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Jean Tribble

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  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (363)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    karen says: "Wanted very much to like this book, but....."
    "Awful"
    Overall

    This may be the worst book I ever finished reading or listened to. I believe Conroy put 139 awful things that could happen in life in a hat and picked out 27. No redeeming value at all.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7293)
    Performance
    (6682)
    Story
    (6688)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Depressed before you start? Don't read this!"
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    What disappointed you about The Goldfinch?

    The Goldfinch was so sad. Theo states it correctly when he says "one calamity after another," I could barely go on but I did. The Goldfinch was like looking at a train wreck and not being able to take your eyes of the misery. I am glad to be out of Theo's life.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    My brother suggested The Goldfinch because he had read Donna Tart"s first book and was so excited about this new book. I don't think I will ever read Tartt again unless I am one day so happy and thrilled about life that I need somekind of awful reality check!


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

    Pittu's performance was incredible - all of the voices were perfect. He was the best thing about this book.


    What character would you cut from The Goldfinch?

    I would not cut any character. Tartt did do a good job of character developement.


    Any additional comments?

    Misery, pure misery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infatuations

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Javier Marías, Margaret Jull Costa (translator)
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    At the Madrid café where she stops for breakfast each day before work, María Dolz finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Though she can hardly explain it, observing what she imagines to be their "unblemished" life lifts her out of the doldrums of her own existence. But what begins as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement when the man is fatally stabbed in the street. María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, and at the couple’s home she meets - and falls in love with - another man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime.

    stl1111 says: "Skip this one!"
    "Was the book awful or boring or just not my cup..."
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    What would have made The Infatuations better?

    This book may have been tolerable with a better narrator. This woman was a whiner. I will not listen to another book with this reader


    What could Javier Marías and Margaret Jull Costa (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe the book lost something in translation. The story would go on and on saying things like - maybe he did this or maybe he did that or maybe he even did the other. This happened over and over again. It was so boring.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was the worst I have ever heard.


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

    I was sad and disappointed that I wasted my time on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was reviewed on NPR. Maybe this book was meant to be read instead of listened to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10558)
    Performance
    (9583)
    Story
    (9604)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Don't be fooled by 14"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would like the book.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    The beginning, middle and end did not go together. Promising beginning but then the story falls a part.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Porter’s performances?

    Great reader but he did not have good material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 14?

    The other world fight out would be removed.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea why I picked yhis book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15682)
    Performance
    (13909)
    Story
    (13944)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Why Use the F Word?"
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    I am not a prude by any way, shape or form but I did not enjoy hearing the F-word all the time.
    These characters were writers. They were creative people. They would have been creative with thier words.
    The author spun a great yarn but the author should have used more creative words.
    The performances were very well done.
    The author needs to buy a thesaurus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (330)

    Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

    Beverly says: "For the Love of Children and Dogs"
    "Started Early, Could Not Stop Listening!"
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    I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Jackson Brody, Tracy Waterhouse, Courtney, Tilly and many more characters with depth and charm.
    I will be a Jackson Brody fan from now on and am thrilled to know he lived before this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rooms: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James L. Rubart
    • Narrated By James L. Rubart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    One rainy day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, 25-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning, brand-new, 9,000-square-foot house. When bizarre things start happening there, locals tell cynical Micah the place is “spiritual”. But he will slowly discover the home isn’t just spiritual....

    nixie says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Rooms"
    Overall

    Worst written book I have ever listened to. If the book was suppose to make me reflect on my own life it did... It made me wonder why I was wasting my time putting my ear buds in my ears.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3636)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1138)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Thank you so much!"
    Overall

    What a wonderful gift! I appreciate your kindness! May your holiday include such blessings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nanny Returns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Nan is back. After living abroad for 12 years, she and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to make a life for themselves. In the midst of getting her new business off the ground and fixing up their fixer-upper, Ryan announces his sudden desire to start a family. His timing simply couldn't be worse. To compound the mounting chaos, her former charge, Grayer X, now 16 years old, makes a drunken, late-night visit, wanting to know why she abandoned him all those years ago.

    Joe says: "Ok"
    "Awful!"
    Overall

    This was one of the worst book I have ever read/heard. Not one character had a redeeming quality. Well maybe the little boy. I hope the authors refrain from writing a sequel to this one. Surely they know more words than the F bomb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well and the Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gin Phillips
    • Narrated By T. J. Kenneally, Margaret Nichols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1931 in Carbon Hill, a small Alabama coal-mining town, nine-year-old Tess Moore watches a woman shove the cover off the family well and toss in a baby without a word. For the Moore family, focused on helping anyone in need during the Great Depression, the apparent murder forces them to face the darker side of their community and question the motivations of family and friends.

    Jean Tribble says: "Uplifting Depression Era Novel"
    "Uplifting Depression Era Novel"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful novel about a very strong family living though very hard times. All the characters are so believable and the reader is transported to another place and time. I look forward to Gin Phillips' next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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