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Elle in the Great NorthWest

I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

Beaverton, OR, United States

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  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (719)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Fascinating take on our future."
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    Gather together half a dozen writers of speculative fiction, set a general format and time frame, some agreed on names and policies and pair them up with narrators (some better than others) and you could get a winner or loser. In my opinion it's a 85% winner. I think what ticked me off is the mispronunciation of names in Oregon-names are important so instead of making up the pronunciation, just ask someone from the Pacific Northwest.
    It's Wil-aahh-met, not willa-met. It's Estacada not Esta - caw-da. Stuff like that gets to me. But for the most, Tygre, Tygre was good.

    My favorite was the story of the bike messenger woman who gets caught up with a vertical farming group who has turned an office building into apartments for families. Imagine living in your cubicle space?

    The stories jump from place to place, from the Cascades to Detroit to New St. Louis. But the future they predict, while not crazy dystopian are different and are all to easy to see as our future if the banks and lawyers continue to draw down on the middle class, if medical care gets more expensive if we don't decide to make changes in our life.

    Be prepared to get the secnd volume Metatropolis:Cascadia

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Susanna Miller loses custody of her 11-month-old son, Tyler, but rather than turning the little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife, she goes on the run. She dyes her hair, changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows, including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her better than anyone. Susanna lands in Annapolis, Maryland, alone, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her. Just as she's beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people....

    Yolanda S. Bean says: "Not My Favorite of Hers"
    "The "Taken Child" from a different perspective"
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    When I read the papers about children being taken by the non-custodial parent I usually find myself on the custodial parents side.

    This story gives the opposite side-that of the parent who has had her child taken from her by the courts.

    The dad in this story is painted very typically bad guy..one has to wonder why any woman would be attracted to this lying guy.!

    OTOH the mom is nothing but a wonderful woman and of course everyone says what a great mom she is.

    Not one of Chamberlains best, I felt this novel could have been written much more interestingly than she was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart Like Mine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amy Hatvany
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?

    Jean says: "Not very realistic!"
    "Uninspired - average - fair plot"
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    The plot line in this sob story is interesting, however Hatvany's writing is uninspired and unoriginal.

    Narration average-which is fair for an average story.

    if you're looking for something to put you to sleep, heres the ticket!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outside the Lines: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amy Hatvany
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton, Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    When Eden was 10 years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness.

    Gretchen says: "The Agony and the Ecstasy"
    "Wonderful real life novel about mental illness"
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    If you have a mentally ill family member, this novel will get to you..my mother in law was Bi-Polar. The effect of her disease impacted my husband his entire life-I totally understood Edens need to make her father better, to guide her father, to find the dad she wanted to have but didn't.

    Spectacular writing, it made my heart hurt as I listened. Narration effective but Thaxton isn't a great narrator..still I couldn't stop listening.

    A good war for someone who isn't familiar with the impact of mental illness on a family to discover its reality..

    Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monday's Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jamie Mason
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she's starting to believe that her husband wants her gone... for good.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Good story idea..could have been better"
    "Good story idea..could have been better"
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    I liked the whole idea of this plot but don't think Mason does a really effective job in the details of her characters or the flow of the story arc.

    The ending was abrupt..made me wonder if there is a Book 2 coming..and if not, than the ending needs to be revised IMO.

    Wanted to like it much more than I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss River: Keeper Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Kiss River's historic nineteenth-century lighthouse has all but fallen into the sea, taking with it the huge Fresnel lens that once served as its beacon. Gina is desperate to find a way to raise the lens; the glass holds the key to her future, her fortune, and her only chance to save the one person who matters to her. Clay O'Neill lives in the old light keeper's house, a home he shares with his sister, Lacey. When Lacey invites her to stay with them, Gina eagerly accepts.

    Katrina says: "Good"
    "2nd story in the trilogy..quite good"
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    I've listened to several of Chamberlains novels in the past few weeks and really enjoy them..so far I haven't hit a lemon amongst them!

    This book continues in the Kiss River Lighthouse stories with characters first introduced in the beginning book-and several new characters are introduced.

    Chamberlain writes a good plot twist that comes along unexpectedly and makes you go "Hummmmm...I didn't expect that!" I really enjoy that sort of stye of writing.

    Read the first book first (Duh) and the final book after this one (also Duh). It's an effective trilogy but does need to be read in sequence.

    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Cassandra Campbell, Abby Craden, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (305)

    Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry. The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives.

    Kathryn says: "Such a Soap Opera"
    "Not Chamberlains best work-cnfusing narration"
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    This isn't close to the excellent writing I've come to expect from Diane Chamberlain..it's mediocre at its best actually.
    The story arc is convoluted and listens like a radio play of the old style. I usually enjoy listening to novels with a variety of narrators-jodi Picoult style-but using 5 female narrators wasn't a good idea. The book is quite long and as it proceeded I became more and more confused about who was who.
    And, as other reviewers have written, the narrator for Noelle has a rather grating voice that got on my nerves after a while.
    I sure am glad I didn't start with this book-I wouldn't have listened to another one. Happily most of her work is much better.

    Don't waste your credit on this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets She Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Kris Koscheski
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (29)

    Reintegration into the outside world proves difficult for Maggie, even beyond dealing with Keith and her guilt. Somehow the two must find a way to overcome the past because Maggie and her family may be all Keith has left.

    Amazon Customer says: "A really great book!"
    "Excellent Chick novel..very Jodi Picoult in style"
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    I've been on a real Diane Chamberlain kick this rainy spring (when I'd rather be working in the yard). Most of her novels are good-above average all the way. This one is great!.

    I had figured out the punch line about 1/3 of the way thru but was totally wrong about who the bad guy was. Love novels that trick me in the story line.

    The characters are nicely drawn-I felt I knew Danny, Jade and Lisa, and the primary protagonist. Each is flawed in some way, they seem very human and fallible. Though some of the women are real drama queens, still we get to now their good sides also.

    If you enjoy Jodi Picoult, this is a great back up listen-as are many of the other Diane Chamberlain novels.

    Narration is excellent-I'll look for this reader in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (345)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "Interesting premise"
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    An off track idea that could have been developed much more fully, this is a real soft read.

    The story arc is lacking in cohesiveness to a large extent. I made a huge error by listening to the 3 Prequel short stories after I'd listened to the main story and they added absolutely nothing..

    I didn't hate it and it's better than MEH-Average, but not spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choice: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (336)

    Peter Galvin was just 17 when Tracy Whitland - the love of his life - vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now - happy, even - until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.

    AudioAddict says: "My least favorite of the three prequels"
    "Prequel - not a stand alone short story"
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    Maybe worth the couple of bucks it cost, this 40 minute prequel is fairly blah. I purchased all 3 prequels after I'd heard the story and frankly, it is a waste of money by them. Listen to them first if you plan on listening to The Returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sparrow: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    When Heather and Matt Campbell find 10-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home. As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

    AudioAddict says: "Touching prequel that will leave you wondering..."
    "So so prequil to The Returned"
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    Maybe worth the couple of bucks it cost, this 40 minute prequel is fairly blah. I purchased all 3 prequels after I'd heard the story and frankly, it is a waste of money by them. Listen to them first if you plan on listening to The Returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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