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Mary

Iowa City, IA, United States

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  • Friendship Bread: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darien Gee
    • Narrated By Nancy Linari
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, arrive home to find an unexpected gift on the front porch: a homemade loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a simple note: "I hope you enjoy it." Also included are a bag of starter, instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others. Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Julia remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life. She’d just as soon toss the anonymous gift….

    Michelle says: "Tasty Treat!"
    "pretty lame"
    Overall

    This is one my husband would call a "chick novel." It's not trash, but pretty low level writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1391)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Please get a good reader, Barbara!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Flight Behavior? What did you like least?

    Beautifully written, as always...


    If you’ve listened to books by Barbara Kingsolver before, how does this one compare?

    I've read many of her books, loved most of them.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Kingsolver?

    I don't know narrators names, but Kingsolver's sing song, immature voice is NOT right for this book.


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

    not sure


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (432)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "horrendous reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Last Child better?

    different reader


    What could John Hart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    better reader


    How could the performance have been better?

    better reader


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Child?

    lots of them. Sorry, I can't remember which ones, but the book offered so many scenes that were irrelevant to the plot - like the partner of the hero's arrest? What was that all about?


    Any additional comments?

    This reader sounded like an 8 year old giving his first reading. "The" became "thee" most of the time. The schwa article, "a", was read with a long A, again sounding like someone who read differently than he spoke. BAD! I have to ask, did this reader really get paid for this performance?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (427)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "painful, but excellent"
    Overall

    This is a beautifully written book. The author is the reader. She sounds immature, but what comes out of her mouth is amazing. Alzheimer's disease is probably everyone's worst nightmare and I probably would never have listened to this book were it not on my book club's list. It's really great, but really painful. I don't regret having listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (560)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "One of Picoult's best"
    Overall

    I was pleasantly surprised to listen to such a good, timely book by Picoult. It reminds me of her early books. Really good and right on target with today's social issues.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3020)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1256)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "lousy reader"
    Overall

    Another good DeMille story, but the reader ruined it for me. His sarcastic tone throughout the book was so annoying. It was an attempted John Wayne drawl with a Brooklyn snarl. Yuck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (788)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "mixed bag"
    Overall

    beautifully written, beautifully read. I couldn't stop listening, but the ending was so bizarre, so sad, so unfulfilling! I'm a dog trainer, so I found all the dog stuff really compelling, but a bit off the mark. The character development was great. The story had so much potential, but why the author decided to end it this was still baffles me. It's not just that it was sad, but so much was unresolved. The bad guy (Claude) wasn't exposed. Edgar's mother never knew he was the cause of all her grief. The blinded sherrif had her in a wrestling lock?? now how bizarre is that?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (220)

    When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.

    Cheryl D says: "Like a train wreck you can't turn away"
    "Lousy reader"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating story altho not real well written. But the reader is pretty bad. She has a juvenile voice, overenunciates and acts as though she's in a speech contest rather than reading a real life thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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