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RueRue

RueRue

ratings
87
REVIEWS
86
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
7
HELPFUL VOTES
90

  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Dissenting opinion"
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    What disappointed you about Calling Me Home?

    Unoriginal story, stereotyped characters, and really irritating narration by Lorna Raver


    What was most disappointing about Julie Kibler’s story?

    There was NOTHING original in this story. The author took elements of "The Help" and mixed in "Driving Miss Daisy". I am dumbfounded by all the glowing reviews


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found her voice too slow and, when Izzy was narrating as her younger self, her voice should have changed to reflect this.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fever Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jennifer McVeigh
    • Narrated By Jayne Paterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed. In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men - one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals. Only then the rumor of a smallpox epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does she see her path to happiness.

    Constance says: "Colorful Historical Fiction"
    "A visit to South Africa"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would only recommend this to someone who has a particular interest in the history of the time and in conditions in the diamond mines of South Africa. The setting and discriptions of Africa were quite vivid, and the history obviously well researched. But, the characters were self-absorbed to a fault, and the story had many slow sections, then rushed to a neat but unrealistic ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's the main drawback of this story. No one was very likable. Some characters were more unpleasant than others, but all of the main characters seemed self-absorbed in their respective ways. It was difficult to feel sympathy anyone.


    Have you listened to any of Jayne Paterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed this performance and would listen to another book read by this performer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7897)
    Performance
    (7120)
    Story
    (7118)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Excellent performance, entertaining story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    John Grisham knows how to tell a good story, and Michael Beck gave an excellent performance.


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

    The story is a little long, and then rushed to its conclusion. The final third of the story was too predictable. And, my biggest complaint, John Grisham is too heavy handed with his incorporation of social issues ( in this case, racism) in his writing. He isn't a subtle writer, but he is a great storyteller.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Harry Rex was a kick,adding some levity to the legal drama.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1353)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "For romantic time travel fans"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is not really my type of book, but I gave it a try because i like the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Susanna Kearsley? Why or why not?

    Probably not, this isn't my type of story


    Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This narrator is the reason I bought the book. She is excellent


    Was The Rose Garden worth the listening time?

    Yes, the story kept my interesting spite of it not being my usual choice of reading material


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Amanda Maciel
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment - and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy.

    RueRue says: "Who is the Victim ?"
    "Who is the Victim ?"
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    Would you listen to Tease again? Why?

    Yes, it would be worth another listen. So many issues and so much emotion I the story and the performance.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Julia Whelan's performance made a unsympathetic character, Sarah, poignant and real. I could understand and sympathize with her.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a thought provoking story on many levels, and it was a really emotional audible book. Julia Whelan was EXCELLENT ! She should get an Audie for this performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Good narration wasted on this oddball story"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might appeal to those who can find humor in oddball characters and dysfunctional family dynamics.


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

    Narration was really good, and was the only reason I stayed with the story. Therese Plummer can change character with her voice, and she made each character distinctive.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Just the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rita Leganski
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows that Bonaventure's silence is filled with resonance - a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound.

    RueRue says: "Unusual story, wrong narrator"
    "Unusual story, wrong narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is the rare book that is better read than listened to. It's not often I feel this way, but there is a delicacy about this story and the prose that is somehow flattened by the narrators voice. I think a different narrator would have been more effective.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trinidad Prefontaine was fascinating and sympathetic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed?

    This is the second book I've heard with this narrator, and I enjoyed that performance. She did a competent job here, but her voice was somehow wrong for the delicacy of this story.


    Was The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow worth the listening time?

    It's a better book to read to appreciate the mysticism and delicacy of the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice I Have Been: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit holeand the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

    Christine says: "Wonderful...but missing the author's note"
    "Alice after Wonderland"
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    Would you listen to Alice I Have Been again? Why?

    Yes, it's a story and performance to listen to more than once. A wonderful story and fabulous narration. Loved it !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alice,of course


    What about Samantha Eggar’s performance did you like?

    It was exceptional. She has a perfect reading style and clear diction. One of the best audio performances I've ever listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found the story sad and sweet. Many scenes broke my heart.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    Bonny says: "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet."
    "A Family Tragedy"
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    If you could sum up Everything I Never Told You in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, emotional, hopeful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was pulled into the dynamics of the family. The interweaving of the parents' respective back stories and how those experiences lead to the dysfunction of their family was so well done. The characters were all well drawn and sympathetic, even when their actions were questionable.


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

    Cassandra Campbell is an exceptional narrator, and all of her characters are beautifully read. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Hannah, the youngest child in this sad, dysfunctional family


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France.

    Dennis says: "A Thin Red Line Between Love and Hate"
    "Heartbreaking and powerful"
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    Would you listen to The Absolutist again? Why?

    Yes, even knowing the ultimate outcome, this is nuanced and powerful story, and the narration was fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was really exceptional. I was absolutely drawn into the story, and the question of what constitutes courage.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Maloney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The first performance that I've listened to. Loved his reading of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A very emotional story...I was so involved that there were times I felt like speaking directly to the characters. There is a sense of sadness that haunts the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Direction: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rachel Weaver
    • Narrated By Kate Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Hitchhiking her way through Alaska, a young woman named Anna is picked up by Kyle, a fisherman. Anna and Kyle quickly fall for each other, as they are both adventurous, fiercely independent, and in love with the raw beauty and solitude of Alaska. To cement their relationship, they agree to become caretakers of a remote lighthouse perched on a small rock in the middle of a deep channel - a place that has been uninhabited since the last caretaker mysteriously disappeared two decades ago.

    RueRue says: "Travel to Alaska"
    "Travel to Alaska"
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    What did you love best about Point of Direction?

    I enjoyed the setting. Not too many stories are set in the cold desolation of Alaska. The story of surviving on a remote island in such harsh conditions was unique.


    What could Rachel Weaver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There was one big coincidence in the story that I felt strained credibility. And, the ending seemed rushed.


    What three words best describe Kate Hampton’s voice?

    Average, nothing special


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Point of Direction - where people go to escape themselves.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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