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Bridget Westhoven

VA winelady

Richmond, VA USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 6 reviews
  • 71 ratings
  • 633 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2475)
    Performance
    (1235)
    Story
    (1266)

    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    Bridget Westhoven says: "great family fare"
    "great family fare"
    Overall

    My 11 and 9-year-old kids (a boy and a girl) have really enjoyed this series and I have gotten caught up in it too. The story is fun and engaging. There are a series of battles and challenges and plenty of suspense, but it is all laced with humor. The books have also gotten my kids very interested in learning about Greek mythology-- bonus! The reader is pretty good with voices and does a convincing teenage narrator. I'm glad they've chosen to go with the same reader for both books in the series so far and hope they continue. The first book in the series is called the Lightening Thief.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Right Ho, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Right Ho, Jeeves is P. G. Wodehouse's full-length novel featuring his most beloved character, Jeeves. At the outset we find Bertie Wooster returning from Cannes to discover that Gussie Fink-Nottle has been regularly visiting Jeeves to ask his advice in matters of the heart. Gussie is in love with Madeline Bassett, the friend of Angela Travers who is the daughter of Bertie's Aunt Dahlia Travers, and is intent upon courting her.

    Bridget Westhoven says: "Disappointed by reader"
    "Disappointed by reader"
    Overall

    Perhaps I've just gotten too used to the wonderful narration of Jonathan Cecil, but I was very disappointed with Frederick Davidson. I found his voice irritating. Sure Bertie is a bit of a fop, but he doesn't have to sound annoying. Cecil brings a charm and affection to the Wodehouse character. Davidson seems to subtly ridicule him through verbal characterization.

    Wodehouse's writing never fails to please. His comedic writing is unparalleled.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3005)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1190)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "A tough act to follow"
    Overall

    I fell in love with the charming, quirky characters of Guernsey as easily as the heroine did. This is a historical fiction gem.

    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
    (26012)
    Performance
    (12666)
    Story
    (12708)

    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!"
    "Lots of character for your book dollar"
    Overall

    The author has done a terrific job creating characters worth caring about. They are improved even further by strong vocal performances from the readers. This historical novel gives readers great insight into the realities of the Jim Crow south through interwoven stories that are alternately poignant and amusing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Albert Camus
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    Albert Camus' The Stranger is one of the most widely read novels in the world, with millions of copies sold. It stands as perhaps the greatest existentialist tale ever conceived, and is certainly one of the most important and influential books ever produced. Now, for the first time, this revered masterpiece is available as an unabridged audio production.

    S. Allen says: "Classic book, excellent audiobook"
    "not a "kids" book"
    Overall

    One might consider this a book for young adults, but it is extremely dark and includes cavalier violence against women and a pointless murder. It definitely isn't for "kids." I'd recommend that any child or young adult reading it have an adult or mature and thoughtful person with whom to discuss some of the issues it raises. While it is a literary classic, I'm giving it a lower rating here than I would on the regular Audible site for adults.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3990)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1307)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "Great, fun, easy listen"
    Overall

    This book reminds me of some of Piers Anthony's books that I read when I was a kid. He personalizes death in a very funny way. My husband and I both enjoyed it a lot. It would have made a great novel for the whole family if it weren't for some significant profanity and adult situations. I'm not sure that they were necessary to the book, but some of them were very funny nonetheless. Perhaps an expurgated version for the younger set and those who are put off by some of the harsher language? Then we all could enjoy it. I'll be picking up another one of Moore's books soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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