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Deborah

MARSHFIELD, MA, United States

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  • 31 reviews
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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (814)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Continuation of Winter Sea"
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    I wish I could have given it more stars. I really wanted to love it. I loved Winter Sea so much and seeing a revival of some of that story delighted me! There were parts of this book (the end) that were moving and satisfying, but for the most part, I didn't care for the modern day story involving actual psychics and Nicola's mission to help the sick girl. I felt this major plotline was underdeveloped and therefore almost forgotten making the entire point of the story easy to forget.
    It FELT to me like a strain to try and replicate Winter Sea but didn't work

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (350)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "I finished this book and went: "Huh?""
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    Alright, so I finished this book and went: "Huh?"

    First, what I liked about it. Helprin is a master of metaphors. The writing is beautiful and poetic. For the first 1/3 of the book, I was sold! I loved Peter Lake's story of how he grew up and eventually found himself on the run from Pearly and the Short tails. I enjoyed his meeting and loving Beverly despite her tragic, inevitable future. Also, I will always remember the white horse. Almost every scene written containing horse was a riveting one.

    It was about 1/3 of the way into the book, when this storyline winds down and we meet a whole new cast of characters. Some held my interest but many did not. The author has a way of completely digressing from the main story arc. This happened so many times and I kept finding myself thinking, "why did I have to know all that to progress the plot?"

    Don't get me wrong, some digression can be excellent in a book to help us understand the characters and why they make certain choices.

    In this book's case, the entire novel could have been cut in half and I think I would have enjoyed it more. So much of it was not necessary and should be trimmed right out!

    Also, there were many points where I just didn't know what was going on. Many of the characters had magical discussions about life and death and that's alright. But the many of the speeches became a sort of monotonous ranting. Like, the discussions about time being now and then and the future all at the same time and the journey to discover a "Just City". What exactly is a "Just City"? Helprin never tells us. Unless I missed some huge message written between the lines.

    I love fantasy stories where anything is possible. In fact, I belong to a book club focused entirely on time travel, but I was not entranced by the long winded and tedious, extravagant speeches in this book.

    The ending. Hmmmmm. I have always been a hard sell when it comes to endings. I may have rated the book a lot higher if I was satisfied with the ending. Maybe I didn't understand it and I will refrain from saying more on the risk of spoilers.

    There are wonderful times when an ending to a story may leave the reader to ponder intricate meanings or possibilities, however, I was left with too many questions at the end of this book. Way too many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (268)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "If you could bring a loved one back to life....."
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    This book was compact and sweet (not in the sugary sense!). Tied up most of the loose ends nicely in the end and a bit predictable. I did think it was creepy and thought provoking. If I could spend one more week with a beloved who has passed on, would I?

    I might have rated the book higher but I only finished the book yesterday and I have already mentally stored it in the file of forgotten books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2652)
    Performance
    (2456)
    Story
    (2462)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Deliciously Disturbing!"
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    So exciting, freaky and deliciously disturbing! I seriously was rude to my family for several days because I could not take the buds out of my hears.

    This novel consists of real, raw characters with flaws as well as a supernatural spin. Charlie Manx is an excellent villain who truly believes in his cause. Vic Mcqueen is damaged and vulnerable yet strong and completely relatable. Honorable mention to Lou, whom I couldn't get enough of.
    This book is about parenting, addiction, internal monsters and self worth.

    Highly recommend the story in audio. Kate Mulgrew reading this book has made my top 10 list of unforgettable narrated experiences. Bravo!

    I will warn Dracula fans to not be fooled by the title, as this is not your traditional vampire novel. Hardly!







    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (435)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    A User says: "Gonzo Lives!"
    "Will they find the American Dream?"
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    Well, I listened to this book and it was only a bit over six hours long. Just as well. Nothing happened. I was about 3 hours in when I realized that the story was not going to be about anything, just a look inside the mind of a completely wasted, paranoid drug addict!

    Now, this does not mean that I hated it! On the contrary, I laughed out loud in many spots! I found the digressive monologues involving what could happen if Raoul Duke is actually apprehended by the police to be very funny - crazy paranoid - but with enough truth to understand the grounds for his insane paranoia!

    I did not know much about Hunter S. Thompson before reading this and had only passively heard of Gonzo Journalism. But now I am interested.

