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Carmen

Maidstone, SK, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 63 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Wrapped Up In You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing? Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life. It's time for an adventure! Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa.

    Carmen says: "Meh"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love a cheesy romance novel, but this just didn't cut it. Too much stuff was repeated and the whole story was lacking momentum.


    Was Wrapped Up In You worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The male voice in this performance was AWFUL. Women should not make male voices just like men shouldn't speak in falsetto as if that were a genuine representation of a woman's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2404)
    Performance
    (2163)
    Story
    (2149)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "A mystery book about books! LOVE!"
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    I loved this book! The story was so different from other mysteries and I loved the ongoing narrative about everything that makes books so wonderful! I find that many mystery stories end with boring predictability but Mr. Penumbra was definitely an anomaly! The whole book was great, but the absolute best part of the book is the ending - and not because that meant the book was over!
    The narrator was also perfect for the book. His voice was youthful (which suited the first person narrative of a young man) but also had a husky quality to it that made me think he had ingested too much dust from Mr. Penumbra's store!
    I wasn't sure about this book when I downloaded it since I had never heard of it...but take the chance on a somewhat unknown...it is SO worth the risk!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Debra Messing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life. Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

    Judith says: "Not what I expected."
    "Left wanting more..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Love Anthony the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Anthony's perspective on being autistic. It was fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the analogy of the rooms in Anthony's brain. It really got me thinking about the children I work with who have autism - it really resonated with me because it made so much sense!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good in that Debra Messing had a calm and quiet voice that matched the tone of the story. However, I found the volume of her voice to be very inconsistent. I would crank the volume to be able to hear the narration but then the beginnings of sentences would be so loud they would hurt my ears. The sentence starting was not nearly as smooth as the rest of the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Spoiler alert: I really wish I could have known three things at the end of the book: 1. How did Jimmy and Beth work things out? 2. What did Beth finally name her book? 3. Where did Olivia go?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House I Loved

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (51)

    Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a “modern city.” The reforms will erase generations of history - but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand. Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change....

    DIANE says: "Disappointing"
    "Boring"
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    I loved Sarah's Key and was hooked right from the beginning....but this one is such a snooze fest! I only made it through the first two chapters before I couldn't take anymore. The narration is sooooooo monotonous and flat. This story moves at a shockingly glacial pace. I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1398)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "A must read!"
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    This was one of the best books I have ever read. The story is very unique and keeps the listener interested throughout. Invokes every emotion from joy to sorrow and hope to despair. Even better than "The Art of Racing in the Rain"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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