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Carolyn Heusmann

Member Since 2008

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
14

  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (684)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    Jamie says: "Greatly entertaining, not for all audiences."
    "Love is not always graceful"
    Overall

    Ah, And I thought nothing could outdo my family on Christmas! This story about a family coming together after the father's death provided characters and a tablou that continually made me smile in my head. I do not usually like books that are described as witty, but the characters, dialogue between them, and the unfolding of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (515)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Reader not that bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Natchez Burning?

    Compelling story. Reviewers said that the reader was very bad, but I found it very listenable. Don't know what all the fuss was about.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (202)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "went on and on"
    Overall

    although I enjoyed the beginning of this book and the concept of someone being able to see lives through the camera lens, I got ever so tired of the lead character's headache. The book seemed to go on and on. By the end, I really didn't care what was going on with the water.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice's Tulips

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Best-selling author Sandra Dallas has won rave reviews for this tale set during the Civil War. When Alice Bullock's husband joins the Union Army, the young quilting enthusiast is left to deal with an Iowa farm and an imposing mother-in-law. And then her life turns upside down when she's accused of murder.

    Damon says: "Our favorite yet from Sandra Dallas!"
    "Don't buy"
    Overall

    this book might be good for a young reader.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Mendelsohn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This luminous love story centers on Milo, a severely wounded veteran of the Iraq war confined to a rehabilitation hospital, and Honor, his physical therapist. When Honor touches Milo’s destroyed back, mysterious images from the past appear to each of them, puzzling her and shaking him to the core.

    Carolyn Heusmann says: "In the end I Loved It"
    "In the end I Loved It"
    Overall

    this story calls on the reader to walk through a number of generations of a young woman's history. At times I could feel that I could hear the music of other times and see the sights. I thought this book was very well read and enjoyed the mystery of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1626)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Don't buy"
    Overall

    Long, tedious and boring

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1095)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "In the end I Loved It"
    Overall

    My book group decided to read this and in the beginning I thought I hated It. If you fast forward through some of the too long philosophical material you will find a lovely story well written and well read. I ended up enjoying it immensely

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18531)
    Performance
    (8412)
    Story
    (8439)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "never tiresome"
    Overall

    Clearly, this is the second book in what is going to be a longer series. I for one am thrilled. I loved the first book but this one can stand alone. A wonderful intracit read

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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