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Lisa Eaton

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  • 7 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 151 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (755)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    Heidi D. Dugger says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "This has stayed with me...."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book a couple of times as I was painting the walls on the first floor of our house a couple of years ago. Some sections I listened to more than once. I think that this was interesting as a story of one person's life, but not really anything ground breaking. I did, however, get some golden nuggets out of this book. My two favorites are 1) If it will take me less than one minute to take care of something that needs to be done, I will do it when first I notice it needs doing, and 2) When I am getting increasingly frustrated because my computer isn't working right, if I turn it off and then turn it back on again, 99% of the time, the problem is gone with the ReStart. While I am now tired of the genre of blogs into books, I did learn some things that I can honestly say have made me happier since I read this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (515)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan?

    The story was disappointing. I didn't find any of the characters likable. The friendship between the two main women left me empty. The placid acceptance of the thankless role of women in China at the time of the story, not to mention the AWFUL foot binding, was so frustrating and depressing. It made me want to shake the woman. GET ANGRY! At least feel angry. Express your anger about your plight and the plight of women to your dearest friend. But she didn't. In addition, I found the reader's delivery distracting. Even had the material been something I liked, the way it was told would have ruined it.


    Has Snow Flower and the Secret Fan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I hope not!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her delivery was so dramatized, I kept expecting something really big was going to happen in the next sentence. It rarely did.


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

    It was interesting to learn about Chinese culture.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Love, Love, Love"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Great reader. An annual listen for me, and a recurring listen for our 9 year old who has been listening to this story for more than 2 years. Both of us give it high recommendations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.

    Darwin8u says: "Parts I loved, Parts I hated but Playfully Kinetic"
    "Wish I had just read it."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I believe this book needs to be read instead of heard, at least if Dion Graham is the reader. Ugh. It was awful. I found myself so distracted by his over dramatizing of the emotions that I couldn't enjoy the book at all. Sad, because I like Dave Eggers.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Monday Mornings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    Every time surgeons operate, they're betting their skills are better than the brain tumor, the faulty heart valve, the fractured femur. Sometimes, they're wrong. At Chelsea General, surgeons answer for bad outcomes at the Morbidity and Mortality conference, known as M & M. This extraordinary peek behind the curtain into what is considered the most secretive meeting in all of medicine is the back drop for the entire book.

    Laurie says: "Get me a writer, stat!!"
    "Nothing like CUTTING FOR STONE"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I wanted this book to be good. I gave it a good try, listening to more than 4 hours of it. I really enjoyed Cutting For Stone and had read that the two authors had some similarities. The authors may (I believe that they are both physicians), but the stories are in no way comparable. I found Monday Mornings nothing short of stupid. I wouldn't be surprised to see it made into a movie for the Lifetime Network.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Zanesville

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jo Ann Beard
    • Narrated By Jo Anna Perrin
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The 14-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer; a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood. In time, their friendship is tested - by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.

    Kristin says: "Terrible reader"
    "Best book in a long time"
    Overall

    Loved this book! The reader was fine, the story was superlative. It was like time travel. The writing is crisp, observant, wry, and spot on. It made me miss my best friend relationships of early adolescents and made my heart ache for what is ahead for my daughter. This book deserves awards, awards, awards.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    It is the spring of 2002, and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation.

    Monica says: "Stick with it, especially if you've been Catholic"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    This book had such potential. I thought the premise was unique, since I generally jump to the conclusion of gulity when I hear about a priest accused of molestation or abuse. But I am distracted by two things the author has done: She has, several times, and I'm less than half way through the book, said things to the effect of 'details of which I will get to later.' I find that kind of carrot shows a lack of writing ability. In addition, when considering if his brother, the priest, is guilty of abusing an eight year old boy, he is searching his memory for signs that his priest brother is gay. BEING GAY DOES NOT EQUAL CHILD MOLESTER! They are two very, very different things, completely unrelated. This shallow, ignorant view feeds the ignorance of anyone who doesn't personally know someone who is gay. I am finding this so offensive, I don't think I'll be able to finish the book. Lastly, the book is read by Therese Plummer, whose voice I can't help but associate with my daughter's audiobook from the American Girl series. This is no fault of the reader, the author, nor the publisher. This is just my audio association that reflects negatively on the story.

    17 of 26 people found this review helpful

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