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Chocolate Chip Stamper

Coastal Georgia | Member Since 2009

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5957)
    Performance
    (5167)
    Story
    (5157)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Book Club Read - My Favorite Book this Year!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?

    Although I haven't read the print version, I loved the way the narrator read the accents. His rich nuances of each dialect helped bring the characters alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pasqualle - humble, caring, honest, determined... I just loved him.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    He was fabulous with the various accents. His voice made you live the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was not a laugh out loud book. Yes, there were segments that made me smile in my mind's eye... clever lines, dialogue, or good plot. It had emotional elements, but did not make me weep. More importantly, I did feel that I couldn't wait to "read" more... and found myself inventing chores and things to do in order to continue listening.


    Any additional comments?

    It was my turn to pick a book for my book club. I had raced through 6 or 7 different books trying to find one that I wanted to recommend. I wanted my book club friends to fall in love with my selection, so I knew my choice could not just be a mediocre read. I was intrigued when I read a review that claimed Beautiful Ruins could be the next "The Help" (as far as popularity). That convinced me to try it. I was not disappointed. The characters are richly developed and I loved how the story spans 50-60 years with various characters' lives brushing into and intertwining with other characters' lives... It was also fascinating to me how the author actually made Richard Burton an integral character in the book with dialogue (as opposed to merely referencing him as a character). The ending was wonderfully crafted and satiated my curiosity about the fate and goings on of each character. Bravo... this will be the crown in our collective book discussions.

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  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (815)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Best series since The Hunger Games"
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    What did you love best about Unwind?

    Fascinating premise for the storyline... "retroactive abortions"


    What other book might you compare Unwind to and why?

    It is not the same as The Hunger Games or Divergent except that it falls into that same genre of "Futuristic Dystopian" novels with teenagers trying to survive. However, that being said, I would HIGHLY recommend the Unwind series if you liked those series!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't wait to get the next book! I was disappointed that Audible only has two in the four book series available, though.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, although it looks like you would be reading the 3rd book in the series next, it is OK to read "Unwholly" after reading "Unwind" (it is the only other one that is available on Audible at this writing). Unwholly picks up right where Unwind left off. I would definitely recommend to continue!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (493)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "Validates the Teaching Profession"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to my friends...especially those who work in education. It felt good to hear someone "outside" of the field validate teaching as a profession. Mr. Danza was so intuitive about issues and constraints that teachers are faced with. As a teacher, I felt "respected" by Tony Danza merely by the choice of my career and dedication to it. I also enjoyed his fun ideas in the classroom. :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, Tony Danza! He was an inspiration...creative, caring, passionate, and dedicated.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ...the scenes where he shared innovative ideas for getting his students excited about learning


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

    ...not necessarily, but I found I couldn't wait to listen to more


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tommy Greenwald
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he’s managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he’s in middle school, avoiding reading isn’t as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he’s tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact. This is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he’ll go to get out of reading a book.

    Chocolate Chip Stamper says: "Laugh Out Loud with an A+ Narrator"
    "Laugh Out Loud with an A+ Narrator"
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    Where does Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For children's literature, this was one of my favorites I've read in the past several months. The narrator really made the character come alive. I avoided this one at first because the title and cover made me think it would be too juvenile. However, the story turned out to be witty and kept my interest. I teach middle school and will definitely recommend this book to my students.


    What other book might you compare Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading to and why?

    It made me think of Holling HoodHood in The Wednesday Wars (by Gary D. Schmidt)...funny story, but you find yourself nodding in acknowledgment with the thoughts of Charlie Joe, and then laughing at some of his "rules" and observations.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Definitely Charlie Joe Jackson... the essense of a smart kid with clever observations about life. He's the underdog that you will root for.


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

    Yes, but to write it would cause this to be a spoiler for those who haven't yet had the opportunity to enjoy the story!


    Any additional comments?

    MacLeod Andrews definitely took an already good story and made it great. It makes me want to find other books narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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