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Emerson M.

Bethesda, MD United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 67 titles in library
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (3261)
    Story
    (3281)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Amazing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is even more relevant now than it was when first written.

    Claire Daines is an excellent narrator.

    Highly recommend this if it's been over twenty years since you last read it (like me).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (560)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Silly Story... Irritating Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is silly, riddled with plot holes and hard to fathom.
    How are Sophie and Amy connected to Clea? Almost sister-in-laws?
    Is Clea paying them for the audition tape/documentary/movie making?
    Why is Clea making her own audition tape?
    Why is Sophie fixing up the farm house for Clea?
    What does that have to do with making a quick audition tape?
    Why is the town fixated on the possibility the audition tape/movie/documentary might have porn?
    Why is Phin such an asshole?
    Why does Sophie even like him?
    Why does he like her?
    Why did I pick this book to listen to?

    Either I'm stupid and a poor listener or this book isn't well-written.

    I also didn't like the narrator at all. She reads too fast and didn't create enough distinction between how she read Sophie and Phin's dialogue making them almost seem to be the same person.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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