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Martha

Sachse, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (2510)
    Story
    (2515)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "One of the best historical fictions series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Potato Factory again? Why?

    Yes, I think I'd discover new details with a second reading that I may have missed the first time.


    What other book might you compare The Potato Factory to and why?

    It's hard to compare this series to another. But if you enjoyed this, you will enjoy the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Humphrey Bower is an amazing narrator. This may be his best performance.


    If you could rename The Potato Factory, what would you call it?

    Leave a Little Salt on the Bread.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very entertaining book and performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letters from an Unknown Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gerard Woodward
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    With her children evacuated and her husband at the front, Tory Pace is grudgingly sharing the family home with her irascible mother, working at the local gelatin factory - to help the war effort - and generally doing just about as well as could be expected in difficult times. Her quiet life is thrown into turmoil, however, when her prisoner-of-war husband, Donald, makes an outrageous demand for sexual gratification: He wants a dirty letter!

    Martha says: "World War II Era Worth a Read"
    "World War II Era Worth a Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Letters from an Unknown Woman again? Why?

    Yes, great narration and realistic story about a woman's struggle in World War II.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters from an Unknown Woman?

    Tory takes back control of her life after her husband returns as a prisoner of War.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Tory is a strong woman who goes through struggles and changes for the better.


    Who was the most memorable character of Letters from an Unknown Woman and why?

    Davina Porter makes all of the characters come to live. However, Tory the main character was my favorite as you can see all of her dimensions throughout the story.


    0 of 0 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
    (2769)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1479)

    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.

    A User says: "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt"
    "Great!! Can't Wait for More From Beth Hoffman!"
    Overall

    This book was an attention grabber from beginning to end. I was disappointed to see that there were no more audible books by this author! The story of Cee Cee Honeycutt with her crazy past and her colorful new life in Savanah was rich and full of strong women. This story makes your appreciate all the great women that have touched your life.

    The narrator, Jenna Lamia, was excellent!! She makes the characters all come alive, especially Cee Cee.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (432)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Great Book! Entertaining and Spellbinding."
    Overall

    I loved the way Katherine Howe told this story with modern and historical story lines that merge into a very facinating book. I look forward to reading more of her work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls from Ames

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow is a Will Rogers Humanitarian Award winner and was the replacement advice columnist for Ann Landers in the Chicago Sun-Times. Here he turns his eye to a group of 11 friends who grew up in Ames, Iowa, during the 1960s, a period of unprecedented opportunity for women. What emerges is an inspiring look at the power of friendship to overcome challenges.

    Carolyn says: "Just No"
    "Clinical and Stale , Not Chic Lit"
    Overall

    I liked the description of this book, so I gave it a chance. I wondered how a man could write a book about female friendships. Now I know, that Jeffrey Zaslow did not pull it off. While this book tries to interweave the story of each girl and their friendship, it is very clinical, literally. The author states many different cilnical studies on female friendships, with facts. Also, in this story the girls are in high school in the 80's and the author uses language like a 1950s housewife. For example, Jane's date was a "Sharp" man. Not the lingo I remember from the 80's, no valley girl speak or trendy words. The only references to the 80s were bands or songs mentioned. The gils ask advise fromt their moms and dads like on "Father knows Best" Or "Leave it To Beaver". I really felt like this book was lost in a 50's sitcom. I really wanted to like this book. It is also hard to swallow that 10 of 11 childhood friends could stay in touch. Or that 11 girls could really be that close of friends. I am only speaking to one out of three of my closest high school friends. Maybe someone else out there really loved this book?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (217)

    From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

    A User says: "Gosh that was a great story!"
    "Great Book & Great Narrator!"
    Overall

    This is a great story with twists and turns. The narration by Caroline Lee is superb! If you like this book, you will also like Forgotten Garden and Shifting Fog by Kate Morton.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (281)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "Great Narration - Long Tedious Story with No Plot!"
    Overall

    I normally love books considered a Classic. However, now I am afraid to even try "War and Peace" by the same author. If this is considered a classic, I do not understand why.

    It goes on and on and on it tedius detail about the Russian society classes, such as peasants, poitical and social reform, religion, mental illness, everything is told in minute detail and very repetitive. I really don't see a plot after I read the whole 50 hour book.

    For example on the repetition of the author. He will use Anna Karenina and other long Russian names 25 times in one paragraph. Instead of calling people by their first name or last name, this author will use their whole name in every sentence in the same paragraph and does not use pronowns like she or her much. It is very odd and tedius to listen to this style.

    The only thing that helped me get to the end of the books was the great narrator, Davina Porter! She is great and I highly recommend her narration. This is probably the worst story ever told. I can't go into detail without spoiling the story for people who still plan on reading it, but why does it say Audible Kids before each segment of the book? This is the last book that should be read by kids with adultery as one of the main topics.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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