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Colleen

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  • Vanished: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (180)

    Seven years ago, Sarah Mason's five-year-old daughter vanished during an outing at a park in Beaufort, South Carolina. Despite a frantic search, little Lexie was never found, and Sarah was left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and go on the best she could. Then, one hot August night, Sarah comes home to hear the phone ringing. When she picks it up, a child's terrified voice whispers, "Mommy, help, come and get me . . ." The call is cut off, but not before Sarah's heart goes into overdrive.

    Valerie says: "Great listen"
    "Sammie from Bozeman Hit The Nail on the Head"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Vanished: A Novel?

    Everything from writing style to character development to narration.


    What could Karen Robards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not elaborate on insignificant, mundane so-called details


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joyce Bean?

    Julia Whelan or Cassandra Campbell or virtually any other female narrator.


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

    Anger for having wasted money, impatience waiting for the story to get better, frustration for it never getting better.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't agree more with the review provided by Sammie from Bozeman.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1320)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Same Old, Same Old"
    Overall

    More of the same from this author. I generally enjoy Ms. Picoult's novels because she centers her stories around contemporary, controversial, and sensitive topics in a manner that educates without burdening the reader. The plot, weak and predictable as it was, took way too long to evolve; the ending abrupt and disappointing.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    A caravan of cars drives down Route 66, each passenger bearing a photograph. They are the parents of missing children, all brought together by word that children's grave sites are being discovered along the road. Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is herself. During the next few days, she will find herself hunting a killer like no one she has ever known, and will undergo a series of revelations of stunning intensity and effect.

    Vivian says: "some will some will not"
    "Too much rewinding"
    Overall

    I've been on the first three chapters for two weeks now and I don't think I have the patience or desire to make it through the remaining chapters. The confusing manner in which the story is told makes it necessary for me to keep repeating the initial chapters just to be sure I'm not missing anything significant. As the story progresses, I feel lost and certain I've missed some critical story development along the way, but sadly I haven't missed a thing.
    Unless you have unlimited time and the patience of a saint, I do not recommend this book.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (27128)
    Performance
    (13748)
    Story
    (13794)

    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!"
    "Fabulous Story"
    Overall

    An interesting and enjoyable story by a truly wonderful storyteller (I must read more by this author); the details were so thorough, I felt as if I lived the experience alongside the characters; narration too was very good. Only one drawback--the ending. I found it flat and disappointing, particularly after such a satifying experience up until then. Nonetheless, I highly recommend The Help.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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