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A. Hood

Teacher, bookworm, aspiring ninja. What else is there?

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  • The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (802)

    In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker says: "somewhat disappointing"
    "Rizzoli and Isles stories never disappoint"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to someone familiar with the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy "meeting" new characters and the different threads that come together.


    What about Tanya Eby’s performance did you like?

    At first, I wasn't crazy about her, but compared to narrators of other R&I stories, she was pretty good. I liked her stark variance in the Asian characters versus the very Bostonian characters.


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

    No, I listened for a couple of hours at a time and "put it down" for a while and came back to it. I drive about 2 hours a day, and I would listen for a day and a half, then listen to music, then come back to it. Mainly so I don't get "road hypnotized."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2817)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1378)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "A little slow in the middle, but great narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lamb to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read it myself, so I can't really answer that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Biff. He was just so irreverent.


    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the difference between Biff and Josh, but I don't know if I had a favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I thought Fisher Stevens was a little goofy, and while he isn't the BEST narrator ever, I did enjoy him, and his pacing and timbre worked very well with this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (264)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Wow! Stellar narration!"
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    If you could sum up Her Fearful Symmetry in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful. London. Narration.


    What other book might you compare Her Fearful Symmetry to and why?

    I don't really know. I really enjoy British stories and authors, but I don't think I've ever read anything I would compare this to.


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

    No, but I LOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEE her.


    If you could rename Her Fearful Symmetry, what would you call it?

    London Departures.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book, but listening to Bianca Amato and her voice of many colors, I enjoyed it even more than reading to myself. Wow. She is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

    Doggy Bird says: "Extremely moving memoir, well-narrated"
    "A Heartbreaking Story"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Nights?

    Didion's memories of her daughter through the years-- different, specific moments-- and the way she linked them together, really made this a heartbreaking read. I love Didion anyway; having been introduced to her in grad school, I have greedily sucked in just about everything she's written, I put this on my Wish List as soon as I saw that it was due to be published. There isn't a single moment that sticks out to me. This is just a beautiful memorial to Quintana Roo.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The memory of what Quintana wore for her wedding was a great one. I like how she returned to it several times.


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

    I had to keep myself from crying, mostly. I knew how it was going to end. . . I wonder how long it took Didion to write this.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read The Year of Magical Thinking yet, I recommend that one before this. And if you've never read anything else by Didion, do that, too. You won't be sorry. Her way with words will leave you breathless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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