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Caryn

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Collingswood, New Jersey, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (536)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "Better than I expected"
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    Where does Three Fates rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 20


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

    I haven't heard this narrator before. I liked her and would listen to other books she narrates but I can't say she was one of my favorites...yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marissa Walsh
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (387)

    Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate.

    Caryn says: "I could not finish!"
    "I could not finish!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    better distinction between the chapters or sections. I didn't know where one ended and the next began


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I could get past the first 30 minutes


    What didn’t you like about Margie Lenhart’s performance?

    She was reading to fast. I couldn't tell where a paragraph ended and the next one began! Everything was strung together like a giant stream of conciousness.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (2970)
    Performance
    (2641)
    Story
    (2673)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "You get what you pay for...it was free"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I could get past the first 15 minutes. I don't know who it would appeal to


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Thurber again?

    Maybe.


    What didn’t you like about Ben Stiller’s performance?

    It was okay and I am sure he could be great. The material was just something I couldn't get past.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know. I couldn't listen to it long enough to make a judgement.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1005)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "One of the best of the best!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of How the Light Gets In to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read any of the print versions of Louise Perry's mysteries. I love the narration of her books. Ralph Cosham is great. He really is the characters of Three Pines.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    He is Three Pines! Usually my favorite character is Gamache but in this case my favorite character is Myrna.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure why I liked this book so much. It definitely was one of my favorites. It was a little more suspenseful than earlier books and I listened it in just two days...couldn't stop until I knew how it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6621)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2938)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "I really liked this one."
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    What did you love best about The Lincoln Lawyer?

    Very entertaining without any upd and downs just good all the way through.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mickey


    What about Adam Grupper’s performance did you like?

    Very good narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (2552)
    Story
    (2566)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "I love Kate Morton's books!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    Caroline Lee is an excellent narrator and Kate Morton does an great job of transporting the reader to the time and place. I really felt like I was there.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kate Morton's stories. Each one is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (425)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "GRAMMY Winning Worthy!"
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    If you could sum up Society's Child in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing, charming, well-read


    What does Janis Ian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is her story so hearing it in her voice means you move at her pace. If I read the written words I might put emphasis on parts that she did not and vice versa. It really was like sitting down and talking to an old friend.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (825)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Very Interesting perspective."
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    What did you love best about The Murder of the Century?

    I liked the fast pace and the descriptions of the New York that was.


    If you could give The Murder of the Century a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Read all about it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    Marty Kalish is a young man suffocating in the heat of an affair with a married woman named Rachel. When Rachel's husband disappears one night, Marty is one of the first to be questioned. With few likely suspects, the police arrest him for murder. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can't be completely sure.

    Cynthia says: "Outstanding!"
    "It took awhile but it was worth it"
    Overall

    This started out very slow and I alost didn't finish listening to it. I decided to push through and it was worth it. It is one of the few mysteries that I didn't figure out half way through. The slow start may even have made it more exciting as I got more involved with the characters and the story. The narrator did a fabulous job and I am looking forward to another story from the same author and narrator. They are a great pairing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (325)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "I tried to like it but it was impossible"
    Overall

    I really hated this audiobook! would have given it 0 stars if I could. I didn't expect a great deal but I didn't find it touching or amusing or funny at all. The characters were boring, whiney and unsympathetic. Usually I like when authors read their own work but I don't think Ms. Larkin did any justice to her story. Definitely not worth the cost!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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