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Jodi

California | Member Since 2012

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  • Big Cherry Holler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    It's been eight years since the town pharmacist and long-time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her newfound belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn't count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband.

    Jennifer Garcia says: "LOVE"
    "Great sequel"
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    If you could sum up Big Cherry Holler in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, funny and redeeming


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Iva Lou a true friend


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

    She reads with inflections that I wouldn't get reading it myself - which adds
    to the real feeling behind the characters


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

    I laughed through out the entire book!!!! I got choked up when Jack
    and Ave renewed their love


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for book three!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Anjana Srinivasan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira’s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury – reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate – and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall…

    Leslie says: "Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
    "Another great book by Lucinda Riley"
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    Would you listen to The Midnight Rose again? Why?

    No because I listen to books when I run. If I already know the story I wont be motivated to get out and run as often.


    Would you recommend The Midnight Rose to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to people to like the past and present style


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

    No, but I thought she did an excellent job considering how many voices she has to do


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

    Some was predictable and some was a surprise, but I like this author so know what to expect. I did get a little tearful at the end, even though it was a bit contrived, I really enjoy this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5533)
    Performance
    (5036)
    Story
    (5021)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "If you loved The Help you must read/listen to this"
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    Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

    Probably. I loved the way they had two narrators for the two main characters. The story was extraordinarily beautiful.


    What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

    The Help. The Invention of Wings shows the horrors of slave ownership and the indomitable spirit of the black slaves. Plus the fearless support of the white women's campaign to end slavery and the men who supported/helped them.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There were two voices. One "white" one "black"


    If you could rename The Invention of Wings, what would you call it?

    I would not rename it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Splendour Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you. As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm.

    G-Ma says: "Disappointing"
    "Written in 1996"
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    What did you like best about The Splendour Falls? What did you like least?

    This one is not Ms Kearsley's best. The Winter Sea was my favorite, but I have enjoyed The Rose Garden and The Firebird as well. This book was originally published in 1996 which explains why I was so disappointed. I did not find out it's original publication date until after I finished the book. Good enough to finish.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Very well done!!!


    Could you see The Splendour Falls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (773)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Made me laugh out loud many times"
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    Would you listen to Bad Monkey again? Why?

    Probably not


    What about Arte Johnson’s performance did you like?

    Very good reader. Sort of a combination of the Car Talk men and Columbo


    If you could take any character from Bad Monkey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Nevel


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't the best written book, but it is so funny and nice mystery with a twist. Just a lot of fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Stone Gap: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the tiny town of Big Stone Gap is home to some of the most charming eccentrics in the state. Ave Maria Mulligan is the town's self-proclaimed spinster, a thirty-five year old pharmacist with a "mountain girl's body and a flat behind." She lives an amiable life with good friends and lots of hobbies until the fateful day in 1978 when she suddenly discovers that she's not who she always thought she was.

    Brad B says: "Laughs, Tears & a Place I'd Like to call Home"
    "Wonderful story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Stone Gap to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the author is reading it and puts her special knowledge of each character in to her narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ave Maria


    Which character – as performed by Adriana Trigiani – was your favorite?

    Iva Lou


    Who was the most memorable character of Big Stone Gap and why?

    Ave Maria because she is not perfect and she is ok with that! She is also willing to change.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a coming of age story about a 35 year old town pharmacist who has never been married. This book is so much fun! It takes place in the south with all the traditions, twang and hilarity that comes with it. You can actually envision the big hair on these ladies that we come to love. There are so many fabulous one liners it would take forever to write them all down. I found myself laughing out loud through the entire book. Not the epic masterpiece of The Shoemakers Wife but it is a wonderful, heart warming, great characters kind of book. Perfect for any time of the year!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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