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Eenee

MARIETTA, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (3742)
    Story
    (3741)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "twisted multi story..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Defending Jacob the most enjoyable?

    This could happen. A terrible murder of a young boy and a class mate is charged. The possibly guilty son's father is a lawyer, who is the town's defense attorney initially on the case until his son is charged with the murder. Interesting to learn the past of the alleged murderer.
    I listened to this while I painted my kitchen and it kept me wanting to paint the rest of the house just to hear the next chapters.


    What other book might you compare Defending Jacob to and why?

    We should talk about Kevin.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    a good reading and a captivating story. The story kept moving...no fluff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1763)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "A Gem of history and inspiring story"
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    If you could sum up The Boys in the Boat in three words, what would they be?

    Who would have thunk it ? They won ! ooops Spoiler Alert !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

    Actually all the races they lost…and their Coach still had faith in their abilities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever they "got their SWING"…I could just picture the boat zipping across the water.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laways felt sorry for Joe Rentz who was so neglected as a child by his step mother and thus his father. He rose above it all and founf a brotherhood with crew and rowing with the boys.


    Any additional comments?

    Funny, that this was the same Olympics as Louis Zampirini ( of Unbroken fame) and Jessie Owens (running). Such stars…and so many went on to serve in WWII. What an amazing time in history and right under the false propaganda of the Nazi's. Germany did a good job of disguising their anti-semitic plan in 1936. Please read and treat yourself to a great golden nugget of history. Well TOLD !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (309)

    The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again....

    B. says: "Fabulous"
    "Waited a year and it was worth it..."
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    If you could sum up The Shoemaker's Wife in three words, what would they be?

    Descriptive - heartfelt Storytelling ! This is a deep saga of two Italian orphan brothers and their lives. One brother crosses paths early with a lovely village girl and connects with her later in life in New York. They then make a life together in Minnesota. I felt it was a true story of a 1905 Immigrants's life story.


    What other book might you compare The Shoemaker's Wife to and why?

    I compare it to Jeffrey Archer's books - the Clifton Chronicles…it's the same genre, century and a saga of life, love and tribulations.


    Have you listened to any of Orlagh Cassidy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Enjoyed the reading.


    If you could rename The Shoemaker's Wife, what would you call it?

    CHiro's Dreams. and yes, I think it is misnamed. It is more about Chiro than Enza.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4018)
    Performance
    (3576)
    Story
    (3598)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "A page turning 2 week story"
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    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed Explanation of the last 2 weeks of Lincoln's life. It was also interesting to learn about John Wilkes Booth. I enjoyed the behind the scenes story of all that was happening in DC during these 2 weeks as the Civil War came to an end. I was surprised that those who were close to Lincoln warned him of the threats against his life. If only...yes, if only the assassination didn't happen.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    I actually listened on 2X speed so O'Reilly spoke fast. It was read well. Obviously, he put a personal twist on the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    My brother told me to read this. He said 'it's a page turner...and unexpected in it's riveting story line." I was surprised how captivating the story actually was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Henry James’ stories are classic gems of subtle wit and irony. Set in the exacting social landscape of New York City at the turn of the century, Washington Square is the tale of a wealthy but shy young woman caught between conflicting family expectations. John McDonough’s warm narration traces her remarkable inner journey.

    Eenee says: "Timeless Classic and insightful"
    "Timeless Classic and insightful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Our Book Club read this novel. We are a critical literary group and WS was an excellent study in early 1900's literature. We are now reading 'The Master' by Colm Toibin in a study of Henry James.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington Square (Recorded Books Edition)?

    When the sister of the suitor told the Doctor 'Don't let your daughter marry my brother". That turned the tide.


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

    His deep well spoken voice was easy to listen to and suited the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By C.M. Hebert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Sister Carrie is an epic of urban life, the story of an innocent heroine adrift in an indifferent city. When small-town girl Carrie Meeber sets out for Chicago, she is equipped with nothing but a few dollars, a certain unspoiled beauty and charm, and a pitiful lack of preparation for the complex moral choices she will face. Her story is one of struggle, from sweatshop to stage success, and of the love she inspires in a married man twice her age, whose obsession with her threatens to destroy him.

    Laurene says: "Nicely done"
    "Like Listening to 1900 English at it's BEST"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story of Carrie is portrayed with such depth of character and description that it's like stepping back in time. I loved the descriptions of life in the 1890's . Dreiser wrote this book in 1900 at the language us PURE flowing descriptive English at it's best. The story unfolds with continuity and surprise. Listening to the female voice of Herbert was key to getting into the character of Carrie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the language. He wrote with such fluid descriptions.


    Which character – as performed by C.M. Hebert – was your favorite?

    I wanted to hear a female voice to tell the story of a female character. Be certain to LISTEN to this recording and not others by male voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    She was great.


    Any additional comments?

    'Carrie' is like a lost treasure for literature. I recently listened to another Dreiser book called 'The American Tragedy'. It was well written, but a tad too wordy. Dreiser has a true command of language and writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

    Amanda says: "Haunting and Lovely"
    "deep, spiritual, thought provoking"
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    Where does The Secret Scripture rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's about middle of the pack. It kept my interest but wasn't a gripping thriller.


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

    I liked the reflective moments of Roseann. I enjoyed her view of history as thru a misty blurred glass.


    Have you listened to any of Wanda McCaddon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


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

    never can...but enjoyed getting back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a nice rambling story. The end could be predictable if you were thinking that way...I wasn't, so the ending was a nice surprise. I enjoyed the telling of Irish history as the story unfolded. It was kinda unbelievable that someone writes in their diary with such flowing words and detailed descriptions as Roseann did. I enjoyed reading the literary prose and forgot about the fact that it was the diary of a 100 yr old lady. Her mind certainly would not be working that way...but you forget that and just enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (550)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Strange mind bender"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really liked this story but I got tired of knowing she was waking up again...and again...and couldn't remember herself. It got repetitive as every day the reader had to learn AGAIN how the character was pricing together her life based on the details of yesterday. It moved a little slow for me. An unexpected ending and worth the read (listen).


    Would you be willing to try another book from S. J. Watson? Why or why not?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    worth the listen...keeps you wondering how she'll get her mind back. The brain does repair itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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