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Jennifer Smith

Portland OR | Member Since 2012

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  • 44 ratings
  • 178 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3947)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3587)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Depressed and disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Margaret Atwood’s story?

    It was a depressing story about how women had been devalued in America and could not do anything. They were baby makers and that was it.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Danes – was your favorite?

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yeah, I don't want to live that way.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (495)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "bad cover, worse story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really thought it was going to take off and be more exciting. The characters were shallow and undefined while at the same time being stereotypical. I'm glad I didn't pay much for it and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.


    What was most disappointing about Kyra Davis’s story?

    It never took off and got more exciting. It needed more depth of character and detail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't know


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the main character. She was strong and independant. Also, I liked that they went to a sex toy trade show. It was a different thing to happen in a story.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many characters to keep track of

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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