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Sunny Everson

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Boston, MA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Bluest Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

    S. Chapin says: "Depressing and hard to listen to"
    "Ms. Morrison!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bluest Eye to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but listening to the author allows you to hear exactly what she wants to convey by her inflections and manner of speaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the Maginot Line because I imagine her to be a reflection of all women at one time or another in their lives.


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

    I have listened to all of them; and Toni Morrison only knows how to perform superbly.


    If you could rename The Bluest Eye, what would you call it?

    Pretty Blues


    Any additional comments?

    Toni Morrison's works are always entertaining, but more than that, they make you think. You will want to revisit them again and again because there is a lesson within the entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5920)
    Performance
    (5485)
    Story
    (5503)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "The Shining Continues"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Even if you haven't read/seen "The Shining," this book will hold you in its grip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of Dan's life.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING! He is one of my favorite narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Abbra learned that she had someone with whom she could be completely herself.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story a little slow initially, but when it took off, it was a wonderful ride 'til the very end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4807)
    Performance
    (4378)
    Story
    (4369)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Strong Women"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I didn't enjoy the book enough to recommend it after only one listen. Perhaps after a subsequent listen, I might.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sue Monk Kidd before, how does this one compare?

    This one is not as good as "The Secret Life of Bees." I was disappointed.


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

    Nothing


    Was The Invention of Wings worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Next of Kin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joanna Trollope
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Dairy farmer Robin Meredith has just buried his Californian wife Caro who, though a central figure at the farm for more than twenty years, had remained a mystery to the family. With Caro gone, her adopted daughter Judy feels cut adrift. To Robin’s brother, Joe, Caro had been the emblem of a freedom he’d glimpsed in America and his grief is far deeper than the family suspects. Even Robin and Joe’s parents, entrenched in the adjoining farm, feel suddenly vulnerable to time and change as well.

    Sunny Everson says: "Death as a Lesson in Living"
    "Death as a Lesson in Living"
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    What made the experience of listening to Next of Kin the most enjoyable?

    It is much easier for me to visualize the characters and surroundings when I listened


    What other book might you compare Next of Kin to and why?

    Can't think of one.


    Which character – as performed by Eleanor Bron – was your favorite?

    Zoe.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Joanna Trollope knocked it out of the park as usual, and this is a book that I have listened to four or five times so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "COM-PLI-CA-TED!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of White Teeth to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely. It took me a few years to actually finish the print version because I could not stick with it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Archie was my favorite because he epitomized the "everyman" in all of us.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    I could actually see the characters through her voice.


    If you could take any character from White Teeth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Clara, because I would want to find out why she felt that she needed to marry Archie in order to "escape" her life. I'd ask if she thought that Archie was in fact necessary to save her life.


    Any additional comments?

    Zadie Smith's books are very complex, and after listening to this great performance of "White Teeth," I hope to have the chance to listen to her other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (515)

    In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes. The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games.

    Heather says: "Marvelous Story Maker"
    "History Made Engaging"
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    Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

    Absolutely. A tale of such magnitude and complexity requires more than one listen to absorb all of the nuances that were probably missed the first two or three times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the narration and the descriptiveness of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the younger daughter.


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

    I did not wish to listen to it all in one sitting because of its complexity, which required that I allow some marination time in my brain.


    Any additional comments?

    Phillippa Gregory is one of the greats when it comes to writing historical fiction, and her books are well suited to the audio format. This is the second Gregory audiobook that I have heard performed by Bianca Amato (among a cast of characters), and she was an excellent choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (890)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "Always Great!"
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    If you could sum up Red Mist in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising; gripping; educational


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

    Kate Burton has a richness of voice that is somewhat clinical, yet compelling. Her manner of narration doesn't get in the way of what's going on in the story. The listener is able to "view" the story from the balcony, so to speak. I can't imagine a Scarpetta book being performed by anyone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This national best seller is a breakthrough book for Lee Smith, an author who fills her marvelous novels with humor, pathos, and powerful wisdom. The Last Girls are a group of coeds, inspired by Huck Finn, who traveled the Mississippi on a raft in 1965. Now four of them have reunited on a luxurious steamboat to cruise the river again. As they look back over the past 30 years, each one contemplates their shared past in light of their present lives.

    Scott says: "Engaging Premise Goes Nowhere"
    "Southern Writers!"
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    If you could sum up The Last Girls in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking; Real


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Baby, because she lived out loud.


    What about Linda Stephens’s performance did you like?

    I loved the depth of feeling she conveyed, which evoked vivid pictures in my mind of the places described, and also what the characters looked like.


    If you could rename The Last Girls, what would you call it?

    Remembered Adventures


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Southern writers, put this book on your list, but only listen to it with Linda Stephens as the performer or you will be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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