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Donna

Plainfield, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (460)

    Flavia de Luce is a dangerously brilliant 11-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

    L says: "delightful!"
    "Loved the 1st book by Bradley but not this one..."
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I find the story itself just wasn't compelling. When I listened to the 1st book I remember really enjoying it, laughing out loud, interested in the story. I listened to the 1st book quite a while ago but remember saying I was going to listen to his next one. Well, what a disappointment....


    What could Alan Bradley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story just didn't grab me...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was quite good...


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

    Uhm, I would have to say no...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (419)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "A good beginning but then..."
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Franzen and/or George Guidall?

    I have already listened to Freedom and really enjoyed it, and I would listen to another based on Freedom. But this just didn't strike me.... I always finish a book (except Life of Pi, but that had to do with not wanting to listen to the death of the tiger) no matter how much I dislike it, and this is one I couldn't wait for it to be over!


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Franzen’s story?

    The way the story was put together. All the pieces were there, but it just didn't grab me.


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, George was just fine.


    What character would you cut from The Corrections?

    All the characters were appropriate, the story just wasn't interesting to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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