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Rachel A

Dallas, GA | Member Since 2011

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  • While I Was Gone

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In the summer of 1968, Jo Becker ran out on the marriage and the life her parents wanted for her, and escaped, for one beautiful, idyllic year, into a life that was bohemian and romantic, living under an assumed name in a rambling group house in Cambridge. It was a time of limitless possibility, but it ended in a single instant when Jo returned home one night to find her best friend lying dead in a pool of blood on the living room floor.

    Ann Barrette says: "Join the pity party."
    "Don't waste your time..."
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    What would have made While I Was Gone better?

    Let's see...character development, an actual plot or purpose for the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was ok. I think she did the best she could with the material. She seemed like she was looking through a window at the characters though, instead of being a character. This is probably because of the poor character development to begin with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from While I Was Gone?

    I'd have redone everything.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character was ridiculous. I just didn't connect with her or even like her from the beginning. By the end of this long drawn out pile of garble, I was ready for her husband to just leave her and the book to end. I almost didn't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Madeleine Wickham
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    At the age of 18, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn't hesitate. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon - who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect.

    Meg says: "Excellent Listen"
    "Eh..."
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    Would you try another book from Madeleine Wickham and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Perhaps.


    Did The Wedding Girl inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to daydream...This books lost me about 5 mins in. I found myself daydreaming about winning the lottery after passing a MegaMillions billboard on the interstate. I even backed the track up and tried to get into it again, but I just couldn't. Maybe it was the narrator or maybe it was the story. Maybe it was my brain on that day, who knows.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed like the summary about the book that I read before buying made it up to be better than it was. I finally gave up on it at Chapter 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5633)
    Performance
    (3574)
    Story
    (3585)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "One of THE BEST books I've heard in a long time..."
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    Where does The Art of Racing in the Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably the best one so far. I bought it on a whim and fell in love with it. It wasn't even the type of book that I was looking for that day. I have recommended it to more than one person.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    My favorite was, of course, the dog. I loved Enzo instantly and constantly!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a dog person. This book made me laugh a lot because I sometimes think my dog thinks this way. This book made me cry as well...more than once. It's a touching story about love and loss (in more than one way). The ending though took the cake. I was boohoo-ing for 15 mins after it ended because Enzo's dream came true! Gosh, what a sap I am!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17683)
    Performance
    (15723)
    Story
    (15676)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen King Fan, but..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was to a point. I am a huge Stephen King fan, but sometimes it just takes the man too long to move the story along. This was the case for this book.


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

    I've liked others much more. I thought Sophie was the best character in the book. She was the gutsy one in both versions of the past. She lived a life with meaning, with or without Jake/George.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration was good, but I got tired of the guys voice by the 20th hour of listening. It was just too long.


    Did 11-22-63 inspire you to do anything?

    Go back in time? Er, no. But by the time this book was complete, I was ready to listen to something a bit lighter, especially after the going back to present time and there were deformed people everywhere. Bring on the chick-lit!


    Any additional comments?

    Took a while to get into and then wrap up. The middle was the best part when all of the action was happening -- was a bit long-winded otherwise. I love Stephen King but sometimes have to take him in small doses. Its intriguing to think where our country would be if JFK had not died though. And the butterfly effect is such a fascinating concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (254)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Ok Book. Maybe a bit long."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The length. I think the points of this story could have been made in about half of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters were well defined and developed, but the plot was somewhat predictable. The narrator was good with the voices. I liked the Irish accent better than the American one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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