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Linda

Rego Park, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Benjamin Mee
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    Already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in the Guardian, We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. This touching memoir is set to be a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, in theaters December 23, 2011.

    Christie says: "Fabulous narrator."
    "Unique story and well worth your credit"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it was so different from most books I read


    Which character ??? as performed by Gildart Jackson ??? was your favorite?

    The author


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

    The day the zoo finally opened


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a fascinating story--interesting, funny, poignant and informative. The movie just cannot compare, and I'm surprised the author didn't object.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna VanLiere
    • Narrated By Donna VanLiere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Tennessee, 1950: a time and place that straddles the past and present. Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid by the town (though she’s only in her early 30s), and she takes that label with good humor and a grain of salt. Ever since her parents passed away, she has hidden her loneliness behind a fierce independence and a claim of not needing anyone. But when she realizes that someone has been stealing vegetables from her garden - a feral, dirty-faced boy who disappears into the hills - something about him haunts Ivorie.

    Linda says: "Do not give up on this book!"
    "Do not give up on this book!"
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    I am an avid fan of Donna Van Liere's having read most of her novels. However, at first, the heavy southern drawl of the narrator really put me off in the beginning. In fact, I read another book and then returned to this one. I can't tell you how glad I am that I did. This was simply a beautiful story with amazing characters. And after all, the author was depicting life in Tennessee in 1950--hence the dialect and quaint sayings. The story and characters stole my heart as all the author's previous novels have. I highly recommend "The Good Dream."

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • No Child of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Susan Lewis
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Alex Lake’s day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm. When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex finds herself completely unable to detach from the child the way she should. She feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in little Ottilie’s life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.

    Linda says: "Couldn't stop reading!"
    "Couldn't stop reading!"
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    This was my first novel by Susan Lewis, and I was not disappointed. I appreciated the author's writing style drawing parallels between past and present. Also, the narrator was perfect for this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barrington Street Blues: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Emery
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A rich man and a poor man are found dead of gunshot wounds outside a seedy bar on Barrington Street. The police declare it a murder-suicide, but bluesman/lawyer Monty Collins suspects it's a double murder. Helped by his friend, Father Brennan Burke, and hindered by his femme fatale law partner, Felicia Morgan, Monty explores the dark side of Halifax society: hookers, drug addicts, boozers, gamblers and people desperate to cover up a series of parties that got way out of hand.

    cristina says: "Such a disappointment"
    "Terrific series, great story"
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    Where does Barrington Street Blues: A Collins-Burke Mystery, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say it ranks above average, considering this is the third in this series for me in a short time span.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the setting and the fact that the characters were human with both good traits and flaws too--even Father Burke.


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

    He is a wonderful narrator which definitely adds dimention.


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

    I did get wrapped up in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd definitely recommend this series by Anne Emery and suggest beginning with "Sign of the Cross" first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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