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Taryn

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Suffern, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1478)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "realistic"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book probably because I am living a little bit of this story with my 3 adult children right now. Eugenides describes them and their peers to a tee, their lifestyle, their behaviors, their beliefs that by being privledged and intellectual they have somehow reinvented life, love, sex, relationships, marriage, work, etc..... I think he did a great job of updating the marriage plot and I was neither bored nor disapointed. This is not, Middlesex, but it has its own merits and I think he succeeds.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (785)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "Dont waste your time"
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    This was pure garbage. A waste of time. Not well written, not original. There was really nothing I liked about it. I love mysteries but this one was not worth my time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (900)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Jim says: "CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HALF THE BOOK (AUDIO)"
    "Another Good Story from Tana"
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    This book makes me happy that I didnt grow up in the age of the internet. High School was hard enough 40 yrs ago, this depiction of HS now was downright scary! Tana French has a talent for weaving a complicated story that doesnt get boring. The reader was excellent. I love those Irish accents! I still chose Faithful Place as my favorite of her books!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Homesman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful.

    C. Oneal says: "Great story but the end was a huge diappointment"
    "Interesting topic, great for discussion"
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    I read this book a year ago and it was suggested for my book club. I didnt want to read it again so I listened the second time around. I enjoyed the audio better than the hard copy. It's an interesting story about a topic I didn't think much about before - women on the prairie who had mental breakdowns. I found it to be a fascinating subject. It was a great bookclub choice and generated excellent discussion. I was looking forward to seeing the movie, but it never seemed to make it to the movie theatres. This story makes you very thankful for living in modern times!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1611)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Glad its over"
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    Did not live up to my expectations. The first two books in the series were excellent but this one was boring. I found myself waiting for it to end by the end of the first 1/3. The narrator is excellent and the stories about the Communist Regime kept my interest. The author's personal political bias was quite evident in the stories about the USA, which saddened me. I was hoping that he would report the "history" in a more even handed way. Characters that didnt support his political views were all written as unsympathetic, obnoxious characters and the inverse was true. This made me wonder how heavily opinoned his first two books were. I guess with fiction you can always slant it the way you want. I also got really sick of hearing about the self destructive rock band. I think that it would have been better if he cut the trilogy to just a 2 book series and edited it a little better. Glad I didnt read it, I never would have finished it

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1221)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Always get a second or third opinion"
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    As a Nurse I always tell my patients, get a second opinion or a third or a fourth and always have an advocate with you when you go to a hospital. This book kept my interest and I was thankful that Susannah had parents that were amazing advocates for her and kept getting those opinions till they found Dr. Najar who saved her life! What a scary experience she had. She is a very lucky woman!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2868)
    Story
    (2864)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "You Must Buy This Book!!"
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    I love Liane Moriarty, her books keep you guessing from beginning to end. She has the rare talent of combining humor with serious topics without being insensitive. In this wonderful mystery/comedy/commentary on modern life and helicopter parents she is at the top of her game. To give any hints would give away the story. Other reviewers have done a great job, so I can only add that this book will resonate with any parent or educator. It will keep you listening and the ending will not disappoint! MUST LISTEN!!!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (656)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Didn't mind the narrator!"
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    I enjoy Greg Iles, all his books keep you listening or reading, they are fast moving and dont disappoint. I can honestly say that I didnt think the reader was that bad! He wasnt great-but he didnt get on my nerves or make me want to stop listening. I guess I am in the minority here but I really didnt mind him. The end of this book got a bit ridiculous but its fiction- so anything can happen. I was interested to see that this is the first in an upcoming trilogy. I will be happy to see what the next book brings!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1111)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Wonderful bookclub selection!"
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    I started listening to this book and got turned off by the character of Annie Oh after about an hour and quit. My mom read the hard copy and told me to try again. I am so glad that I listened to her. Once I got into the story I was hooked. Wally Lamb is a master at character development. He never shies away from gritty stories and writes such realistic characters its hard to believe they are not real. He must have quite a bit of training in psychology. This story explains how and why the effects of child abuse go on and on for generations - a truly tragic crime. This is not a happy ending story and it leaves you with so much to consider. My bookclub ended up reading it and it was one of our favorites, discussion went on for hours! This is a gem you cannot pass up! The narrators were wonderful and helped keep all the characters defined. Have Wally Lamb narrate the character of Orion Oh, is just perfect and adds so much to the storytelling!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

    Hope says: "A reminder of the truth of World War I"
    ""Food Porn" got boring"
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    I love Maisie Dobbs, so I eagerly starting listening to this audio. First off the narrator did a horrible job with the male voices, they should have had two narrators or more. Second the story was slow moving and especially the endless boring descriptions of food, ie: food porn. I was going to just stop listening when I got to the millionth description of another boring meal but I kept going for some masochistic reason. I understand the basic premiss of this book, war is hell and in a way nobody ever really "wins". However, human beings don't change if history tells us anything. Ms. Winspear would have been better off writing another Maisie Dobbs story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10257)
    Performance
    (9386)
    Story
    (9406)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "What if....."
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    I tried reading Donna Tartt's previous books and couldn't get into them. Perhaps I will try the audios. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book- I will admit that it could have benefitted from a better editor. However, I did not not get bored. I found myself immersed in the story and I really enjoyed living in Theodores crazy world.I thought the narrator was excellent. I won't go into the story since there are so many reviews, and yes it was a bit far fetched in many instances, but that is what fiction is about. To take us to another world, another life and let us imagine the "what if's...."

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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