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Jean Turicik

Plymouth, WI USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 174 titles in library
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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7466)
    Performance
    (5363)
    Story
    (5356)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Hauntingly good story"
    Overall

    From beginning to end, this was a compelling tale of love, family, happiness and sadness, sacrifice and riches. A tale that follows the arrival of the little Irish girl in America to a plantation in VA, through her childhood and her arrival into womanhood, and all those around her who became her family and loved ones. The Author provides an explanation at the end of the book as to how she came to write this story, and this will make you shiver. Excellent story, flows well, involves the reader, the characters come alive. Makes you smile at times, and cry at others. The Narrators, Orlagh Cassidy, and Bahni Turpin do an absoultely superb job of bringing the characters to life. As a result, this is certainly one book that I recommend listenng to v.s. reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1272)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "Story is wonderful-narrator is wonderful"
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    Story

    This is a great story with great humor and emotion-I love the characters. Tamara Lovatt Smith is absolutely awesome in her narration of Liane Moriarty's books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (490)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "This book will be hard to put down......."
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    Story

    This was an a great tale-it begins with Grandma Beady encouraging her young Granddaughter to follow her dream of being a great ballerina but also warning her not to narrow her sights in life. The story flips between Beady as a young woman in Scotland and follows the trials and tribulations of this incredibly strong woman., living in a time of harsh judgement dealt to women who didn't follow Society's "rules". The story then switches to her Granddaughter now grown and a famous Ballerina in London-no spoiler here:) Grandma Beady dies and leaves her Sheep Farm to her Granddaughter who unravels the untold tale of her Grandmother's life and discovers the child that she had and kept secret. I really enjoyed this book, hard to stop listening to--I will search for others by Kimberley Freeman. And of course the narrator-Caroline Lee is one of my all time favorites with the ability to truly capture the personality of each character. I recommend you listen to this book, or read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3853)
    Performance
    (3380)
    Story
    (3373)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Elisabeth says: "Clever and Fresh, but Painful"
    "Great Story-from beginning to end!"
    Overall
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    From the moment this book begins you are involved in the story. It's funny, it's sad, it's something we can all relate to. This is the first book I read which was written by Liane Moriarty and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Tamara Lovatt-Smith does an excellent job at narration, really capturing the essence of each character. Do yourself a favor and either read or listen to this book--you won't be sorry!

    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
    (7750)
    Performance
    (6786)
    Story
    (6788)

    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.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Absolutely Wonderful!"
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    I am so glad I read the reviews on this book and purchased it--I absolutely enjoyed it more than any book I have read or listened to in a long time. In fact it is very rare that I laugh out loud at a book I am reading, this book had me laughing out loud several times. The story was excellent, the characters were marvelous and the narrator was just so entertaining and perfect. In fact when I finished listening to this book I immediately searched for other books written Liane Moriarty and narrated by Caroline Lee--and I wasn't disappointed with any of them. If you haven't read this-take the plunge-you won't be sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again....

    Richard L. Carroll says: "Great life story-great narrator"
    "Beautiful Story, wonderful Reader! Bravo!"
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    What did you love best about The Shoemaker's Wife?

    A beautiful and intriguging story right from the beginning. Well developed characters, great story line, a seamless flow of events that keeps wanting to listen forever. The Narrator-Orlagh Cassidy does a wonderful job of communicating this story with a marvelous Italian accent and a great Irish one as well (Laura). I love this book so much, I am writing the review before I am finished listening to it--but am almost finished. It's the kind of audio book you hope to find there is a sequel to as you just can't get enough. Certainly will read more from this author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1402)
    Story
    (1396)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Everyone Should Read This"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Drift the most enjoyable?

    As the author, Rachel Maddow brought great passion to her story by doing the reading. Plus, she did a wonderful job of researching and turning what could be boring lecture material into a fascinating story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drift?

    Too many to count, the whole book was great.


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

    Not on audio book, but I certainly try and watch her show every evening.


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

    It's just such a good ol' boys club yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Clearly Rachel Maddow is doing in life what she enjoys. Rachel is a gifted author and very articulate. Her passion for Politics and US History is evident in this book as well as her MSNBC Show. It's a pleasure to listen to someone who is obviously doing what they are best at. BRAVO Rachel!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    Well written, sad, funny, touching, an overall enjoyalble book. Touches on the stories we hear in the news of Politicians cheating on their wives, and the women and families behind the cameras. A story of love and forgiveness, and really just getting back in touch with one another after a lifetime of chasing careers and living the American dream.

    1 of 1 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
    (7554)
    Performance
    (3881)
    Story
    (3884)

    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..."
    "Too much unnecessary detail"
    Overall

    It's not often I give up on a book, but I couldn't take it anymore--it just went on and on and on without getting to the point. Maybe someday I'll finish listening to it, but not right now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14246)
    Performance
    (10873)
    Story
    (10882)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "My first Jim Butcher book"
    Overall

    I thought this was a great story, fast paced, a bit of humor, good story line. The Reader was good as well, I would recommend. I should note that if you like Wizards, Vampires, Fairies, and Demons, along with a good murder mystery, you'll like this audible book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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