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Margaret

University Place, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (1977)
    Story
    (1974)

    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!"
    "LOVED this book and Kathleen Wilhoite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a hilarious fish out of water, husband/wife, and mother/daughter story with wonderful characters. It's an episodic novel told by many different voices, with main one belonging to Bernadette's 14 year old daughter. At the end everything comes together for a satisfying and brilliant conclusion

    And speaking of brilliant, Kathleen Wilhoite is without question the best narrator I have ever heard on Audible. She seems to have an endless supply of distinct voices. And she even sings -- beautifully. A superb performance. I was completely transported.

    From my perspective the Seattle skewering was an added bonus, but I would have loved this book even without it.

    This is the audible book I recommend the most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Table for Five

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Lily Robinson and Sean McGuire have nothing in common. She guards her independent lifestyle with a ferocity that hides a fear of love and the pain it can bring. He’s always been a rolling stone, making his own way. But with the sudden deaths of a couple close to them both, the two become joined in grief and a knowledge that they must step up and care for the three orphaned children. With little more than hope and dedication, these five embark on a cross-country road trip filled with the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations that make up a family.

    Margaret says: "Pass it by"
    "Pass it by"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Obvious, manipulative, and it's the slowest paced book I've ever read. No surprises -- you can predict this one from the very start. Can't recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3835)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3217)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What could have been a fascinating story about race, the law, and personal identity goes....nowhere. Unrealistic plot and uninteresting characters. Hard to believe that a Grisham book could be this tedious.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Triburbia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karl Taro Greenfeld
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A group of fathers meets each morning at a local Tribeca coffee shop after walking their children to school. The sound engineer looks uncomfortably like the guy on the sex offender posters around the neighborhood; the memoirist is on the verge of being outed for fabricating his experiences; and the chef puts his quest for the perfect quail-egg frittata before his children's well-being.

    Lisbeth says: "What the &@)(?!?"
    "Triburbia"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's more of a collection of short stories than a novel. I liked the characters so much that I wish it had been the other way around. Still, it's worth listening to -- very funny and a terrific performance by Kirby Heyborne.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Wasn't There

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Persuaded by his beloved companion to join her in a group tour of Scotland, Qwill expects to revel in his Scottish heritage while keeping Polly Duncan safe from the Pickax Prowler. Instead, his trip is cut short when a thief swipes a suitcase, the bus driver disappears, and a fellow tourist is found dead, all in the same day.

    Russell says: "Good story"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Cat Who Wasn't There?

    Even George Guidall couldn't save this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lilian Jackson Braun again?

    Yes -- usually enjoy her books.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    George Guidall was excellent (as always) but this book is one of the weakest in the series. Lacks the usual Lillian Jackson Braun humor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight Nobody

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    For Kate Klein, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. So when a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch. She launches an unofficial investigation with the help of two friends and discovers the secrets and lies behind the town's placid picket-fence facade....

    Kim says: "Great Book! Very funny!"
    "Terrific Book!"
    Overall

    This is a marvelous book -- a spot on satire of motherhood in suburbia -- laugh out loud funny -- and a great story about friendship, husband/wife and mother/daughter relationships. There's even a mystery. All in all, you can't go wrong with this book. Thank you Amazon for having the unabridged version.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Harry Winston

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Leigh, Adriana and Emmy are best friends, all leading different lives and about to make some extreme choices. The three girls meet for dinner one evening and make a pact - they each have to change one thing in their lives by the end of the year.

    Susan says: "Chasing a decent book..."
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    Very entertaining, and the narrator, Laurel Lefkow, does a wonderful job. This is my favorite of all of Lauren Weisberger's books. The characters are endearing, the book is funny, AND it's set in New York -- what's not to like? Thank you audible for having the unabridged version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight Nobody: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Emily Skinner
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Kate Klein, the protagonist in the latest novel by New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, is a desperate housewife who overcomes her suburban boredom by solving a murder mystery (while the kids are at school, of course).

    Margaret says: "Great fun!"
    "Great fun!"
    Overall

    This book was alot of fun and Emily Skinner is a terrific narrator. I wish it was unabridged -- I'd gladly spend more time with these characters. And Jennifer Weiner's descriptions of parenthood in suburbia are just hilarius. Well worth reading!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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