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Christie

Atticus

Bronxville, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 14 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1305)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "I am a believer...."
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    This book is both fascinating and fast moving. Truly, I could not put it down! Eban Alexander's story is so vivid in his telling. It is even more riveting because as a neurosurgeon he has been trained not to believe what he experienced. A wonderful story about an amazing man's journey to the afterlife and back. You will want to listen to it again and give it to those who you love.

    46 of 66 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4407)
    Performance
    (4032)
    Story
    (4032)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Slow start but so worth it...."
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    I stayed away from The Goldfinch for a few weeks. But after a while I couldn't ignore the great ratings and reviews. Yes, a bit slow to start, but WOW it is such a beautifully crafted story. The narration is flawless... I think David Pittu will be on my MUST LISTEN list. The story itself is about a boy who is lost.... I won't give away any of the story. I will only say that once I was involved in the story I never wanted it to end. It is a masterful work of fiction and I know will stay with me. I loved every moment from Chapter 2 on....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2008)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1831)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "I didn't want it to end...."
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    I simply loved this book. The author does such a good job of helping the reader to understand every aspect of the situation and the love and desperation that the situation brings with it. I loved Louisa and I loved Will and Nathan. I would recommend this book to anyone. I am already missing all of the characters and imagining where they go next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (712)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    DIANE says: "Never read a book so fast"
    "Hauntingly beautiful!"
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    I loved this book! I loved this book! I loved this book! The story is beautiful and sad and horrific. It is a necessary book in its details of the Holocaust, the realness of the Holocaust. It is also beautiful in its telling of those who managed to escape and live their lives in safety... but their loss and their joy is so clear to the reader that you no longer view them as "lucky", they just suffered differently. I listened to it in one day... not talking to anyone while listening. Rewinding when I reached the end to hear the beginning again. This is a beautifully narrated story and so worth reading. Brava!!

    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
    (1240)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1116)

    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!"
    "You are in her shoes...."
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    I know we all know people who are in trouble and in denial about their troubles. Hildy is one of those people. I so enjoyed being in her head and understanding what made her tick. Her justifications for everything. It is true... she wants MORE. She is too aware of appearances and misses the things that are most valued in life. I loved this book. I loved Hildy. The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2733)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2383)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Powerful"
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    I almost didn't buy this book - I am tired of Picoult's formula writing. This book is so beautifully told, so beautifully written. It is a must read for everyone. I expect to request that my children read it when they are older. It tells of horror and the will to survive. It is one of the best "fictional" books of a terrible time in our world that I have ever read.
    The narration is beautiful. The story is believable. The facts are well researched. You cannot stop listening....

    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
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (997)

    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"
    "Wish there were more...."
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    Snow Child started off slowly for me. I almost didn't give it a chance. Fortunately I stuck with it and I loved it! I'm not one to give away plot lines. This is a magical, fairy tale of a book. It is an adult fairy tale. It will take you away while you wash dishes and fold laundry. The visuals are beautifully written, the characters are all believable, and the reader wants to stay. Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (182)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "The worst"
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    I like Emily Giffin's books. They are fun and the characters are people we remember from her other books. But this one falls short. There was nothing enjoyable here. The author does a good job at explaining the cattiness of suburbia - but I didn't buy the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love the One You're With

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (146)

    Ellen's relationship to Andy doesn't just seem perfect on the surface; it really is perfect. She loves his family, and everything about him, including that he brings out the best in her. That is, until Ellen unexpectedly runs into Leo. The one who got away. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one she can't forget.

    Susan says: "Love The One Your With"
    "Not as enjoyable as other Emily Giffin's."
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    I just didn't LOVE it! I usually love Emily Giffin... the character development builds and all of the little side stories create a big, beautiful story. That still happens here, but I didn't find myself caring.
    The story fills the time and is good if you are driving... but really, her newer works are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (567)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    A User says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "Happy to have read it."
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    My friend ended up getting divorced because of this book. Hmmmm... what could be so powerful that my friend could decide to end a 15 year marriage??
    Gretchen Rubin does a great job of telling her story of trying to be happier by changing little things in her life - making a list of promises to herself. Things that she will work on. It is HER project and she is very clear that what works for her may not bring you happiness. But she also points out that we are all different and our happiness needs are different.
    I was worried that I would not want to finish this book. But I did and I feel that I learned a lot about how I approach my own life. Gretchen Rubin and I may not have the same needs for happiness, but I appreciated her list and her self-awareness of her own behavior and how that might effect the happiness of the people around her and ultimately her own happiness.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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