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Connie

DURHAM, NC, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emily Croy Barker
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (537)

    Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

    Amazon Customer says: "In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek"
    "Thinking? Maybe not so much. Fun? Yes!"
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    Where does The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this magical book all the way through, even though it just ended with a PLOP. I poked around the interwebs and found where the author herself says it's going to be a trilogy. Good, because that ending called for one. Yes, it was long, but I appreciated the character development and scene descriptions. It's about a young woman who gets lost and falls into another world. It's magical and scary and fantastical and delightful all at once. I must also say that normally I don't like the fantasy genre, but this book was an exception. Deborah Harkness's All Souls trilogy was also a favorite of mine, but The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic was nothing like All Souls. Both are good, in their own ways. I LOVED the narrator. She put her whole heart and soul into the performance. I'm IN for the next 2 books, whenever they may come.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1223)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Quite the ride!"
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    Although it took me quite awhile to get into it, there was a point when everything got interesting all at once, and from then on I couldn't quit listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (223)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "Beautiful story"
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    This was the story about people who used to be put away and forgotten in mental institutions because their families either didn't want to deal with them or were convinced their children would be better off there. Set in Massachusetts, it's the story about a young white girl, Lynnie, who has a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf mute man, who escaped from the institution together. Lynnie, called "Beautiful Girl" by Homan, touched me to my very soul. I don't want to give the story away so I won't say more, except to say the story spans 40 years and sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Crocus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laila Ibrahim
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (790)

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

    Kathy says: "A rare find, a 5 star book!"
    "One of the best books I've read"
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    So, I don't know why I'm so drawn to books set in this era, but I am. It starts out in 1837 on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, slaves and all. When Elizabeth is born, she's immediately turned over to a wet nurse, who raises her and who she comes to love more than her own mother. (This isn't hard to understand: you turn your child over to someone else to almost totally raise and take care of, that's what happens). Lisbeth, which is what Mattie called her, struggles between her love of Mattie and Mattie's family, and her understanding of what's expected of a young lady in her position. This is a well-written historical novel that at times moved me to tears, but at other times had me cheering. The narrator did such a good job, too, that I'm going to be searching for other books read by her. Another 5 star book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1162)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Moving"
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    This is one of the best and most moving books I've ever listened to on audible. It's told in the voice of a 39 year old high-functioning autistic man who also has OCD. I not only got to liking this fictional character but I saw in myself some of Edward's characteristics, hypochondriac that I am. ;-) It's very pleasing to me that there's a sequel book out there, Edward Adrift. 600 Hours of Edward is a good read whether or not you have mental health issues among your family or friends, and also whether or not you have trouble within your family. This book was not only interesting, moving and inspirational, but also funny. You'll see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (361)

    Even having hundreds of closed cases to his credit can't keep LAPD police lieutenant Milo Sturgis from agonizing over the crimes that don't get solved - and the victims who go without justice. Victims like Katherine Hennepin, a young woman strangled and stabbed in her home. A single suspect with a solid alibi leads to a dead end - one even Alex Delaware's expert insight can't explain. The only thing to do is move on to the next murder case - because there's always a next one.

    B. Riddick says: "Not the best, but Rubinstein reading helps"
    "Time for new ideas"
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    Jonathan Kellerman needs to wrap this series up. It's gotten too predictable and formulaic. I even used this book as a sleep aid a few times. And it worked. The only things I liked about this book were the two main characters, Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, who feel like old friends to me by now.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
    • Narrated By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
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    (33)

    In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever.

    Kelly says: "a delightful brilliant young author and narrator.
    "
    "So what happened?"
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    This is the true story of what happened to the author's maternal grandparents, who were Holocaust survivors, who got married, bought a house, had two children, and who then didn't talk again. Thus the title, A Fifty-Year Silence. Anna, the grandmother, had a joyous outlook on life till the day she died, and who called the war (WWII) "her instruction book on life". Armand, the grandfather, hated the cards life had dealt him and became a mean-spirited atheist, although it was obvious he loved Miranda, his granddaughter. I greatly enjoyed this book, about love and loss, about how love can be so precarious and easily crushed when trampled. It was the story of a journey, a how-did-this-happen? expedition. You'll have to read it yourself to find out if there's a tidy answer or a sense of "Ah, I understand".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Over the Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before - and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn't five years ago.

    P. Giorgio says: "Like a psych textbook"
    "Early Alex Delaware"
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    A very early entry into the world of Dr. Alex Delaware and police detective Milo Sturgis, it was good to see how they worked together way back in the '80s, although in this particular book, they didn't start OFF working as a team. Alex, who had treated the serial killer suspect professionally 5 years before, came to wonder if Jamey Cadmus might have problems other than insanity going on. There were no lack of devious, easy-to-hate characters and certainly no lack of twists and turns either. I give it 3 stars out of 5 because I was able to outguess the ending, along with a stern reminder to myself that it's best to read all series in the order in which they're written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (842)

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    John S says: "Riveting Story Well Narrated"
    "I couldn't listen fast enough...."
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    This has got to be Tami Hoag's best book ever. From the very first page, I couldn't listen fast enough. The main character, Dana Nolan, has escaped from her serial killer captor by killing him, remembering nothing, but left with scars on her face and the number 9 carved on her chest. She has a traumatic brain injury and PTSD. She comes home after rehab only to experience more stress....and dangers anew. 5 out of 5. Yes. Read this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (791)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Epic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Natchez Burning to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, so I can't make a comparison. But I feel in almost all cases, the audio version of a book is superior because you get to feel the characters. Their fear. Their suspicion. Their strength.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caitlin was my favorite character because of her doggedness, conviction, and search for justice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Henry proves to be a true hero.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book will never make you laugh. I did find myself tearing up quite frequently. I had such an extreme emotional reaction to Natchez Burning - it gripped my heart, no, it gripped my whole soul. I don't see how anyone could read this book and not be moved. 35 hours went like lightning for me. Pure suspense, utter terror, and wondering all the while, will justice be done?


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book ever. And I'm pretty old, and have read a lot of books. I saw that many people didn't like the narration. I thought it was perfect. He performed with such raw emotion that I felt I could have been there with the characters. My advice? Use your credit on Natchez Burning. It will do things to your insides.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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