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Marny

Pine, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Perfectly Good Family

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Following the death of her worthy liberal parents, Corlis McCrea moves back into her family's grand Reconstruction mansion in North Carolina, willed to all three siblings. Her timid younger brother has never left home. When her bullying black-sheep older brother moves into "his" house as well, it's war.

    R. Moore says: "terrible narration"
    "Get a life!"
    Overall

    this book is like one long whine!!! I just wanted to scream "Get A Life!". It was actually painful to hear and I would imagine just as painful to read. We read it for my book group and one other woman said no one should ever have to read this book. I think it holds the top spot as the all time WORST book I have ever read/listened to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3127)
    Performance
    (2689)
    Story
    (2707)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Love, love, love!!!"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    Probably not but that doesn't say much. I don't listen to books twice. There are just too many great ones out there to listen to. What I do instead is listen to other books by the same author and I have listened to ALL of Kate Morton's books.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    I love the way that Kate Morton plays with time in her books. The Maisie Dobbs series is similar in both that aspect as well as the well told mystery.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She narrates so well and seems to be able to protray even the slightest nuance of character.


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

    Yes, if only I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Another fabulous book by Kate Morton. She is becoming one of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (484)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "So many words...so little story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I kept waiting for something to happen...for some "purpose" in this book and never found one. I kept waiting for that one character that I could connect too. Again, I never found one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Amanda Coplin again?

    I don't think so.


    How could the performance have been better?

    There was no animation in the voice. At first I thought it was just in his portrayal of Talmadge but eventually I figured out that it was all of them.


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

    Yes, some of the descriptions were incredible. I could visualize perfectly and some were almost poetic.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I would have finished this book if it hadn't been my book group pick. I couldn't wait for it to be done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (977)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Loved the narration..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Maisie Dobbs to be better than the print version?

    The outstanding narration of this book is what drew me in and the story held me there. Well done!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "worth the irritation"
    Overall

    There is nothing that irritates me more than a poorly edited narration. When the narrator corrected herself a few times at the beginning of the book, I almost quit. I am glad I didn't. This was a lovely story of acceptance and judgement and all kinds of relationships. I am glad I hung in there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (206)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "the book is good but..."
    Overall

    If you bought a book and there were pages in the wrong place or if there were places where the text was crossed out and correncted you would be appauled. This is the case wiht this recording. There are places where the book is not read in order and the narrator corrects herself many times. I enjoyed the book but am angry that the recording was released in the form.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2710)
    Performance
    (1409)
    Story
    (1423)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Saving CeeCee Honeycut"
    Overall

    I cried, I laughed out loud and I even re-wound the book to write down spots of wisdom. I loved it and the narration was incredible. I didn't want it to end. The characters felt like family by the end of the book. Loved it, loved it, loved it!! I am already looking forward to her next book...and I am not even sure she is writing one yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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