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Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck

Washington State | Member Since 2008

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  • 174 titles in library
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  • One Last Thing Before I Go

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By John Shea
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey.

    Annette says: "sentimental but strong..."
    "Hated It, Then Loved It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Last Thing Before I Go to be better than the print version?

    This book was definitely enhanced by being in audio version. The narrator sounds a lot like Garrison Keillor, which is a good thing, in my estimation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Last Thing Before I Go?

    I almost ditched the book after listening to the first 40 minutes or so. I couldn't seem to connect to the characters, and it just didn't grab me. Not too much later, I was in love with the book. The plot premise was intriguing: the protagonist, a royal screw-up in life, faces a decision about his own death. As the book progressed, I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next. The dry humor of the author crept up on me, and his mercilessly clear yet mercifully understanding approach to the characters rang true. The author has an eye for multifaceted human beings, deeply flawed and yet somehow familiar and engaging. Once I started enjoying this book, I feel in love with it and couldn't wait to hear the next installment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Minding Frankie

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (235)

    When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she's born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can't do it alone.

    Carolyn says: "Top Notch Binchy"
    "Charming and Engaging"
    Overall

    Maeve Binchy's gifts are her excellent eye and ear for character. Each of the people in this engaging novel is finely drawn and believable. Binchy makes the reader care about them and their lives. I particularly enjoyed the character of Emily, the American cousin who seems to have a knack for untangling other people's messes. Her ingenious and practical tactics are a pleasure to consider. The action in this story revolves around relationships and feelings. I listened to this book as I was driving, and it made me eager to get back into the car. My few minor quibbles involve a somewhat inaccurate description of a baby's development (she is speaking in two-word sentences before her first birthday) and the lack of foundation for the romance Emily eventually finds, but overall this was a charming book that I enjoyed immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capture

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When a promising actress from Spanish Harlem dies from a gunshot wound in the Tribeca penthouse apartment of an eccentrically famous Broadway producer, it is up to New York D.A. Roger "Butch" Karp and his hard-charging, crime-fighting wife, Marlene Ciampi, to champion the murdered actress's cause. Karp decides to personally prosecute the case and expose the "Big Lie" defense.

    A User says: "Horrible"
    "A Fine Thriller"
    Overall

    What sets Robert K. Tannenbaum's works apart are his intriguing characters and the sense of decency and morality of his protagonists. This book interweaves several subplots, mostly successfully, and succeeds in holding the reader's attention throughout. Good triumphs over evil, but not without a heck of a struggle!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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