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Beverly

Hello! I'm a full-time nurse, part-time reader, chef, gardener and stylist! Love all my hobbies. Oh, and mother to Marley (shih-tzu) and Sam

Flovilla, Georgia, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 76 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    You'll stop at Europe's most diverting and historic locales and view the Old World through Bryson's tourist eye view in this affectionate, blisteringly insightful, and riotously funny pilgrimage from the frozen wastes of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul.

    Heather says: "I wish he were my neighbour."
    "Crack for Travel Junkies"
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    Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe starts out slow and in a remote, cold and desolate location that I have never had a desire to visit. I almost stopped listening right there. But I hung in there and was richly rewarded. Bill Bryson delivers a European travel log full of wit and unfaultering truth.

    I love the details of the travel hiccups and mishaps and of course totally related to the gaps in communication and the glaring differences between Americans and Europeans that after all make travel interesting and fun.

    The point of travel is to venture into the unfamiliar to view the unviewed and to meet the unknown. Bill Bryson took me on a trip through Europe and reminded me of how much I miss being there when I'm away.

    If you have previously visited Europe, you will enjoy the rekindling of memories, if you have never been to Europe, you will get a taste in this book.

    One note, this book is based on Bill Bryson's trip through Europe in the 1990s and much has changed and much has stayed the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bulls Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    A satisfying tale of honor, chance, and star-crossed love infused with Southern wit, grace, and charm - the story of two old Southern families. The Langleys have more money than the Morgan Stanley Bank. And they think they have more class. The Barrett family made their 19th-century fortune in a less distinguished manner: corner grocery stores and liquor stores.

    Ce Sea says: "Another great beach book"
    "Very Dorothea Benton Frank"
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    I like Dorothea Benton Frank novels and this was true to her form. It has lots of low country references, love lost, family dynamics and love found. It was entertaining and enjoyable. It is not a book that inspires great thought, but it is a nice retreat at the end of a busy day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Thread: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (329)

    Marie Bostwick weaves the unforgettable story of four very different women whose paths cross, changing their lives forever. It’s a long way from Fort Worth, Texas, to New Bern, Connecticut, yet it only takes a day in the charming Yankee town to make Evelyn Dixon realize she’s found her new home. The abrupt end of her marriage was Evelyn’s wake-up call to get busy chasing her dream of opening a quilt shop. Finding a storefront is easy enough; starting a new life isn’t....

    betty says: "Just a hint."
    "Not For Me"
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    This book simply was not a book for me. It was just too soft. I could not develop much feelings for the characters and the storyline. It was like a Hallmark movie. No depth and no substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vacationers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Emma Straub
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan.

    Toby says: "Engaging beginning, but interest declines"
    "It's Okay"
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    This is a quick listen so there is not a lot of commitment to the book or to the characters. The characters are not well explored and I didn't find myself attached to any of them. I thought the premiss was a good one and it could have been a fantastic book had it dug a little deeper into the thoughts and feelings of the characters.
    It is okay, just okay.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Original Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley's wildly successful Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish - till death did them part - for tanned-and-toned young Barbie brides. If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn't painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les's world and push her to the edge. She's had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he's doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she's going to take some time forherself - in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown.

    Judith D. Collins says: "Full of Sass and Southern Humor - Loved it!"
    "Fresh Air"
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    I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I really am not a chic-lit kind of reader, but I was looking for something a bit lighter than my normal reading material. I was pleasantly pleased with this book.
    I liked that the story centered on a mature character and that she was a strong woman with a sense of determination. I thought the main character was one of Dorothea Benton Frank's best. Les proved to be a formidible woman who maintained her dignitiy and her devotion to her family.
    The only weakness to this book was unfortunately the narrater. I am sure Robin Miles is great at reading other books, but this book was set in the south and the characters were southern. Robin Miles is definately not southern. I found the over reach of the southern accent to be a little distracting.
    All in all though I thought this was a really good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Hundred Summers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (181)

    Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip.

    L.W. says: "What a Memorable Summer Read"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    I really enjoyed this book. The story was captivating and the narrator was excellent. This book really came to life for me and began to feel as if I really knew the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (656)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Another Brilliant Hiassen"
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    I love reading anything by Carl Hiassen! His books are clever, insightful and hillarious. This one was dead on the money with the others. It kept me laughing out loud and rooting for the main character the entire way through. I hated to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3788)
    Performance
    (3421)
    Story
    (3442)

    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"
    "Flawless Narration"
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    The Handmaid's Tale is a frightening portrayal of another reality. A reality I pray will never exist.. In this novel, the world as we know it no longer exists. It has been wracked by chemical and nuclear "accidents" as well as opportunistic wars.

    Those who have risen to power, have created a scary existance for the rest of the population. Religious zealots now rule with an iron fist. They mandate all facets of life for everyone. The only way to survive is to accept their brutal form of religion where only the select few are considered worthy.

    Women of child-bearing age, who are found to remain fertile despite the chemicals that have ravaged the earth, are relagated to repopulate the earth. It is their duty. Their life is no longer their own. In fact no one's life is their own anymore.

    The novel is very thoughtfully written. The language flows beautifully and the narration is flawless. Claire Danes does the best narration I've listened to. She really captures the essance of the characters without embelishing them in anyway. She simply lets the characters be themselves and allows the author to create their voices.

    This book was written several years ago, but given the divide in our present time it seems more relevant now than it was when originally written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Those We Love Most

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lee Woodruff
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Life is good for Maura Corrigan. Married to her college sweetheart, Pete, raising three young kids with her parents nearby in her peaceful Chicago suburb, her world is secure. Then one day, in a single turn of fate, that entire world comes crashing down and everything that she thought she knew changes. Maura must learn to move forward with the weight of grief and the crushing guilt of an unforgivable secret. Pete senses a gap growing between him and his wife but finds it easier to escape to the bar with his friends.

    glamazon says: "Graceful Dealings With Difficult Dilemmas"
    "Not My Cup Of Tea"
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    I'm sure there are those out there who will love this book, just not me. It simply wasn't the type of book I enjoy. The subject had great potential, but the book just doesn't get deep enough into the soul of the characters.
    I just didn't bond with the characters in this book and didn't feel like I really got to know them well enough and therefore I found myself really not caring about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Don’t Care about Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Julie Klausner
    • Narrated By Julie Klausner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    In the tradition of Cynthia Heimel and Chelsea Handler, and with the boisterous iconoclasm of Amy Sedaris, Julie Klausner's candid and funny debut I Don't Care about Your Band sheds light on the humiliations we endure to find love - and the lessons that can be culled from the wreckage. I Don't Care about Your Band posits that lately the worst guys to date are the ones who seem sensitive. It's the jerks in nice guy clothing, not the players in Ed Hardy, who break the hearts of modern girls.

    Stephanie says: "pretty raunchy"
    "Still Laughing!"
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    Okay, I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book, so I just took a chance. In the beginning, I thought, hmm, not sure about this book. But after a couple of chapters, I was totally laughing out loud! I would listen in my car on my way to work and have tears of laughter rolling down my face. Then when at work, I would share bits of the book with my friends and force them to listen to parts of it at lunch. The humor is so similar to that shared by my friends and me.
    I also loved that the author reads this book. Usually I don't like author read books, but this time, hearing her story in her voice made all the difference.
    Now, I cannot stress this enough, if you are a prude in any way, do not listen to this book, it will surely offend you. But if you roll with the punches and enjoy true and honest tales that are told with brilliant humor, you will love this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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