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Steve

Winchester, MA | Member Since 2010

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  • 109 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jill McCorkle
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Too Bad"
    "I bought the wrong book!"
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    I can't believe I did that. I meant to buy Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and got this one instead. Talk about buyer's remorse. I listened to the first 30 minutes or so and, although it wasn't horrible, it wasn't the book I wanted to listen to...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1136)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "Fun book, not a great performance"
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    While I enjoyed the book a lot and some of Wolitzer's observations about the 7o's, art, creativity, modern life--I found the reading to be excruciating at times. Nothing takes you out of an audiobook more than a mispronounced word (there are several); the transitions between chapters and sections are much too abrupt. Really not a pleasant listening experience. I don't fault the reader, who was basically find, but the production team on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morality Play

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Barry Unsworth
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    It is the late 14th century, a dangerous time beset by war and plague. Nicholas Barber, a young and wayward cleric, stumbles across a group of travelling players and compounds his sins by joining them. Yet the town where they perform reveals another drama: a young woman is to be hanged for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. What better way to increase their takings than to make a new play, to enact the murder of Thomas Wells?

    But as the actors rehearse, they discover that the truth about the boy's death has yet to be revealed.

    Steve says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    A really terrific short book. Engaging reader performing a wide variety of accents and characters. Loved thinking about the development of the dramatic form, and the many different types of language required.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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