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Pamela

BARRINGTON, RI, United States

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  • 12 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 147 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jill McCorkle
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Too Bad"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Life After Life?

    This book was a big disappointment for me. It was not at all what I expected. Based on the summary, I thought the story would revolve around the life stories, lessons learned and wisdom of the residents of a home for the elderly as told to two younger women - a hospice volunteer and a hairdresser/manicurist who work there. That is not what the book delivered. The stories were disjointed, it was difficult to keep the characters straight and there were no life lessons or wisdom anywhere to be found. Most of the characters were unlikable and there was no resolution to any of the subplots.


    Has Life After Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I'm attracted to novels that look back at a character's life with reflection and wisdom. This one was just not very well done.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Except for when there was dialogue (which was seldom), she droned on in a boring monotone with no effort to distinguish one narrator/character from another. I would not listen to another book narrated by her.


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

    Disappointment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2495)
    Performance
    (2204)
    Story
    (2196)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "A Heartfelt Story from a Master Storyteller"
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    Khaled Hosseini has done it again. He's written another fabulous book that practically defies description. The story told in And the Mountains Echoed is so intricate and yet told so clearly that the reader is amazed as the complexity as the story unfolds. The story spans generations and countries, but is authentic and real and heart felt. I can't praise it enough. The narrators were also terrific, though the accent of one of the male narrators took some time to get used to. 5 stars - It was amazing. I loved it!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Typist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Rindell
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.

    Pamela says: "Intriguing, Original Story"
    "Intriguing, Original Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    Interesting tale about 1920's Prohibition Era NYC. The story centers around two young women who work as typists in a police precinct. This was really intriguing novel that grabs your attention right from the start. Difficult to review since the book really should be read completely "blind" as the author intended. If you are planning on reading this one, do yourself a favor and don't read any reviews, etc. beyond what is written on the inside book jacket.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of the City: Tales of the City, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (333)

    For more than three decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture...from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales of the City is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

    Nancy J says: "Sparkling, Witty and Touching!"
    "Too Many Tales"
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    Any additional comments?

    I only finished this book because I had a couple of days to wait for my next credit. I did enjoy the 70s references (TAB, macrame plant holders, mood rings, halter tops, etc) and the "main" main character's story is fairly compelling. But the problem was that there are too many main characters and I just found that I wasn't all that interested in most of them. I understand that this book (and at least one of its sequels - there are 7, I think), was made into a miniseries. That makes perfect sense. A miniseries can certainly handle multiple plot lines and multiple main characters. Works great on TV, not so much in book form. At least, not for me. On a positive note, Frances McDormand does a great job as narrator. 1 star - I didn't like it. (4 stars for McDormand)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Life on the Other Side: A Psychic's Tour of the Afterlife

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sylvia Browne, Lindsey Harrison
    • Narrated By Sylvia Browne
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    In her phenomenal New York Times best seller The Other Side and Back, acclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne introduced millions of people to a world beyond our own, where they saw for the first time that death was not the end but just another phase in our eternal journey.

    Thomas says: "Wonderful"
    "Be Willing to Suspend your Disbelief"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm usually not one to read this type of book, but when audible had it on their sale list and I was desperate for something to listen to, I decided to give it a try. Full disclosure, I am very skeptical of psychics/mediums, etc, but I do find some of the stories of communicating with the dead to be fascinating, so I thought this book might be entertaining. The beginning of the book was rather interesting. The author begins by explaining how she has always been able to see spirits and that she has a relationship with a spirit guide, who helps her to understand the spirit world. Far fetched, but still interesting. However, when she moves away from this topic that is when she loses me...COMPLETELY. The main point of this book is to describe to the reader what the other side (heaven) looks like and what life is like there. She goes into great detail and all I can say is - she has a vivid imagination. She's either a charlatan or a nut. Either way, she's made a fortune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (315)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Sand says: "A vivid and revealing slice of NYC history"
    "Fascinating Story about an Interesting Woman"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed this novel about Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary. I didn't know much about Mary before reading this book and I found it fascinating on many levels - Mary's life in NYC in the late 1800s and early 1900s, her inability to understand that she was a healthy "carrier" of a potentially deadly illness and the way the medical community dealt with outbreaks of illness in a time before vaccines and antibiotics. All of it fascinating. The narrator was easy to listen to and did a decent job with Mary's brogue. An enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3449)
    Performance
    (3129)
    Story
    (3145)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Couldn't wait to finish. Didn't want it to end."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story was compelling and handled realistically. The narration was also quite good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the topic and the fact that it was handled in a way that avoided being overly sentimental or horribly maudlin.


