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I enjoy historical fiction, humor, and biographies. I listen to my Audible books as I drive in my car or on my IPhone.

FRUITLAND PARK, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (310)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    "Awesome Read!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald the most enjoyable?

    The story connects you to Zelda Fitzgerald and leaves you wanting to read more even when it ends. I never re-read books however; I can see myself re-reading this one.


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

    I just adored the narrator for this book. She nailed all the characters very well. I am now searching for more of her narrations.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gilbert King
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
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    (76)
    Story
    (80)

    Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Depsite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

    Bill says: "Stunning history of the Jim Crow south. Essential"
    "Very Informative read"
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    Where does Devil in the Grove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book has a lot of history surrounding the movement and beginning of Civil Rights. I grew up in Florida and was not aware of the many criminal activities that played into Civil Rights that happened here.


    Did Peter Francis James do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I was not impressed with the narrator. Being a native Floridian I was disappointed how Mr. James mis-pronounced several cities in Florida. Umatilla and Tavares are two of them that stick out in my mind. I wish he had researched the proper way to pronounce these names before narrating. Also, when changing characters I think it would have been better to have added another narrator.


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

    The horrible treatment of those that were falsely accused of rape.


    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
    (2409)
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    (1129)
    Story
    (1136)

    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!"
    "Charming Story"
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    Would you listen to Saving Ceecee Honeycutt again? Why?

    Most definitely! Being a Southern gal I can relate to most of the story line. It had me in stitches one moment and almost in tears the next!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I adored Aunt Tuti and Oletta!


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

    No, this is my first.


    If you could take any character from Saving Ceecee Honeycutt out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Oletta. I just adored her in this story.


    0 of 0 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
    (1862)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1638)

    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.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Compelling Story!"
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    If you could sum up Orphan Train in three words, what would they be?

    Sacrifice, embrace, love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphan Train?

    The ending! I won't reveal but have some tissues handy.


    What about Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    Everything! Very good narration.


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

    Oh yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (984)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Very lovely story."
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the description of Alaskan terrain and the idea of living there during this era.


    If you could rename The Snow Child, what would you call it?

    The Ice Maiden.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (44)
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    (44)

    Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore’s Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone....

    Babette says: "Listen to it More Than Once"
    "Great story about life in general."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A very interesting story about a young mother who was left by her husband to raise a daughter and two sons in a time when separation was not the norm.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was fantastic!


    Was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant worth the listening time?

    Yes. It has a great storyline and makes one think.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (409)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Awesome Read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Aviator's Wife the most enjoyable?

    I totally enjoyed the narration of this story. Very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Aviator's Wife?

    Enjoyed the part of Mrs. Lindbergh's first flight. The author made it very entertaining and one could only imagine what it must have felt like in a time when aviation was being introduced to the world!


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

    Mrs. Raver brought a lot of emotion to this book. I would love to read other novels she has narrated.


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

    Yes, I wanted to cry when I reached the end of this book. It gave me an utmost respect for Mrs. Lindbergh.


    0 of 0 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
    (1232)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1109)

    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 Good Read!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good House?

    I enjoyed the story of the struggle of an elderly,alcoholic woman. You can actually understand her side and the way she sees things as she deals with the struggle of having to have another drink. The narration was excellent and I will gladly listen to any other book from this narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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