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Debra

Canton, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Heart Broke In

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Meek
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    From James Meek, the prize-winning author of the international best seller The People’s Act of Love, comes a rich and intricate novel about everything that matters to us now: children, celebrity, secrets and shame, the quest for youth, loyalty and betrayal, falls from grace, acts of terror, and the wonderful, terrible inescapability of family.Ritchie Shepherd, an aging pop star and a producer of a reality show for teen talent, is starting to trip over his own lies.

    Patricia says: "Just too distant and complicated."
    "A few interesting insights"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from James Meek and/or John Lee?

    Probably not.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Reduce the amount of long, dull descriptions of events.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Effective, fit the tone of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    While the book offered some intriguing insights into the human condition, there were several long, boring dissertations of thoughts and activities that didn't add much to the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1460)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a very enjoyable story with captivating characters and interestng dialogue. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Gillham
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover.

    Susianna says: "Just Fine But My High Expectations? Foiled Again!"
    "Intriguing view of wartime Berlin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fascinating look at how love and passion drive people and how living through war affects a person's motives and actions. A bit slow at times, but a good story overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3229)
    Performance
    (2773)
    Story
    (2794)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "A secret right until the end!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the best story I've read or listened to in a very long time. The plot winds and turns right up to the end. I became completely enthralled and did not want it to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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