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Nancy

West Bloomfield, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only 13 years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.

    Brian says: "Fantastic for young audience, Good for adults"
    "Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer"
    Overall

    Loved it! The story captures you immediately and carries you through to the end. The characters are as vivid as the story. You'll fly through this one as it is an easy read and you won't regret that you picked it up!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fiction Ruined My Family: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeanne Darst
    • Narrated By Jeanne Darst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Jeanne Darst was born the youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated family long past its glory days. For the early part of her life, the family survived on the memory of past generations' grandeur, and the romantic belief that Darst's father would restore that greatness with his destined career as a novelist. Within a few years, however, it was abundantly clear to everyone but him that despite the many years enslaved to the writer's craft and lifestyle, he was never going to sell a book.

    Molly says: "Hysterically funny"
    "The Best Friend I Never Had But Always Wanted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Fiction Ruined My Family the most enjoyable?

    The narrator/author


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty really hit home for me. The humor was literally perfect. I got it. This book pulled me in in a rare way. I felt Jeanne's disappointments, her pain, her breakthroughs. Some of her decisions actually made my stomach hurt and I wanted to scream "NO!!!" Then I learned the most important lesson....we can't decide for others. We have to respect their choices and remain faithful.

    I would be this author's friend in a New York Minute!


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

    Obviously only SHE could imitate herself and her family members with the nuance and quirkiness that existed as she grew into a woman. I don't think her honesty would have reached me as well on the written page.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (2563)
    Story
    (2563)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "A Magical Story Filled With the Essence of Life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Golem and the Jinni the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is a master storyteller, capturing the nuance of each character, each turn in the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golem and the Jinni?

    The moment when I came to know the true relationship of the Golem and the Jinni.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    It truly was a toss-up between the Golem and the Jinni! As the story switched between these two amazing characters, each with their own strengths and flaws, I was comfortable moving with them.


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

    No. It's a book to be read slowly, I believe, because there is so much to think about and process when you relate the story to true life.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not regret taking the time to read this fantastically written story!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18149)
    Performance
    (16186)
    Story
    (16241)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Best Cat and Mouse Story Ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Cat and Mouse


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    personality, a true sense of the characters...amazing!


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book! Just when you think you have the hang of it, it turns the corner and goes in a different, shockingly different, direction. I really had fun reading this one and I highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4074)
    Performance
    (3437)
    Story
    (3429)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Lots of fun with John Grisham"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a patient person. The twists and turns are definitely worth waiting for and ultimately, the story is very satisfying. As you can tell, I'm leading up to my only criticism....it takes longer than necessary, in my humble opinion, for Grishom to get where he's going. All of the detail provided at the beginning is a bit condescending, but when it picks up speed, it flies!happy reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Racketeer?

    The ah-ha moment is very satisfying. I wouldn't dream of giving it away, though


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jackson breaths the story into life. You like him. You want him to win. He gives nothing away while his soothing voice beckons you to read on.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (897)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Great Romantic Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it! Admittedly, the story starts out slow, but given a chance, this is truly a romantic story with a soul. Also, the history of our nation at the period of Worl War II is always so interesting, but this is my first experience reading about it from the standpoint of the Chinese and the Japanese.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kayko and Henry were my top favorites, of course, but the intensity of the relationship between Henry and his parents (and then Henry with his own son) was riveting. Henry's friend is my hero in the story; so strong, yet so quiet, he is the quintesential friend.


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

    No, but I will!


    Who was the most memorable character of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and why?

    See above note!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1033)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "One Great Read!"
    Overall

    loved it, loved it, loved it! This book has it all, from the multidimensional characters to the incredible landscapes, through a horrific war and a suprising love affair.....you will never be bored.

    In addition, the narrator is superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (173)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book.

    Charles says: "Great book, lousy abridgment"
    "loved it!"
    Overall

    This book twists and turns and takes you on a wonderful ride! The characters become like a part of your family...you care for them and about them. You ache with them, then laugh with them. Although it is a serious story with a strong message, it is not too heavy. I was captivated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7008)
    Performance
    (4966)
    Story
    (4956)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Very Heavy Stuff"
    Overall

    It is difficult to write a review about this book as I am conflicted about whether to recommend it for other readers or not. While the characters are extremely well-developed, they're dead before you know it! The historical importance of the plight of slaves in the late 1700's to early 1800's is extremely relevant to the reader, but the sadness and hoplessness in this book was overwhelming for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thanks for the Memories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Cecelia Ahern
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    How can you know someone you've never met? That's the question haunting Joyce Conway these days. Recovering from a terrible accident and with her marriage in pieces, Joyce is suddenly plagued by an overwhelming sense of déjà vu that makes her feel as if the life she's living is not her own. During the day she has vivid memories of things she's never seen - such as cobblestoned Parisian streets she's never visited - and at night she dreams of a little girl she's sure she's never met.

    beth says: "A wonderful read."
    "GREAT READ!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I starts out sad, but it develops into an amazingly unique love story. It's funny, lol funny, insightful, and a sheer pleasure to read. Don't miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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