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Carrie

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RICHMOND, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • How to Be an American Housewife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Margaret Dilloway
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn't been what she'd expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways.

    CAREY says: "Well told tale!"
    "I truly enjoyed this one!"
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    What did you love best about How to Be an American Housewife?

    The mother daughter relationship was so touching.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother. She helps one see the complexity of people... you can't judge a book by it's cover. This goes for our own parents and grandparents too.


    Have you listened to any of Laural Merlington and Emily Durante ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13635)
    Performance
    (11108)
    Story
    (11738)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "I'll never get that time back."
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Why did the main character have to talk like a 15 year old girl? Nothing sexy about child abuse.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    probably, I'm no prude. This was just childish and belittling. I am amazed so many women find this enticing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Childish.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Anna


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3346)
    Performance
    (2873)
    Story
    (2844)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Great Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was enlightening and engaging. I have already recommended it to several friends. She made what could have been very clinical research fascinating to hear about.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5830)
    Performance
    (5322)
    Story
    (5356)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "Great book for any age."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book. I used to be a big fan of the One Last Wish books when I was a teenager after the loss of my mother. It may be sad, but it helped me feel connected. This is a similar type book, but better written. It's touching and funny with a linguistically above average female protagonist straight out of the likes of Juno.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    As a mother myself, the grenade speech was heartwrenching.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12700)
    Performance
    (5162)
    Story
    (5224)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Water For Elephants"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    No, it was a one timer for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it 4stars overall because some of the nursing home scenes get tedious, but a good listen overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (210)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "Great Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a simple and entertaining listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that it was such a short listen. I had seen the movie first. The book and movie are very much in keeping with each other...minus a bit at the end. The movie is really the book plus effects.... great effects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (679)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "The Sense of an Ending"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not possible. The summary made this sound very Dead Poet Society-like, but it was way off. Listening to a self-absorbed old man continue to obsess about bad sexual encounters or the wish for even bad sexual encounters loooonnnng after the fact does not an interesting story make.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Well that would give away the terrible ending.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There was little difference between voices of characters and it all read a little like the adult voices in Charlie Brown. I found myself getting lost, missing chunks of the mystery, and then not really caring. I had to explain the ending to my highly literate boyfriend at the end of our road trip. He had missed a few steps too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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