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Faith Spencer

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baltimore, md | Member Since 2013

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  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (397)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    ""Z ", a sad tale"
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    Would you listen to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald again? Why?

    While I enjoyed the majority of this book, I doubt I would ever listen again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald?

    The first half of this story was just great! Zelda is a wonderful character who unfortunately, married a complete jerk. "Scott" was such an insecure man. While he ladled her with jewels and furs, it was never out of kindness. Zelda was nothing more than a prop to help boost his self image.


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

    Jenna Lamia was the reason I chose to finish this book. The book is written in the first person. Ms. Lamia's voice was 100% Zelda Fitzgerald. While listening to the voice of a southern debutante could possibly make a listener run away, Ms. Lamia's interpretation was very pleasant and actually inviting.


    If you could take any character from Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to spend an afternoon with Zelda. But I cannot imagine dinner with these folks, as I am not one to drink my dinner.


    Any additional comments?

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1027)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "On the Edge of My Seat!"
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    Where does The Girl with All the Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story; well written, well read, my favorite of the summer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Melanie, of course.


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    I can't pick one. I was very taken with the entire book and Ms. Williams was superb.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you are not a fan of this genre, you will enjoy this book. I cared about these characters, which is not an easy feat when dealing with this subject matter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "Loved It!"
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    If you could sum up The Marriage Bureau for Rich People in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, thought-provoking & educational


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that it was a simple story with complex characters. I read "The Namesake", so I was not totally unfamiliar with Indian culture, yet I still learned so much. The character's were very likeable.


    Which character – as performed by Tania Rodrigues – was your favorite?

    Tania Rodrigues made this book come to life. She is the absolute best reader I have listened to since joining Audible.


    If you could rename The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, what would you call it?

    I would not rename this book. At first I thought the name was long and actually a bit strange. But after hearing this book, I completely understand. The title has as much to do with Indian culture as the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I have learned that there are 3 companion sequels to this book. I have ordered the paperbacks, but wish that Ms. Rodrigues would be commissioned to record them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1369)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Absolutely Wonderful!!"
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    What did you love best about The Good House?

    I loved Hildy. She's a successful business woman and is extremely funny. She's also an alcoholic with a vicious tongue and a deep seeded denial that makes you want to strangle her. But Hildy is also such a flawed human being, you can't help but care about her.
    The Good House is more than a story about an alcoholic. It's a story about small town living and all the people who live in the town. People who have lived there all their lives, enmeshed in each others private lives, as if it's as normal as the tides that roll into that Massachusetts fishing village.


    Have you listened to any of Mary Beth Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book narrated by Mary Beth Hurt. Ms. Hurt's performance was terrific! She was Hildy, through and through. She sounded like a woman of Hildy's age, but even more, she sounded exactly how I would imagine Hildy to sound. Bravo!
    I will say that her "kid voices" were less than believable, and it is always strange to hear a person attempt to do a voice of the opposite sex. Sometimes I think it would be better to read the lines without the false baritones or altos.
    I do hope to listen to Mary Beth Hurt again.


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

    If only I could have! But I also didn't want this story end. I have never listened to a book more than once. But, I can actually see myself choosing this on a winter's day, when there is no where to go. I look forward to that day.


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Leary is a good writer. The characters are all well developed.
    I am a substance abuse counselor, when I am not listening to books. Hildy's behaviors and thought processes all ring true. While you will laugh at some of this stuff, it is really the sad fact that alcoholics will find any reason to drink. Ms. Leary writes from a perspective of one who knows and understands. I never lost empathy for Hildy and that is because the story was written well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1379)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Fun and Fictional"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Paris Wife to be better than the print version?

    This particular book was excellent listening material. The story is good, and the writing style easy to follow. This is one I was able to follow in my car driving back and forth to work, without losing any concentration on the road.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Paris Wife?

    I enjoyed the portions describing the so called, "Lost Generation". The fast life of partying, sexual liasons and capricious gluttony of those ex-pats, (including F. Scott & Zelda, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein to name a few), put the young celebs of today to shame!


    Have you listened to any of Carrington MacDuffie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I listened to Carrington MacDuffie narrate. She was alright, but her voice and characterization of Ernest Hemingway was pretty bad.


    Any additional comments?

    The Paris Wife is historical fiction. It is very entertaining. This novel speaks loudly about the women of those times and how some, like Hadley, could simply not keep up with the changing morays of the Roaring Twenties.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1769)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Great, Great, Great!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! The story is very good, the reading is entertaining and it's paced well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the psychiatrist. The two main characters are fantastic, but the doctor is the best!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene when the doctor introduced himself as an Eagles fan. He makes a connection with Pat and builds the rapport needed in a therapeutic relationship. It also was very humorous.


    If you could rename The Silver Linings Playbook, what would you call it?

    I like the title. Who am I to change anything?


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't seen the movie, and I am happy I listened to the book first. Ray Porter's reading is entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. He uses accents where appropriate, without being patronizing or stereotypical. Good listen all around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (202)

    In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever

    Linda says: "Amazing but painful"
    "Patronizing & Self Serving"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could never be a 4 or 5 star experience. The material does not allow it.


    Has An Invisible Thread turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What three words best describe Pam Ward’s performance?

    Ms. Ward's performance was fine. she did the best she could with what I believe is a very flawed story.


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

    Ms. Ward is the only redeeming quality.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a social worker who specializes in substance abuse. I deal with kids like Maurice everyday. The character in the book does not sound or behave like any urban kid, black or white, that I have ever met. The way this woman patronized this kid is abhorrent. Poor Laura, victimized her whole life, but still a candidate for sainthood as she saved the poor little black kid from the ghetto. Give me a break!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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