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E.F.

You may be right; I may be crazy. But I just may be the lunatic you're looking for!

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  • A Place of Secrets: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rachel Hore
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an 18th-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham, and Jude feels close to the old woman at once. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. Jude's arrival brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived.

    MissSusie66 says: "Great Story..Great Narration"
    "Prepare to be Annoyed"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The "supernatural" elements in the book may draw readers who like to dabble in fantasy and sci-fi very now and then but wouldn't call themselves "fans" of the genre.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Hore again?

    I think I might give the author another chance, but not after just "reading" several books in the genre. It's too predictable and then at times so drawn out I found myself checking to see how many minutes were left until "the end" credits.

    I especially didn't like the supernatural elements in the storyline. I was expecting something more realistic and, well, explainable in terms of real world experiences.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jilly Bond’s performances?

    NO - the voice drove me crazy. I thought maybe there had been a download glitch the way the cadence fell and rose then sped up unnaturally. The emotional inflections also seemed overly emphasized and at times entirely unwarranted.


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

    I liked the gypsy angle and wish there had been more of it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4351)
    Performance
    (3725)
    Story
    (3725)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "In Defense of Everyone"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on the friend. The narrator is engaging, and the storyline is complex enough to demand attention. But there are several aspects that keep me from getting excited about it enough to post a reccomendation on Facebook

    Without giving away too much. . .

    Andy Barber's character is just a bit too perfect, too smarter than everyone else, and seems not to be able to see Jacob as anything but a naive child rather than a teen with developing hormones.

    The way Andy's father inserts himself in the case is off-putting to say the least and just isn't developed enough to be plausible (as if the rest is?!)


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I think I will in the near future


    Any additional comments?

    I figured out what some reviewers called a "whiplash ending" about two thirds into the book. No spoilers, but it just seemed like the only way things could go. This is probably because I was expecting some major turn of events given reviewer's reactions to the end though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12697)
    Performance
    (11631)
    Story
    (11696)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Surprisingly Fabulous!"
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Absolutely! The story is refreshing on every level and captures today's teen psyche in a way I have never come across in literature before


    What did you like best about this story?

    The consistent plot and relentless honesty between the main characters


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    If I must choose I'd say the narrator, Hazel, was my favorite, but that's just because she has more air time. Kate Rudd magically translates each character into life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The honest moments between parents and their teens


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first step into the YA genre. I am far from young but found the story line refreshing and look forward to exploring this area of the book store

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3590)
    Performance
    (3160)
    Story
    (3171)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "A Book Club Pick? Really?"
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    What would have made Wild better?

    The storyline gets to be too predictable and even unbelievable at times; the idea that Strayed went on this journey without any preparation and continually got into predicaments that could have been avoided. There needed to be more about the emotional evolution and not treading the path


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cheryl Strayed again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Dunne’s performances?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stef Penney
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he'd been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family, who went missing seven years earlier. Half Romany himself, Ray is well aware that he's been chosen more for his blood than his investigative skills.

    Robyn says: "Great narration! Slow story that plods along."
    "Never a Dull Moment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Even people who aren't


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! A plot within a plot within a plot within a . . .


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    He is perfect for the book. My book club friends who read the book saw it in a whole new way when I played them exerts of Steven's voices


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If only it were possible - yes


    Any additional comments?

    So satisfying I wish I had a cigaret when it ended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1472)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Ugh"
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    What disappointed you about The Marriage Plot?

    Just about everything about this book was disappointing. It's over written, pretentious, elitist . . .


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Eugenides’s story?

    He writes from a decidedly male perspective, so the female characters are not at all convincing. So many times I asked


    What didn’t you like about David Pittu’s performance?

    Not much. Maybe I'm holding him to higher expectations after _The Invisible One_


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustrated that people might think this portrayal of higher education is actually real


    Any additional comments?

    The book club's unanimous review confirms everything =( We need to pick something amazing next time to make up for this time waster.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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