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Jill

North Franklin, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Dolores Claiborne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frances Sternahagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (277)

    Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.

    Sandra M Irwin says: "A Great Listen!"
    "Amazing Narration!"
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    I have been revisiting some Stephen King books after thoroughly enjoying 11-22-63. This book is a gem, with the incredible Frances Sternahagen's narration. She has the accent spot on, and I zipped through this book, enjoying all of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • May We Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. M. Homes
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    May We Be Forgiven, a darkly comic novel of 21st-century domestic life, stars Harold Silver, a historian who's always been jealous of his successful brother, George. But when the hot-tempered George is institutionalized for committing a violent act, Harold finds himself comforting his brother's wife and children. What follows is a scathing examination of a family so fractured it may never be whole again.

    Jill says: "Give this one a try!"
    "Give this one a try!"
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    I used a credit on this book despite some of the negative reviews. I appreciated the fact that it kept my attention throughout. I think the review that mentioned the sexual content only listened to the beginning and gave up on the book. I thought it was interesting that one negative review assumed that the author was a man, when in fact A. M. Homes is apparently a woman. The story all tied together, and I appreciated how Harry came along in his journey to understand some things about his life and his view of family. It was definitely outlandish at times, but in a charming way. I also thought Andy Paris did a great job with the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15660)
    Performance
    (13890)
    Story
    (13924)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A Wonderful Ride!"
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    I had heard/read a lot of buzz about this book and thankfully read nothing that spoiled the twists and turns for me. I enjoyed the writing style and the narrators. I could easily envision some of the characters as plausible, such as the "Nancy Grace" type of celebrity crime fighter/newscaster. I read this book in a couple of days since I looked forward to any activity in my schedule when I could switch on the book. Now I am interested in reading her other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17219)
    Performance
    (15297)
    Story
    (15250)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Like so many others, I read Stephen King religiously at the end of high school and through college. The Stand was my favorite book for years. I then lost some interest and was disappointed in some of the books. I have listened to a few of his Audible titles and have come to appreciate him again. When I read about 11-22-63, I thought it might be interesting, but wasn't sure what to expect. I very much enjoyed this listen, and thought Craig Wasson did an outstanding job in narration.The book got me thinking, took me back, and ultimately was very satisfying. I think as King says in the afterword, he thought of doing this back in the 70's, but it might have been too soon. I agree, and I bet it turned out to be a much better book from him writing it as a more mature author and for the emotions about the assassination being a bit farther back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (1942)
    Story
    (1973)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Incredible!"
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    This book obviously stands the test of time, and Linda Stephens gives a wonderful voice to Scarlett and the whole book. I love long books, and this one certainly gave me many hours of enjoyment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hour I First Believed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (243)

    When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

    G. stone says: "excellent all around yarn"
    "So Happy I Got It!"
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    I had not read a Wally Lamb book since She's Come Undone, many years ago. I enjoyed that tremendously, and decided that The Hour I First Believed sounded like an interesting premise and worth my time and credit. It was. I recently read the non-fiction book Columbine and I liked how this author wove the actual events with is fictional characters. He also included descriptions of local places in Eastern Connecticut that were sometimes changed and sometimes named correctly. I admit I was initially taken aback by the raw sexually oriented descriptions from the main character's viewpoint, but as I got into the book I appreciated why this was done. It is a complicated book but easily kept my attention, and I was sorry when it was over. Now I am anxious to revisit She's Come Undone. I am disappointed that I Know This Much Is True is only available in Abridged since I generally am not interested in that format.

    I always enjoy listening to George Guidall, and he does not disappoint in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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