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Elizabeth

DALLAS, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 65 ratings
  • 639 titles in library
  • 55 purchased in 2014
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  • The Middlesteins: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jami Attenberg
    • Narrated By Molly Ringwald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food - thinking about it, eating it - and if she doesn't stop, she won't have much longer to live. When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession.

    Lisa says: "Great story - Narration leaves A LOT to be desired"
    "I just wanted more"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I was so excited about this book, reading the pre-publication praise and summaries. However, once I finished it, I was left wanting more, specifically more insight into the characters. I thought the brief explanation of Edie's childhood where her mom fed her to comfort her was too facile and reductionist as an explanation for her later obesity. It didn't do justice to her as a character to reduce her complete self-destruction through food in that way. She was the most interesting and engaging part of the book, but, like the other charaters, not very well developed. I felt the promise of the book (a comprehensive portrait of a family) was not fullfilled. It was more like a sketch of a family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Nilly is the new kid in school, but he doesn’t let that or his tiny size slow him down. After all, he has his smart mouth, quick wits, and fearless nature to see him through. Nilly quickly makes two special friends: Lisa, a girl whose own best friend has just moved, and Doctor Proctor, who has (1) a tragic past (including lost love and betrayal) and (2) a talent for inventing things like industrial strength fart powder.

    Dawn says: "GREAT story!"
    "the kids like it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Well, my 6 year old and 4 year old really like it. I feel the plot is bizarre and rambling and hard to follow. On the plus side, the brief insights/references into life in Norway are fun, and it doesn't condescend to its audience. But overall I find it somewhat hard to get engaged in as an adult. But, I'm not the target audience so I probably should let my 6 year old weigh in- "it's awsome"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10984)
    Performance
    (9964)
    Story
    (9986)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Engaging and fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    In reading reviews I was concerned this would be "horror" like a horror movie. I don't watch horror movies and stear clear of media that are too violent or scary (for me Silence of the Lambs, though good, was too scary). I debated whether or not to buy this based on others' descriptions of the book as being like a Stephen King or modern horror classic. Just FYI for anyone else who doesn't like that genre, this book is not "horror" in that way. It is more sci fi/adventure or more classic "horror" like Lovecraft or Poe. In terms of scare-factor, it's comparable to the TV show, "Lost". Also, it was a great listen, very engaging, didn't want to pause it, etc.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cotillion

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    The three great-nephews of cantankerous Mr Penicuik know better than to ignore his summons, especially when it concerns the bestowal of his fortune. His freakish plan is that his fortune will be his step-daughter's dowry.

    connie says: "Don't judge this book by its cover."
    "my favorite Georgette Heyer"
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    Would you listen to Cotillion again? Why?

    I already have twice


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading/listening to Georgette Heyer about 4 years ago and just fell into the rabbit hole. It's all I wanted to read/listen to. This one is my favorite because I laughed out loud and it was somewhat less predictable than the others (not that predictability takes away from enjoyment of those others-much). I think I may have teared up at a few points too, and I'm pretty jaded generally. I also love The Unknown Ajax and The Black Sheep. If you are just starting with Georgette Heyer, start with one of those, as they are more in her typical mold, and save this one for a "palate cleanser" when you want one that is less typical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6057)
    Performance
    (2851)
    Story
    (2875)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "great narration and a story that hooks you in"
    Overall

    Lost a little in the last quarter, but that's better than so many fantasy books out there that it didn't take much away. Well-written, engaging, just felt the ending didn't live up to the awesome beginning. Would reommend it to any fantasy lover, or even to a non-fantasy reader like myself, who just likes a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2624)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2225)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Shawn says: "Great Storyline and a Fun Read"
    "I really wanted to like it more but"
    Overall

    the young-adult-ness of the writing is pretty painfully obvious and really served to distract me from the narrative. It seems the intended audience is more 11-13 rather than teens, per se.(and yeah, I'm 36 but have loved YA in the past, see below) At first I thought it was just the narrator's fault for sounding so didactic, but I eventually came around to the fact that it's also the prose. "there were so many secrets. they all had secrets. I wanted to ask all the secrets, to know their answers, but no one was talking" this is (bad paraphrase, but I heard this sentiment repeated 15 times in the first part of the book. I really wanted this to take me where "Hunger Games" did. and it really didn't.

    18 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34917)
    Performance
    (25988)
    Story
    (26355)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Gripping story"
    Overall

    Wow- wanted to listen in 1 straight shot, but needed to sleep in between. Very gripping story. there's a bit of YA silliness, but only a bit. got used to the narrator pretty quickly, although at the beginning she was enunciating so distinctly it sounded like she was addressing a very slow child.
    Overall the story was engrossing and I can't wait for the sequel. Would caution the squeamish that there's some pretty gruesome violence.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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