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Nina

Beaconsfield, QC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 169 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • San Miguel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (50)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of The Women, a historical novel about three women’s lives on a California island. On a tiny, desolate, windswept island off the coast of Southern California, two families, one in the 1880s and one in the 1930s, come to start new lives and pursue dreams of self-reliance and freedom. Their extraordinary stories, full of struggle and hope, are the subject of T. C. Boyle’s haunting new novel.

    L. Blanz says: "A sweet story"
    "Depressing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was very negative, nothing but doom and gloom from the main character for enough of the book to make me give up. And not enough story to make me care what happened.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Public Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (338)

    Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

    Lisa says: "Long, Dark, Depressing, Boring & Disappointing"
    "Good story, but the accents!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    To read, yes, to listen with this narrator, no.


    What didn’t you like about Renee Raudman’s performance?

    She can't do British at all - sounds like a Jamaican Dick Van Dyke. Why on earth not use a British narrator?!


    Any additional comments?

    Some finer details also horrible, British people don't take cream in their tea. Come on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2973)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2637)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Ah, England."
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm an English expat, living in Canada. This book took me straight back home, all the great and awful things about England. A real insight into English culture, attitudes and prejudices. Any reviewer who tries to compare this unfavourably with Harry Potter is so wide of the mark, it's like comparing apples with, well, elephants. The narrator was phenomenal in my view - he had the accents, attitudes and intonation completely spot on. I was almost worried that someone might steal the wheels of my car. Anyone who thinks that England is all about cucumber sandwiches and tea on the lawn should definitely give this a whirl. My only criticism was trying to keep up with who is whom - there are a lot of key characters, and some of the wives are possibly interchangable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (854)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "Light and fun"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed ths book - yes it's a romance, and yes it's light and silly and girly, but fast paced and fun, and made me want to rush out into the backyard and start gardening immediately (snow notwithstanding). Great one for vacation reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6166)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5333)

    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"
    "Fun and engaging"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, have already recommended it. It's an fun take on the movie world, interesting and fast paced with great characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (623)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Well written and cinematic but depressing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Two things - 1) understand that it needs realism but it was all disaster, corruption and struggle all the way through. Would have really liked a little "hope" thrown in there too. 2) Would have liked a stronger story thread - chopping and changing between so many characters constantly left me a little lost, especially when listening in small chunks.


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

    Great voices, accents, gave atmosphere and realism to the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Train

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Tim Matheson
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (318)

    Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Great Book"
    "Very light, very readable, good one for a vacation"
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    What did you like best about The Christmas Train? What did you like least?

    Fast paced and light, great reading if you don't want to put too much effort into it. The plot was a little thin in places with a few inexplicable turns of event.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The characters were colourful and fun.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not - not enough to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Matheson's "female voice" was very odd, sounded like a drag queen at times - would have been better off not trying I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11934)
    Performance
    (10845)
    Story
    (10869)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Unexpected and gripping"
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes, it was beautifully acted (I won't even say narrated, as the voices were perfect), and it took such an unexpected twist, I'm sure I missed some of the subtleties through racing through it as fast as I could.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When the first big reveal came, to be honest, I groaned. I thought it had taken a Steven King-like path and gone off the rails (see "It"). But once I got used to the idea, the whole thing came together in a fascinating cinematic way that kept me right until the last page.


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

    Absolutely brought the characters to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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