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Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq.

Attorney & Artist

Oscoda, Michigan | Member Since 2010

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  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (351)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Art World Savvy; Fun Story"
    Overall

    As an artist and museum volunteer acquainted with the New York based art world, I had fun listening to this book. Steve Martin clearly knows art and has been a good sport on the round of interviews introducing his book. I loved that he made mention of the legendary art book dealer and expert, Peter Krauss, a really cool guy. It's just delightful to follow the creative exploits of this author, already high on my list for his comedic, movie and banjo! accomplishments.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Louise Rankin
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Momo undertakes a dangerous journey from the mountains of Tibet to the city of Calcutta, in search of her stolen dog, Pempa.

    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. says: "Mother & Daughter favorite"
    "Mother & Daughter favorite"
    Overall

    My daughter and I have read and re-read this wonderful book about a young girl whose love for her dog takes her on an incredible journey. Her young and honest view of the world shapes some brave and remarkable solutions to problems that would stop many adults dead in their tracks. Inspiring for its youthful bravery and ingenuity; appreciated for its well-crafted storyline; and now sweetly narrated by Eve Bianco, this Newbery Award-winning book is highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (943)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Bee Buddies Buffer Baddies"
    Overall

    A poignant story of a young girl who finds herself born into a violent, abusive, rascist environment and has the strength, ingenuity and open-mindedness to fashion a beautiful new life for herself encouraged by the secret lives of the bees and their most excellent keepers. The effort was appreciated also as a cultural commentary, lest those of us living in this arguably post-racial society might not remember the hurt, pain and misunderstandings wrought by racism.
    The story is well-constructed; the characters are well-developed -- I want to meet August Boatright -- and masterfully narrated. A very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eighteen Acres: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nicolle Wallace
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    From the former communications director for the White House and current political media strategist comes a suspenseful and smart novel about the first female president and all dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love. Eighteen Acres, a description used by political insiders when referring to the White House complex, follows the first female President of the United States, Charlotte Kramer, and her staff as they take on dangerous threats.

    Sara says: "Biased and Oh So Boring"
    "I liked it."
    Overall

    Really enjoyed the story of President Charlotte Kramer, her Chief of Staff Melanie Kingston and television journalist Dale Smith. The story of their intertwined lives was not only enjoyable fiction; it was thought-provoking sociology. Looking forward to the sequel!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Spoken from the Heart

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laura Bush
    • Narrated By Laura Bush
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story. She writes openly about the White House during wartime, the withering and relentless media spotlight, and the transformation of her role as she began to understand the power of the first lady.

    Pris says: "Disappointed in Del Mar"
    "Just Lovely"
    Overall

    A sweet and intimate account, beautifully presented by the author herself, personalizing Laura and George Bush in a very appealing way. Thoughtfully and kindly shared, the story presents an inside view of a rarified environment to which few have access.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Milton
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is a formidable, fascinating, enigmatic woman, and this provocative, probing biography - in the works for over two years - offers real insight into her character, her values, and her career.

    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. says: "NOT "even-handed""
    "NOT "even-handed""
    Overall

    A disappointing account which, although well-written and well-narrated, seemed entirely governed by an unspoken theme of presenting anything that could possibly be deemed unflattering or deprecatory, even stooping to criticize Clinton's grooming as a young woman and mentioning that the word "communist" appeared in a research paper authored by her. Even-handed it certainly was not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4968)
    Performance
    (2354)
    Story
    (2369)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Bravo !"
    Overall

    An engaging story, beautifully narrated. Set at a surgery theatre in an Ethiopian mission and then at a New York hospital, it follows the lives of twins, and one in particular, from his difficult birth forward. I had been intrigued after hearing the author on Terry Gross' Fresh Air. It's so nicely done, I'll sometimes choose it over music on my iPod. This would be my pick for novel of the year. If he writes a sequel, I'm very interested.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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