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Angie

Nashville, TN, USA

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  • Must Love Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Cook
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Life after divorce for Sarah Hurlihy consists of juggling her job as a preschool teacher and the demands of her interfering family. Then her bossy big sister decides to place a personal ad for her, and the unexpected becomes a daily event. Everybody wants Sarah to put the past behind her and take a bold step towards a fresh start.

    Angie says: "must love the movie"
    "must love the movie"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book. Turns out I like the idea of the book more than the book itself. Time and again I found myself rolling my eyes at Sarah's behaviour. She just doesn't really seem to have much passion for life and I can't imagine her ever having it even before her divorce. She even admits that she never would have left her husband but just stayed in her unhappy life because that is what is expected. And you can imagine her doing just that time and again for the rest of her life. If the author's point was to show 'boring girl next door gets guy despite herself' she has succeeded. We really don't learn anything about most of the characters and the ones we do learn about aren't really the interesting ones. The novel is fun, just not very involving. I like something I can sink my teeth into - this is not it. Go see the movie instead.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2493)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1282)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Thank goodness little Frankie McCourt made it to America. A friend recommended this to me, but I was reluctant believing it would be depressing. And it is, at times, but it is also funny and uplifiting. I cried and laughed! And I feel very lucky to have heard it directly from the author's mouth -- he brought the characters alive, but with no hint of judgment -- just told with "this is my life" clarity. At some point we all realize that we are who we are because of our life experiences. Instead of letting his poverty defeat him, Frank McCourt found a way to triumph from it. I loved this story and highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10516)
    Performance
    (5759)
    Story
    (5803)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Thoughtful, fun and engrossing"
    Overall

    You would never guess that a story that takes place almost entirely in the confines of a small boat could be so engrossing, funny, sad ensightful and entertaining. The reader makes the story jump from the pages. What a lovely person Pi is...someone we would all want to know. A wonderful story that kept me glued to my iPod!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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