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CyndiLooWho

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  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (639)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Good choice for a Teen - Excellent Narration"
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    Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?

    Yes!


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

    Sarah Drew is one of my favorite narrators. I chose this book because of her and was pleased with my choice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was placed on the Summer Reading list at the school I work at and I think it's a good choice. I hated the characters at the beginning, but it seemed I was supposed to, so I kept going to see how things would evolve. I'm happy with the book, and loved the narration. It would be a good book for those new to Audible. It would also be a good book for a parent and teen to read together as it would bring a lot of important topics of conversation up in a relatively non-threatening way.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1295)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Some stories are just plain better in Audible."
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    What did you love best about The Good House?

    I loved the narration best. The story was good too, but it was the narration that put it over the top for me. The main character Hildy made me laugh out loud several times.


    Would you recommend The Good House to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would certainly recommend it to my friends, particularly to those just beginning to try audio books. It's a great example of a book made better in this format. Alcoholism, however, is one element addressed in this story, and it might be hard for some to listen to, as it seemed a very real and clear expression of the struggle. I feel that I understand the cravings and emotions associated with it much better because of this book. There is certainly more to the story than that, but it's worth a word of caution.


    What does Mary Beth Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mary Beth Hurt's performance was the best part of this book for me. Terrific! Some books are just better as audio books, and this is one of those. Mary Beth brought a depth to the character that I couldn't have created on my own. Hildy is quite a character, and it is because of the performance. I would rank Mary Beth Hurt as one of my top 5 favorite narrators based on this book. I will be looking closely at other books narrated by her to add to my library.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (323)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm still listening to this book, but I already know I will recommend it to others. It would be a great gift for someone on Father's Day. The relationship between Martin and Emilio isn't perfect, but touching and inspiring in it's honesty and sincerity. The stories they tell are interesting, and have kept me entertained along my long commute. I am happy to get back into the car each time to hear what is coming next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son?

    The retelling of the filming of Martin's character Tom jumping into the river was fabulous. Of course I was also waiting anxiously to hear about the filming of Apocalypse Now and that didn't disappoint.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the other comments about the editing. There are numerous places where a few words or a whole sentence is repeated. "Heart attacks are something that happen to grandparents... Heart attacks are something that happen to grandparents..." At first I thought it might be purposeful to emphasize a point, but then the second and third time it was obviously a mistake. I would have wondered if it were my device, but others are reporting it also. FIX IT!

    I should also say that without a fix, although it's distracting, it's not so bad that I would avoid the book all together. It should be fixed, however, as it just doesn't seem appropriate to have something out there that needs editing. It's a shame to have such a great performance scared in that way.

    14 of 14 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
    (1738)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1430)

    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"
    "I started, stoped and started again. Not Sure."
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    What would have made The Marriage Plot better?

    Less name dropping of literary references, authors and novels. If I were into that sort of thing, I would be more likely be listening to a different caliber of novel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Eugenides again?

    Not without a personal recommendation from a close friend.


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration was good, and it added more life and dimension to the characters.


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

    Disappointment. The ending snuck up on me. It was hard to believe they wrapped it all up so quickly. As if the author just got sick of writing and needed to end it.


    Any additional comments?

    I started and stopped and started again a lot with this book. If I had something more interesting downloaded, I may not have finished. There were points where the story would get going and it did keep my interest and I wanted to hear more, but there were several points particularly at the beginning that I felt bogged down by the literary references.

    The description of the manic depressant character was interesting, and for that alone I am glad to have gotten through the book to get an inside glimpse into what that may be like for someone who suffers in this way, although because of the time period I am wondering if the medications today are better. Maybe Jodi Picoult could pick up the subject in one of her novels!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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