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Colleen

Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2006

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  • Frisco's Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (223)

    Being a Navy SEAL is more than a career to Alan “Frisco” Francisco—it is his whole world. So when a bullet wound threatens his future in the Navy, he is determined to achieve a full recovery…all on his own. But his lovely neighbor Mia Summerton has other plans for him. She can’t mend his wounded body, but can she heal his heart?

    DB says: "Enjoyed book & Narrator"
    "I liked this one, it was sweet"
    Overall

    A big tough but disabled Navy Seal gets the gentle help he doesnt know he needs from his lovely school teacher neighbor. I liked the humanism of this story, good read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3479)
    Performance
    (3186)
    Story
    (3212)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Of Millionaires and Ash Heaps"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, but remember seeing the movie with Mia Farrow.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version


    What other book might you compare The Great Gatsby to and why?

    I would consider the Great Gatsby as contemporary today as when it was written in the 1920's. I would loosely compare it to the book The Help. As in society not accepting outsiders, but the Great Gatsby story unfolds in the opposite manner--at first you think Gatsby is accepted by all, society all too gladly attended his weekend parties, invited or not-but abandoned him completely when he could not defend himself.


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

    He was a great narrator


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Among Ash heaps and millionaires


    Any additional comments?

    I was facinated by the book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eddie Huang
    • Narrated By Eddie Huang
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

    Riley says: "Coming to America 2.0"
    "Very Eye Opening!"
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    Would you listen to Fresh Off the Boat again? Why?

    I think I got it all the first time, the story revealed much about his life growing up as a 1st and 2nd generation contemporary Chinese family living and working in Florida. Loved all the food references. One of my favorite parts was when he was at a friends house and the mom served food that he described as gray and slimy and brought out his gag reflex. It was tuna and mac n cheese!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodbye, Jimmy Choo

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Annie Sanders
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Under normal circumstances bohemian, skint Izzie would never have met Maddy, a Gucci-clad, Beemer-driving urbanite. But when they are dumped in the English countryside, fish out of water, with five young children between them, they discover a shared hatred of ghastly ladies' lunches and a longing for the mucky London streets and residents' parking permits they've left behind. Then a tragedy, and a chance discovery, leads Maddy and Izzie iinto a surprising new direction.

    Jill says: "Good, clean fun"
    "A contemporary and warming listen"
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    If you could sum up Goodbye, Jimmy Choo in three words, what would they be?

    Due to life circumstances,Two women find they have to take control of their own path in life. As a result, they find out they are much happier than their life before when they were just trying to "fit in" to society and follow their men's lead.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Goodbye, Jimmy Choo?

    I enjoyed all the parts really, it was a great journey.


    Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first read by the author.


    If you could rename Goodbye, Jimmy Choo, what would you call it?

    Goodbye Nasty Women's Club


    Any additional comments?

    Good solid contemporary relationship type novel

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (310)

    Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

    Suzn F says: "Laugh Out Loud"
    "Great Eccentric Read...So Very Carl Hiaasen"
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    Would you listen to Star Island again? Why?

    No, I but I recall parts of it in my head a lot, and laugh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Same as what I like about all of Carl Hiaasen's works. He takes quirky to the extraordinary status as he brings down the greedy, powerful players that rule and have a hand in destroying South Florida. His characters are always over the top and outrageous. Always a good read!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with "The governor" in it!! And the druggie pop star's mother, the things she said and did! I'm sure that character came from real life. Never mind the bodyguard with the mini saw on his stubbed arm! Or the tabloid photographer who baited the waters with chum tied to cinder block waiting for that perfect shot of a shark and a swimmer!!


    If you could rename Star Island, what would you call it?

    The Governator of South Florida


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Tex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Megan O’Rourke’s beloved grandfather had always been determined to lure her out of New York and back to their ranch in Whispering Wind, Wyoming. Now, his will makes it impossible for her to refuse. She’s named guardian of Tex’s daughter - a daughter Megan never knew about! Jake Landers has also come home to Whispering Wind. After leaving years before under a cloud of suspicion, he’s returned to put down roots. When he comes face-to-face with the woman who shares his troubled past, he hardly recognizes the driven powerhouse Megan has become.

