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  • Exclusive

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (309)

    Barrie Travis is a damn good reporter stuck at a low-budget television station when the First Lady calls her—and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime. Stunned by the loss of her infant son, the president’s wife hints he may have been murdered. Barrie sets out to find the truth, fighting for the exclusive story with the help of Gray Bondurant, a mysterious former presidential aide.

    Rurouni says: "Had promise but...."
    "not really Sandra Brown?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Tanya Eby?

    I have read a number of books by Sandra Brown, and so I wouldn't dismiss her by this one failure.


    What was most disappointing about Sandra Brown’s story?

    Sandra Brown usually creates strong, principled female characters, like in Rainwater. This female lead was an idiot, self-serving, and ridiculous.


    What character would you cut from Exclusive?

    The premise of the book was far-fetched, and neither the female or male lead came across as real people.


    Any additional comments?

    A real disappointment!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5287)
    Performance
    (4580)
    Story
    (4575)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Truly merits the Book of the Year"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    The juxtaposition of Liz Taylor/Richard Burton in fabulous Rome with sad little Porto Vergona.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pasquale for trying to bridge his family's traditions and his own yearnings


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

    His Italian is gorgeous to listen to, and amazingly, his Richard Burton is also terrific.


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Ruins out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pasquale's wife. I would want to know more of her story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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