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MONICA

Fort Worth, Texas, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anton DiSclafani
    • Narrated By Adina Verson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age 15, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls' friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family's citrus farm - a world now partially shattered.

    Jess says: "Read this book!"
    "Good Rough Draft"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Somewhat. The author had some good ideas, the book just needed to be re-worked a lot.


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

    The main character was rather unsympathetic. I think the author intends a deeper takeaway, given the main character's flaws, but I cannot be sure of that intent. I do love historical fiction, and the author does weave this into the story. I think this could have been a much better novel if it had been seriously re-worked.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I prefer men to read the male parts and females to read the female parts-it just comes across better and immerses the reader into the story.


    Was The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls worth the listening time?

    Sure, just to see what the hype was about, but I probably would not recommend it to others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3517)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1669)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Great History/Culture Study"
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    What did you love best about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    It made me want to live in Guernsey. The narration was awesome-having many narrators provides a great delivery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Description of Guernsey was wonderful. Character development was great. Flashbacks to the occupation-done nicely.


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

    The accents of the narrators make you feel you are there with the characters.


    If you could take any character from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Elizabeth-she is a courageous and good person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3944)
    Performance
    (3411)
    Story
    (3428)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Great Suspense/Historical Fiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...long but keeps reader engaged! Lots of twists and turns.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    When Laurel looks at the picture and finds out who her mother really is.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The initial Peter Pan rehearsal in the attic-when Jimmy thinks he has caught Vivien but finds out what she is really doing.


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

    Yes, but pretty much impossible due to the length.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unfamiliar with the author, but I am now looking for other books by the same author. So much better than the so-called bestselling authors who write formulaic novels containing the same plot over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7441)
    Performance
    (5339)
    Story
    (5332)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Great Historical Fiction!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    The author cleverly introduces the characters. We are able to see how even the most fatally flawed characters came to be so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    People always act as if anything prior to modern times were "the good old days," and everything was so pleasant. This story shows that life was harsh, cruel, and arbitrary. After all, the ship captain who indentured the main character was actually a kind gentleman who was helping her out. That is how it would be viewed back then. Now, anyone would be outraged. However, the main character perseveres.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In Philapelphia, where she was in Meg's room. Everything was so hopeful and her life was changing.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Kitchen House and why?

    Marshall-the personification of evil-created by the neglect of his opium-addicted mother and pedophile tutor.


    Any additional comments?

    Great author-I highly recommend this book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9569)
    Performance
    (6103)
    Story
    (6092)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Fall of Giants-wonderful historical fiction"
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    Great characters to represent the period and the different world players.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the historical accuracy.


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

    John Lee holds my attention throughout the story.


    If you could rename Fall of Giants, what would you call it?

    Perefect name already.


    Any additional comments?

    Cannot wait to read the next work in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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