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Cat

Greenfield, MA

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2354)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2115)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "What's all the fuss about?"
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    Would you try another book from Maria Semple and/or Kathleen Wilhoite?

    I might try another Kathleen Wilhoite book, but I wouldn't read another Maria Semple book.


    Has Where'd You Go, Bernadette turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What aspect of Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance would you have changed?

    I think she did a great job, actually. The characters are just so annoying that I became irritated with everything about this book.


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

    Frustration. After several hours of listening, I just kept wondering when the plot would ever begin.


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't care about bickering Seattle socialites and their prep school woes. Nothing about the storyline or the characters grabbed my attention, so I finally had to give up listening.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1329)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Aspies Can Find Love, Too"
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    What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

    It's rare that we get such insight into the mind of someone with Asperger's. As the sibling of two "Aspies," I was thrilled with this thoughtful depiction.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Project?

    "How do I express my horror?"

    (read with perfect comic timing)


    Have you listened to any of Dan O'Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I LOVE HIM. The only constructive feedback I have is that the female characters (particularly Rosie) could have been more animated. She is frequently described as a "wild card," yet Dan O'Grady's depiction made her seem a bit depressed. Her lines were often quiet and a bit flat. Don, however, was perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Don's realizations about what he deserves and can have in life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (929)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "Excellent writing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you enjoy a well-written character study.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Interestings?

    I'm honestly not a huge fan of character studies, but Meg Wolitzer is such a fantastic writer that the characters really came alive for me. I enjoyed the wry humor as well.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jen Tullock?

    Yes, although as many other reviewers mentioned, she spoke too fast and was a tad inconsistent during the first half of the book. She seemed to settle in to the characters by the second half. I loved her Ethan and Dennis voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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