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rhonda

HOPKINTON, MA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Saving Fish from Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers.

    bulldoglady says: "one of my favorites"
    "Slow Read"
    Overall

    Decent story, but takes too long for anything to happen, and it goes on forever. There are other, better stories by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7285)
    Performance
    (6674)
    Story
    (6680)

    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"
    "A Story you Love to Hate"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Theo, the central character in the Goldfinch, is lovable and as you read the book you want him to do well. But Theo never fails to disappoint. A victim of circumstance and tragedy he is a total slave to his self destructive behavior. The book is well written, and the story is intriguing, but somewhat disturbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11144)
    Performance
    (9636)
    Story
    (9606)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Fascinating Story about a Fascinating Man"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I grew up in the dawning of the digital age. As an avid tech adaptor I have followed Steve???s career over the years. I love his products, (as I am sure most of you Audible listeners do), but never really knew the full story about the man. The book is not always complementary but I think true to the events. I was amused at how ???undesirable??? Steve was, if I had of brought him home back in the day, my parents wouldn???t have let me date him. This book gives wonderful honest insight into a true genius of our time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (256)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Not this time Jodi"
    Overall

    Usually I enjoy stories by Jodi Picoult; she is one of my favorite authors. But this story really irritated me! The story lines seemed very formulaic (take one part Not My Sister???s Keeper, change the illness, change the child who dies and volia you have Handel with Care). The recipe renditions were tedious at best and made me grateful for the forward button on my iPod. But the topping on the cake was the oh so predictable unpredictable tragic ending. I would pass on this one. Still love Jodi, just not this time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2836)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (750)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Boring!"
    Overall

    This was the most tedious book I have ever listened to. It is really long, excessively detailed, and it takes forever for anything to happen. When thing do start to happen, it???s not that interesting. I liked the dogs but little else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3869)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (2002)

    In this entry from Anthony Award winner Charlaine Harris' New York Times best-selling series, the gorgeous and feisty telepath hits the road to find her missing boyfriend, who may have run off with his former lover - a notorious vamp.

    Pamela M says: "Simply Fantastic"
    "Pure Mind Candy"
    Overall

    Not very nutritious, but fun, and it won't make you fat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1901)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (831)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Slow"
    Overall

    It took a long time for the story to develop, and when it did it wasn't much of a story. Nothing all that exciting happens, the characters are nice but not interesting. I thought the book was just ok.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4354)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1847)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Odd but good"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the story and naration. Thomas is very lovable, and his visitors are fun. Worth the time, I plan to listen to all the other Odd books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "If you like the Gold Coast"
    Overall

    You will like this one too. John, Susan, and a host of other characters pick up where Gold Coast left off. John is his usual scarastic self, and Frank's offspring add some interest. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy the second. Makes you want to visit Long Island.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2467)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1002)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Not What I expected"
    Overall

    Story was too simple, and the ending was kind of stupid. The naration was tedious, and sometimes annoying. Waste of time.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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