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Susan

Hampden, ME, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 5 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (203)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "GREAT!"
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    Honestly, one of the best books I've listened to!
    Ranks up there with The Help, The Kitchen House, etc.
    Good storyline, good characters, well written - what more could you ask for?
    Well performed as well, by Jenna Lamia.
    Just a really, really good read - I promise - you won't be disappointed!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

    Janice says: "Better as audiobook"
    "Tedious"
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    Story

    I just can't get through it... I keep trying, but the story simply isn't engaging. The characters are too sicky-sweet and the plot line goes nowhere. I'm sorry. I just did not find it a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (523)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    A User says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "Perfect!"
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    Lovely, lovely story! Maeve Binchy at her best! Great read with interesting characters and storyline. The perfect book!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (820)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Ugghhh!"
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    What would have made Maybe This Time better?

    This was the worst. I hate to sound negative, but what a chore getting through this book! If I wasn't so cheap, I would have stopped listening! ;) Alice said, Carter said, Alice said, Carter said!!!! Ugh - the worst book - cliche storyline and so poorly written - am not even sure if there was an editor on board with this book. Don't waste your money, please.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2750)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1461)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "Perfect!"
    Overall

    Such a great book! If you liked The Help, you'll like this one!!! Southern charm, strong women, great ending! The narrator does a WONDERFUL job!!! She does all of the characters well. Although you may hear her adolescent voice at the beginning and think she's young to narrate a book, keep listening ~ she does a standout job and her character will have you laughing in one chapter and moved to tears in another chapter. I didn't want it to end ~ you won't either!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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