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Suzanne

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  • The Knitting Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    After the sudden loss of Stella, her only child, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle in Providence, Rhode Island. Seeking a way to fill the empty hours and lonely days, she little realizes that the circle will change her life.

    J. C. Georgia says: "Almost Relentlessly Dreary"
    "not the best..."
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    Story

    I thought the main character was depressing. I know the story was about a tragedy, but it was hard for me to like her. She was boring, rude, selfish, and immoral. I felt like she didn't have many redeemable qualities. So It didn't make me feel much sympathy for her even though I should have. I think because I couldn't connect with the main character, the story dragged on. I just didn't like it that much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11954)
    Performance
    (10836)
    Story
    (10859)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "drugs, immorality, theft, lying, cheating,steal..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was interesting to listen to, but why can't an author write a gripping story that has some shred of decency in it. The main character started out with some goodness in him, but continued to become more and more of a delinquent as time went on. And I liked him less and less. I don't know if I could recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "completely shallow characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought the narration of this story was well done, but the story itself was dumb. I hoped there would be more of a story about Rosalyns ghost to finish up the book, but there wasn't a great story about her either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4679)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1934)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "f word in first few minutes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Christopher Moore and/or Fisher Stevens?

    not from christopher moore, although it seems like a creative and interesting story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

    No, I guess I don't appreciate the irreverent humor and especially the foul language. It ruins the book for me.


    What character would you cut from A Dirty Job?

    I didn't listen to very much of it.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be nice if books had a profanity rating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6476)
    Performance
    (5607)
    Story
    (5596)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Totally Shallow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story would have some redeeming value. It was all about self absorbed people with horrible morals.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jess Walter again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Edoardo Ballerini’s performances?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Northern Light

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Mattie Gokey has a word for everything. She collects words, stores them up as a way of fending off the hard truths of her life, the truths that she can't write down in stories.

    Mark Grannis says: "Well written fiction for adults and adolescents"
    "enjoyable"
    Overall

    This book was a little hard to get into at first, but I found it enjoyable after the first hour or so. I also felt like a lot of the story was a rip off of Little Women and Anne of Green Gables. Even so, it was still a good read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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