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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 | Member Since 2015

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  • Tapestry of Fortunes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    Judy says: "I loved the book and the friendships of the women"
    "Decent Escape Read"
    Overall
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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
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (13407)
    Performance
    (11017)
    Story
    (10983)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "I am officially an Amy fan!"
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    If you could sum up Yes Please in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Smart, Thoughtful


    What other book might you compare Yes Please to and why?

    Bossypants by Tina Fey - they are both brilliant women with a creative view of the world. Their childhood and family experiences are similar.


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

    Yes, I often sat in my driveway listening until people looked outside wondering why I was in my car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22044)
    Performance
    (18355)
    Story
    (18339)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Interesting Thriller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Train to be better than the print version?

    I think so. The narrators and their accents add so much to the drama of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Use male narrators instead of the females trying to sound like men.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Their voices were very "in character" with how I pictured their subjects.


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

    Things are never what they appear.


    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
    (2898)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1595)

    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.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "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
    (6611)
    Performance
    (5807)
    Story
    (5827)

    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"
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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
    (654)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (584)

    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.

    2 of 3 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
    (4753)
    Performance
    (4058)
    Story
    (4061)

    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 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
    (302)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (251)

    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"
    Overall
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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
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2485)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2168)

    >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
    (1616)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1450)

    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.

    Mel says: "Soberingly Funny"
    "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

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