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

    I have not listened to Susan Lyon before so I can't compare. But I would happily listen to something else she narrates.


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

    Yes, I really was so anxious to learn how the story was going to play out. But at the same time, I was enjoying it so much I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in memory that I simultaneously couldn't wait to finish, yet didn't want to end. The book could have been extremely sappy and sentimental or horribly maudlin, but happily Moyes did a fabulous job of not exploiting all the drama. Had she done that this could have easily turned out to be a very different book. A great story and a wonderful "listen". 5 stars - It was amazing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1311)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1182)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "A Bit Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Susannah Cahalan and/or Heather Henderson?

    Heather Henderson did a fine job narrating. I would listen to another of her narrations. I'm not sure about Susannah Cahalan. It might depend on the topic.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.


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

    I have not listened to anything else by Heather.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I was interested to read this book due to the fact that it deals with a medical mystery - and a psychiatric one at that. While the author's story is certainly scary and it really is a miracle that she was able to get a proper diagnosis and recover fully, the book was not as compelling as I had hoped. I can't really put my finger on why, but I did find my mind wandering quite often as I was listening to it. At times I felt that the story droned on and on a bit too much. Not a bad read, but don't expect to be on the edge of your seat. 2.5 stars - It was more than OK, but not quite GOOD.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2362)

    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!"
    "Be Willing to Suspend Your Disbelief"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure it could be a 4 or 5 star book for me. I did enjoy the first half of the book and would give it 3 stars, but the second half of the book was just too bizarre and over the top for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maria Semple again?

    I'm not sure. It would depend on the storyline.


    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    Kathleen Wilhoite's performance was flawless! She is certainly one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. I was surprised and saddened to see that this is the only book she has narrated here on Audible. I hope that changes very soon.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

    I would have rewritten the the second half of the book. It was far too unrealistic for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annabel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kathleen Winter
    • Narrated By Tandy Cronyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Kathleen Winter’s poignant debut novel was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In it, Winter explores society’s views of gender identity through the eyes of a child born with male and female sex organs. At their doctor’s urging, the Blakes decide to raise their child as a boy, Wayne, giving him hormones to suppress his feminine physical traits. But after discovering the secret about his body, Wayne decides to stop taking his medication and lets his body develop naturally.

    Paula says: "A Very Well-Written Story That Sticks With You"
    "A Search for True Identity"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    There are some books that I would recommend to absolutely everyone. This is not one of those books. However, I would not hesitate to recommend it to certain friends who I know would enjoy this particular story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathleen Winter before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books by Kathleen Winter. But, I did enjoy this one enough that I will certainly explore her other works.


    What about Tandy Cronyn’s performance did you like?

    I thought Tandy Cronyn performance was wonderful. She was very easy to listen to and did a good job of differentiate the characters without "trying too hard". I would most definitely listen to other books narrated by her.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story of a child born a hermaphrodite in a remote area of Canada in 1968 and raised as a boy. While it was interesting to see how this young boy slowly learned the truth about his birth and the nature of his body, I felt that at times the reactions of his parents, those around him and even he himself were not all that realistic. At least they didn't ring true to me. I still enjoyed the story about how Wayne chose to deal with the truth about himself. For me, it was a 3.5 star read - "I liked it", but it didn't quite make it to "I really liked status".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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