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Jeanne

Springfield, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • After This

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Martha Plimpton
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Alice McDermott's masterful new novel is a vivd portrait of an American family caught at the crossroads of the tumultuous middle decades of the 20th century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, After This evokes the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of its time through the experiences of a working-class couple, John and Mary Keane, their four children, and the changes radiating through their Catholic community on Long Island.

    Jeanne says: "A Jewel of a Book"
    "A Jewel of a Book"
    Overall

    This book is probably not for everyone. Not a lot happens and a lot of the big things that do happen take place off stage. But I thought it was just wonderful. The author uses a series of scenes from the lives of each of the characters to give us a fully realized picture of one family's life. No melodrama-but I had tears in my eyes a the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6175)
    Performance
    (5486)
    Story
    (5484)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Major disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has gotten very sterling reviews, so I found myself surprised by the strength of my dislike for it. In my view, it was a series of descriptions of the very "magical" circus connected by an undercooked plot. As for the love story--both characters were so dull, I had little interest in what became of them. Even though the word magical appeared countless times in this book, I found it was far from it.

    34 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (96)

    Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all of his children, safe.

    Jeanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was greatly looking forward to listening to this book because I admired Bel Canto, the author's previous novel, so much and because Run had gotten excellent reviews. Unfortunately, the book did not meet my expectations. It managed to be both melodramatic and boring at the same time. Despite the dramatic revelations that occur at various turns throughout the book, I found my attention wandering constantly. Part of the problem was the shallowness of the characters--Teddy is the warm, open one, Tip is the cerebral, emotionally stunted one, Sullivan is the prodigal son and so on. Finally, I could not understand the author's decision to set this book during a 24 hour period. It would have been much more interesting to see how these characters reacted to life-altering events of the day over the course of time instead of having them underreact and wait for a lot of cabs (as boring to read about as to do) over a period 24 hours

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Abortionist's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Hyde
    • Narrated By Beth McDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Two weeks before Christmas, Dr. Diana Duprey is found floating face-up in a small lap pool in her back yard. A medical doctor with an abortion practice, and a national figure who inspired passion and ignited tempers, she had been the target of violent threats by right-to-life activists. Her husband, Frank Thomson, a lawyer in the district attorney's office, fought bitterly with her on the morning of her murder. To reveal the nature of their argument would cost him his career, and more.

    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca says: "The Abortionist's Daughter"
    "A disappointment"
    Overall

    I found this book to be a disappointment. It had an intriguing premise-a mystery about the murder of an abortion doctor. But the characters were incompletely drawn and in the case of the doctor's daughter, intensely dislikable. In addition, many of the scenes in the book were implausible.

    It was engaging enough to want to finish to find out what happened--but overall only a fair mystery story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Underworld

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gail Godwin
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    In the summer of 1959, as Castro clamps down on Cuba and its first wave of exiles flees to the States to wait out what they hope to be his short-lived reign, Emma Gant, fresh out of college, begins her career as a reporter. Her fierce ambition and belief in herself are set against the stories swirling around her, both at the newspaper office and in her downtown Miami hotel, which is filling up with refugees.

    Jeanne says: "A Better than Average Coming of Age Story"
    "A Better than Average Coming of Age Story"
    Overall

    I am a long-time fan of Gail Godwin and although this isnt' one of her best books, I found it very enjoyable. The basic plot is a fairly familiar one-spunky young career girl gets started on her profession while dealing with love and ambition. However, what sets this book apart is the backdrop of Miami just after Castro came to power. The political issues related to the Cuban immigrants are woven into the story with a great deal of skill. They are not just an add-on --they fit into Emma Gant's new world. And the author did a great job describing Miami-I felt like I was there

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S is for Silence: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (161)

    Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again. In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.

    Jeanne says: "A Good Read"
    "S is for Silence"
    Overall

    I thought this was a refreshing change in the alphabet series. Instead of writing the entire story from the point of view of Kinsey, the way she usually does, Grafton, switched back and forth between the past and present and gave the reader the view of numerous characters involved in the mystery. She did a great job of capturing the viewpoints of the various characters--especially the teenage girls.

    I found the story very engaging throughout. I was disappointed in the ending--I felt like the mystery was not truly resolved. In fact, I was so concerned about this, that I went to a bookstore and skimmed the end of the book to be sure I hadn''t skipped part of the audio inadvertently. Otherwise, I enjoyed this book a great deal and l thought the reader did a great job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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