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Connie

Westminster, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 185 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Snow Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Rachel Price’s one happy memory from her childhood is of playing outside with her father, Mitch, on a cold and snowy day. In that moment he took her hands in his and called her his angel. She felt safe, loved, and protected. Rachel’s mother dies in a car crash a few years later - a sudden and unresolved ending to a complicated relationship. Mitch’s reaction to certain realities surrounding the death pushes Rachel away and confirms her fear that Mitch never truly loved her at all. Years later, Rachel’s daughter, Lily, is the only light in her dark life.

    Carolyn says: "Story of a life of abuse."
    "Incredible story!"
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    Glenn Beck has a knack for telling incredibly detailed stories with so much emotion. Just like the Christmas Sweater, The Snow Angel drew me in immediately and kept my attention until the very end. A very heart-felt story that holds so true to life!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Postmistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah Blake
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (162)

    Alternating between an America still cocooned in its inability to grasp the danger at hand and a Europe being torn apart by war, The Postmistress gives us two women who find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news yet afraid to hear it. Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how we bear the fact that war goes on around us while ordinary lives continue. Filled with stunning parallels to today, it is a remarkable novel.

    Babs says: "Reasonably enjoyable, but too full of stereotypes"
    "Couldn't get into it . . ."
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    This book was referred to me from an avid reader, but I just couldn't get into it. Neither the storyline or the characters drew me in before I turned the book off. I will try again, but for now, not a book for someone who needs to be engaged within the first couple of chapters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    Jodi Picoult, the New York Times best-selling author of Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper, is a master at crafting powerful stories that are filled with suspense. In Vanishing Acts this acclaimed author delivers the gripping tale of a woman caught between her forgotten past and her uncertain future.

    Cindy Carson says: "One of the Best!"
    "Another winner for Jodi Picoult!"
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    I put this right up there with Jodi's other hits. She pulls you in with her characters and her story line and keeps you engaged until the end. I highly recommend this book if you like this author's style, it won't disappoint you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26049)
    Performance
    (12702)
    Story
    (12743)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Loved it . . . Loved it . . . Loved it!"
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    I loved the voices and the accents of the characters. This book drew me in and kept me there all the way through. I recently saw the movie and let me tell you the book is so much better! The Help was not only entertaining, but also educational on the period of time and what these woman went through when segregation was still being enforced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (487)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    FanB14 says: "Beachy Fare"
    "A sweet story to warm your heart"
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    A light-hearted story of girls growing up together. I listened to this book on a snowy winter weekend and had a hard time turning it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine
    • Narrated By Terra Deva, Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Mother and daughter tell their parallel stories in mesmerizing first-person accounts. Claire Fontaine's story is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary tale chronicling her daughter Mia's drug-fueled manipulation of everyone around her as she sought refuge in the seedy underworld of criminals and heroin addicts, the painful childhood secrets that led up to it, and the healing that followed.

    Connie says: "A must read if you have a child in trouble"
    "A must read if you have a child in trouble"
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    Of all of the books that have come out about teens in trouble, this is my favorite. Comeback is about a journey that many of us, as parents, have been on. This book assured me that I was not alone in my struggles with my teen and I have purchased several copies since its release to give to other parents who are struggling as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5206)
    Performance
    (3185)
    Story
    (3187)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Full of laughs and tears"
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    Once I figured out this book was from a dog's point of view, it was hilarious! The story made me laugh and cry and laugh some more. It makes me wonder what my own dog would write about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba, Aya Cash, Jenni Barber, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (396)

    Jules Strauss is a Princeton senior with a full scholarship, acquaintances instead of friends, and a family she's ashamed to invite to Parents' Weekend. With the income she'll receive from donating her "pedigree" eggs, she believes she can save her father from addiction.

    Ella says: "Good in between book"
    "Full of interesting surprises!"
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    A good Saturday book full of interesting twists and turns. In the end, a real feel good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    The partners at Finley & Figg—all two of them—often refer to themselves as “a boutique law firm.” Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of their big break, ambulance chasers who’ve been in the trenches much too long making way too little. Their specialties, so to speak, are quickie divorces and DUIs, with the occasional jackpot of an actual car wreck thrown in. But then change comes their way....

    Craig says: "WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHN GRISHAM?"
    "Not Grisham's Best"
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    I enjoyed the book, as I do all of Grisham's books. However, this book doesn't have the "sit on the edge of your seat" excitement as most of his other books have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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