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C. Byrnes

Christine

Kissimmee, FL United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 39 reviews
  • 293 ratings
  • 1128 titles in library
  • 96 purchased in 2014
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  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (909)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    glamazon says: "A Metrosexual Picaresque"
    "The most sexist book I have experienced in a while"
    Overall

    If you like college educated women portrayed as mooches and whores then this is the book for you. The author represents women as weak, manipulative beings that all need a man to take care of them. Even in a lesbian relationship the character is shown as needy and wanting. Women cheating, women expecting to be supported through marriage and after. I could go on and on.

    I finished listening to it even though the journey essentially took me no where. I am giving it two stars instead of one because it was a fast listen. Honestly, it simply wasn't deep enough to have to pay close attention to what was being read.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1204)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Not Usually A Picoult Fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Leaving Time?

    The information on the Elephants.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

    Plot Twist


    Any additional comments?

    I finished listening last night and immediately made a donation to feed "Sissy" from the Nashville Elephant Sanctuary. I hope all that read or listen to this book do what they can to help the plight of these majestic animals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crash and Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall-and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him-from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends. Then came his legendary meltdown on-air, with 6 million people listening, after which Lange pulled himself together enough to go to a buddy's bachelor party in Amsterdam.

    Hillary says: "[Narrator Fail] Comic Genius+Depression+Drugs=Mess"
    "So Far He's A Survivor. Hope He Stays That Way!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Crash and Burn?

    I liked Artie's honesty even during his lowest most humiliating moments. I love his guilt over putting is family though hell and his appreciation that they stood by him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Artie didn't sugar coat anything.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    I would rather Artie have performed the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just when you think you've fallen your lowest, you can always go lower.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Feet Tall & Rising: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Shorty Rossi, S. J. Hodges
    • Narrated By Shorty Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Luigi Francis "Shorty" Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing star of Animal Planet's hit show Pit Boss, may stand only four feet tall, but that hasn't stopped him from living large, becoming a successful businessman and an outspoken advocate for pit bulls, the most misunderstood dog breed in the world.

    Karen says: "Great book, truly good person"
    "If You're A Fan of Pit Boss, You'll Enjoy It."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've watched the show so I decided to listen to the audio book to get more background information. I felt like Mr Rossi touched on many things but nothing was in depth. I really felt like this was put out to make some money (for the charity maybe? I am not sure where the proceeds go) but not much soul searching was done to explain bad choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "Didn't care for it at all, and it wasn't the bugs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So, we have a main character that is lazy, self centered and mooching off her husband while she ignored her kid by having a baby sitter daily. And people found this woman likable? By the end of the third chapter, I was wishing she'd get eaten alive and let her husband and child have a new decent person in their lives. Ben, if you can't write female protagonists that aren't needy and useless, perhaps you shouldn't try.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1740)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1559)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Was the author trying to win an award for cramming the most metaphors in a single book? It really had the potential of being a half way decent story should the author been better. I felt like I was listening to someone who just read, "Writing Novels for Dummies".

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1338)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Just As Good As Cinder"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think people got attached to Cinder and wanted the book to be just like the last once but continued. It is not. It introduces a new "fairy tale" into the mix with new characters that I thought added to the story and made it more enjoyable. Cinder is still front and center but Scarlet is likable and strong. I can't wait to see how they both evolve and which fairy tale is rewritten in book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Visible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (119)

    Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient....

    Amanda says: "Hillarious & Disturbing In (almost) Equal Measure"
    "Interesting Entertaining Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story grabbed me from the first moment and held me through the end. The narration was perfect for the characters. It isn't the type of book I will not likely spend a moment thinking about now that it is finished but it was very entertaining and past my commuter hours pleasantly. That is all I expect of a good audiobook to make it worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When She Woke

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (241)

    Hannah Payne awakens to a nightmare. She is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home. She is now a convicted criminal, and her skin color has been genetically altered. Her crime, according to the State of Texas: the murder of her unborn child, whose father she refuses to name. Her color: red. The color of newly shed blood.

    Amy says: "A Thoughtful Dystopia"
    "Meh X 2"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I think the premise was a good one, it could have been so much more than a woman growing into herself type book. I did finish it but barely as by the last hour or so, I didn't really care what happened to the main character. Maybe buy it if it gets to the 3.99 bin but don't waste a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Gillham
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover.

    Susianna says: "Just Fine But My High Expectations? Foiled Again!"
    "WONDERFUL Narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I believe a good book can become a great book simply with the right story teller. Thus is the case here. The story was very good although done before but the narration was the best I have heard in a while. I recommend City of Women for both.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Mudbound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (260)

    Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

    Betty says: "May this South never rise again."
    "I wish there more more audiobooks like this!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mudbound grabbed you from the beginning and kept you enthralled and engaged until the end. While I wouldn't compare it to "The Help' which was done below, I would say the pace of this book and the great story is well worth the credit or even paying in full.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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