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Janet

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Westlake, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 194 titles in library
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  • Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on. A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

    Diane says: "Soul-searing"
    "Memorable story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Silence in three words, what would they be?

    Stunning, sad, gripping.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Silence?

    When the main character learns that the sounds he is hearing from his prison cell are not the sounds of his guard snoring but in fact the moans of other prisoners.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (930)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Getting inside a dog's head."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Dog on It in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Creative. Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Chet's reflections on all things dog and human.


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

    He does not make Chet too knowledgable. Chet is a real dog who does not understand a lot of human stuff but relies on his superior dog ability to smell and observe to help Bernie.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    I am eager to read more in the series.

    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
    (5649)
    Performance
    (4996)
    Story
    (4993)

    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.

    Sandy C. Jourdain says: "Not interesting"
    "Captures the whole parents association to a T"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Big Little Lies to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the audio version was excellent


    What other book might you compare Big Little Lies to and why?

    The Help comes to mind.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She captured different characters so well. Occasionally even brought out humor in what was a rather serious plot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Conjurer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cordelia Frances Biddle
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When her father fails to appear for lunch at their country estate, Martha Beale knows something is wrong. The family's faithful dogs discover Lemuel Beale's hunting rifle by the river, but there is no sign of the millionaire financier. Refusing to believe he is dead, his daughter - and sole heir - begins a discreet investigation with the help of the mayor's aide, Thomas Kelman. But Philadelphia in 1842 is a dangerous place for a female, especially a 26-year-old single woman.

    Janet says: "Odd narration"
    "Odd narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Conjurer in three words, what would they be?

    Historical mystery story


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

    The discovery by Martha of the true identities of men she had trusted.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Oddly, the narrator frequently mispronounced words. Skintillating for scintillating. Oh de cologne once but OOH de cologne another time. Rag Out instead of ragoo. Sparesly instead of Sparsley and A--gret rather than E--gret.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I just enjoyed it, especially Martha's character


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I'm the King of the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Charles Kingshaw and his mother have come to live with Edmund Hooper and his father – in their ugly, isolated Victorian house called Warings – for good. To Hooper, Kingshaw is an intruder, a boy to be subtly persecuted, and Kingshaw finds that even the most ordinary objects can be turned by his enemy into a source of terror.In Hang Wood, when they are lost, their roles are briefly reversed but Kingshaw knows that Edmund will never let him be and that he cannot win in the end.

    Die Falknerin says: "Makes Bleak House look like a beach read"
    "A memorable story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a book about a bully written before the topic was so talked about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (349)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "Inspiring story"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Nancy Wake in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, funny, sad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nancy Wake?

    Telling the Australians to keep their medals. (She uses more colorful language.)


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

    No


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

    Nancy learns that her husband has died in a concentration camp and that he had refused to give her up.


    Any additional comments?

    A memorable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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