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Favorites: Invention of Wings, Cutting for Stone, All the Light We Cannot See

Oak Park, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

  • 7 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 814 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Mary Lynn Richardson says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Up there with Unbroken and The Help"

    I am in the middle of this book, and don't want it to end. The characters are fascinating, the writing is superb. At first I didn't like the narrator, but now I think he does a great job.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "A winner! (I am the world's pickiest reader)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Train the most enjoyable?

    I am listening to it now. The plot and characters are intriguing. I think thatIi did guess the ending, however, as there are enough clues. Just right.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, until all the options were impossible except one. I think most people would guess, but not until an hour before the book ends.

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

    Great narrator--did a good job with the various voices.

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

    Yes, but it was too long.

    Any additional comments?

    I am thoroughly enjoying the writing, the plot, the narration and the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Wonderful and unusual narrative style"
    If you could sum up Big Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

    keeps you guessing

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big Little Lies?

    trivia night

    Which scene was your favorite?

    trivia night

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

    You have to guess the murderer and the victim before the murder occurs

    Any additional comments?

    This is an author to watch. Superb writer. Can't wait for her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Mel says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Picky reader loved this book"
    What did you love best about Red Sparrow?

    Everything: characters, plot, narration.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Lot of twists and turns. Hard to stop listening.

    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Bobb – was your favorite?

    The red sparrow.

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

    Intelligent spy thriller

    Any additional comments?

    Other books I've liked, so readers can get a sense of my taste: Gone Girl, Suspect, Guilty Wives, Witness, The Unlikely Spy, Cutting for Stone, most Daniel Silva, most John Le Carre. I wish other reviewers would put their top likes as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Isabel Allende
    • Narrated By S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

    Madelaine says: "good story, ok narration"
    "I loved this book"

    I haven't read Allende for years, and I was totally enchanted by this book. The characters were beautifully portrayed. The book is an epic, following a number of generations and the history of Haiti which is itself fascinating.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "A truly great audio book from any perspective"

    As a lover of good science fiction, I appreciate Niffenegger's intelligent and playful handling of the causality conundrum innate to time travel stories. As an appreciator of original writing style I was carried along by her well-paced prose and literary Easter eggs. As a long time lover of audio books, I found the readings by Burns and Reed evocative, humorous and tragic by turns. As the husband of a University of Chicago alumnus I saw the locales of that city come alive.

    The best way to listen to this book is to go through it once yourself and then listen to the whole thing again with your lover. Then you can, just as Henry does, answer the inevitable "What's going to happen?" with "Sorry, I can't tell you..." Believe me, the second time through, you'll make connections whose enrichment of the story makes it totally worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desolation Island: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull

    Jack's prize money has set the household accounts aright, but if he continues frittering it on naive extravagances, it will be gone in a fortnight. Fortunately he gets a commission aboard the Leopard, bound for Australia to rescue the hated and captive Captain Bligh.

    Gene says: "Most moving chase sequence in the whole series"
    "Most moving chase sequence in the whole series"

    Not only does this volume contain the most moving naval chase sequence in the entire Aubrey/Maturin series (against the Dutch 74-gun Waakzaamheid), but it is the beginning of an international intrigue of Steven's that eventually leads (in Fortune of War) to his getting back together with Diana Villiers. These two together comprise the most coherent story telling of the series. Kudos to Audible for bringing aboard the original unabridged recordings. Keep them coming!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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