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Gail

Bristol, CT, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • An Available Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Hilma Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Fred Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    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"
    "Pleasant Listen"
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    This is a nice, easy going enjoyable book. Enjoyable but not memorable
    Perfect for the gym!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am David

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anne Holm
    • Narrated By Struan Rodger
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    David escapes from a concentration camp and flees across Europe. Who is David and what is the terrible past that drives him on to travel alone?

    Nicolette says: "David stole my heart"
    "Thought provoking, engaging and enjoyable"
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    Story

    What a treat to read something with such a good underlying message but with such a well crafted storyline. It was one of those books that left me wishing for the story to continue. The author very effectively delivered glimpses into a world seen through the eyes of a child, and then added on experiences so we could share in the evolution. Really it was captivating from the beginning, and the main character (David) was wonderful company.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marjorie Morningstar

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (123)

    Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

    Arken says: "An excellent storyteller"
    "Loved this again - 35 years later!"
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    I read this book many years ago and loved it - when I saw it on Audible I decided enough time had lapsed that it would seem fresh again. I am so glad I did. The performance is outstanding and the story itself is as well written and engaging as I remembered. It's a very long book and I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit. The characters and plot are well developed and multi layered and the nostalgic look back at 1940's era New York is a treat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (706)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Slow start - but worth a listen"
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    Story

    It seemed like I spent too much time wondering how the different pieces of the story fit together, but once I was 30 minutes into it - things came together and this was a decent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1036)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "FABULOUS - Classic Archer!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So glad I just discovered this book earlier this year - finished just in time for part 2 to be released! A well executed, multi-layered story kept me fully engaged and anxious to know the fate of these wonderful characters. The narration is excellent as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Accidents: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (227)

    In the summer of 1974, a 14-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream - a dream to become an actress. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling, or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement". But the funny thing is, it all came true....

    Tzachariah Krosz says: "I liked Jane Lynch before this book....."
    "A pleasure to listen"
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    This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, Jane is a pleasure to listen too and it is so nice to have the author reading her own words, so we know the nuances are exactly as designed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Disasters: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.

    Denis says: "Disaster is right!"
    "Unimpressive"
    Overall

    Fresh Disasters is an undeniably entertaining, mostly typical Stone Barrington tale - but it is somewhat more vulgar and sloppy than other Stuart Woods works.

    I finished this book and then wished I hadn't invested my time. Unimpressive is the adjective that comes to mind.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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