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Lise

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  • Getting Mother's Body

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Narrated By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Billy Beede, comes home one day to find a fateful letter waiting for her: Willa Mae's burial is about to be plowed up to make way for a supermarket. As Willa Mae's only daughter, Billy is heiress to her mother's substantial but unconfirmed fortune. Dirt poor, living in a trailer with her Aunt June and Uncle Roosevelt behind a gas station in a tumbleweedy Texas town, and pregnant with an illegitimate child, Billy knows that treasure could mean salvation.

    Andrew says: "Just a warning..."
    "unrelentingly grim"
    Overall

    Great concept, but so little humor, hope or redemption that it makes a tough listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Comes to Pemberley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By P. D. James
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (708)

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

    Michelle says: "Not As Interesting as Print Reviewers Suggested"
    "Great fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Not a sequel, and not Jane Austen - but so what. Fun story, great to visit back with the characters from Pride and Prejudice. Clever references to other Austen works. Not usually a big mystery fan, but this was a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "Not his best"
    Overall

    I usually love Pat Conroy, but this one is much tamer than previous books, and it dragged a bit. Characters are simplistic stereotypes drawn from the headlines. The magic of the low country does not shine through here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (297)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "silly and fun"
    Overall

    a farce and a mystery all in one. Very fun for a driving listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Peculiar Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Lent
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Hewitt Pearce is a 43-year-old blacksmith who lives alone in his family home, producing custom ironwork and safeguarding a small collection of art his late father left behind. When Jessica, a troubled young vagabond, shows up in his backwoods one morning, fleeing her demons, Hewitt's previously hermetic existence is suddenly challenged - more so when he learns that Emily, the love of his life whom he'd lost 20 years before, has been unexpectedly widowed.

    Jane says: "Well I'm trying to like it . . ."
    "Graceless"
    Overall

    Tedious to the end. Characters full of self-absorbed angst and not much else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken for You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful story of mending and redemption"
    "just ok"
    Overall

    Implausible plot turns, but nicely moving story line. The characters are one-dimensional and the imagery a bit heavy-handed. I thought the narrator does a poor job of the main character's voice, and of the Seattle Parisian refugee whose accent is more New York German immigrant. This was rather distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Walker & Daughter is Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club is the ad hoc creation of some of Georgia's regulars, who stroll into the shop looking for tips on knitting and end up finding much, much more. Once a week, they gather to work on their latest projects and to chat - and occasionally clash - over their stories of love, life, and everything in between.

    flimfrik says: "Wanted to like it but constantly disappointed."
    "good listen for a car ride"
    Overall

    Well-developed characters. Interesting story line without too much complexity. Narrator does a nice job with voices. Dakota character seems more like 10 than 13 (particularly for an only child growing up in NYC). This one is like a good friend telling you a long story during a long drive. Entertaining but not life-changing. Great way to pass the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Walked In

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Marisa de los Santos
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos crafts an irresistibly touching debut novel. Love Walked In is a contemporary tale, steeped in nostalgic, cinematic charm, of love in all its forms. Unapologetically idealistic about love, Cornelia Brown appears to catch the break of a lifetime when the dashing Martin Grace, her own personal Cary Grant, comes strolling into her life. But it is Martin's connection to 11-year-old Clare Hobbes that touches Cornelia's heart in ways she never imagined.

    C. Maurer says: "REALLY good!!"
    "maudlin"
    Overall

    Tiresome. Trite. Dimestore philosophy and literary references that add nothing to story. A few cute scenes and characters wrapped around sentimental cliche.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return Part 1: A Novel of Human Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Buzz Aldrin, John Barnes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When a Shuttle accident kills a world-famous basketball player, former astronaut Scott Blackstone is out of a job. Worse, he and his "Citizen Observer" program are vilified in the media and he's being sued for a billion dollars. His ex-wife agrees to take the case and it begins to appear that the "accident" might not have been an accident at all.

    Lise says: "Entertaining but no surprises"
    "Entertaining but no surprises"
    Overall

    Light listen for that long car ride. Well-developed characters but a predictable plot and a little preachy on the thinly veiled space exploration political agenda. Interesting view into the aerospace industry and first person descriptions of space travel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sideways

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rex Pickett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    Sideways is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack, going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country.

    C. D Strother says: "if you liked the movie, you will like the book"
    "go see the movie instead"
    Overall

    Listening to this makes you appreciate the great editing and screenwriting that went into making the movie great. Tedious and not funny.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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