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Nom D. Plume

J.S.H.

Ohio | Member Since 2014

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  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (449)

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Good mix of fiction and history"
    "Surprised Guy Here"
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    What did you love best about Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker?

    We travel often and have, for years, listened to Audible books on our trips. I received a tip at work that my wife would enjoy "Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker" so I suggested it. We downloaded and began listening.

    While this is not an "edge-of-the-seat-page-turner" it was very well written and gave great insight into one of the greatest president's we have ever had. Since I do the majority of the driving I need something that will keep my interest and keep me awake. This book did just that.

    The best part? For a guy: It didn't dwell heavily on the dressmaking aspect of things!


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

    Her inflections as well as her well thought out voicing of the characters were very good. Sometimes narrators go over the top and voice a character in a manner that seems ridiculous. Christina Moore seemed to capture most of the characters quite well.


    If you could take any character from Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    President Abraham Lincoln...duh! LOL. Who would choose to go with any of the other characters???


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very thought provoking narrative. I appreciate the short addendum at the end of the book explaining what part was fictionalized in order to tell a better story, but over all it was a very true telling of actual events.

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  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25347)
    Performance
    (21067)
    Story
    (21052)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "I hate to be Cliche'"
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    What disappointed you about The Girl on the Train?

    I wanted to stay away from saying things like "A root canal would be more enjoyable" and "It made my ears bleed." I purchased this because it was supposed to a thrller. The biggest thrill was when I finally turned it off. It was difficult to follow, it lacked substance and, ultimately, sounded like the ramblings of a delusional woman who needs major psychiatric therapy and new purpose in life. (Anything but writing.)

    I bemoan the fact that I wasted an entire credit on this particular misrepresentation of literature. The best I can do is warn others: DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME ON THIS.


    What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

    Boring. Boring. Did I mention boring? Oh, and the fact that it was hard to follow and incredibly boring.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Monotone, like a neurotic woman on a high dose of Xanax attempting to describe her delusions.


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

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not waste your money or time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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