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arlene

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  • Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles McDowell
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    When Charlie McDowell began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors - two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties - on Twitter, his feed quickly went viral. His followers multiplied and he got the attention of everyone from celebrities to production studios to major media outlets such as Time and Glamour.

    Now Dear Girls breaks out of the 140-character limit as Charlie imagines what would happen if he put the wisdom of the girls to the test.

    Elle W says: "An Enjoyable Listen"
    "Cute but slows towards the end"
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    Where does Dear Girls Above Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lower middle


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had some genuinely hilarious parts.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes it did.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It gets indulgent about halfway through. Plot development/anecdotal story starts to drag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5835)
    Performance
    (5280)
    Story
    (5275)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Suspense from the beginning"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    It was believable and showed the true character of families and people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    When Letty realizes why the money was left to her...


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

    He reads well and doesn't sound like he is reading or over acting the read. Pleasant tone and very good at the pauses.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Is redemption possible?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longbourn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jo Baker
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (233)

    In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

    Kim says: "Great Book, Great Narrator!"
    "Nice period piece but a little predictable"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, especially if they like Jane Austin style books. This one seemed to have all of the elements except the major betrayal of the protagonist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The headmistress; because she is torn between feeling and disciplining. She understands the conundrum of being too easy and being too hard...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Sarah sneaks into the new houseboys backpack.


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

    No- it wasn't that engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (203)

    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "I tried and could not finish"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A person who is not into character development, a person who likes a stagnant or missing plot, and someone who is patient enough to listen to ten minutes of description and one minute of dialogue.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Ondaatje’s story?

    The snails pace. Slow can be good in a story if there is an element which entertains the reader. This was lacking any magical element.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say there is Ny scene that is my favorite.


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

    Frustration- it had some potential but it fizzles badly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up from Orchard Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eleanor Widmer
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart. But Manya is no soft touch, except, perhaps, where her granddaughter Elka is concerned. Precocious Elka is her closest companion and confidante. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who move in and out of the Roths' lives.

    Patti says: "Another Favorite"
    "The narration is stale and methodical"
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    What would have made Up from Orchard Street better?

    The story is pointless and I wasn't really sure of the plot. It dragged on mercilessly for over eight hours. I thought the grandma was hilarious but she really was a foil character and the other people seemed disingenuous and Whitney.


    What was most disappointing about Eleanor Widmer’s story?

    It was rated so high,y and compared to "The Chaperone". This story is a biography that is a complete fabrication of life in New York. It was unbelievable and didn't have any authentic description or detail.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes- she read like the story was a boring essay. She tried the accents but even those were mediocre.


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

    None- no feelings at all!,,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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