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Sara

Memphis, Tunisia | Member Since 2010

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  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (548)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Heartbreaking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Dreams of Joy again? Why?

    No. I rarely listen to books again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That joy and GZ were found at the beginning of the book. Suddenly it wasn't a book about finding them. . . So I was intrigued.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (655)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter again? Why?

    No.


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

    No. It was difficult to really get into the story. I'm glad I finished it after it was done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (937)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "Stupid Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Gabriel's Inferno? What did you like least?

    Least--the story is shallow and boring.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a non-harlaquin romance novel. I need something with depth.


    Was Gabriel's Inferno worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (391)

    This is what happened: I met him at the candy store. He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children's candy store, mind you, this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss' wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.

    Cynthia says: "Can't get enough!"
    "Awful Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Megan Hart and/or Elenna Stauffer?

    Not Elenna Stauffer-- the voice for the main guy character is annoying.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Megan Hart again?

    Maybe. It is what it is. It's silly . . . . but I suppose it gets the job done.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have a man read the voice of the male character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2153)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "WOW"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Yes! To see if I can pick up more clues.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending.I had NO IDEA.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Lily Rains
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

    Melissa says: "“Think of me. Remember me. Love me.”"
    "Not her best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No-- I really enjoy Jennifer McMahon but this wasn't the best book.


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

    The fairies-- least interesting


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

    I don't think so. It was a great performance


    Did Don't Breathe a Word inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1023)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Not Hunger Games"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Matched?

    It was a bad version of "The Hunger Games"


    What was most disappointing about Ally Condie’s story?

    I just couldn't get into it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Simses?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Matched?

    I didn't listen long enough


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3685)
    Performance
    (2266)
    Story
    (2291)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks again? Why?

    Yes-- I'm afraid I missed something.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    bioethics-- it really opened my eyes to questions without answers


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The physician who told his patient with atibodies against hepatitis that his blood is valuable.


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

    It was fascinating. I work at a research hospital so most of what the story was about was close to home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (635)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Dumb story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Yes. This wasn't her best.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Nothing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lone Wolf?

    I just didn't like the story at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Grave at a Time: Night Huntress, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2380)
    Performance
    (2156)
    Story
    (2145)

    Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving - leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit. Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive.

    Michelle says: "Purely Amazing"
    "Horrible narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jeaniene Frost and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    No


    Has One Grave at a Time turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read similar but with better narrators.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Anyone


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

    I didn't finish because the narration was awful.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (631)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Not like 15 years ago"
    Overall
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    Story
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    Nothing. I loved Patricia Cornwall 10+ years ago and decided to give her another shot. The characters were the same but the story was mundane. Too many details about the coffee machine in the bathroom. The story didn't grab me. I stopped listening about ten minutes in.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm done with Patricia Cornwall.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

    All of them. Lucy especially.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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