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Detroit, MI, USA | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 335 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "A lovely book"
    Would you listen to The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat again? Why?

    I have listened to this book twice already, and will probably listen to it again before the end of the summer. It is a sweet, satisfying story written with believable characters, a great sense of humor and style. Each of the characters hold their own in the story, and together, the ensemble is a force to be reckoned with.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the tenderness shown between James and Odette: how James made coffee for her and tried to style her hair while it was falling out. The intimacy between the two of them was endearing and sweet. I also liked the tender relationship between Barbara Jean and Chick. Dora was great for comic relief.

    What about Adenrele Ojo and Pamella D'Pella ’s performance did you like?

    Both readers did an amazing job, with just the right inflection for each character.

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

    I laughed and cried. I celebrated the characters' triumphs and felt their pain I think that I ran through all of the human emotions with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "Moonrise: "Rebecca", it is not"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Remembering how much I loved "Rebecca" by Daphne DuMaurier when I read it in high school, I quickly purchased this book because the description compared it to the beloved classic. Perhaps I was younger and more naive when I read Rebecca, however I found Moonrise to be annoyingly predictable in it's plot and I did not care for the narrations nor most of the characters. The narrators did a reasonable job with the women's voices, however the narrator who read Tanzy's part did a poor job with the men's voices. Those parts were difficult to listen to. She reminded me of Ethel Mertz imitating Fred, which is funny in an "I Love Lucy" episode, but not so fun in this performance.

    It was also difficult to tolerate the characters except for Willa and Linc, and the plot did not keep me interested. Helen's naivete was overdone for someone in her 40's, and Kit was over-the-top self-centered. Tanzy added some comic relief, but far too late in the book; however her character had the potential to be one of the stronger and more interesting characters in this book, but she came off being superficial, which was disappointing. The men's characters, except for Linc, were completely underdeveloped.

    What could Cassandra King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Remakes of classics are so hard to get right. Perhaps more plot twists or better character development of the men in the book.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?


    Do you think Moonrise needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The "mystery" was solved, and I don't care enough about the characters to follow them through another summer. Actually, I take that back: it would be nice to follow Willa's story in a follow up book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Mel says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    Would you listen to Criminal again? Why?

    An amazing book, the best that I've read this summer. So much more satisfying that other best sellers such as "Gone Girl". The characters were well developed throughout the course of the book. Transitioning between the past and the present was done smoothly. A chilling suspenseful read.

    What other book might you compare Criminal to and why?

    This is my first book that I have listened to by this author. I will definitely listen to more.

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


    Any additional comments?

    The story is reminiscent of some of Dean Koontz' earlier books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Help"

    This is the first time I have been moved to write a review. This book was absolutely amazing, from the quality of the writing, to the plot, the character development and the themes that were covered. It takes place in the early 1960's, and describes the lives of the black maids and the families that they worked for during the infancy of the civil rights movement. Although I grew up in New York, several of my friends headed south for the summer to stay with family, and came back with stories of aunts and grandmothers who were domestic workers for white families. I was initially concerned that the African American characters would be portrayed as childlike and timid. However, the author gave equal voice to all of her characters, and each of them were treated with dignity and respect. This book gives a realistic inside story of what was going on during the civil era, not from the churches and the streets, but from the homes of families who initially thought that they were immune to such activity. I have recommended to all of my friends, black, white and Hispanic. It is truly a stellar work, and I hope that Ms. Stockett continues to write.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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