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David

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (462)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Thought Provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Emily and Einstein again? Why?

    I have so many titles in my library and perhaps I should go back and begin to listen to them all again. Would this be on the top of my begin again list? Well no, it isn't "The Pillars Of The Earth", but I truly enjoyed the many layers of this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emily and Einstein?

    When the dog was telling his part of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Each time Einstein the dog had to "reevaluate" his thinking in order to "not fade away."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Being an extreme dog lover, it made me both laugh and cry. The idea that a man in a dog's body can better understand his human nature and fix his flaws is genius!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (314)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Worst Listen In Over a Hundred Books!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy better?

    I've been a member of Audible for many years and have over a hundred books in my library. In all of that time I have never listened to a book that was this irritating and pointless. I've given it several hours and am just plain done trying to let it live up to the first two BJ books!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I feel sorry for the narrator. What she could have done better would have been to turn the job down!


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

    That I can use my guarantee and get my points back!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated By Edna O'Brien
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Caithleen and Baba, first encountered in The Country Girls, are now living in Dublin, where they discuss men, drink gin, and try to look fast. Cait, in the pursuit of true love, becomes involved with the fanatically domineering Eugene Gaillard. Painful disillusion and occasional moments of bliss in her life make this a bittersweet tale, and it is told with all the perception and wit that is the hallmark of Edna O’Brien.

    David says: "Edna, please give me some closure!"
    "Edna, please give me some closure!"
    Overall

    I listened to The Country Girls and enjoyed Edna's descriptions of growing up in rural Ireland because my mother grew up much the same way and it was as if my mother was telling the story. The story is told by the author and her accent is much like my mother's as well. What was frustrating with the first book is that it had no end and left the reader wanting to know what happened to the two young girls in Dublin. I was delighted to see a sequel to the first book and downloaded it immediately only to find it has ended the same way...poor Cait is once again left wondering and sad. My guess is that the publisher took one long book and divided it into three (let's hope it is just three!) books. Enough now, give us an ending!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10268)
    Performance
    (7713)
    Story
    (7758)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Entertaining Enough"
    Overall

    Well written and read, but completely disappointed with the ending!!!!! Obviously there is going to be another book, but the author leaves the reader completely suspended in "mid-read". The non ending is really frustrating. Don't download this book until the sequel is available!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1036)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Not what I thought it would be."
    Overall

    Audible recommended this title to me and it dragged so I didn't even finish the first half of the download. Love the historical aspect, but after listening to Pillars of the Earth and World Without End AND Cathedral by the Sea, this title was boring.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (289)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "Well Written"
    Overall

    Loved the book and the narration was VERY GOOD! Any woman that has raised children will relate to Mary Beth. The second half of the book is pretty sad, but it makes you appreciate your kids for all of their faults as well as their perfections!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Lamott
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Rosie Ferguson is 17 and ready to enjoy the summer before her senior year of high school. She's intelligent (she aced AP physics), athletic (a former state-ranked tennis doubles champion), and beautiful. She is, in short, everything her mother, Elizabeth, hoped she could be. But as the school year draws to a close, there are disturbing signs that the life Rosie claims to be leading is a sham.

    Susan says: "Imperfect birds not quite perfect but good."
    "Drag on, Drag On"
    Overall

    The only reason I finished this "read" is that I had spent credits for it. The story drags on with too much detail and then ends abruptly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27633)
    Performance
    (14222)
    Story
    (14276)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Help a great "read"!"
    Overall

    Enjoyed every minute of this richly written book. Each character is unique and so well developed. The narration is excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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