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elizabeth

bolton, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 13 reviews
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  • Burial Rites

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Hannah Kent
    • Narrated By Morven Christie
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (207)

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

    Leah says: "Worth stepping out of your comfort zone"
    "I really tried but can't listen anymore"
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    I really wanted to like this book. It may be me ... I just can't tolerate the narration. The narration was described in one review as haunting but it's more like a half-asleep, depressed, numbing and out of body combination. I tried several times and the more I listened, the more depressed I felt. And yes I understand the subject matter is sad, the landscape is bleak ....it does fit the book. I did listen to the sample, but I failed to consider the number of hours I would spend wrapped in it's "mood". The narrator may be a great narrator for other books - she has a soothing, pretty voice, good diction. This combination just didn't work for me. I thought I would enjoy the book based on reviews. The story may be great - it sounded really interesting and I liked the premise of the story - I'd like to know what happens, but unless I find the time to read it in print, I'll never know.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (3190)
    Story
    (3190)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Great story and a worthwhile listen"
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    I loved the incorporation of the fairytale into the story of the couples attempt to work through their grief over the death of a child. It was sad at times but so honest in the way both the husband and wife had dealt with their grief differently over the years and what finally brought them together at the end. Bittersweet but ultimately the couple find joy in the future, family and each other again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1949)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    Corinne says: "Wonderful book!"
    "Wonderful story -Beautifully done"
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    I had a hard time connecting with the characters at first but see now the necessity of the way the story began. I don't think there is another writer out there right now who can capture the human essence the way this author does I don't have the words to describe how deeply this book affected me and how it has caused me to reexamine the choices we make and the timing of those choices. What if one choice costs years? Absolutely beautiful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mariana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Carolyn Bonnyman
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1083)

    Juliet Beckett believes in destiny. When she moves into Greywethers, a beautiful 16th-century farmhouse, she suspects that more than coincidence has brought her there. The locals are warm and welcoming; especially the eligible squire of Crofton Hall, yet beneath the ordinaries, Julia senses a haunting sadness about her new home. Then she learns of Mariana, a beautiful young woman who lived there 300 years ago. It seems history has been waiting for Julia...

    N. Phelps says: "Terrific read"
    "Great story, good narration"
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    Narration was good, only this is it was a little too soft at times. The story was very good - I didn't see the end coming and that's a great story in my book. This is the second book I've listened to by this author and this was an even better story than the last one... I'm picking my next listen now . YWorth the credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3295)
    Performance
    (2989)
    Story
    (2983)

    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.

    Katie - Audible says: "Beautiful Historical Fiction"
    "A great story, good listen"
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    A great story, two intertwined stories actually- kept me interested and wanting to know what would happen next in both timelines. It was the first time I had listened to a book by this author and by looking at other books of hers, it seems that dual timelines and stories are her wheelhouse. My only very small complaint is that the narrator was a bit "loud" and intense all the time when doing the main narration - I find it stressful. Her voice could have portrayed some scenes with a softer tone and come out with 5 stars. On the other hand I like books with one narrator who does all the voices and she was great with every other voice, even the males. Although I would probably not want to seek out this narrator, I do plan to listen to another of the author's books. Her writing was detailed without being overdone- painted a picture that wrapped you into the story, and well thought out story lines with just enough characters so that you weren't constantly asking who's who. Good book!

    0 of 1 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
    (256)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (223)

    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!"
    "Much better than the sample led me to believe"
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    I am so glad I took a chance on this book. I started and stopped listening twice before I realized what a gem this book was. Hang in there and get past the first few chapters with the heroine's haughty diction and you will find she is not as pretentious as she sounds. The characters become so real and sweet that you just want to gather them all up and be part of their family. And by the end you will be laughing crying and cheering for all of them. How can you not cheer for 60 year old mermaids, old nags needing salvation from the dog food factory and the the mentally disabled who remind us how simple love and kindness can be despite how mean the world can be to them. Well worth the listen.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Allie Larkin
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (629)

    Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween-orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as one on a jack-o’-lantern. After the wedding Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.

    Patricia says: "Love dogs? You will love this book"
    "Good story with laugh out loud moments"
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    Great story, nice diversion. Main character is wonderfully human. Having had a Shepard and wondering when it was going to have grown up dog behavior to match it's size, I understand and sympathize with the confusing and comical behavior of a teenage shepard. The human characters were honest and flawed. While halfway through the book you would like the main character to flip off every one in her past and never have anything to do with them or her past again, the incorporation of some of her old life in her future is realistic. She became who she is as a culmination of all of it. We all move on and it's nice to see her move on and take the important parts of her past with her while becoming her own person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Always Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (611)

    In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

    andrea says: "Page Turner, or a Great Listen!"
    "Disappointment -wont get another from this author"
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    I wanted a story and a diversion - an escape. Instead a got a course in psychiatry and counseling, it is obvious that the author did her research but there is a difference between winding knowledge into a story and using every other sentence to give textbook definitions. It is also something known to most seasoned psychiatric professionals that the textbook definitions don't apply in a straightforward manner to the human person in a stepwise clinical fashion. The author should have spent time creating characters that had more depth rather than following a clinical recipe. In this book each patient with sexual abuse is the same, every event of PTSD unfolds exactly the same, and every addict uses the same evasive conversation. I wanted a story but I got a lesson. I stuck with it hoping it would get better but I was annoyed the entire way through. Doubt I'll listen to another book by this author. Like a good mystery or thriller but don't need a lesson in police investigative process or evidence gathering or forensic procedure. The narrator added nothing to the book and didn't make it any more palatable... The narration may actually have made the clinical textbook-ness of this story worse.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Come Home

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (350)

    Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her - though it is stressful - and her daughter, Megan, is a happily overscheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer.

    Mary says: "Whining and crying make it impossible to finish"
    "Surprised I made it past the first chapter"
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    Horrid whining, crying and screeching narration for the first chapter. I don't know where the narrator got the idea that they had to do what they did to convey emotion- there are great narrators who emote without all that. The story was ok- just ok- I certainly wouldn't listen to it again. If you are interested I this kind of story I suggest you buy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2038)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1863)

    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.

    Christina6marie says: "Hope they make a movie!!"
    "Very heartwarming"
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    This was a great story - It was a gentle uplifting read and the characters were so real and likable. I loved it. I would love to have more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30504)
    Performance
    (28172)
    Story
    (28174)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "FLEETWOOD MAC"
    "Really disturbing"
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    I'm not into young adult stuff and got this on a whim for something different. It was one of the most disturbing stories I've listened to in a while- that being said, it was very well crafted and I was hooked till the end. And then I was stunned- I would never have expected it to end the way it did. Left you unsettled pondering some really big questions about morality, authority and social ethics. Great writer. I'm not sure this story should be a young adult story though, this was very dark at the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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