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Valerie

Simpsonville, SC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Silver Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tayari Jones
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Heather Alicia Simms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, Silver Sparrow revolves around James Witherspoon's two families - the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters - the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle - she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives.

    Valerie says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I purchased the book for a long business trip drive. It started off engaging at first, but then realism seemed to be absent in the middle. Character development would have helped; in the end, I was wanting the story to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Virtuous Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister, Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was 20 and he was 40. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

    Valerie says: "Disappointment"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is nothing like its summary. It was hard to follow because of its dual narrator. It does not convey Ruth's virtue. Major disappointment.

    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
    (15629)
    Performance
    (13860)
    Story
    (13894)

    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!"
    "Fooled by the Hype"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Demented: Yes. Twisted: Yes Sickening: Yes Loved it: NO!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (700)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Good read!"
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    Performance
    Story

    Narrator did an outstanding job! I was skeptical about reading this book. It held my interest until the last word leaving me with a desire to delve deeper into the lead characters. I would recommend it to a friend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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