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Betsy Georgitis

I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.

Western US | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 158 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (786)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Unpleasant but engaging characters"
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    This book highlights family relationships during a time of extreme stress as well as how ethics and judgement come into play when crimes have been committed. I have to admit I was somewhat shocked by the reactions of many of the characters and wonder how the decisions they made can be justified . This novel is well written and engaging keeping you guessing until the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1502)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (971)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Fun Mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Initially I thought listening to this narriator for several hours would be annoying but she grew on me and it turned out she was a perfect Flavia. Flavia was an interesting main character as she was only 11 years old but very intellegent and quirky. The mystery was well orchestrated with plenty of action and questions regarding who was the murderer not to mention the identity of the murdered man. In the end things were wrapped up nicely and Flavia and her family continued on with their funky life and typical family relationships. The other characters in the book were enjoyable and interesting even though Flavia was often presented as the most intelligent of the lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (2664)
    Story
    (2648)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Not his Best"
    Overall
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    I am a fan of David Sedaris but thought this book was definitely not one of his best. The stories early in the book were OK with some humorous moments. The stories at the the book were horrible. Unlike earlier stories they were not based on reality and consisted of "bashing" some people's priorities and life style (particularly women). Not one bit funny,I found them offensive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (763)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Fun, fun,fun"
    Overall
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    I loved this young adult fantasy book. The animal characters in the book had definite personalities and real relationships. The characters are endearing and the story moves along at a fast pace. Lessons are taught and learned and there is lots of action and adventure! I loved the good versus evil aspect of the as well as the clever and intellegent way problems are apprached and solved. I read (listened) to a sequel and will definitely read more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (626)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Linda says: "Miss Julia Does Bond"
    "Cute but Rediculous"
    Overall
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    This was a very light and frilly book that had no credibility. The premise that an elderly woman would have gone through what she did is unbelievable! I did like her feisty nature and how she manipulated her captors as well as almost everyone else. I might try another Mrs Polifax book when I am looking for mindless escape!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (366)

    A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

    connie says: "promising start to the series"
    "Likable Main Character, Likable Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Many of the characters in this mystery were easy to like. The mystery itself is a rather predictable format with a predictable resolution but fun to read non the less. I definitely will look for other books by this author when I want a pleasurable light mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1043)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Love, love, love this book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Although a bit slow at the start this novel definitely picks up the pace as it goes along. The difficult dilemma presented here is problematic to resolve. There are very few "bad" people only bad decisions. The choices made by the characters are very understandable as we all "make up" stories to fit our reality.. Throughout the book one is kept wondering how any resolution can be made that is realistic yet not totally depressing. The end is sad but realistic and so bitter sweet.

    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
    (15861)
    Performance
    (14071)
    Story
    (14111)

    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!"
    "What unpleasant people!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I am not sure I would have finished this book had I been reading rather than listening. I don't know when I have met such unpleasant people. You are kept interested only because you want to find out what despicable things these people can think of next. I do not necessarily recommend this book but some might find it interesting. I cannot decide who are worse people these characters or those in The Dinner? You be the judge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (411)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "Good characterization"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was a fun read about WWII espionage with engaging characters and lots of suspense. I have read other Follett novels and this was different, less complex yet kept my interest until the end. I loved the characters. Although not all of them survived the war their you are left with the impression that they will not be forgotten. The aviation theme running through the book seemed mostly accurate although some of the story was a bit difficult to believe. That's what marked it fun and not too serious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Most exciting by Todd Yet"
    "Not a winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this mystery novel tedious, long and a bit boring. The main character was depressive and the mystery was not particularly interesting. None of the characters seemed well developed or engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1685)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Obscure Historical Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well written as well as factual this novel was an interesting listen. I learned interesting facts about a lessor known president as well as medical practice of the times. Well worth "reading"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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