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Joyce E. Coolidge

TX | Member Since 2011

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  • 3 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 141 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3764)
    Performance
    (3425)
    Story
    (3418)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Short, weak story."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Molly Harper and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    no


    Has Driving Mr. Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    I could paint while I listened


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

    Really, that's it?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I got this for less than $5, because if I had paid more, I would have felt incredibly ripped off. I'm not sure it was worth what I paid.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10202)
    Performance
    (9337)
    Story
    (9356)

    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"
    "Captivated from beginning to end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Boris fun accent and big personality


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Descriptions of the painting were so tender in the beginning of the book, and then again at the end. I was painting myself, as I listened.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted the story to continue. Not that I felt it was incomplete, but I wanted to continue listening to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12103)
    Performance
    (10992)
    Story
    (11018)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "loved it"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about 14?

    Interesting plot and you couldn't guess what was coming next


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The hidden secrets of the building being discovered


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

    It was easier to make a mental note of each character by listening to the story. There are not so many characters that you lose track of who is who, and each character has a particular voice.


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

    I'm an artist and paint while listening. I wanted to continue painting and listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to find more books like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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