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sarahjean

Midwest USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
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  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (785)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "Loved reading the book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Since I read the book several years ago, I thought the audio version would be a nice revisit. The performance fell short.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jeanette- she is a tenacious, bold survivor. She cared for her siblings when her parents could or would not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeannette Walls’s performances?

    Not audio, unless a different narration. The performance fell flat. The magic present in the voices of her characters is lost. I "heard" so much more passion, anger, frustration, pain, shame, pride, love and innocence on the pages of her books.


    Did The Glass Castle inspire you to do anything?

    Open my eyes to poverty in my own backyard; be grateful for my parents and family, take nothing for granite.


    Any additional comments?

    Walls is one of our times best writers of non-fiction "fiction", memoirs, "real life stories". Enjoy her gift of words on paper (or kindle) to receive richest experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2431)
    Performance
    (2183)
    Story
    (2183)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Hilarious Reality"
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    What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    The joy, honesty, and sarcasm used by the characters to tell the story. The relevance of reference to current culture. Using current technology as a method to deliver storyline and develop characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bernadette because she is hilarious and honest about her agoraphobia, her disdain for current culture of overer- parenting, her rotten and hopeless feelings and her hanging in there until she rediscovered her passion for life.


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

    Narration jumped out of my ear phones and into my heart and thoughts. Beautiful transitions from Bee to Bernadette, to the various supporting characters.


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

    Bernadette leaves the house and finds her life.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3999)
    Performance
    (3265)
    Story
    (3289)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Drawn in by then Darkness"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    Story line told from several character's perspectives. Fast pace while still proving plenty of background for character development and historical context of complies relationships.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Style of unraveling through many eyes.


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

    Narration brought richness to characters.


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

    I could have easily. However, taking breaks to think about the storyline, plot development, and the characters brought additional connection with them and the protagonist's mission.


    Any additional comments?

    Dark, sad and, frightening could describe the feel of this story; yet, hope, perseverance, even love are threaded through the tapestry of a tale of a family facing poverty, children living as outcasts, adults trying to do right for their children, and ultimately triumph of the very children who survived a tragedy unimaginable to most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem - or what we hope they will be.

    ~Beloved~ says: "perfectly delightful"
    "A little bit different..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. JJ always writes a superb story, develops characters well and her narration is sweet as honey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Someone Else's Love Story?

    Returning home, realizing what home really means and who home really is.


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

    All of JJ's performances. This was a little different. In past stories I have enjoyed the perspective and interaction between two or more of her wonderful female characters. I did not feel the protagonist in the story had a strong female relationship thread through the story.


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

    Absolutely. I would listen to that sweet southern syrup of a voice all day long.


    Any additional comments?

    Still love JJ, but this was my first JJ story I in which was not 100% engrossed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You Should Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (238)

    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

    Laurie says: "Maybe I should have known better"
    "wanted to love this book"
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    Would you try another book from Jean Hanff Korelitz and/or Christina Delaine?

    perhaps one more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry. He was depicted as almost always calm and a mature young boy. He did have secrets- but not revealed until later part of book.


    What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s performance?

    consistent, very good with change-up to Henry and Grandpa.


    Did You Should Have Known inspire you to do anything?

    not reallly


    Any additional comments?

    waiting for something more to happen. plot line was predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Place at the Table: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Rebecca White
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, George Newbern, Katherine Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Celebrating the healing power of food and the magic of New York City, A Place at the Table follows the lives of three seekers who come together in the understanding that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.

    Jen says: "RUN!! To Order This Book"
    "Heartfelt Culinary Story of Love"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Place at the Table to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I can not compare the experience between print and audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Literary use of culinary technique and food procurement, preparation and presentation to tell the story and develop the rich characters.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Flowed, transitioned well between characters. Voice added to characters' development and made me feel as though I was right there, observing conversations.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Place at the Table and why?

    Impossible to choose- each character was very real, rich and likable.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story about love, forgiveness, family, friendship, all topped off with good food!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And Then it Happened

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Linda Green
    • Narrated By Suzie Aitcheson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Mel Taylor was thirteen years old when she found her Mr Right. Twenty years on they remain blissfully in love. She has the man she adores, a gorgeous daughter, a great job and a dream home. But Mel's seemingly perfect life is spoilt by a dark secret and a niggling fear that her good fortune can't last for ever. Despite her husband Adam telling her to live for the present and stop worrying about the future, Mel can't shake the feeling that someone is about to call time on their happiness. And then it happens.

    Leisha says: "HAVENT YET FININSHED BUT LOVE THIS STORY"
    "A story of unconditional love"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up And Then it Happened in three words, what would they be?

    committed unconditional love


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character's passion, persistence and sense of humor.


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

    Mel's acceptance of a "different" Adam.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great tale of love overcoming tragedy, undying commitment, trust and acceptance.

    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
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1297)

    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!"
    "A Good, Quirky, Thoughtful Read"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend The Good House to a friend for a quirky tale with terrific characters.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    She sounds just as I imagined the main character to sound. Her inflection and timing is outstanding. Hilarious and deeply moving, she brought the book to life.


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

    When the main character analyzes her own behavior, first through denial, then with the help of her love interest.


    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter of alcoholism is very, very serious. The Good House presents an uncanny first person account of the highs and deep lows of drinking too much. The story is sprinkled with just enough small town happenings, gossip, and mystery to keep the book from being too depressing. A wild ride into the lives of a small New England community.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1192)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "New Favorite Author & Performance"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely! Joshilyn Jackson weaves a tale with humor, grit, honest character introspection and delicious gumption. I laughed, cried, and became so involved with each character I could not wait to listen to another chapter. Jackson's narration is outstanding! Her voice is charming, funny, authentic and truly brings the characters to life. Kudos!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Glorious details bought characters to life. The story is part mystery,part straight-up humor, part family (dys) function, part humor, part sorrow and 100% engaging. Jackson's narration is superb. She brought me right into the story with her dialect, inflection, timing and grit.


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

    Yes. All of them! Grown-Up Kind of Pretty was my first introduction to Jackson's writing. I was hooked and listened to every book available. I am ready to listen a second time around, just to revisit the characters and listen to the superb narration.


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

    A Tale of Secrets, Survival and the Power of Family (Love/Bonds/)


    Any additional comments?

    I can not wait for more Joshilyn Jackson. Unlike many authors of popular fiction featuring strong women and family, she is not formulaic. Her rich details of the characters, the time and location settings, and the non-character elements bring depth to her stories without using wasted words. Every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter is engaging and truly a supporting role in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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