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Laura

Stuart, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • By Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ellen Ullman
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    San Francisco, 1970s. Free love has given way to radical feminism, psychedelic ecstasy to hard-edged gloom. The Zodiac Killer stalks the streets. A disgraced professor takes a downtown office to plot his return. But the walls are thin, and he’s distracted by voices from next door—his neighbor is a psychologist, and one of her patients dislikes the hum of the white-noise machine. And so he begins to hear about the patient’s troubles with her female lover, her conflicts with her adoptive WASP family, and her quest to track down her birth mother.

    Pam says: "Wanted to listen in one sitting"
    "by boring"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about By Blood?

    The story was boring. The plot was poor.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    the life of pi


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just didn't buy into his interest in the main character.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coral Glynn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Peter Cameron
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Coral Glynn arrives at Hart House, an isolated manse in the English countryside, early in the very wet spring of 1950, to nurse the elderly Mrs. Hart. Hart House is also inhabited by a perpetually disgruntled housekeeper and Major Clement Hart, Mrs. Hart's war-ravaged son, who is struggling to come to terms with his latent homosexuality. When a child's game goes violently awry in the woods surrounding Hart House, a great shadow - love, perhaps - descends upon its inhabitants.

    Bonnie Brody says: ""We All Want More But Few of Us Get It""
    "strange seed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Coral confused me. I would have liked to gain a better understanding of her personality. It seemed like it ended abruptly.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter Cameron? Why or why not?

    Yes but I wouldn't seek one out.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I felt there could have been more to it. I did not undersand her relationship in the end. It didn't seen to fit into the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10772)
    Performance
    (5992)
    Story
    (6039)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Amazing amounts of information and detail."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Life of Pi again? Why?

    Yes. There was so much vivid detail I could picture everything in my mind. The book started off slow but grew in its story to overwhelming proportions that I am sure I would gain more from it if I were to listen again. I found it to be an unusual story as well.


    What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

    Nothing I can think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed his relationship with Richard Parker.


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

    When Pi thought R.P. had swated him but did not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where We Belong

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door...only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever.

    Laura says: "endearing"
    "endearing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Where We Belong?

    Initially I felt that it was going to be very stuffy and full of pretense. It actually was a very sweet and heartwarming story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The daughter was my favorite because she had a focus and character.


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

    possibly more emotion


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

    father and daughter playing music in the bar


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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