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Nikki

Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 13 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 90 titles in library
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  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (229)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Heatbreaking Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Calling Me Home the most enjoyable?

    The story was very well written. It was easy to connect to the characters and the plot kept you engaged. Just when you think you have the story figured out, Julie Kibler would throw you a curve ball.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The innocence of Isabella. Even though you know how her story turns out, you keep routing for her and Robert.


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

    Yes, It is rather lengthy but I found myself finding excuses to turn it on and found myself excited to start it back up each time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
    "It's hard to say if I liked or disliked this book"
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    Would you try another book from Judy Greer and/or Judy Greer?

    Yes, I like Judy’s narration but the story was only so so for me. It sounds like Judy came for a good home, has nice family, and has a good connection with family and friends. Her background was very relatable and many parts it seemed like she was describing my background. With that said there wasn’t anything too extraordinary about her story. It was an easy light hearted but nothing really jumped out at me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed her story about her first car and the "Star2B"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Jen says: "Thank You Baby Jesus!"
    "Great listen but not what I was expecting"
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    If you could sum up Whistling Past the Graveyard in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected! I was expecting an "coming to age" novel. Though this is, the twist and turns that took place floored me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whistling Past the Graveyard?

    When Starla gets in the car with Eula. From the get go I thought, oh no, but I was not expecting the chain of events that took place from that moment on.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (442)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "Enjoyable Classic"
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    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes, this story is a classic for a reason! It was very beautifully written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many wonderful scenes it's hard to pick just one! I however would have to choose the first party Nick attends at Gatsby's house. The grandioseness of the party was intriguing and the discription Fitzgerald gave made me feel like I was there myself.


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

    Yes, I actually listened to this book in one sitting during a long car ride. I didn't want to turn it off!


    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
    Overall
    (6912)
    Performance
    (4878)
    Story
    (4866)

    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"
    "Amazing story and family, strength, and loyalty!"
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    Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audiobooks I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You get to see a different side of slavery. Yes, there are still some very dark, cruel moments but you also get to see how slaves lived their day to day life and how they functioned inside of their familes. Some parts of this story are difficult to get through, but for the most part this story is about family and love.


    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
    (10633)
    Performance
    (5866)
    Story
    (5909)

    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"
    "Well written but book is slightly over hyped!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no... though it was well written I found the time Pi spent on the raft boring.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected... I had heard that the ending was shocking and expected more from it. I cna't say much else without ruining the ending for other listeners.


    Do you think Life of Pi needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't know how they could follow it up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11913)
    Performance
    (7867)
    Story
    (7903)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Well written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe... I found the book a bit heavy and got lost in much of the war and pilot descriptions. However, if you are interested in history/aviation you might enjoy it more than me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    When they were stuck on the raft, I don't know how anyone could survive that.


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

    Though it was well written, I found myself getting bored and lost in some of the details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kamala Nair
    • Narrated By Anitha Gandhi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The redemptive journey of a young woman unsure of her engagement, who revisits in memory the events of one scorching childhood summer, when her beautiful yet troubled mother spirits her away from her home to an Indian village untouched by time. There, she discovers in the jungle behind her ancestral house a spellbinding garden that harbors a terrifying secret.

    Paula says: "Satus, Caste and Beauty"
    "Very unexpected"
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    What did you love best about The Girl in the Garden?

    The book was very well written. There wasn't many twists and turns, but since the book is told from the point of view of a child the entire story is her trying to piece together information piece by piece since everyone is trying to protect her from the truth.


    What other book might you compare The Girl in the Garden to and why?

    Hands down, this is an adults version of "The Secret Garden"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rahkee first discovers the garden


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3209)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1382)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Engaging Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Though I did enjoy this book, I was expecting more of a narrated story then a series of letters. I'm not sure I would necessarily change the way it was wrote, but I just found it unexpected.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though this story was about the German Occupation, a very dark time in history, Mary Ann Shaffer was able to turn it into an uplifting tale about survival and friendship.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed hearing all of the characters, I loved the way the narrators brought them to life, but I do have to say Adelaide Addison was my favorite. I just picture a middle aged spinster staring out of her window judging everyone in the town.


    Was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society worth the listening time?

    Definitely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (785)

    Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

    Robbie says: "Easy 5 stars!"
    "Favorite of the Wallflower Series!!!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This story I found to have the most twist, turns, and unexpected moments. Evie is my favorite of the 4 wallflowers. It’s so easy to fall in love with her sweet innocence. Not to mention I could relate to her shyness being a wallflower myself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the opening scence when Evie makes the marriage proposition to Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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