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SJ

tybee island, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1072)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sister Mary Kelly says: "Not my favorite book."
    "Great book"
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    Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?

    No; it was a great story, awful to think things like this happened and hope they will never happen like that in the future


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    Many good moments; many sad moments


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    They were both good with their character voices


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

    No; it was good to take in pieces


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely well worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4990)
    Performance
    (4542)
    Story
    (4533)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Excellent...hated to see the story end"
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    If you could sum up The Invention of Wings in three words, what would they be?

    Sad but inspiring


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invention of Wings?

    There were many; liked the ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the end


    If you could take any character from The Invention of Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Any of the main 3 women in the story


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2724)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2487)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Enjoyed it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good characters; although some of the outcome is predictable, it was definitely worth listening to it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good character development


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good performances by all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4762)
    Performance
    (2168)
    Story
    (2177)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Good at first, but gets VERY boring fast"
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    What disappointed you about Cutting for Stone?

    The story got too complicated and at some points it was impossible to keep up with who was who...also, it got so technical about half way through that it turned me off and I stopped listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "Good story, but he's a wimp"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wild Tales the most enjoyable?

    Story of how music was made at that time


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story overall, but found him rather annoying...it seems as though he often mooched off of his women, always moving in with them and sponging. He also was such a sycophant to David Crosby, a man who by his own account, was a pig toward women and total egomaniac. Those parts were rather revolting to hear about, especially since he reads them like they were no big deal without seeing how disgusting they were.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2136)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting. The main character is annoying as it seems she views herself as a real rebel, street wise person; instead she seems to be an over indulged, spoiled brat with an uptown education. And although she occasionally takes responsibility, she also seems to blame the system for being too hard on people who do crimes like hers. I found her unlikeable in many ways but it was a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kent Hartman
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew - whether you knew it or not. On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves as the driving sound of pop music - sometimes over the objection of actual band members....

    Diana Haynes says: "Fascinating Story Well Told"
    "Great listen...hate that it's over!"
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    If you could sum up The Wrecking Crew in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, interesting, excellent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrecking Crew?

    Too many to pick from


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

    Lots of them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like music from the sixties and seventies and enjoy history, you will LOVE this.

    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
    Overall
    (26755)
    Performance
    (13392)
    Story
    (13437)

    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!"
    "Excellent! Must listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    Everything about this audio was a delight...liked it so much that I even downloaded it to my ipod and listened while walking or laying to go to sleep at night--I usually just listen in the car. Cannot recommend it higher!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    The party where the chocolate pie was won, there are actually many others too.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Everything, a great job!


    If you could rename The Help, what would you call it?

    I think the name is good for the content of the book


    Any additional comments?

    It was great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (3943)
    Performance
    (2507)
    Story
    (2534)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Interesting story; could have been shorter"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It could have been condensed; some of the details were not necessary.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Pretty much what I expected.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    Good reading, no preference.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Rebecca Skloot’s life?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6753)
    Performance
    (4728)
    Story
    (4713)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Great listen!"
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a definite


    What other book might you compare The Kitchen House to and why?

    Kind of like a Gone With The Wind type epic novel


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good representation of characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Kitchen House and why?

    Liked Belle, Mama and Papa best for their will to carry on as decent human beings in spite of horrific treatment and circumstances.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said, Lavinia, the main lady, was mostly spineless and her

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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