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P. Porche

Chicago, IL | Member Since 2009

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  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "For Every Person Who Knows a Kevin"
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    This is a chilling story about what happens went parent(s) refuse to see their child as he really is. From the beginning Kevin is troubled; Eva's sees it, but Franklin refuses and that fuels Kevin's desires to torture his mother. I really enjoyed the epistolary format of this novel. That made Eva's story even more personal and made the reader feel as though she's reading very private correspondence.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gravedigger’s Ball: The Coletti Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Solomon Jones
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Just weeks after tracking down a killer known as the Angel of Death, Detective Mike Coletti stands at Mary Smithson’s grave, mourning the woman whose betrayal nearly cost him his life. He’s joined there by Mary’s beautiful half sister, Lenore. Moments later, a gunshot splits the air, placing Coletti on a collision course with the Gravedigger, a killer hellbent on deciphering the secret of life and death. As bodies drop and tensions mount, clues are plucked from the victims, and one thing is abundantly clear—Lenore is the killer’s ultimate target.

    Kathleen says: "Nicely Drawn Characters Make for a Worthwhile Read"
    "Disappointing"
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    What would have made The Gravedigger’s Ball better?

    More character development and slower pacing. The story unfolded quickly which was fine, but it felt rushed, like there was more that could have been revealed but was omitted. Without giving away too much, the love story conflict and its resolution weren't satisfactory. In fact, the love story elements could have been omitted in favor of additional information about the antagonist.

    After reading The Last Confession, I was anxious to read another book by this author. Unfortunately, this book just didn't measure up to the first one.


    Has The Gravedigger’s Ball turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, in fact, I like the way Mr Jones writes. I was just disappointed with this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was choppy and off-putting. I struggled to finish listening.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gravedigger’s Ball?

    The love story elements and descriptions of Sandy Jackson. Unless the status of her appearance (hair, make-up, clothing) is germane to the action, it only served to stop the flow of the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26622)
    Performance
    (13263)
    Story
    (13306)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "As Always, Better Than the Movie"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    I loved that each character told her story in her own voice. The story is engaging and very well told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author used real historical landmarks to frame the times. That lent an air of authenticity that at times made me forget that I was listening to fiction.


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

    Minnie Jackson--I especially like that the actress who reads Minnie on Audible portrays her in the film. Octavia Spencer's performance brought to mind Mississippi women I know. She has simply fantastic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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