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Barbara

I am a big fan of audible...listening to books on the move really suits my lifestyle.

Pennsylvania,USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    (3941)
    Performance
    (3443)
    Story
    (3458)

    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 topic covered in an interesting way ."
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    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Descriptions of what the Jewish people were going through really gave me pause to think of how I may have reacted. I also saw the SS officers as real people who were going through their own termoil.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The strength shown by Sage's grandma throughout her struggles made her the most memorable character for me.


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

    At times I found the material troubling to listen to and needed to take a break to process it.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the variety of voices of the readers...Great read and would recommend to all of Jodi's fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (572)

    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
    "Looooooong listen!"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Leo Tolstoy before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first Tolstoy book I have ever read and in the end I would say that human nature remains the same through the ages.


    Was Anna Karenina worth the listening time?

    This book took a very long time to say what needed to be said. For me, it dragged.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (645)

    Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

    Jen says: "Exceeded My High Expectations"
    "Nice...happy ending...light reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I think that I was expecting a "deeper" story, but Still Life with Bread Crumbs was simply nice to listen to...As other reviewers noted, it was filled with clichés, and followed a predictable pattern. Personally I prefer a novel with a deeper plot. This one was an enjoyable listen, but in no way memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again....

    Richard L. Carroll says: "Great life story-great narrator"
    "Lovely story written in Adriana Trigiani style."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Shoemaker's Wife the most enjoyable?

    This was a beautiful love story that had sadness, as in real life, but overall had much goodness and kindness. Several times when I thought, "oh no" someone is going to die, cheat, etc...it didn't really happen thus the twists and turns were believable and natural.Trigiani gives such beautiful images of Italy that I am anxious to return!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Drive Home

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will Allison
    • Narrated By Tony Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Taking his daughter Sara home from school one day, New Jersey accountant Glen drives his car into another vehicle, killing its driver. Since no one else saw the accident, Glen lies about it to the police—a decision that sends his life spiraling out of control.

    Barbara says: "Barbaral"
    "Barbaral"
    Overall

    Unfortunately, I did not enjoy listening to this book. The reader was difficult to listen to, and the story dragged on and on......I did finish it, but would not recommend it .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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