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Sharon "Snow book"

snow book

Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite

    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!"
    "Entertaining story"
    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Kept my attention.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept me guessing.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes. The narration was well done: however, I didn't like to narrator's voice. I found it annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Not a book to be read aloud"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Possibly a different narrator

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    Someone younger as none of the characters in this story are over about 40.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is way too detailed to be listened to. There are too many characters, too many shifts in point of view. Trying to keep track of all this while listening and doing something else at the time is impossible. I got most of the way through the first download and decided I just wasn't enjoying it. The book is probably better read since obviously it has been a best-seller. I might consider this in the future but...there are just too many other good books to read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Not as I expected"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The publisher's review didn't prepare me for a fantasy and I don't usually enjoy fantasy novels especially when I'm not expecting it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Neil Gaiman again?


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given this book overall one star is well written and the author's narration was excellent. This wasn't what I was expecting so I had trouble getting into the fantasy aspect. I do have to admit that I stopped listening about half way through as I couldn't get past one particular chapter in the book. (I won't go into detail on that as those who have already read the book probably know the chapter and I don't want to spoil it for others.) I'm sure that if I had finished the book I would understand the author's point that seeing the dead body in the car triggered a very dark fantasy in this little boy's mind. Since this is MY review, I get to write that I hated the subject matter. Stuff of childhood nightmares isn't something that I choose to read for enjoyment or education.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Business: The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robertson Davies
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor

    This first novel in The Deptford Trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way.

    Vinity says: "Been waiting for this"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I had heard so many good reviews from friends about this book and the whole series but I was really disappointed. The story drags and doesn't really seem to go anywhere. The narrator doesn't help to make this book more interesting either. I found it hard to keep paying attention to the story.

    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    His voice is dull and lacks emotion.

    Could you see Fifth Business being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Another Hollywood novel"
    What would have made Beautiful Ruins better?

    A different story line. I was expecting something different. I am not into "Hollywood stories" so I didn't find the subject to be interesting. It felt like the same characters, same problems, egomania, addictions, wanna-be's, etc.

    Any additional comments?

    The novel jumped around quite a bit and was difficult to follow, which character, what time, where. The ending felt just thrown together to tie up all the pieces.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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