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Cynthia Freeman

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Oregon | Member Since 2002

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  • 7 reviews
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  • Rose Madder

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (382)

    Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

    Mrs. Margaret says: "AWESOME"
    "A Little Outside the Norm"
    Overall

    Stephen King can write to evoke emotion, there's no doubt about that. My problem with most of his work is that it's so dark and the ending is usually pretty unhappy. That being said, this book comes the closest of anything of his I've read to having a happy ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Walker Percy
    • Narrated By David Hilder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Will Barrett of Linwood, North Carolina, is a depressed widower with a peculiar tendency to fall down in strange places. Allison, the girl in the greenhouse, has just escaped from a mental institution and is working hard to make a new life for herself. When their paths cross in a most unusual manner, a relationship begins that will help restore two struggling outcasts to new life. What follows is by turns touching and zany, tragic and comic, as Will undertakes his own Pascalian wager in search of proof that God exists.

    Darwin8u says: "No Easy Hothouse of Consecration"
    "I Wished the Author Would Just Get On With It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not to most of my friends. This book is kind of an intellectual exercise. Most of my friends would probably not be thrilled by that. Not to insult my friends' intellect, it's just that this book doesn't really have a compelling plot.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    That was it!!! I was expecting a little bit more of a resolution.


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

    Not that I'm aware of.


    Do you think The Second Coming needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I can't see where another book would go. It seems like more of a stand-alone story to me. There's not a plot that lends itself to a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well written but I wouldn't call it a truly compelling read. There were few places in the book where I was all that interested in finding out what was going to happen next.

    0 of 0 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
    (13901)
    Performance
    (12271)
    Story
    (12299)

    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!"
    "Not a Happy Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's pretty far down the list. Although it's well done, it's pretty depressing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book was full of plot twists. Not what you expect.


    Did Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    They did a good job of portraying the characters. They brought out my emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is pretty evocative but the plot is not really my cup of tea. Call me old fashioned but I like to have at least one character that I really like and this book didn't offer that. In fact, I kind of felt like I needed to take a shower after I finished to wash off the depressing remnant of the ending. If you're looking for a happy ending, this is not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Caesars

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suetonius
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colorful biographical works in history. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over Rome, from the foundation of the empire under Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the decline into depravity and civil war under Nero and the recovery that came with his successors.

    Cynthia Freeman says: "Dry, Dry, Dry"
    "Dry, Dry, Dry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You have to be a hard-core historian to really enjoy this book.


    What three words best describe Clive Chafer???s performance?

    Cultured, dry, emotionless


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve Caesars?

    Some of the really long passages in Latin.


    Any additional comments?

    I was doing OK with this book even though it's pretty dry material. I expected it to be a bit on the scholastic side. I know enough about Roman history that I was getting by and enjoying some of the bits and pieces. You have to have a pretty good knowledge of that history to even have a chance at understanding what is going on and recognizing the names. There are so many names to keep track of.

    And then, I ran into an extraordinarily long passage in Latin that just about put me to sleep before the narrator finished it. Maybe if I understood Latin, I wouldn't have found this so irritating but it would have been better done by translation to English. I can't imagine that there are many who have a full enough knowledge of Latin to understand the passage.

    1 of 2 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
    (6420)
    Performance
    (4430)
    Story
    (4418)

    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"
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    Interesting book. I liked that characters and the plot was interesting and mostly plausible. The narration was very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

    Meg says: "Not worth it"
    "Interesting Book"
    Overall

    I thought this book was rather better than the other reviewers did. It probably could have been tightened up a bit without damage but I thought the characters were well drawn and the plot was interesting. The narrator did an OK job but she seemed to get mixed up a bit with ascribing East coast accents to the Californian protagonist in places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Not Funny"
    Overall

    Contrary to the synopsis of this book, one thing this book is NOT, is funny. I mean, if you think it is, you must be a little twisted. It's well written and evokes a number of emotions but mirth is not one of them. I'm not terribly picky but this one is not really my cup of tea.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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