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Bridget

RICHMOND, VA, United States

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  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Can't get into the book."
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    Would you try another book from Alexandra Fuller and/or Bianca Amato?

    I don't know.


    Has Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't think the performance is this issue.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness?

    Unsure as I haven't finished the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is poorly written, and contains way to much information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27271)
    Performance
    (21012)
    Story
    (21094)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Couldn't get into it."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure. I restarted it several times. I just couldn't get interested enough in it. I was disappointed but I had heard it was very good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    Not sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think sometimes his voices were a little confusing to tell who the characters were.


    What character would you cut from A Game of Thrones?

    Couldn't tell you, because I didn't get very far.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Worth the time!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a long book that has some interesting twists.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    I don't think I could compare this to another book.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you could take any character from 1Q84 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The writer


    Any additional comments?

    Very good. Such a long book. And interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6223)
    Performance
    (5389)
    Story
    (5384)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Very confusing."
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    What disappointed you about Beautiful Ruins?

    I felt like it jumped between to many characters and eras.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Edoardo Ballerini’s performances?

    Sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion, and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like I would have to listen to this book again just to figure out all the details. But I don't want to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1641)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Maria says: "Perfect Ending!"
    "Makes me want to go to the Inn."
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    Would you listen to The Perfect Hope again? Why?

    No.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This question is difficult to answer for this book. This book focus' on two characters but the other books focus on different characters. They are all good.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    All of them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me happy, and I cried.


    Any additional comments?

    The trilogy was predictable. But still worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11015)
    Performance
    (6204)
    Story
    (6253)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Not sure why they made a movie out of this book."
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    Would you try another book from Yann Martel and/or Jeff Woodman?

    Not sure.


    What could Yann Martel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take out the first 2 hrs and 45 minutes.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Woodman’s performance?

    N/A


    Was Life of Pi worth the listening time?

    No.. It took me a while to get into it.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I continued to listen to Life of Pi was because I wanted to see the movie. Both weren't as good as I thought that they would be. The book is better though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1091)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "Surprised by the similarities."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gabriel's Inferno to be better than the print version?

    No, I only listen to Audio books while I'm working. I don't have much time outside of work to read print books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the female role the best. She overcame a lot and go Gabriel in the end.


    What about John Morgan’s performance did you like?

    It was good. Liked the voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ohh I don't know... Might have to pay me to come up with the tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    The books has surprising similarities to 50 Shades; but it is still a good book and stands on it's own (especially after the 2nd book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1024)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "A decent book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Fielding to be better than the print version?

    I prefer Audio as I listen to them while I work. I don't have much time outside of work to read a print version.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable, but the one twist was good.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    If you could take any character from The Art of Fielding out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I really like the President of the University character.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (386)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "Excellent Book"
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    Would you listen to The Last Chinese Chef again? Why?

    No, I don't usually listen or read books again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed the Chef. He was determined to be successful.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers and James Chen – was your favorite?

    James Chen


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When his father came to China.


    Any additional comments?

    Unpredictable book. Normally I am able to predict books within the first couple of hours. I was intrigued throughout the entire book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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