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Ellen

new York, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2910)
    Performance
    (2590)
    Story
    (2592)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Interesting but predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Rachel Joyce and/or Jim Broadbent?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I might change the ending.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    Harold Fry.


    Any additional comments?

    This book held my interest throughout but was certainly far from my favorite read.
    It had some interesting twists and turns but was a bit trite and predictable.
    And since when are folks in their early sixties considered "elderly"?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7843)
    Performance
    (4564)
    Story
    (4549)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Good, but too much fighting"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    I learned a lot about WWI. My main criticism is the book went back and forth between war and sex in too simplistic a way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1856)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1274)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "A bit simplistic but good story"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Paris Wife again? Why?

    Yes, because I liked the story. I found myself going to the Internet and looking up Hemmingway's life before the end because I wanted to see what part was true and what fictionalized.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to stay. I guess Hadley because the story was in her voice.


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

    No. She was clear and it was easy to distinguish characters.


    If you could take any character from The Paris Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hemmingway, although I think I would find him dangerously seductive. After all, he had a pattern of marrying women then dumping them for another while still married.


    Any additional comments?

    This book did not get a 5 star because there was something a little bit slow about it and the writing was a little simplistic next to other audiobooks I've listened to. I almost put it away after the first part, but after I got through a rather banal beginning, the story line started to pick up and then I had to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1265)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Not Kingsolver's finest"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Flight Behavior? What did you like least?

    The story was OK but mediocre. It is no Poisonwood Bible.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was OK.


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

    The audio was pretty well done.


    Do you think Flight Behavior needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 19th Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Ebershoff
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

    Kenneth says: "Two Mysteries: One Fictional, One Historical"
    "Fascinating insights into Mormonism"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The 19th Wife to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version


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

    Different voices for different perspectivs.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although it wasn't possible.


    Any additional comments?

    This book gave fascinating insights into Mormonism and polygenous marriage in the context of absorbing fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15692)
    Performance
    (13918)
    Story
    (13953)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Banal"
    Overall
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    No. I found the characters unlikeable and the writing conventional.


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They were good narrators, maybe made the audiobook better than the written book.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    It was an easy read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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