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Janet

LAKE FOREST, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (398)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    "Mundane"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Therese Anne Fowler and/or Jenna Lamia?

    Maybe.


    Would you recommend Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would warn my friends away from this book. I always enjoy a fictional autobiography, but this book took interesting people and creative genius and turned into a mundane melodrama.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was fine. Maybe a tad shrill.


    Could you see Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie about Scott and Zelda bickering? No thanks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4404)
    Performance
    (3203)
    Story
    (3204)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "One of the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved everything about this book. Great story and characters. If I could give Hope Davis more than five stars for her performance I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    In her national best seller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

    Rupe says: "Amazing"
    "A Tad Dull"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think I was expecting this book to be a little bit weirder and maybe funnier, instead it is a very earnest, prim account of Mrs. Tom Thumb - at times an interesting snapshot of the era, but it left me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brady Udall
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

    FanB14 says: "Believe the Hype"
    "big and messy"
    Overall

    I loved this book-probably one of my all time favorites. For whatever reason, I have listened to many of the polygamist themed books (The 19th Wife, Under the Banner of Heaven) and this is far and away the best. It is an affectionate look at a family, while unconventional, completely human and flawed, but not evil. Moving and emotional.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7204)
    Performance
    (3560)
    Story
    (3563)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "People are nuts - I loved this book!"
    Overall

    I listen to a wide variety of books. I loved The Help, The Hunger Games, The Golden Compass. I listen to Dickens, Jane Austen and Larry McMurtry. I would have to place The Passage in my top ten of all time favorites. After reading all the negative reviews, I entered with trepidation, but I was hooked from the start - loved the story and the pace. My interest never lagged. For the record, I think the Stieg Larsson books are overrated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (307)

    Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

    Northern Latitude Lagniappe says: "So this is how good an audiobook can be"
    "a pleasure"
    Overall

    I usually like Nick Hornby's writing better than his stories, but in Juliet, Naked, they both come together for a satisfying book. The plot will resonate with anyone who has been or has lived with a rabid fan. Fun, sweet and thoughtful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10563)
    Performance
    (5450)
    Story
    (5494)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Bad things happen under the dome"
    Overall

    It's been a long time since I read a Stephen King book. I am more of a historical fiction kind of gal, but once I started listening to this, I was so hooked. A book this long usually can take me a couple of months to get through (my commute isn't that long), but I zipped through this one. Exciting, great characters, tight plot and a satisfying end. Don't miss it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27654)
    Performance
    (14242)
    Story
    (14296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "loved it!"
    Overall

    I usually don't listen to books quite this "feminine"-I mostly listen to politcal/historical stuff, but I loved this book, I couldn't get enough. I would drive anywhere just to listen and then sit in the driveway and listen some more. Riveting, thought provoking and moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    The perfect book to listen to - strong plot and strong characters. Maybe not great literature, but really, really fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of the Courtesan

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.

    Moragne says: "A Good Coimpanion for a Weekend"
    "beyond tedious"
    Overall

    I listened to about 3/4's of this book before finally giving up - the plot is non-existent and the characters are wooden at best. I listen to a lot of historical fiction and this is the bottom of the barrel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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