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  • The Weird Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eleanor Brown
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (240)

    There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

    Sabrina says: ""I am not bound to please thee with my answers.""
    "Great idea- not worth it in the end"
    Overall

    I like the idea of this book more than the book itself. The main characters weren't very likable, and in the end I didn't actually care what happened to them. Bummer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (213)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "One of the best this year"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Amazing book... couldn't stop listening. Middle grows a tad long, but worth it in the end, for sure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (885)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Don't buy it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Couldn't get through the first two hours, dark, grouchy, narrator has an annoying voice. All around bummer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Song: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Naomi Ragen
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    When life is at its best, the unimaginable can shatter everything you think you know... Abigail Samuels has no reason to feel anything but joy on the morning her life falls apart. The epitome of the successful Jewish American woman, she is married to a well-known and respected accountant and is in the middle of planning her daughter Kayla's wedding. Kayla, too, wakes up that morning with the world in the palm of her hand....

    glamazon says: ""Eat Pray Love" as fiction..."
    "Just awful"
    Overall

    I was a Naomi Ragen fan until this book, but this one is not just flat and lacking in depth, it's poorly written, too. The dialogue made me cringe several times; I could barely finish the novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (553)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Howard says: "Left me unfulfilled!"
    "just okay"
    Overall

    Each part of this novel is beautifully written and heartfelt, but I like it when all the parts come together in some meaningful way... and this didn't happen in The Tiger's Wife. It was pleasant to listen to, though ultimately didn't do anything for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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