    I also watched the movie with my husband after finishing the book. (one of my favorite things to do in the world!) I must say that I think it was done superbly! So spot on with the book! The dialogue between Mr. Duke and his attorney was taken directly from the book as well as many of the descriptive acid trippy scenes.

    Fear and Loathing is not for everyone. I liked it enough and found Raoul Duke and his attorney's journey to discover their American dream in 1971 amusing. It certainly has me thinking about how I envision my American dream in 2014.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Sean Greer
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds?

    Melinda says: "Time Travel via Electroconvulsive Therapy"
    "Intricate, but not Complicated - 5 stars EASY!"
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    Another easy 5 stars!! I have read a few this year! What a story (or stories)! I only wish the book was longer, it was relatively short. I would read this entire book again from the point of view of a different Greta, I liked it so much.

    Greta sees (and lives) her life in 3 different time periods. 1918, 1941 and 1985. We follow the Greta from 1985. It goes like this: The three Gretas all begin electro-shock therapy for depression when they are 31 years old then proceed to jump between each other's lives. There is a version of all the main players in each life. Each life has positive and negative circumstances that influence the personality and behaviors of all the players, even Greta herself. This was a thought provoking way to have the reader think about nature vs nurture. Would I be the same if I grew up right at the turn of the 20th century? My values and ideals? But, I'm still me, right?

    I pondered how the book would end. How can this possibly be wrapped up to satisfy a reader like myself?! Maybe I am the only one, but I did not predict the ending. I am, however, VERY satisfied with the ending and the entire novel. This one will be remembered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (332)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Time Traveling Teens!"
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    I would have LOVED this book as a teen! I say that often with the young adult novels I read these days. I feel like there was not such emphasis on this genre when these books would have been appropriate for me!

    Anyway, the time travel element is what drew me to the book, along with a beautiful add of a woman in a red gown I came across in an issue of Bookpages.

    This was a quick read, but I am certain I will read the whole series to see what happens. It had just enough time travel rules and paradoxes to satisfy my whims as well as excellent tension build up with our heroine, Gwyn trying to determine who she can trust.

    Frankly, the epilogue and prologue are what sealed the deal for me! You will just have to read to see what I mean!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5805)
    Performance
    (5375)
    Story
    (5395)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Danny - Where is He Now?!"
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    What fun I had with this book! Having re-read The Shining recently, I was fresh and in tune with all of the references. Danny turned out realistically, and satisfyingly how I may have imagined him.

    There were some plot lines that turned out a bit anti-climactic, but that does not surprise me with Stephen King. I swear I almost never remember how the evil is erased in any of his books! Like, the details, I mean. The climax never makes much impression on me. However, I can't think of a King book that did not take me for a wild ride and keep me captivated while the characters work things out!!!! This book was no exception and embracing Danny came very easily for me, as The Shining was one of my first SK novels and it holds a very dear place in my minds bookshelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1093)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Dogs, Monsters, Murderers, Oh My!"
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    I liked it. Nothing about it really moved me but, there were a few boring parts paired with a few exciting parts. Not sure why it seems to have such high ratings by most people.

    I enjoyed the old lawyer the most and his quest for excitement, although he was just a side character. I also liked the dog, but was distracted by the weirdness of having such a human-like sentient dog around all the time. I think most people would be very embarrassed if their pets could communicate all the embarrassing things one does when home alone....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "Fantastical Realism"
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    This is the kind of story that I love. The characters were all very three dimensional and real. There was a a bit of supernatural in a very natural world and an intriguing amount of mystery. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (445)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Lawbreaking Beauty!"
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    I have never seen any of The Godfather movies.

    Actually 4.5 stars, I wish we could half stars, but I decided to round it up instead of down.

    I think I read this book right at the right time. I had many favorite characters. Michael stands out the most. I truly enjoyed the scene that was ultimately the catalyst for his transformation. Then following him through his change.

    I liked hearing about Johnny Fontaine and the Hollywood life of the 1940s. It also blows my mind that everyone seems to beat their wife and this is acceptable by EVERYONE!! Seriously.

    Now to the Don. He was so smooth and I had complete confidence in him. Despite the terrible things he did in his life to take the law into his own hands, the short part in the novel where his early life was described was my favorite part of the whole book, I think. The explanations for his actions and how he became a man of such morals and values was plausible and therefore very interesting for a patriotic, law abiding citizen like myself!

    I will watch the movie asap. Can't wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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