?

    The porch swing.


    Any additional comments?

    The book ended somewhat abruptly but many of the characters grew in so many ways. I was left feeling slightly unsatisfied. I may read it again to pick up more insights I missed the first time. I would love a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (278)

    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "Sad ending"
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    I love these types of books with the dog as first person. This one had a sad ending and wasn't resolved.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (404)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "Heroine does stupid things"
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    I saw the dog on the cover and thought the book might be on par with The Art of Racing in the Rain or A Dog's Purpose. Not so. This is typical chick lit with the main character being easily manipulated and dishonest. I don't know what the hunky veterinarian would see in her. She has a problem with alcohol to boot. There were a few laughs but not enough to redeem this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Illegal Gardener: The Greek Village Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sara Alexi
    • Narrated By Suzanne Heathcote
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    A delightful glimpse into the lives of two very different people who became friends and were both better for it. A rare friendship that changed their lives and may change yours a bit too.

    Jean says: "I was captivated"
    "On of the best of my 250 audible titles"
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    Where does The Illegal Gardener rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top three


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Asaan because he was so honorable and wise.


    What about Suzanne Heathcote’s performance did you like?

    Her narration was spot on. Good transition from male voices, Greek accents and English accents was seamless.


    If you could take any character from The Illegal Gardener out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Juliette because of her growth as a human being and her courage and determination. She also enjoys good food!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about this novel and I am so glad it is first in a series although the only one on Audible. I grew as a human being after reading this book. It is kind of like a mini slice of The Grapes of Wrath in a European setting with the Okies replaced by Pakistanis, Indians, Russians and others escaping from terrible economies. I will never again see casual laborers trying to scrape together a living without a degree of compassion I never had before. This book changed me in a profound way. I do hope that Audible will present the rest of the series. It was an easy listen with a degree of humor and it wasn't preachy. A satisfying ending made my heart sing!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge to Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (408)

    To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she' s paid to finally feel like she' s somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven.

    Candace says: "Francine Rivers is the best for a reason."
    "Gave up after 14 chapters"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Francine Rivers again?

    Never


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Forbes’s performances?

    She wasn't terrible and given better material, she is probably fine.


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

    Disappointment that I wasted so many hours on such dreck.


    Any additional comments?

    The heroine is the most self pitying, passive ingenue I have ever encountered in literature. Meanwhile, the hero was just too good to be true. I guess the author is a very devout Christian and is trying to make her characters fit a stereotype. There was an extreme creep factor in the idea that two individuals raised as essentially as brother and sister then become lovers and he is supposed to be the good Christian hero. Don't know if I can finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chestnut Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.

    Scott says: "Women Wronged"
    "Last of the fabulous Binchy"
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    What did you love best about Chestnut Street?

    The courage of the decent everyday person.


    What other book might you compare Chestnut Street to and why?

    The Lilac Bus, a previous book of short stories by Binchy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to choose.


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

    Fools and Wisewomen, alternately.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so happy we have a final chance to enjoy the storytelling of Maeve Binchy. No other author can tap into the spirit of everyday people like she can. She especially addresses the woman who sacrifices herself for others and ungrateful children and in many of these stories, the downtrodden triumph when they stand up for themselves. I will sorely miss her talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3828)
    Performance
    (3377)
    Story
    (3372)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Worthy of John Grisham"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of the Harry Bosch detective thrillers. John Connoly is doing a great job with this genre. I think I will re-listen to the Lincoln Lawyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (316)

    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."
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    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
    (1396)
    Performance
    (1254)
    Story
    (1256)

    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."
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    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 10 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
    (152)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    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"
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    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

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