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Carolyn

APO, AE, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Prep

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    This New York Times best-seller is a funny and poignant coming-of-age story, a dead-on examination of adolescent angst, and a sharp criticism of America’s social structure. Fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora enrolls at the prestigious Ault School of Massachusetts and is surrounded by beautiful, wealthy students. She immediately feels like an outsider, but manages to carve out a niche for herself. Then everything falls apart when Lee’s private thoughts become public information.

    Lorraine says: "Easy & Enjoyable Listen"
    "annoying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed Curtis Sittenfelds other books but man was this ever a pain to get through. The character is so neurotic- but still finished it. Sad story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (962)

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Clever and Scary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jo Nesbo leaves no details unturned. Sometimes a bit confusing to follow but always manages to tie it together well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35293)
    Performance
    (26338)
    Story
    (26715)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Brilliant Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Can't put the book down! Almost walked into traffic while listening! Story comes alive with the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Turn

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Robin Atkin Downes
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    In the brilliant new literary thriller by the award-winning author of Case Histories, Jackson Brodie, adored single-dad detective, is caught in a web of mystery following a grisly attack in the street. Two years after the events of Case Histories, which left him a retired millionaire with an occasional girlfriend in Julia, a former client, Jackson has followed her to Edinburgh for its famous summer festival.

    Carrie says: "Kate Atkinson should never be abridged"
    "Jackson Brodie Rocks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kate Atkinson never lets you down. Such clever writing, sometimes sad and tender and other times gets your heart pounding. The BBC television series that went with Case Histories is awesome too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    Hours after throwing a third birthday party for their twins Kathy and Kelly in their Connecticut home, Margaret and Steve Frawley return home from a dinner in New York to discover the police in the house, their daughters missing, and an eight million dollar ransom note. The Frawleys meet the kidnapper's demands, but the abandoned car they're led to contains only Kelly, the body of the driver, and a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean.

    Kathi says: "A good story--will hold your interest throughout"
    "predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I wouldn't read this author again- hackneyed writing. Wish I had spend more time reading other's reviews.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Musical"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Bianca reads Ms. Fuller's story as if it were her own. This clever book is full of insight to central Africa history along personal experiences of adaptation. I loved the use of humor that lead the listener through hard time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading Ms. Fuller's other "awful books"!!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Conor Grennan
    • Narrated By Conor Grennan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (378)

    In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

    Angela says: "Amazing experience + Inspiring tale"
    "Incredible"
    Overall

    I loved that Conor read the story- no one could have told it better. I felt like I was there. I didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "Easy to listen to"
    Overall

    Well written, excellent narrator. Story line okay- I love Ann Pachett, but this wasn't one of her best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "A Good Novel"
    Overall

    The story hooks you in and slowly untangles the mystery. It's well written in the same way the Lovely Bones was- strong characters, but not morbid and gruesome. A good listen and very well narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (308)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "Clever- Southern"
    Overall

    An interesting idea of having a person be able to detach themselves so much from their past that you wonder if she is really seeing and experiencing the things that she does, or if it's in her head. Sad tale, interesting woven characters. At times a bit too long. I enjoyed it, but wouldn't make it my top pick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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