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Angela

I LOVE to listen to audiobooks - the Audible ap is by far the best thing that's ever happend to my iPhone.

Carlinville, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 40 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 376 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3268)
    Performance
    (2807)
    Story
    (2829)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "You will get CHILLS at the end of this book!"
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    I had NO clue how it would end - AMAZING - I adored it. And I was so thankful!!!!!!

    I read lots of reviews - and got the message loud and clear, this was going to be a great book. However, one review caught my attention. It mentioned that the begining of the book will be a tad boring but by the middle you will be hooked - and boy, were they RIGHT!

    This book reminds me of a lot of books (Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) where you find yourself drifting in the begining because there aren't details you can grab and start buidling with. But, by the middle of the book - you start to feel a bit more involved with the characters. You finally see where everything is heading - well, sort of. And if you choose to listen again - you'll see the pieces fall together and fit better.

    I often read (or listen to) a book and am grateful for the gift of great authors and the stories they share with us. This is certainly a wonderful story.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10176)
    Performance
    (9313)
    Story
    (9332)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Yay - let's read about drug use..."
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    Ok - the book starts great. I loved the beginning! Intriguing - setting itself up for a long, interesting listen... However, I found myself forcing my finger to press play to get through to the end of the book.

    I just don't enjoy drug use - I don't enjoy reading about kids and parents and friends and loved ones using drugs. Perhaps great novels of the past that involved torturous relationships did it better - because cocaine and pot and acid weren't readily available to "help" describe the extreme mental anguish one suffers after trauma.

    Great potential here... but did Tartt really have to base the majority of the book on drug use?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1328)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Engaging and entertaining"
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    At times I avoid book because I'm not particularly drawn to the topic - but after many good reviews and seeing the book turn up often, I'm persuaded.

    Chasing Fire, like most of Nora Roberts' books, is a solid story line with passion and suspense built in. I enjoyed the characters and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    A chubby little girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and ordinary looks, Victoria Dawson has always felt out of place in her family, especially in body conscious Los Angeles. Her parents are disappointed by their daughter’s looks. Later in life, the one thing Victoria knows is that she has to get as far away from home as possible and, after college in Chicago (which her parents disapprove of), she moves to New York City.

    Evalynda says: "Please do not waste your time...."
    "Be prepared to hear ice cream a lot!"
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    I half-heartedly enjoyed this book. It's a book that was a light listen... one where you could set your phone down, go into the closet for a few minutes straightening things up - and return to find you've missed nothing.

    The book was very repetitive - using her love of ice cream and bad food choices over and over and over...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (226)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "Great look into a personal issue"
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    What a great look into the way families are affected by one of its member's illness, mental or physical. It was excellent - loved how it displayed how the child Kimberly saw the situation, described it with a child's eye... Then a teenager's shame and an adult's sense of responsibility.

    I love when a book can draw you in because you have empathy or can relate to the specific topic. This was that for me.

    Well worth the credit. Would recommend...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (740)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    RayRay1974 says: "Very conflicted about this book."
    "Tedious..."
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    I had high hopes for this book... But with 4 hours remaining, I found myself skipping chapters hoping for the end.

    The book just didn't hook me - the story line was tedious and drug on and on. I found myself wondering just where was this plot going? No momentum... just a circle of before/after.

    I didn't finish the novel. I have a large library - I've only stopped listening to a few books. This, sadly, is one of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matters of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Hope Dunne has carved out a name for herself as a top photographer, known the joys of marriage and motherhood and the heartbreak of loss. In her chic SoHo loft, Hope is content with her life, finding serenity and beauty through the lens of her camera. She isn't looking for a man or excitement. But these things find her when she accepts a last-minute assignment to fly to London at Christmas and photograph one of the world's most celebrated writers - an Irish-American author known for novels of thrilling literary darkness.

    Erin Bigart says: "I heard you the first time"
    "Quite possibly the worst narration choice ever"
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    I apologize for being so blunt. The narrator is fine - however, he is completely wrong for this book. His voice is dull and boring - and the book isn't that electrifying to compensate. I would only recommend this book if you want to hear about a woman being taken advantage of over and over and over by a boring narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "A sweet story..."
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    ... of discovering yourself in the place you least expected to. I did enjoy this book - it's the story of a girl who deposits herself into a life that she is completely unfamiliar with and discovers that she is right where she needs to be.

    Narrator was good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2674)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2400)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "A mother actually did it... she ran away from home"
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    What mother doesn't want to get away at times? What mother doesn't wish that she could just walk away from all of the demands of home, children, spouse and peers?

    This book is a solid story about a mother who checks out - and it's not just lighthearted... you get into the meat of a potential mental imbalance that cause a mother to leave her life.

    Great narration - very well suited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longbourn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jo Baker
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (422)

    In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

    MP says: "Extraordinary book (even w/o Pride & Prejudice)"
    "Honestly, not that impressed"
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    I saw this book reviewed in a magazine, so I sought it out on Audible. I was not impressed - and actually didn't finish it.

    With that being said - I'm sure this book is many people's genre - just not what I bargained for.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (660)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "ATTK - awesome story - TKOT - unexpectedly great"
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    ATTK - as most have detailed - this is a great book. The narrator is fabulous and gives a good variety of voices. The story flows well and the ending is classic Grisham.

    TKOT - cool story. I actually found myself drawn into this one a bit more because of the allure of fast money.

    Overall -well worth 1 credit!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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