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Pessie

OAK PARK, MI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Wife 22: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Melanie Gideon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Maybe it was those extra five pounds I'd gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other. But when the anonymous online study called "Marriage in the 21st Century" showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn't long before I was assigned both a pseudonym and a caseworker. And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.

    Vivian says: "Did not keep my attention"
    "Protracted and Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually enjoy listening to long books, but this one has far too little substance to justify its length. Additionally, the "big plot thist" is practically telegraphed around a third of the way in.


    What could Melanie Gideon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have no constructive response.


    What three words best describe Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    Easy to follow


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not especially...it was easy enough to listen to but not very engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (150)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "An Engaging Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story was interesting and easy to follow while driving.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I liked the lead character. He was quirky and vulnerable without being wimpy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed listening to the book, but it did not evoke an extreme reaction in me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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