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joyce

Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jan-Philipp Sendker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (502)

    When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

    Monica says: "Basic Story Interesting, But..."
    "I couldn't bear to have this story end"
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    Would you listen to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats again? Why?

    I AM listening to it a second time, just to lose myself in the gorgeous descriptions of country, customs, and love that is transcendent, read in the golden honeyed tones of Cassandra Campbell. Beautiful narration, and a fantastically beautiful story.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Painter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
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    (197)
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    Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open.

    Melinda says: "Still Waters Run Deep"
    "DANGER: TESTOSTERONE FUMES MAY IGNITE"
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    This is a man's man's book! killin', and more killin', and stalkin', and huntin', and bad guys, and police detectives, chase scenes, and Boobs! bouncing, floating, saucy and smirking.
    (sigh)
    The reader is very good. The book is well-written--interesting internal dialog, as the hot-headed multiple murderer keeps telling himself what a good man he is--but the testosterone storm was really too much for this reader. And, a weird ending.

    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
    (23797)
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    (21216)
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    (21285)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "you've heard it already-it's excellent!"
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    All-around great listening experience: very good readers, tight writing that pulls you through the story, terrifically plotted, every character layered and interesting at least and flesh-crawling-creepy at worst, and an unexpected ending that becomes, upon reflection, somewhat comforting, considering....
    What a great trick the author has played here! Amazing book, talented author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Mercies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (255)
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    (255)

    Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity - the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children's advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined.

    MissSusie66 says: "Powerful story"
    "just awful; but Rudd's emoting could ruin ANY book"
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    This is a book on a serious subject trivialized by immature prose, big holes in logic, and a quick tied-up-in-a-bow ending. The main character is a social worker who has an arguably understandable excuse for accidentally leaving her baby in a hot car, but all she can do is shrill 'I didn't know I didn't know!' at doctors, cops, everybody; no explanation is ever attempted. The ridiculous narrator does hysteria very well, until you want to hit her with a Taser. Then there's the secondary story line about the street-smart little girl, wise beyond her years, yadda yadda......all just too tiresome to go into.
    Publishing this book was a shameful waste of resources! Zero stars, if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Patrick MacDonald
    • Narrated By Michael Patrick MacDonald
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    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    A breakaway best seller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger's crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald's Southie is populated by sharply hewn characters like his Ma, a mini-skirted, accordion-playing single mother who endures the deaths of four of her eleven children.

    Shantanu Sharma says: "If I could' I would've finished the book in a sing"
    "Can't stop tears as I write this review"
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    'All Souls' is quintessential Americana. A story about that shining city on a hill; or, actually, the people living at the bottom of the hill after all the s#it has rolled down. It's about close-knit, loyal communities with scrappy kids, neighbors who look out for each other, and a culture that has adapted for survival. They must survive grinding poverty, corruption and malfeasance in the police department, indifference or callous manipulation from politicians, collusion between local politics and media in portrayals of these people, and the final, ruinous piece of the puzzle: the drug empire of Whitey Bulger. (Not long ago, the FBI arrested Whitey here in SoCal, where he'd been hiding for 25 years, and I didn't get why it was such a big deal. Now, I get it.) He was the wizard behind the curtain in the South Boston drug trade, and the sickening litany of deaths in this book can mostly be traced to drugs.
    The author's sad, resigned voice as he tells how kids died, over and over, his friends, his brothers, is just heartbreaking. The code of silence, born of loyalty and self-protection, means no one is ever punished for these murders.
    This memoir is not all sad. The author loves Southie, and its good people, and, in picking the memories of his family and friends, gives a real you-are-there feeling to this memoir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Neglected

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Sarah Paulson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (157)

    Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another hit for Lisa Genova"
    "Author does great job inhabiting a damaged brain"
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    I am so tired of hearing about 'high-powered' 'over-achievers' and their 'charmed lives' and their over-scheduled kids and their expensive designer everything; I'm not envious, or interested, I'm just bored. But if you can overlook that construct, which the author uses so that her brain-injured heroine can learn what is 'truly important' in life, this book is a fascinating look at a really weird phenomenon, 'left neglect', in which an injury to the right brain leaves one unaware that 'left' exists; the left of the room, the left of the page, the left of the body, the left of anything. Weird! And it seems like the author could not have done a better job of describing the frustrations of this affliction if she did, indeed, suffer from it herself. It is really interesting to follow this woman's road to recovery. And the reader was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Martin Short
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (286)

    Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Ty Brady says: "This is what audio books were made for!"
    "Martin Short is Just a Very Funny Man."
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    That's all I have to say. In fact, he is so funny that I'm sure this book gave many second-hand laughs. Like when this old lady was out upon a lovely morning, walking her dog, listening to Mr. Short on her iPod,... and was suddenly shrieking with laughter, tripping over her own feet, grabbing her knees..... and probably giving some passersby a good laugh on their way to work.
    Recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1779)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1631)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "Realistically creepy and lovable!"
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    I am no fan of fantasy, sci-fi, or horror stories, but the title and the reviews of this book got me interested. I ended up really enjoying it, because the author used a fascinating and creepy discovery reported several years ago in a scientific journal (a fungus that invaded ants' bodies and turned them into 'zombie ants' before the fungal growths exploded out their heads) as the basis for this end-of-the-world story about a creepy fungus taking over human bodies. You don't have to suspend any disbelief, you don't roll your eyes, you won't throw the book down and yell,'Oh my Gawd, that would Never Happen!!', because.....yikes, it already has happened to another species. Weird.
    Very well read, Ms. Williams!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4638)
    Performance
    (4138)
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    (4136)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "The author totally NAILS those little PTA Napoleons!!"
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    The voices are pitch-perfect and the dialog is as true and natural as anything you overheard at Starbucks this morning. It's a long book, with many characters and interwoven stories, but the energy does not flag for a moment. The longer I listened to this, the more impressed I was by the author's talent! I am not a fan of 'romance' novels, and I was afraid this might turn out to belong in the genre, but it definitely does not. It is a sharp-eyed and funny look at conspicuous consumption, step-families, date rape, domestic violence, helicopter parents, PTA Nazis, and the crazy way little lies can come back and bite you. Very enjoyable book; the strong Aussie accent of the reader did get a little tiring to listen to over time, for my ears, anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (498)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Dina says: "A Phoenix Rises From the Ashes"
    "O I love this man!"
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    His soft brogue purrs like a cat curled up on your lap. Yet he tells a gruesome story, and some may wonder why; why relive that, why broadcast it? I write this review to thank him, because that was my father, too, and that was me, and when I heard Alan Cumming voicing exactly the same thoughts and fears that I had as a child, I suddenly felt---weirdly---understood, or at least, not alone. And I admire him tremendously for confronting his father as an adult, and, ultimately, forgiving him. I've thought Mr. Cumming a fine actor, and now I think he is a fine person, and a fine storyteller, too. I recommend this book for its beautiful narration, and a story of familial dysfunction and abuse that is surmounted without bitterness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Were Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By E. Lockhart
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

    Ida Wilder says: "Fell flat for me"
    "spoiled brat tries to teach elders a lesson. Meh."
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    I kept waiting for this book to get as wonderful as its published reviews promised, but it just got increasingly less interesting, not more. Rich family, jealousy, in-fighting, snotty teenagers, all spending summers on their private island....and that's pretty much where it stays. The bombshell was more like a 'so what' by the time it came.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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