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Amy C. Eggler

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Mighty Miss Malone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    "We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men.

    C. Theimer says: "Christopher Paul Curtis has done it again"
    "Loved the reader and the story"
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    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    I really loved the character of Peg, the mother and the main character, Desa Malone. They were very happy and positive people despite what was happening to them. What I really loved about this story is that it's about a time in history that is not often studied now and has so many relationships to what is happening in today's society.


    Any additional comments?

    I also listened to bud not buddy and loved that - Christopher Curtis is a great storyteller. I'm in my 40s and found this a wonderful listen when I was cooking, running, or just in the car.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1061)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Linda says: "HEARTBREAKINGLY POIGNANT AND INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL"
    "Loved this story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Nightingale the most enjoyable?

    I had just visited the Loire and Normandy and this story was perfect - in fact I was searching for something like this before I left. I have not read any other Kristin Hannah and while there were some annoying sections where characters seemed to have an incredible lack of perception, it was a great story about how the French people suffered and dealt in different ways with the German occupation.


    What other book might you compare The Nightingale to and why?

    The time period is similar to all the light we cannot see but I liked this book better as it felt less preachy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh that's so hard, I think near the end where one of the sisters has to say goodbye to someone she loves who doesn't understand why she is saying goodbye (trying not to spoil anything here)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1184)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Great warm up for baseball season"
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    If you could sum up Moneyball in three words, what would they be?

    Math, baseball and personality


    Any additional comments?

    A very fun listen that introduced me to the world of baseball. Very much enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Linda Lavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (422)

    Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Sweet, Nostalgic"
    "LOVED this"
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    What did you love best about The Boston Girl: A Novel?

    I had just read the red tent and thought to try something else by this author. I loved this - much more than the red tent - it was a great piece about a point in time where you really started to understand not only the first generation immigrant experience but a coming of age story mixed with it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she first gets out of Boston and goes to the ocean. You really feel how it must have been to experience something other than the grimy city for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought Linda Lavin's voice was perfect for this character. Sometimes there is somewhat of a mis-match but not here at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Should Have Known

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jean Hanff Korelitz
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (328)

    Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

    Ann K says: "watch out -- you will have trouble unplugging"
    "A great listen that I sped through"
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    What made the experience of listening to You Should Have Known the most enjoyable?

    I didn't know anything about the book aside from the basic premise and it was great to experience it without future knowledge. I did find the main character so annoying at times, but I think we were supposed to think she was overly uptight and set in her ways.


    What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s voice?

    She is a bit breathy for me but I got used to it and it worked!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annemarie Selinko
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

    sophia says: "Stunning telling of a riveting story."
    "a bit dated but still fun"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I read this book when I was a teenager and LOVED it. That was more than thirty years ago though and it doesn't totally stand up. Desiree is portrayed as not very smart (though she does smart things) self-deprecating and there are somewhat painful passages where old romance is retread. It is also clear that the reader is not quite right for this - the story starts when she is 14 and ends in her late 40s and the reader doesn't do either justice. It is a great way to live through the Napoleonic Wars though. Also it is very disappointing that she leaves her husband and child and returns to paris. I realize that is not the authors doing but made her a much less interesting person in my mind.

    I did listen to most of the last half at 1.5x time and that worked perfectly!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (595)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Mrs. Pearle G. Mintz says: "A book so wonderful I can't wait until I share it"
    "Inspiring story but choppy editing"
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    If you could sum up My Beloved World in three words, what would they be?

    inspirational interesting story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved learning more about this important person in American society - how she grew up and through self determination became a very successful person in a society that was pretty hostile to her in her early years.


    Did Rita Moreno do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did a pretty good job but there were obvious places - a lot of them - where there were retakes of a sentence or so and you could totally tell that one was recorded out of sync with the other.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8443)
    Performance
    (7600)
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    (7607)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Loved the readers, but the story seemed meh"
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    What did you like best about The Invention of Wings? What did you like least?

    I loved learning about the abolition movement and how it was tired to women's rights. I studied this in school but not in depth and it did make me want to learn more about it. I really enjoyed the last part of the book where the author spoke directly about the facts and how she integrated them into the story. I felt the story itself was overly long and a bit unsurprising.


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

    I think at the beginning you think that the girls will be best friends and save each other but you come to see that they care for each other but circumstances are too different to breach. The portrayal of abolitionists, vs equality of the races and equality of the sexes was very helpful in understanding how different society was just a few hundred years ago or less.


    Was The Invention of Wings worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (3198)
    Performance
    (2795)
    Story
    (2812)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Jane says: "Wow! Fantastic! I loved it! Entertaining."
    "Great reader for this somewhat complicated story"
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    Where does Flash Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first michael lewis book I read and was really impressed that he was able to find narratives that made high frequency trading much more interesting than it is when business papers cover it. This was high on my list - I basically wanted to listen to it almost all the time. The writing was great and entertaining


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It is a story of something so complex that I wouldn't be able to figure it out from one article, but Lewis takes the time to explain it.


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    I thought dylan was great - his voice really had the no nonsense feel that the writing conveyed as well.


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

    not really that kind of book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1452)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Fun listen - slow to start and then it gets you!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Son to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I really loved the different voices of the 3 different characters. They brought these characters to life. The female character was the most unbelievable of the three and having Kate Mulgrew read it helped make it seem more real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The glancing touch of history of Texas which was not all that long ago.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Eli Mcculough. he is an interesting character and the voice was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen that will pull you into this three generational history of Texas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Terra-Cotta Dog: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

    Lehua says: "It just gets better"
    "Love these stories!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably so - the story and the characters are fun (though a bit tough to keep track of) and I thought the reader could have done a better job of distinguishing when there was a change of scene or speaker


    Any additional comments?

    A fun listen - and it's not that long so you can forgive some of the transitions that work better in print than when read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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