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Carolyn

NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1015)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "A surprise"
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    If you could sum up Carnal Innocence in three words, what would they be?

    I thought this would be a typical romance/mystery novel - nice "bubble gum for my brain and a fairly good beach read." However it was more. I do not want to spoil the surprises, so I will not say more. I really enjoyed the characters and the surprises.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked too many to pick just one.


    If you could rename Carnal Innocence, what would you call it?

    It was a perfect name.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader's accent did not sound like any Mississippi accent I have ever heard. I live in New Orleans, next door to mississippi. It was a little annoying at first, but I got used to it and it grew on me. I wonder how it would have sounded without the accent. He had a good expressive voice.

    0 of 0 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
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1112)

    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"
    "Simply Beautiful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book, to friends who fondly remember their mother reading fairy tales or folk tales before bedtime. It was beautifully written and the language was poetic at times. The story was great some of the twists and turns surprised me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were interesting and their motivations deep. I also really liked the descriptions of the snow. I felt cooler reading the book. The romance was also beautiful,


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

    She has a great voice. It was like sitting around an open camp fire and being told a tale by a master storyteller.


    If you could take any character from The Snow Child out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Of course, I would take the Snow Child, if I could persuade her to stay.


    Any additional comments?

    It is several months since I heard the story and it is still with me as all good myths usually do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Savage Love

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rosemary Rogers
    • Narrated By Amy Marks
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Ginny Brandon is swept from the ballrooms of Paris to the desert sands of Mexico and into the arms of charismatic mercenary Steve Morgan. But this fearless heroine and "hero of all heroes" must first endure countless unforeseen dangers before they can enjoy sensual, exhilarating passion that burns between them.

    Ellen says: "Don't bother"
    "Predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Rosemary Rogers and/or Amy Marks?

    I read several of her books many years ago. I enjoyed them and I thought I might like this one. I guess I did not realize how much romance novels have improved over the last 20 years. The Ms. Rogers' plot now seems simple and formula driven. It is boringly predictable. The characters are one dimensional and not very interesting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tear it up and start from scratch.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a fine job.


    Could you see Sweet Savage Love being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps on the Halmark channel.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 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
    (5854)
    Performance
    (5077)
    Story
    (5067)

    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"
    "Not a silly love story"
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    Where does Beautiful Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best of the 25+ audiobook book I have listened to this year. I occasionally read silly romances, I call them bubble gum for my brain. I need light fluff after some heavy reading. I thought this would be just one more forgetable book. It was not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the intricate plot that just kept drawing me further into the novel. I did not know where it was going, but I wanted to find out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scenes describing the Hollywood sleazy producer. The scenes involving cluture classes. The scenes describing Italy.


    If you could rename Beautiful Ruins, what would you call it?

    The title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommedned this book to my book club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16350)
    Performance
    (14529)
    Story
    (14567)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Surprise after surprise."
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The story being presented from completely different points of view,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    That would be telling. At first it was hard to believe the end, but after some thought It could only end that way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the diary's purpose was revealed


    Any additional comments?

    There were so many twists and turns that it almost made me dizzy. My only concern is that both of the characters are not sympathetic in the end. That is why I gave the story a 4. The story certainly swept you along. I stayed up until 2 in the morning reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1898)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Great Character Development"
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    If you could sum up The Chaperone in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating story of a woman and the girl-woman she was hired to chaperone. The story was a trip through the sexual morals of the 20th century and what happens when sexual identities are suppressed. Lives are sadly changed and coping skills are twisted to conform to society expectations. The book definitely held my attention. The writing was fast paced, but still had many parts that caused me to think and reflect on what life was like throughout the twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties. I plan to recommend this book to my book club.


    What other book might you compare The Chaperone to and why?

    Parts of it reminded me of "East of Eden," other parts reminded me of "The Thorn Birds," and of a book I recently read, "People of the Book. It really was unlike any other book I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the part when she finally discovered the reasons for her charges behavior and how it changed her perception of who she was.


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

    No, it was a bit too long for that in my hurried life, but I was anxious to get back to it when I could not listen to it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6266)
    Performance
    (5569)
    Story
    (5565)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Confusing story"
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    Would you try another book from Erin Morgenstern and/or Jim Dale?

    I really tried to read listen to this book. It was recommended by the New York Times Book Review and other critics praised it. However, I was easily distracted listening to it. I got about half way through, found myself totally confused about the identity of the characters and started listening from the beginning again. After a few chapters I realized that I did not care about the characters and I thought why am wasting my time listening to this book when I could be listening to another book more to my liking. Perhaps, it would have been better in a book form. I was a little sorry I wasted one on my credits on the book. Perhaps someone else will love the story, but I did not.


    What could Erin Morgenstern have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    better character developement and fewer minor characters.


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

    He was a good reader, but some parts were read too softly to hear well. Perhaps that was my device and not the reader


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (672)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "Waste of Time"
    Overall

    I kept waiting to care about at least one of the characters. Unfortunately I did not come to care for any of them. This was a dull slow book. After reading other reviews I thought it would be a great book. I was sadly disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Very Valentine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (97)

    Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world.

    Taryn says: "Very Charming"
    "How much do you like shoes?"
    Overall

    The book is mildly entertaining at times, just not enough times. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about custom made shoes. The main character's family is not like any Italian family I know. Their portrayal is almost insulting. The ending just trailed off - nothing resolved. It is a story of a very self absorbed woman. I could not relate to the heroine. I thought it was supposed to be a romance; it is not. It is just a book about how to make shoes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1871)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (833)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Good information - Rather dry"
    Overall

    The information in the book is excellent, however it was a little hard to listen to it for any length of time. The narrator has a very soothing voice that frankly made my mind wonder. I had to keep reminding myself to pay attention. When I did manage to listen the information was interesting and enlightening.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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