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Beth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4697)
    Performance
    (4015)
    Story
    (4018)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Thought-provoking"
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    As a parent, this book really made me think. How would I react if my own child was accused of a terrible crime? How would I react if, upon that accusation, I realized I didn't know my child as well as I thought I did? The author takes us on an emotional journey. I won't soon forget this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (1996)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Wendi says: "Great story, kept me reading until late at night"
    "A bit of a miss"
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    What would have made The Silent Sister better?

    The plot had more valleys than peaks. It took a while for the major plot twists to come together into a fully-formed story. I wanted to finish the book to see what happened, but I didn't feel vested in the story or the characters.


    What could Diane Chamberlain have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the plot twists more dramatic. I felt like many of the main points of the story were casually dropped in and didn't connect to the main plot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Bennett’s performances?

    Unfortunately, no. Her tone reminded me of a whiny Sally Field, and she took a lot of unnecessary pauses.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't bad enough for me to request a refund on my credit, but I'd hardly call this a compelling story. Would not recommend to a friend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16763)
    Performance
    (13965)
    Story
    (13960)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "A solid mystery"
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    I had no expectations going into this story - I randomly selected it from a list of bestsellers. As far as mysteries/thrillers go, it's pretty solid. The story kept me guessing and had enough variation in the narration to sustain my interest. I don't understand the comparisons to Gone Girl (and wouldn't make that comparison myself), but if you enjoy murder mysteries this is worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3342)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2968)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Too much like a well-known movie..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The huge amount of detail about elephants and elephant grief sort of derailed the main story, and the plot twist at the end was almost exactly like that of a well known movie. I won't say which one to avoid spoilers, but once you listen....you'll know.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    Yes. I'm already a fan of hers and sad this one was just average.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes - both were slowwwwww. I love Rebecca Lowman, but even she was ultra slow here. All in all the story and narration dragged for me.


    Could you see Leaving Time being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, as I said, a movie with a similar plot twist has already been made!


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite book from Picoult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (11429)
    Performance
    (9435)
    Story
    (9405)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Like sitting down with a hilarious friend"
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    If you could sum up Yes Please in three words, what would they be?

    A surprising delight!


    What other book might you compare Yes Please to and why?

    Bossypants is the obvious choice because of Amy's connection to Tina Fey (as well as their similar writing styles). However, Amy takes a tone all her own and shares some wonderful excerpts from her past, along with her random (and often hilarious) musings on life.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved how Amy invited various guests (ranging from her parents to fellow actors) to "perform" with her. It added a new level of intimacy and entertainment to the book - not something that would be felt in a paper edition.


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

    It made me laugh hysterically and yes, I even shed a tear here and there - especially as Amy talked about various members of her family.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen and a fun way to learn more about Amy Poehler's long and impressive career in comedy.

    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
    (3340)
    Performance
    (2946)
    Story
    (2939)

    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"
    "Captivating story, but..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I loved the premise and the overall storyline. I found myself wondering what I might "forget" if put in a similar situation. My only complaint is that the ending seemed a bit too rushed/contrived - I was left wanting a bit more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Alice Forgot?

    As Alice regains her memories, it's heartbreaking to watch her forget the joy she experienced during the time of her head injury. How quickly those simple pleasures and loving moments are cast aside for the standard resentments and anger.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Alice, Nick and Madison see the humpback whales - it's a time where they all forget their respective issues and anger, and just enjoy being together.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen!

    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
    (6616)
    Performance
    (5826)
    Story
    (5828)

    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.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Great cautionary tale"
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    If you could sum up Big Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

    Don't assume anything.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Though the story is fairly simple, it shows the dangers of rumors and conjecture in a small community. We've probably all been in situations where someone unfairly judged us, or our kids. This book shows that the consequences of such behavior can be far reaching.


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

    My first time with Caroline Lee, but I enjoyed her narration and will seek her out again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (8857)
    Performance
    (7995)
    Story
    (8012)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "A bit slow"
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    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The characters were interesting. Strike seems like a character I would want to know more about.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. It was a bit slow at times and made it hard for me to want to keep listening.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Cormoran Strike - he was a great craggy detective.


    Any additional comments?

    I may listen to the second book just to see where the characters go, but I hope the story develops faster than this one did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Landline

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (397)

    Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

    Judi says: "Its not Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but its good"
    "I love the Rainbow Rowell/Rebecca Lowman combo"
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    I think I would love Rowell's style no matter who narrated her books, but Rebecca Lowman is such a great complement to her work. The premise of this book is a little far fetched but ultimately, it's about remembering why you fell in love with someone and fighting to get back to the magical days of a blossoming relationship. I hope Rainbow Rowell will continue to write adult books - though I'm also crazy about her YA books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself.

    Dawn Crenshaw-Chase says: "This book is great."
    "Good story about family"
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    Good book in line with Mcmillan's usual style. Enjoyed the characters and their various paths, but found the narration odd at times - it seemed like there was a different woman narrating at the beginning, but she dropped off partway through?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8058)
    Performance
    (7406)
    Story
    (7416)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Scary because it could really happen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print edition but I can assume Will Patton's narration adds a new level of suspense to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brady Hartsfield - a disgusting, disturbed and all-too-realistic villain.


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

    He brings a variety of characters to life with chilling, suspenseful results.


    If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Holly - to see what's really going on in her head.


    Any additional comments?

    This book terrified me because it could actually happen! Even scarier than some of King's more fantastical works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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