    Mary says: "Excellent"
    "Ho Humm Predictable"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There was nothing new in this story, just a rehash of formula romance. In a word, boring!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more contempory, like from THIS century. I'm liking Elin Hilderbrand lately.


    What three words best describe Christina Traister’s voice?

    Narrator was fine, likeable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from After Tex?

    Oh geez, maybe the part where the heroine plays a mega successful morning show replica of Martha Stewart and she does not cook or do crafts? Plus she runs a magazine of the same? I remember Diann Cannon doing the same in a movie from the '70's.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (533)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "We Need More Teachers Like Tony!"
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    If you could sum up I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had in three words, what would they be?

    Genuine, caring, & human.


    What other book might you compare I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had to and why?

    I don't think I have read anything like it. I could compare it to reality tv, which what Mr Danza was actually doing with his students and writing about in this book.The series was called "Teach". I have not been able to find the series to watch. Comparing it on a reality tv basis, this was far better and real.


    What about Tony Danza’s performance did you like?

    He came across as very ernest and his students meant the world to him.


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

    Yes, it was very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the lunchtime half sandwich club!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Bistro

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she is desperate to earn some fast money. When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket's hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business...and they share an instant attraction.

    Megan says: "A Blue Depression"
    "Nantucket Restaurant Scene"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The heroine was supposed to be a top notch hotel concierge, but made amateur mistakes as hostess at the restaurant, that was irritating. Like taking a reservation without getting a phone number/name. Plus, of all the Elin Hildebrand books I have listened to, this one was my least favorite, it went on too long!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The behind the scenes aspect of a well heeled bustling restaurant was fascinating, plus the story of the the dual owners relationship. The restaurant staff characters were really well drawn. Many of the items on the restaurants menu I have found locally at real restaurants, such as lamb lollipops and steak frites... I wonder if the chef read the book!


    Have you listened to any of Christina Delaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes definitely. It''s Elin Hildebrand!


    Any additional comments?

    Aside from being much too long and doubting the validity of the hostess's competence, it was a good read. Can't miss one in a series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Want Candy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Susan Donovan
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Candace Carmichael was just getting used to the lavish life when everything went sour. Now the down-on-her-luck real estate agent is back in Bigler, North Carolina, jobless and illegally rooming with her mother in a swank retirement community. Life in this small mountain town may not be as glamorous as the one she had in Tampa, but she knows a girl can't be too choosy in this market. Besides, everyone's happy to welcome Candy back - especially one handsome widower named Turner....

    Colleen says: "I wanted the book to end..."
    "I wanted the book to end..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you want explicit sex narrations, maybe.


    What could Susan Donovan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not run over the path the characters follow to get to the sex scenes. The path IS the enjoyable part for the readers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not any


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    sorry no. I did not care for the book at all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Spring Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    Lou Winter is a lonely woman who no longer realises she's being taken advantage of - whether by her mother or unfaithful husband Phil. Then one day she spots a magazine article on clearing clutter. What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart.

    Jan says: "Really enjoyable."
    "Cleaning house and husband"
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    Do you ever get the inclination to clean, which, when done, makes you aware of other things that also need the boot? The more the heroine cleaned, the more she saw things that were wrong in her home and life, including an insufferable husband. Go Lou!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing but Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    Rachel Gibson’s “eloquent prose” (Publishers Weekly) has earned the author a number of coveted awards, including the RITA, Golden Heart, and National Reader’s Choice. Nothing But Trouble features an injured,prickly Seattle Chinooks hockey player who is none too pleased to be bedridden.

    LeftyMom says: "I love this trouble!"
    "Love Battles with a Puck"
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    I really liked this story, and I don't know anything about hockey. Neither does the heroine, but her sheer determination to keep her job is funny, as is the insight into celebrity assistant work and the inner realm of the players of pro hockey.

    Good one, you will like it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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