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Jill

Franklin, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Last Song

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Pepper Binkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (278)

    Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him.

    Brittina says: "Um... WOW!"
    "A light read, but I was hooked"
    Overall

    This is a sweet story. I was not disturbed by the religious overtones--I thought they fit the character and setting. I had not seen the movie and also tried to not think of Miley Cyrus as the main character, even though I knew she played her in the film.

    I would listen to another Sparks novel. It was entertaining, and I found myself looking forward to my exercise time. I also find this book appropriate for young readers, who would enjoy it as well and benefit from the message.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3709)
    Performance
    (2619)
    Story
    (2623)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "A Wonderful Book!"
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    The World According to Garp was one of my favorite books back in the 80's. I loved the characters and Irving's sense of humor when dealing with serious issues. I had not read A Prayer for Owen Meany, so I decided to buy it. What a treat! The characters are amazingly crazy, and Owen Meany is a special guy in more than one way. The descriptions of childhood memories, such as a Christmas play, had me laughing out loud and chuckling later. I think Irving's indulgence in railing against the Reagan administration unfortunately made the book more dated in its outlook and a bit annoying, but it did not take away from my overall love for the total book. He tied things together well at the end, and actually ended up more balanced than I feared earlier in the book. Also, Joe Barrett did an absolutely amazing job on the reading, authentically portraying a New England accent. I am amazed that he could make his voice move around to do the different characters, particularly Owen Meany. Now I think I will revisit T.S. Garp!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Sheff
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (204)

    David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

    Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Painful and honest account"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was fantastic. I loved the narrator, who did an amazing job with the words. Addiction hits so many of our families, and David Sheff spoke well to the pain and the way it can envelope your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 32 Candles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ernessa T. Carter
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    Davie—an ugly duckling growing up in small-town Mississippi—is positive her life couldn’t be any worse. She has the meanest mother in the South, possibly the world, and on top of that, she’s pretty sure she’s ugly. Just when she’s resigned herself to her fate, she sees a movie that will change her life—Sixteen Candles. But in her case, life doesn’t imitate art.

    Stephanie says: "WOW."
    "Just what I was looking for!"
    Overall
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    This was nicely written and narrated. I needed a good escape for some real life stress, and this one hit the spot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (157)

    Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits, an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes, had earned him the label "social deviant". No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

    Anne says: "Refreshing!"
    "An honest view of life with Aspergers"
    Overall

    I listened to this book before I heard Mr. Robison speak at a conference. He speaks as he writes--very authentic, sometimes with humor, and committed to explaining the disorder from his own viewpoint. I enjoyed the stories he recounted in the book, even though some of them were filled with troubling experiences. He does not feel sorry for himself, but we can use some of his experiences to understand people who may view the world in a similar way.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3179)
    Performance
    (2136)
    Story
    (2171)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Definitely worth a listen!"
    Overall

    I don't recall reading the book before, but the movie was always a favorite. I enjoyed so much more detail and some of the differences with the movie. It is very racist, which made me sad, but is realistic to the time, and all of the characters had many facets. The narrator has a very pleasant voice and a realistic accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1442)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I have been a dog lover my whole life, and IMHO the author has done a wonderful job of guessing what a dog might be thinking. There were sad parts, but it was wonderfully counter balanced with joyful parts. For some reason I avoided listening to this for a while, but I am so happy I did!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pact

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (285)

    The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

    Patti says: "Getting Repetitive"
    "Worth a listen for a Picoult fan!"
    Overall

    I enjoy Jodi Picoult's writing, and The Pact was another one that held my interest well. The name of the book is very misleading as to what it is about, but that was fine, and it was more interesting how it all evolved than being about some "pact" as we have read about in the news. I also like that she uses Jordan McAfee as the attorney in her books, although I have read books with him not in order. Regardless, I like to see his character come back. The premise of this young couple's relationship over the years is disturbing in a number of ways, but is interesting to ponder how the positives and negatives might happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2370)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1158)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Well done!"
    Overall

    This book has stood the test of time, and it was well read by Scott Brick. I read it many years ago, but was well worth listening to it again. Capote did a great job evaluating this horrible crime from a number of viewpoints and aspects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Six weeks after an old Gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's 93 pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

    Dave says: "A tale fit for the literary gourmand"
    "Dark, as you would expect"
    Overall

    I used to read a lot of Stephen King back in my college days in the '70's, and I forget how raw and depressing it was. I realize that he wrote this under his pen name, but it still seemed pretty much like the old King novels. This novel is a bit dated at this point, but I am glad I gave it a listen through a special promotion on Audible. I found the movie on my computer through Xfinity, so I will probably watch that. I may have seen it years ago--Joe Mantegna is in the film.

    I didn't mind the ending of the book. It fit with the mood of the novel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7024)
    Performance
    (4980)
    Story
    (4970)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    I noticed this book on the Audible site for a while (it was one recommended for me due to my past purchases), and decided to try it. I am so glad I did, because I very much enjoyed it. It is, as others have stated, sad. I think the reality of that era is that life was hard, there was minimal health care and little attention to child welfare of rich or poor. I liked the way the story was told from the perspective of two different women--very different from one another in some ways, but tied to each other emotionally. I have not read much on the indentured servitude of those days, and that was quite interesting, I also liked the examination of what it means to belong to a family.

    I recommend you give this book a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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