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Connie

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5972)
    Performance
    (5181)
    Story
    (5171)

    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"
    "depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Depressing story told in monotone. well-developed characters and well-crafted story that turns out OK but thought I'd never get finish it. wore me out listening to it. definitely need something light and uplifting next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (542)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "Pass on this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I love this series. However, this one took a lot of patience to even complete. The story line is thin and wanders with many side-stories that are not related to the main story. do not recommend this one.


    What was most disappointing about Alexander McCall Smith’s story?

    painfully thin story line.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lisette Lecat?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6913)
    Performance
    (4878)
    Story
    (4867)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Good book want-a-be"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Did not finish the book. Started off strong then the story wandered around somewhat mindlessly and/or predictably.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1150)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Cold, Cold Ground rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best books. Well developed characters and plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Solid plot that kept you guessing


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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