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I am a 60 year old female, recently retired. I listen to audiobooks usually while travelling, or while exercising. It keeps me motivated to walk or exercise. I live half of the year in Mexico and half the year in Alberta, Canada.

St Brides, Alberta, Canada

  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Molly Ringwald
    • Narrated By Molly Ringwald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When it happens to you, you will be surprised. That thing they say about how you knew all the time, but just weren't facing it? That might be the case, but nevertheless, there you will be. Molly Ringwald mines the complexities of modern relationships in this gripping and nuanced collection of interlinked stories. Writing with a deep compassion for human imperfection, Ringwald follows a Los Angeles family and their friends and neighbors while they negotiate the hazardous terrain of everyday life - revealing the deceptions, heartbreak, and vulnerability familiar to us all.

    joyce says: "astonishing debut; I loved it!"
    "I had been interested in Ringwald as a writer"

    and wasn't disappointed. She really did a nice job in developing her characters. Her story was only too relatable, and unfolded realistically. Her narration was well involved in the story, and totally believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"

    I listened to this story while travelling from northern Alberta to northern Mexico. The 4 days went by quickly while I got to know and sympathise with the characters. They were well developed and the listener could make out the characters immediately thanks to the excellent narration of Tom Hollander. The intricate dynamics between the characters was also easy and interesting to follow. Themes of poverty, intergenerational despair, abuse, mental illness, the complications of bullying, and stories behind closed doors intertwine towards a dramatic ending. It is a story that helps one to realize that things are not the way the seem to be. However, it is a story from England, so the English accent is a bit to adjust to, as well as references to things British.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Anita says: "Must be me..."
    "It was captivating!!"
    Would you listen to Room again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again because I never listen to or read stories twice.

    What other book might you compare Room to and why?

    it was truly unique, in a very good way.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it was realized that "getting some" was Jack breast feeding

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audiobooks when I am exercising, so really need the books to be captivating so that I am motivated to go exercise. This book was wonderfully performed and the colloquial English that Jack spoke was totally believable and understandable. It really held my attention and concentration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "An epic novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kitchen House to be better than the print version?

    I think so

    Would you recommend The Kitchen House to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was very interesting and captivating

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

    great characterization

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

    I listen when I am exercising and it made me look forward to exercising

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marjorie Morningstar

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman

    Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

    Arken says: "An excellent storyteller"
    "Marjorie Morningstar"
    What made the experience of listening to Marjorie Morningstar the most enjoyable?

    The narration is superb. The narrator distinguishes many different voices consistently which makes the ease of following the story and identifying with the characters, flawless. All the characters are interesting and quirky. The story is engaging.

    What other book might you compare Marjorie Morningstar to and why?

    Anna Karenina because they are both period pieces and follow the journey of a girl into womanhood.

    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    . I liked Marjorie's mother

    Who was the most memorable character of Marjorie Morningstar and why?

    The uncle, but I never did understand what his name was.

    Any additional comments?

    I use audio books when I am exercising. It is the only time I allow myself to listen to the story, so it needs to be interesting, engaging and witty to make me look forward to exercising. This book does the trick for me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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