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alison

glen allen, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Seating Arrangements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maggie Shipstead
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn.

    Anastasia Burke says: "A Great Authorial Debut"
    "Best seller? Really?"
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    Very disappointed. Why choose a man to read this story? Why choose a man with no emotion to read this story? Never got "into" the characters -- didn't really care what happened to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (229)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "Distracting reader"
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    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ?

    I am BIG Harlan Coben fan but I will avoid Angela Dawe. . . every sentence sounds like a question or a demand. . . . enjoyable.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "Not typical for James Patterson"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better story, fewer twists and turns (too many coincidences makes it unbelievable).


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and David Ellis ’s story?

    Was this really a Patterson story -- had to remind myself that this isn't Brad Metzler.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Collins handled the principle character (Ben Casper) very well. He does a good job with the Russian characters. Sometimes in conversations, it becomes difficult to follow who is saying what.


    Any additional comments?

    This character (Ben) could easily lead to a series -- stories need to be stronger, less convoluted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beast: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat - an adult female tiger - attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human.

    Think about this says: "Lacking"
    "Lazarus-Decker fans -- don't bother"
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    What would have made The Beast better?

    more Lazarus. . . . less Decker.


    What was most disappointing about Faye Kellerman’s story?

    One can count the number of words "spoken" by Rina Lazarus . . . too much cop stuff, not enough about the family.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mitchell Greenberg’s performances?

    I have listened to every one of Faye Kellerman's Lazarus-Decker books. . . up until now I have enjoyed them. Rina is sappy; Gabriel is unbelievable; Marge Dunne has become more of a southern belle as she gets older.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (387)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "All-time favorite book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would (and have) recommend this book (both audible and print) to many friends. I listen to it annually -- usually at the beginning of summer -- and fall in love with it all over again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prodigal Summer?

    Having the author read to story is wonderful!


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    It feels like sitting with a friend and listening to her tell you a story about her life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Prodigal Summer and why?

    My favorite character is Lusa!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    One Sunday afternoon, as she unloaded the dishwasher, Gretchen Rubin felt hit by a wave of homesickness. Homesick - why? She was standing right in her own kitchen. She felt homesick, she realized, with love for home itself. “Of all the elements of a happy life,” she thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home. And what did she want from her home? A place that calmed her and energized her. A place that, by making her feel safe, would free her to take risks.

    Jamie says: "Worthwhile Follow-Up to The Happiness Project"
    "OK as a sequel"
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    Gretchen, why didn't you read this yourself? This is YOUR story and should be in your voice. Kathe Mazur is a good narrator, but not for this story. This was distracting.

    As a Happiness Project devotee, I found this book somewhat repetitive . . . perhaps this should be Gretchen's last happiness project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5629)
    Performance
    (3572)
    Story
    (3582)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Great story"
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    As a dog owner I was prepared to like this book. . . . I more than liked it. Couldn't stop listening! Real characters, believable story, touched my heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (514)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Eric says: "Just could not get this engine to rev...."
    "ponderous"
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    couldn't finish it. didn't care about these characters. I may give it another try in the future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How It Ends: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen MacMahon
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection unlike any they've previously felt, but soon a tragedy will test them - and their newfound love - in ways they never imagined possible.

    alison says: "lovely story"
    "lovely story"
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    the author created characters about whom the reader can relate -- I cared about these people! beautiful, believable story -- well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "thought provoking and thoughtful"
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    this timely story -- kids and elders with addictions -- makes one think about their own families. Psychology of hoarding makes one think about what is important -- and what are we teaching our children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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