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Gala A. Van Eaton

Ahnnie

Norman, OK, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Living

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Annie Dillard
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Ninety miles north of Seattle on the Washington coast lies Bellingham Bay, where a rough settlement founded in the 1850s would become the town of Whatcom. Here, the Lummi and Nooksack Indian people fish and farm, hermits pay their debts in sockeye salmon, and miners track gold-bearing streams.

    Gala A. Van Eaton says: "So glad I hung in there."
    "So glad I hung in there."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Living?

    I came to love the characters, and Dillard's exacting descriptions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She made me feel I could see and touch the Pacific Northwest, it was real and true.


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

    No, but she did a fine job on this.


    Any additional comments?

    It started slowly for me but I kept on--I was confused by so many characters. So glad I kept with it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spring Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.

    Sharon says: "Still funny, interesting characters, laughs"
    "Below average."
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Spring Fever?

    The coyingly sweet delivery of the reader was more than I could bear.


    What could Mary Kay Andrews have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    People who like writers like James Patterson might like this.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen McInerney’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Hate that I spent money on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1867)
    Story
    (1854)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Average at best."
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    Story
    What would have made The Chaperone better?

    It was so slow I couldn't wait to turn it off.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Moriarty’s story?

    Shallow and light.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth McGovern’s performances?

    Not really.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Chaperone?

    I wouldn't have started in the first place.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2556)
    Story
    (2558)

    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"
    "Compelling story."
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Boomers can certainly identify with Harold Fry.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    The moment he decided to keep walking.


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

    No, but nicely done.


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

    I liked it a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth reading. Above average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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