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Victoria Wright

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The Berkshires, MA | Member Since 2007

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  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (452)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Janis is still fabulous."
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    I loved her music as a teenager and love her music now. I was tickled to find this book here, and not even a bit disappointed. Loved every minute of it, and no one else could read it and do it justice. Brava!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lunatics: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (87)

    Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

    HRM says: "Warning ! may cause uncontrollable laughter"
    "What happened to Dave Barry?"
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    His wit is still evident, but he's become so bitter, bigoted, and misogynistic! I was so looking forward to listening to this book, and there were some very funny moments and observations, but there's a lot that is truly cringeworthy. The narration is very good, better than this rather mean spirited book deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1313)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Bryson's got the best job on the planet."
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    At this point, any book this guy writes, and especially if he narrates it, too, I will buy. Not only are they all fascinating (can you imagine hanging out, deciding what might be fun to research in depth and then write about it? And getting paid well to do it?). And his joy comes through. From The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, which is sweet and engaging and personal, to this new book, which illuminates not just a year but a nation at that time and the people who in one way or another represent that time, Bryson never disappoints. He has fun so we don't have to!

    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
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3214)
    Story
    (3232)

    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?"
    "Spoiler alert"
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    I don't often cry at a book, but I confess I was full-on weeping by the end of this one. Moyes has managed to show her readers both sides of several stories--rich versus working-class, able-bodied version quad, and most important, impaired freedom versus the release of suicide, mostly through the eyes of a smart and observant employee who becomes more and sees more than she expects.

    Love Moyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Left-Handed Dollar: An Amos Walker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Loren Estleman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Joseph Michael Ballista—“Joey Ballistic” to his Mob buddies—knows most of the ways to make an illegal buck, or “left-handed dollar”. That’s why he’s in trouble again. But his crafty lawyer, Lucille Lettermore—“Lefty Lucy” to just about every prosecutor she’s ever humiliated in court—is determined to free him by getting all his previous convictions set aside, beginning with one for attempted murder. She hires Detroit private detective Amos Walker to investigate the old crime.

    Serene Night says: "Sly and witty"
    "Gritty and hilarious"
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    The one-liners here are worth the price of admission. It is cynical, observant, funny, and of course, brilliantly read by the incomparable Stephen Hoye. Amos Walker reminds me of Sam Spade crossed with Phillip Marlowe. Hard to beat that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Should Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

    Laurie says: "Maybe I should have known better"
    "Intelligent"
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    It's always a pleasure to read a book that doesn't rehash hundreds of others, that keeps you alternately guessing and speaking aloud to the character, and makes you want to drive the long way home so you have an excuse to keep listening.

    Brava!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

    Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

    Kathy says: "A cure for what ails ya"
    "Just couldn't force myself to finish it"
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    This book is living proof that it should be against the law for authors to read their own books. Whatever might have been marginally amusing was utterly lost in her irritating, slow, rendition. The nice part about learning to cope with this crappy part of life is simply by moving on to the next book on your list. Don't bother with this even if its free.

    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
    (3211)
    Performance
    (2854)
    Story
    (2861)

    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"
    "Enough already"
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    Interesting premise, but by the end, you just are glad it's over. There were too many times I wanted to smack Harold--for making the pilgrimage in the first place (take a train, for chrissake, the woman is dying), for not being even remotely prepared for such a journey--and then by turning that into a righteous thing--and for years of choosing not to understand his wife's pain and the role he has played in it. Rather than being all things to the followers he collects along the way, he should have stayed at home and taken care of business.

    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
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2736)
    Story
    (2735)

    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.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Couldn't put it down"
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    Liane Moriarty does it again. Filled with quirky characters each with their own hidden problems, this book explores the problem of bullying by both children and adults. By having each character speak his or her own piece, the puzzle of the murder and the accusations of bullying slowly falls into place. Another winner from Moriarty. Her writing improves with every book, and it was entertaining to start with.

    0 of 0 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
    (201)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    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"
    "Didn't see it coming"
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    This is an evocative, fast-moving book about two women, one innocent and starry-eyed, the other hard-bitten and amoral, and the relationship they develop. We are drawn into Odalie's net with Rose, and learn about her as Rose does. Rose, however, doesn't guess whom she is dealing with until it is too late for her. I imagine that she just didn't want to face facts, and neither did I.

    Gretchen Mol is a terrific reader. I'll look for more books she narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henry and Rachel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laurel Saville
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Sent to live with a wealthy family on a West Indies plantation, Rachel carries with her a past shrouded in mystery. Drawn to her grit and fortitude, charming widower and fanciful inventor Henry is willing to overlook the vague explanations about her history. But after years of marriage, Rachel leaves Henry and their oldest son without explanation and sets off for New York City with their other four children. Is her flight the ultimate act of betrayal or one of extraordinary courage? Using real family letters, Laurel Saville reconstructs the secrets, tensions, and longings surrounding Rachel in this densely layered, poignant novel.

    Victoria Wright says: "Meh"
    "Meh"
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    I admit I didn't listen to the whole book, but I just couldn't. Henry is a misogynist, Rachel is weak and confused, and I just didn't care how the whole thing turned out. There are so many fabulous books in the world. Why waste your time feeling frustrated and annoyed?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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