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Beth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Sisterland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (336)

    From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift.

    Erica says: "Too many minor details and not enough story."
    "Great story, great narrator"
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    What did you love best about Sisterland?

    I love how the story was told through a combination of flashbacks and present day events. It was a great way to develop the characters and keep me guessing about what they'd do next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vi - she embraced her quirks and stood her ground even when she held unpopular opinions.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    I loved Rebecca Lowman's performance in "Dark Places," and was equally thrilled with this performance. There's something about her voice that is equal parts soothing and entertaining to me.


    Any additional comments?

    All siblings have complex relationships, but twins are even more complicated. This is a great story of one family's struggle to embrace their strangeness and hold on to their relationships in the midst of a crazy time in their lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2201)
    Performance
    (1995)
    Story
    (1989)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Captivating story, but..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I loved the premise and the overall storyline. I found myself wondering what I might "forget" if put in a similar situation. My only complaint is that the ending seemed a bit too rushed/contrived - I was left wanting a bit more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Alice Forgot?

    As Alice regains her memories, it's heartbreaking to watch her forget the joy she experienced during the time of her head injury. How quickly those simple pleasures and loving moments are cast aside for the standard resentments and anger.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Alice, Nick and Madison see the humpback whales - it's a time where they all forget their respective issues and anger, and just enjoy being together.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3033)
    Performance
    (2779)
    Story
    (2779)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Great cautionary tale"
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    If you could sum up Big Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

    Don't assume anything.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Though the story is fairly simple, it shows the dangers of rumors and conjecture in a small community. We've probably all been in situations where someone unfairly judged us, or our kids. This book shows that the consequences of such behavior can be far reaching.


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

    My first time with Caroline Lee, but I enjoyed her narration and will seek her out again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7430)
    Performance
    (6755)
    Story
    (6766)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "A bit slow"
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    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The characters were interesting. Strike seems like a character I would want to know more about.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. It was a bit slow at times and made it hard for me to want to keep listening.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    Cormoran Strike - he was a great craggy detective.


    Any additional comments?

    I may listen to the second book just to see where the characters go, but I hope the story develops faster than this one did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Landline

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (229)

    Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

    Judi says: "Its not Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but its good"
    "I love the Rainbow Rowell/Rebecca Lowman combo"
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    I think I would love Rowell's style no matter who narrated her books, but Rebecca Lowman is such a great complement to her work. The premise of this book is a little far fetched but ultimately, it's about remembering why you fell in love with someone and fighting to get back to the magical days of a blossoming relationship. I hope Rainbow Rowell will continue to write adult books - though I'm also crazy about her YA books!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Day Late and a Dollar Short

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (84)

    The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself.

    Dawn Crenshaw-Chase says: "This book is great."
    "Good story about family"
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    Good book in line with Mcmillan's usual style. Enjoyed the characters and their various paths, but found the narration odd at times - it seemed like there was a different woman narrating at the beginning, but she dropped off partway through?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5942)
    Performance
    (5542)
    Story
    (5543)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Scary because it could really happen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print edition but I can assume Will Patton's narration adds a new level of suspense to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brady Hartsfield - a disgusting, disturbed and all-too-realistic villain.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a variety of characters to life with chilling, suspenseful results.


    If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Holly - to see what's really going on in her head.


    Any additional comments?

    This book terrified me because it could actually happen! Even scarier than some of King's more fantastical works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3558)
    Performance
    (3225)
    Story
    (3243)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Heartwarming heartbreaking"
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    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes. The story instantly pulled me in and I absolutely loved the main narrator. Her voice added so much emtotion to the story - joy, pain, love and sadness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louisa. It was wonderful to see her evolve as the story progressed. Though she matured, she never lost the quirky characteristics that made her a wonderful character to get to know.


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

    No, but I intend to!


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

    When Louisa and Will bit the dance floor at the wedding - it was a turning point for them both, and a great lesson in how to live without being worried what others think.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will make you laugh, cry, and question how you'd react if faced with a similar situation. The story is only improved by the fantastic narration. A+++!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7166)
    Performance
    (6642)
    Story
    (6658)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Kept me guessing"
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely in the top 10. What first seemed like a fairly predictable plot kept me guessing until the end. I loved the tie-in to The Shining, but this was certainly a story all its own.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had a creepy, fantasy element without being a pure horror book (which are often too scary for me!). I like seeing Stephen King stretch his writing chops beyond what many people probably expect from him.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This book is full of diverse characters, and his narration distinguishes them all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I couldn't figure out where the story would go next!


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen even if you did not listen to or read The Shining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fangirl

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (488)

    Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

    FanB14 says: "Freshman Comes into Her Own"
    "Well written, great narration"
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    I loved Rainbow Rowell's first book and am also a big fan of Rebecca Lowman, so this book was a double whammy for me. Rowell is so skilled at writing about young love without sounding too angsty. I loved the characters and various story lines in this book. My only gripe is that the ending was a bit rushed - I would have loved to know more about each character's path and outcomes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Asked You?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, Carole DeSanti, Phylicia Rashad, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

    JALAYNE says: "brillant"
    "A good story about family"
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    I haven't read Terry McMillan in a while and I am glad I picked this up.it was an engaging story about complicated family relationships. The narration was great, for the most part - I adored Phylicia Rashad, though I have to add that I didn't love Terry McMillan as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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