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Nadine

Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 32 reviews
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  • 640 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kathleen Flinn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In 2003, Kathleen Flinn, a 36-year-old American living and working in London, returned from vacation to find that her corporate job had been eliminated. Ignoring her mother's advice that she get another job immediately or "never get hired anywhere ever again", Flinn instead cleared out her savings and moved to Paris to pursue a dream: a diploma from the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.

    Fleming says: "Autobiography of the Woman Next Door"
    "Cookbook"
    Overall

    This is a French cookbook with a little bit of a story around it..... A very little bit of story. The recipe parts were just boring and unnecessary to listen to.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "The Narrator is Magic"
    Overall

    This is a tale we have read about and studyied in History. BUT the Narrator of this book brings it alive. She is talented, smooth and diverse.

    I could listen to her read my grocery list and she would have my full attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Bhama Roget
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to L.A. so her husband can follow his dream of writing TV comedy. With Paul working all hours and Claire left with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for, they hire Lola - a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who works in America to pay for her own children's education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and other parents try to lure her away. What she sacrifices to stay with Claire and William remains her own secret.

    J. McGee says: "A Story of Have and Have Nots"
    "Beautiful"
    Overall

    A beautiful story. I started listening and could not stop. A story of women and their families who give up so much for others children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (339)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Randomness at it's Best"
    Overall

    This book was so strange.

    It began very nicely a wonderful story of a young woman adjusting to adoption and differences between her adoptive up bringing and her natural birth parents. It began as funny, heart warming and humorous.

    Then it just goes off in so many different ways it gets strange,outrageous, weird and confusing. It had random story lines shooting off here and there.

    The poilitcal bashing was VERY offensive. I wish I could have only spent half a credit becasue that was about all I wished I had listened to, half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    A well writtne story, spanning all age groups. I REALLY enjoyed this book and never wanted it to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Summer on Blossom Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Delilah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Knitting and life. They're both about beginnings - and endings. That's why it makes sense for Lydia Goetz, owner of A Good Yarn on Seattle's Blossom Street, to offer a class called Knit to Quit. It's for people who want to quit something - or someone! - and start a new phase of their lives.

    Marjory says: "The book was what I expected"
    "Narration was terrible"
    Overall

    This is such a wonderful story about so many lives that touch each other..sadly the narrator was so horrible it was all ruined. The narrator rushed reading the book in places it was hard to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine's life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything. Flush with new money, Jenner can't imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she's rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher.

    Nadine says: "UGH!"
    "UGH!"
    Overall

    It is hours and hours and hours of the main Character and the main Villain lusting after each other while hating each other. The book was boring and simple.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Up from Orchard Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eleanor Widmer
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart. But Manya is no soft touch, except, perhaps, where her granddaughter Elka is concerned. Precocious Elka is her closest companion and confidante. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who move in and out of the Roths' lives.

    Sara says: "Tenement Life From a Child's Point of View"
    "Heart Warming"
    Overall

    Wonderful Heartwarming story of Immigration in America and a family that endures and survives.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Junior League

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (297)

    Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.

    bebe says: "Loved it"
    "The Worst!"
    Overall

    The narrator was so irritating with that southern accent I never got past the first few minutes. I am so bummed I paid money for this book. Don't bother,even on sale it is beyond listenable.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Station: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    They call him the Oracle. He's got 46 years under his belt and more hash marks than a football field. More importantly, he has a crew of cops to look out for on the streets of Hollywood. From his understaffed office at Hollywood Station, he keeps a close eye on his squad who spend their day in patrol cars, and their nights in the underbelly of a city that never sleeps.

    wsoxfan2005 says: "Excellent"
    "Wonderful and Funny and Sad!"
    Overall

    I had never listened to this author before.
    The BOOK was fantastic! The Characters were WONDERFUL! I just kept thinking this would be a great TV series BUT it is a GREAT Book. I am going to look for more by this author. I would listen to this over and over again. Real lives and real crime drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. As the residents of Laurel Canyon are being evacuated from their homes, Police and Fire Department personnel find the corpse of a recluse who apparently committed suicide. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered.

    J says: "Elvis & Pike Ride Again"
    "Great Start to Finish!"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book. Suspenseful with just the right twists and turns.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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