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Ryan's Mom

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  • The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jenny Wingfield
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at “the old home place,” a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core.

    Ryan's Mom says: "LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!"
    "LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!"
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    Where does The Homecoming of Samuel Lake rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Near the top and I listen to lots of books.


    What other book might you compare The Homecoming of Samuel Lake to and why?

    On par with A Prayer for Owen Meany. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me want to seek justice against awful people.


    What does Catherine Taber bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved her narration and I'm a narration snob. Didn't use fake southern accents. Great job.


    If you could rename The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, what would you call it?

    hmmmm...good question. Throughout most of the book I thought the title wasn't a good one. The book was about so much more than just Sam Lake. In my opinion, Swan is the strongest, most dominant character in the book. Maybe I would name it A Moses Never Lies


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this, especially for readers who like Southern literature. It was hard to listen to at a times because the subject matter was so upsetting but it was a great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the O'Briens: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Skipp Sudduth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Joe O'Brien is a 44-year-old Boston police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, a proud father of four children in their 20s, and a respected, seasoned law enforcement officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements.

    Stephen Rasmussen says: "As a person at risk for HD"
    "Great book, great narration"
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    What did you love best about Inside the O'Briens?

    I loved everything about this heartbreaking novel. A sad story told authentically with humor and hope. I'm a big fan of Lisa Genova's wok and this is perhaps her best. At least on par with Still Alice.


    What other book might you compare Inside the O'Briens to and why?

    Still Alice. The reader learns a lot about the disease through a well told fiction story. The characters are believable and lovable. Real people with tragic stories.


    Which character – as performed by Skipp Sudduth – was your favorite?

    Joe. Sudduth nailed him. Tough Irish Catholic Boston cop. Perfect narrator for this story


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really great book. I'm sad to finished with it

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (782)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Laurette says: "Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south"
    "Loved this book!"
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    What did you love best about Whistling Past the Graveyard?

    A heartwarming story about color blind love. A reminder that our society has made great progress in the last 50 years in terms of race relations and equality. I loved Starla and her spunk. I loved Eula and her kindness.


    What other book might you compare Whistling Past the Graveyard to and why?

    Saving CeCe Honeycutt


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    Her accent was authentic and not fake. She did a good job switching between characters.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1265)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Excellent book"
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    Tragic and heartbreaking but very plausible and real. Ng does a good job of accurately portraying how a family falls apart after the death of a child.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Music

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (320)

    The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

    Kelly says: "Jojo Moyes is my favorite."
    "Not JoKo Moyes' best work but an enjoyable read"
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    What did you like best about Night Music? What did you like least?

    Enjoyed the story and some of the characters. Enjoyed the ending Thought the narration of the men's voices was awful.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jojo Moyes? Why or why not?

    Yes. I usually love her books


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clare Corbett’s performances?

    Probably not. Her women's voices were fine but all the men sounded either evil or simple. This book would have been much better with a male narrator in addition to Corbett.


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

    There could be one


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Mercies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (291)

    Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined.

    MissSusie66 says: "Powerful story"
    "Loved the story; hated the narration"
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    What did you love best about Little Mercies?

    The story was a new one and believable. The characters were believable and likable - warts and all. I have read news stories about tragedies such as these but never a novel. Good subject.


    What other book might you compare Little Mercies to and why?

    Maybe some of Anna Quinland's books. Black & Blue, Every Last One.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd and Tanya Eby ?

    I would have cast a young reader (child or teenager with a believable kid's voice) for Jenny. The adult narrator didn't work for that character. I hated the Ellen narrator. The male voices were awful. Her 'tragic moments" were not done well. Hard to describe but she missed it. Too breathy; too whiney. Some books are better read and some books are better listened to. This is one that I would have enjoyed more if I had just read it.


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

    No but in a fairly short period of time. A couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book very much but the narration bothered me so much that it took away from my enjoyment of the experience.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (324)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Not Nearly as Good as You Before Me"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I enjoyed it eventually but after reading JoJo Moyes' You Before Me, I had high expectations. This story was frustrating and a bit unrealistic. But by the end, I was hooked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14864)
    Performance
    (13537)
    Story
    (13611)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Loved this book - heartbreak and all"
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    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to lots of audiobooks and love many of them. This one is a "starred" one in my reading journal. I personally suffered the tragedy of losing a child so this story resonated with me on a different level.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authenticity of the characters. An inside look at the lives of kids with cancer. You don't often see books about that.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Gus, of course.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hound Dog True

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Linda Urban
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Just one week until school starts. One week until Mattie Breen is the new girl again. One week until she has to introduce herself - to try and make friends. Unless she can convince her uncle Potluck, the school janitor, to take her on as a custodial apprentice. Then she’ll be able to work with him at lunch and recess instead of needing to be with all the other fifth-graders. All she has to do is stick to the custodial wisdom she writes in her notebook. Too bad her notebook doesn’t tell her what to do when that Quincy Sweet keeps popping up....

    Ryan's Mom says: "Very sweet story"
    "Very sweet story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I love the narrator and the story is sweet and encouraging.


    If you’ve listened to books by Linda Urban before, how does this one compare?

    First one.


    What about Catherine Taber’s performance did you like?

    I love her voice and she reads the voice of a young girl very well.


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

    Not necessarily.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (693)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Should Have ended 100 pages sooner"
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    Would you try another book from Luis Carlos Montalvan and/or Luis Carlos Montalvan?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was disjointed and hard to follow. Jumped around in terms of time frames. I kept waiting for it to end. Never finished it. It became too tedious and repetitious.


    Have you listened to any of Luis Carlos Montalvan???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of the story is nice. It just went on and on and on saying basically the same thing. I stopped listening a couple hours before it was finished and I never do that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Available Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Hilma Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Fred Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    When Edward Schuyler - a modest and bookish sixty-two-year-old science teacher - is widowed, he finds himself ambushed by female attention. There are plenty of unattached women around, but a healthy, handsome, available man is a rare and desirable creature. Edward receives phone calls from widows seeking love, or at least lunch, while well-meaning friends try to set him up at dinner parties. The problem is that Edward doesn’t feel available. He’s still mourning his beloved wife, Bee, and prefers solitude and the familiar routine of work, gardening, and bird-watching.

    Molly-o says: "Lovely book, easy read, wonderful characters"
    "Entertaining and enjoyable"
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    Would you try another book from Hilma Wolitzer and/or Fred Sullivan?

    Yes, I would. I liked the book and the narrator was fine. Didn't love it but didn't hate it either. Just in the middle.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    She didn't make Ollie a very likeable character to me so I was bummed when he ended up with her.


    Did Fred Sullivan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    An adequate job. I personally don't like male narrators trying to do feminine voices.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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