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Eileen

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 11 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 165 titles in library
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  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (491)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "Great soul searching read"
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    Would you listen to The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) again? Why?

    Yes. It was a beautifully written book and the narration was of the highest quality.


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

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) and why?

    Hattie herself. She was such a proud woman but sometimes our pride can have unintented consequences.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a sad story. I think after reading this you can't help but do some soul searching and reflect on how you raise or are raising your children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Vacationers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Emma Straub
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan.

    Toby says: "Engaging beginning, but interest declines"
    "Boring characters"
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    Would you try another book from Emma Straub and/or Kristen Sieh?

    Kristen was a good narrator - on the other hand Emma's book was so boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Emma Straub again?

    No


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

    Patience


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vacationers?

    From page one to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Shallow characters - I never really cared what happened to any of them with the exception of Bobby's girlfriend. Thank goodness for her she walked away from this awful cast of characters called a "family." Without a doubt the most pathetic portrayal of a young girl's loss of chosen lost of virginity, totally void of any feeling. Emma claimed the daughter was a virgin yet wrote her first love scene as though she has been around the block more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2335)
    Performance
    (1597)
    Story
    (1630)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Not just for kids"
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    Where does The Giver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle


    What other book might you compare The Giver to and why?

    No other book but the movie Pleasantville came to mind


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was adequate in comparison to the story itself. Odd stops in the middle of sentences. The music was really bad!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I knew that Jonas would have to take Gabrielle with him once he realized he was going to be released. His love for the child was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book because I had purchased it for my 12 yr old grandson last year and wanted to be able to discuss it with him. Overall I enjoyed The Giver and would recommend it to adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, Sue Scott
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef, who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know, and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss.

    Chris Coyne says: "Guy Noir not the greatest detective."
    "Laugh out loud funny!"
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    Would you listen to Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again. The main story line was so ridiculous that you had to believe it possible in this day and age. Anything that makes us laugh at ourselves is good for the soul.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I don't think it kept me on the edge of my seat....comedy doesn't do that. I just wondered what crazy character was around the next corner.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Guy of course, but the entire cast was excellent. I laughed out loud at so many parts but I particulary loved his land lady.


    If you could rename Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny, what would you call it?

    Now why would anyone do that?


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of old radio detective stories which this story reminded me of. I would say this book is a cross between The Thin Man, Jack Benny and a PG-13 sex farce. Loved every word of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2805)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1336)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Oddly laking story"
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    What did you like best about Odd Hours? What did you like least?

    Big disappointment here. I have loved the previous Odd Thomas books but this one left me yearning for the original characters in Book 1. Too far fetched. Too dark. Seems Thomas forgot the advice from his long time friend Little Ozzie to keep it light. I missed the occassional lighthearted fun moments from his previous adventures.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have friends who have said that book 5 was really good and I trust their opinion.


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is definitely one of my favorites.


    Did Odd Hours inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah - take a break and read something light.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4561)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2032)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Call me an "odd follower""
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    Would you listen to Odd Thomas again? Why?

    Yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! I was so drawn in by Odd from the very first chapter. This story just flows and makes you hungry for more at every turn.


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    Odd Thomas


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many such moments but none like the one when Odd releases Stormy to the next world.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a fan of stories involving murder but this book had me from the get go. Odd is such a great down to earth guy who did all of these wonderful heroic deeds for the good of his fellow citizens. David Aaron Baker made me believe each character and I loved so many of them. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next adventure! Dean Koontz is a fantastic storyteller. The descriptions were so vivid - I felt so strongly for all of these characters. I can't wait to get my hands on the next adventure. Absolute wonderful read (or should I say listen?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8740)
    Performance
    (6851)
    Story
    (6882)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "One of my top reads ever!"
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    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Human Suffering Love


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had never read a WWII novel from the aspect of what German Families experienced.


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

    Allan has the ability to make your "feel" what you are reading. He takes you to the brink of tragedy and pulls you back!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Thief and why?

    It is so hard to choose as all of the characters are mesmerizing. I guess I would have to say Ma Ma. She was such a complex character who kept her true humanity hidden just below the surface.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. I thought the parallels to our current political climate was chilling. So much name calling going on - placing labels on people and demanding that we all conform to one groups religious beliefs. Dangerous thinking. I think this should be required reading in High Schools.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1548)
    Story
    (1560)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Compelling evidence of an afterlife"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps your attention


    What did you like best about this story?

    The final chapter was worth the wait for what was revealed.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the book might have been a better read if read by someone other than the author. While I believed what he wrote, he often times lacked the vocal expression of a professional.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That the medical field is starting to pay attention to people who detail out of body experiences rather than just dismiss them.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all it was a compelling book. It was a little slow when he detailed the medical proof from the aspect of a neurosurgeron - but I understand that the book was written to help his colleagues in the medical field understand and believe what he had experienced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merry, Merry Ghost: Bailey Ruth Mysteries #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Christmas is a time for family and giving, and a wealthy woman in Adelaide, Oklahoma, is about to embrace both. Discovering that she has a young grandson, the dowager decides to change her will to leave the bulk of her fortune to the young boy, an alteration that stuns the rest of her family. But a scrooge of a determined heir makes sure she never signs the new document. When she is found dead, it's up to that irrepressible spirit Bailey Ruth to save Christmas.

    Joy says: "Light-hearted romp"
    "Not so Merry"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't get past Ann Marie Lee's monotone voice. Her expression never changes. Dull.


    Has Merry, Merry Ghost turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    Overall
    (3740)
    Performance
    (2379)
    Story
    (2408)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "More boring than watching paint dry"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teen girls


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paulo Coelho again?

    Yes - it was the material that was terrible not the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    There should have been a disclaimer on this book warning audiences who have a relatively knowledgable grasp of the English Language to steer clear.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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