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Donnise

I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!

columbia, tn, United States

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  • The Painted Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cathy Marie Buchanan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, Danny Cambell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (216)

    Paris, 1878: Following the death of their father from overwork, the three van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without their father’s wages, and with what little their mother earns as a laundress disappearing down the absinthe bottle, eviction from their single boarding room seems imminent. With few options for work available for a girl, bookish 14-year-old Marie and her younger sister Charlotte are dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seven francs a week, the girls will be trained to enter its famous ballet. Their older sister, stubborn and insolent 17-year-old Antoinette, finds herself launched into the orbit of Émile Zola....

    Carole says: "Abundance of Misery"
    "Vivid Portrayal of Ballet Girl"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I love Degas paintings. I love ballet. I love historical fiction. Great combo!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Painted Girls?

    The ending was by far the best. I won't give it away.


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

    No, this was my first but she is amazing.


    If you could rename The Painted Girls, what would you call it?

    Something about sisters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tapestry of Fortunes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen - and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find the people and things they miss.

    Donnise says: "Decent Escape Read"
    "Decent Escape Read"
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    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Berg and/or Barbara Caruso?

    Yes, Berg has always been a go- to author for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elizabeth Berg? Why or why not?

    Yes, her books don't always leave me breathless, but they are solid for entertaining me.


    Did Barbara Caruso do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but her voice is older than I picture the characters in my head.


    Do you think Tapestry of Fortunes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I think she summed them up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2708)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1421)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "I want to read all Beth Hoffman and hear Lamia"
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    What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

    The wonderful women in this unique town and timeframe. Cecilia was saved by these ladies. Theme was beautiful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Mrs Goodpepper's personality the most.


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

    She is just amazing.


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

    I just hated the father so much.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4233)
    Performance
    (3773)
    Story
    (3775)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "A Wonderful Story"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Orphan Train again? Why?

    I have never had a desire to hear a book a second time.


    What other book might you compare Orphan Train to and why?

    The Chaperone was similar.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ?

    I could not stand when she narrated the voice of Molly.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (426)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "It was ok...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    They didn't develop the characters well enough


    Would you be willing to try another book from Carol Rifka Brunt? Why or why not?

    I wasn't a fan.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was sufficient.


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

    Probably, to see Toby


    Any additional comments?

    I found the crush on the uncle "odd". I could not grasp why she was so appealing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4141)
    Performance
    (3542)
    Story
    (3539)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "OMG. Loved This Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    I was not terribly fond of narrator at first. I grew to really appreciate him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    There were several, but I guess the ending because it blew me away.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where he met his father in prison.


    If you could rename Defending Jacob, what would you call it?

    No better name.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (2010)
    Story
    (1997)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "This is such a great story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved Cora's story. She was an example of how women have changed in America, for the better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chaperone?

    It really spoke to me when she was at the air conditioned luncheon and then realized the woman was raising money to oppose birth control. Cora was such a lady and I loved how she left, dropping quarters into the jar for the poor.


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

    Her voice is just magical to me.


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

    Yes it was.


    1 of 1 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
    (1474)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1325)

    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 Nice Departure Read"
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    Where does The Good House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a good book. It does not go into my list of favorites, but I enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love interest with the handy man.


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

    She is just wonderful. I could listen to her narrate every book.


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

    The time frame that she had no idea what happened during her blackout (car was wrecked, kid was missing)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3236)
    Performance
    (2940)
    Story
    (2952)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "A Wonderful Story"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I frequently have friends ask me to recommend books. The story is so unique,and Louisa is so lovable and real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Katrina and Louisa becoming friends and Louisa regaining her courage.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Louisa's meltdown at the restaurant at the track was so real for me.


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

    I don't know.....


    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
    (2526)
    Performance
    (2269)
    Story
    (2270)

    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!"
    "A Fabulous Escape Read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was recommended to me by a friend and it was such a fun time spent. I didn't want to get out of the car!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bernadette. I have felt like her a couple of times in my life. She embraced crazy completely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the scene where Audrey rescues her from the bathroom. Audrey was my second favorite character.


    Who was the most memorable character of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and why?

    Audrey was a total hoot. I found her to be so real.


    Any additional comments?

    I will recommend this book to all my friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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