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Valerie

los angeles, US, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • You Came Back: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Christopher Coake
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Thirty-something Midwesterner Mark Fife believes he has successfully moved past the accidental death of his young son, Brendan, as well as his subsequent divorce from his college sweetheart, Chloe. He's successful, he's in love again, and he believes he's mastered his own memories. But then he is contacted by a strange woman who tells him not only that she owns his old house, but that she believes it to be haunted by Brendan's ghost.

    Patrick says: "Good story, but not great"
    "Blah"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Christopher Coake and/or Scott Holst?

    Not without reading reviews first


    What was most disappointing about Christopher Coake’s story?

    The story took a different direction from what I expected and as it unfolded I cared less and less about the characters involved in the tale.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I had no issue with the performance by Scot Hoist. It was the story he told.


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

    I was surprised I actually finished it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2677)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2403)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Loved Bernadette!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    Already did. The story is so easy to fall into. Clever, sharp writing and fantastic narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bernadette. So unique. I was fascinated and amused by her at every turn.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't pick just one.


    Any additional comments?

    Totally worth the credit. Everyone I know who loves to read/listen loved this book. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12104)
    Performance
    (10993)
    Story
    (11019)

    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!!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    I will for sure. The story was great, the narration was excellent and I loved the twists and turns that unfolded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Entering 14


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He truly brought life and personality to every person in the story


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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