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Cynthia

Pensacola, FL, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • 140 titles in library
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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2885)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1241)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Very slow"
    Overall

    First I did not realize this was a book about vampires. The female voice is very annoying. I thought this audio would never end and only made myself finish because I had bought it. I think I would have put a hardcover down to finish "later" and later would never come. I definitely would not get this book again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6904)
    Performance
    (6250)
    Story
    (6250)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Worst narrator in all of audible!"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Sue Monk Kidd and/or the narrators?

    I read the Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaids Chair. I enjoyed both and looked forward to listening to this newest book. I grew up in Alabama and went to college in South Carolina so I am southern to the bone. I have never heard such a poorly faked accent. It was just excruciating. In the author's note at the end of the book she stated that she had lived in Charleston for 10 years. I cannot imagine she chose this narrator after listening to Charlestonians for that length of time. Just buy the book and enjoy the story without the distraction of that jarring faked southern accent.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21087)
    Performance
    (18908)
    Story
    (18977)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I hated this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    Nothing. The characters were so dispicable that I did not even care what happened to them. I only completed the listen because I have to finish things. I was hoping to find myself thinking, Oh I am glad that I finished this. It was worth it. I was disgusted. The metaphors were so trite and the conversations so contrived.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Kate Morton book, probably The Distant Hours.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None whatsoever.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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