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Chilliwack, BC, Canada | Member Since 2008

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 390 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "What's all the fuss about?"
    What did you like best about Beautiful Ruins? What did you like least?

    It's an easy listen, but that's all it is. Not sure why it is being compared so favourably with The Help because they are leagues apart in creativity and style.

    What aspect of Edoardo Ballerini’s performance would you have changed?

    I've listened to several books performed by Ballerini. He has a great voice and good inflection - but some of his accents are horrible. I think if an actor can't give an adequate rendition of an accent it would be better if they just didn't bother; then we could have been spared Ballerini's attempts at various British accents - all of which were painfully bad.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    It's an easy, enjoyable listen, but if you're looking for something of the quality of The Help look somewhere else.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maya's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Isabel Allende
    • Narrated By Maria Cabezas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Neglected by her parents, 19-year-old Maya Nidal has grown up in Berkeley with her grandparents. Her grandmother Nini is a force of nature, a woman whose formidable strength helped her build a new life after emigrating from Chile in 1973. Popo, Maya's grandfather, is a gentle man whose solid, comforting presence helps calm the turbulence of Maya's adolescence. When Popo dies of cancer, Maya goes completely off the rails, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime in a downward spiral that eventually bottoms out in Las Vegas.

    Natalie says: "Not Allende's Usual Standard"
    "Not Allende's Usual Standard"

    I usually love Allende's novels and was eager to listen to her latest work. It's okay, but it certainly doesn't match her usual standard. The story just isn't that interesting, and I'm surprised that she produced something so predictable and average. Maya's Notebook has received rave reviews on Amazon, and I'm left wondering what they read that I didn't. Dull and disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Although I think King is a brilliant writer, I don't tend to read his books. They scare me. Ridiculous, I know, but true. However, I decided to listen to this one because I really wanted to get more of a handle on his writing style. I didn't realize that it wasn't a horror story - that was just a bonus for me. The story is completely absorbing. My family complained that I had my mps player on during my every spare moment. I don't think this has ever happened with an audio book before. Others have said it is the audio equivalent of a page turner and I totally agree. The story is fascinating, complex, and imaginative. The characters are totally absorbing. I found myself surprised and shocked at each turn of the story, desperately wanting Jake/George to succeed, and hoping for vengeance on the wicked. The story is full of surprises but it also includes a delightful love story that is both passionate and touching. I cried at the end of the book. A first for me. The narrator is extraordinary. I think he's the best I've heard - an amazing talent who brings every character to life. I quickly forgot that there was only one person reading this story because he becomes a full cast.

    Fabulous. Can't recommend it highly enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ted Bell's Nick of Time is an epic adventure story starring young Nick McIver, who uses a time machine to rescue two young children taken prisoner by pirates. Along the way, with courageous feats of derring-do, not to mention his resourcefulness, our young hero - "the most reliable boy in England" - changes the course of events in two time periods, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II.

    A User says: "It's like the good guys always win!!"
    "Excellent for kids and adults."

    This is a great book for all ages. My ten year old was thoroughly gripped by the story and the historicl insights, and my younger kids were completely absorbed by it all. Finally, a great adventure story for kids that doesn't rely on the ugly supernatural to capture their interest.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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