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TERESA

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United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 13 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 434 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2015
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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3942)
    Performance
    (3410)
    Story
    (3427)

    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!"
    "Love this book"
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    The narrator's subtle performance enhances this riveting story.
    If you enjoy war time tales and mysteries that keep you guessing, you can't miss.
    The writing is smooth, although the frequent shifts between decades and characters keep the reader engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale Part 2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (2542)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    TERESA says: "Meh"
    "Meh"
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    Story

    The narration is fabulous, but the story just seems to wrap itself in a strangled knot to reach the conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Rich and Strange Part 2: Selected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ron Rash
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    No one captures the complexities of Appalachia - a rugged, brutal landscape of exquisite beauty - as evocatively and indelibly as author and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, two O Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and new south, tenderness and violence, man and nature.

    TERESA says: "Great read"
    "Great read"
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    The learned about this book from a list of "best ofs" for 2014. It did not disappoint.
    As a late in life immigrant to the Southeast, the culture is a mystery. These stories offer insight into a world I previously found unfathomable.
    Structurally, I enjoy the weave of themes and motifs. More than a collection, yet not a novel. Each chapter could stand alone, or work as part of the entire.
    The narrator seems to capture a range of local accents, further enlivening the storytelling. (You'd have to ask a local about the authenticity of the dialect.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1162)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    Iris Pereyra says: "Great Historical Fiction!!"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Based on the reviews, thought it would be a great read. I love the era, but the characters never came alive for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Paul Salsini
    • Narrated By Michael Pantozzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Ordered by the Germans to evacuate, a group of Italian villagers flees to a farmhouse in the beautiful hills of Tuscany. As the war rages around them, the refugees confront betrayal by one villager, fearlessly house an escaped prisoner, and survive a raid by the Nazis. A young girl finds love, two boys become heroes, and secrets are revealed before an unthinkable event changes their lives forever.

    TERESA says: "Narrator annoying and deadpan"
    "Narrator annoying and deadpan"
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    I probably won't finish this book. The narrator's lack of emphasis and overall recording quality sound like an early version of a Librivox recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6545)
    Performance
    (5665)
    Story
    (5656)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Highest Recommend"
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    I loved everything about this book. I love the way the author weaves the details of the character's lives in so many setting and decades together so meaningfully. I love that this beautifully written book makes a strong point about the nature of being human. I love the author's subtle use of description to evoke the focal setting, coastal Italy.
    In addition to the novel itself, I particularly enjoyed the narrator's voice. He doesn't butcher the lovely language of Italian. He puts just enough expression into the reading. I found myself tearing up repeatedly throughout listening the book, yet it doesn't leave me sad in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Cooking: Texas Hill Country Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    According to USA Today, best-selling author Lisa Wingate “dishes up fun and charm” with her touching romance novels. In Texas Cooking, Wingate tells the story of Colleen Collins, a big city reporter who thinks she’s seen and heard it all until she visits the tiny town of San Saline. Listeners from all walks of life will relish this tale of passion, new beginnings, and the comfortsof good food and good conversation.

    Jen says: "Odd Title for Such a Wonderful Book!"
    "SHADES OF GRAY WITHOUT THE SMUT?"
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    I found myself comparing this sweet little romance with the self-consciously shocking Shades of Gray: similar readability, modern relationship expectations hungering for something more traditional and deeper, mystery man love object. I definitely prefer this book to the soft porn novel. The narrator's voice works well with this simple, sincere little tale grounded in solid moral values.
    I also enjoyed reminiscing about Texas Hill Country through the writer's eyes. There's just enough local color to keep me engaged. However, another Texas based audiobook gets much higher marks for me, Boy Kings of Brownsville by Domingo Martinez. That book evokes the real Texas for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (477)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Depressing but informative"
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    Why don't things seem to work in America any more? The author, a Washington insider, dishes on his friends and sources to provide this glimpse into the world of the privileged charged with the people's business. He reveals specifics of their concern with image, connection and fortune while ignoring the fate of our nation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. J. Virgin
    • Narrated By J. J. Virgin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (68)

    The key to weight loss isn't calories. It isn't fat. It isn't protein. It isn't even carbs. You can count them, cut them, and swap them all you want, but you won't lose weight if you're eating foods that your body can't tolerate. And the most common diet foods - like egg whites, wheat bread, and fat-free yogurt - are some of the worst offenders. These "healthy" foods are actually making you fat! In this book, celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert J. J. Virgin pinpoints the 10 foods that sabotage weight loss. Just by eliminating these 10 diet saboteurs, listeners will see incredible results.

    Melanie says: "Content made this worth it for me"
    "This diet actually works"
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    I followed this diet and can now wear the clothes in the very back of my closet that were too small for me for many years. And I feel better, just more energetic, more well.
    I did also buy an ebook copy because I wanted to be sure I got everything right, but the author explains and motivates in the audiobook in a way that might not come across as well in print.
    I'm an older woman who has always eaten healthy, but some wholesome foods weren't helping me to maintain an ideal weight. This elimination diet let me figure out what does and doesn't work with my particular body chemistry. After resting my system according to the book's instructions, I gradually added back the eliminated foods. It was readily apparent which ones triggered excessive appetite and which ones were satisfying for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Domingo Martinez
    • Narrated By Emilio Delgado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.

    TERESA says: "Humor, authentic"
    "Humor, authentic"
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    Great characters, wonderful colorful language, ironic humor this book has it all. The narrator does a great job of interpreting the stories with just enough of a border accent to make you feel it's a great story teller sharing his family experiences.
    This book is a real gem - perfect as an audible book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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