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VINALHAVEN, MAINE, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 6 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 657 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2015

  • Prep

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Julie Dretzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "So so"
    Would you try another book from Curtis Sittenfeld and/or Julie Dretzin?

    I thought Julie Dretzin did a great job as the narrator.

    Would you recommend Prep to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not sure I would recommend to my friends because although a lot of it rang true, the main character was just so self obsessed that it got a little bit old.

    What about Julie Dretzin’s performance did you like?

    I thought she was good at doing all the characters voices.

    Could you see Prep being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't know that I can see this as a movie maybe a TV series but there wasn't enough of a plot to make it into a movie, although as I listened imagined the Sugerman character to be a Ryan Gosling type guy. I bet he'd make a good Sugerman. The rest of the characters didn't have a strong enough image in my head to image who would be good portraying them in a movie.

    Any additional comments?

    I usually like to listen to long books but I got a little annoyed this one with because of the self obsession of the main character. I suppose most high school kids are still uncomfortable with themselves and awkward but the main character was sooooo concerned about how she appeared to everyone at the prep school that I began to feel less sympathy for her and more like she was so self conscious that she was vain.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "Not my favorite of the series"
    Would you listen to The Long Way Home again? Why?

    Maybe. I would listen to some of the other books in the series so I might listen to this one again, although it's a little different from the others so far and I'm not sure I like it as much.

    If you’ve listened to books by Louise Penny before, how does this one compare?

    It's set up a little differently, the book does not start with a murder mystery (the way the others have). I think part of the reason why I didn't enjoy this book as much is because it didn't follow the formula of her other books that I had become used to, and was expecting.

    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Ruth, Gamache. All of them, I like his narration.

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

    I'm sure there were things said by Ruth that made me laugh, I just can't think of any in particular. It did feel like there was a lot of repeated material if you have been listening to the whole series up till now.

    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the ending of this book. I hope Penny goes back to the format her previous books followed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    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"
    "I hope this becomes a series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you like crime mysteries this is a good one.

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

    Yes, it wasn't easy to figure out what had happened so you had to keep listening to find out!

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any between Robin and Strike, I liked the relationship they developed.

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


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Goes on and on"
    Would you try another book from Wallace Stegner and/or Mark Bramhall?

    Yes, not my favorite narrator or author but I would give each another listen.

    If you’ve listened to books by Wallace Stegner before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Bramhall?

    If I wanted to hear another book because of the story but not just because of his narration, it's kind of dull.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, because it would have to be shorter than this drawn out version! The story is potentially an interesting one but it goes on and on with more and more bad luck for this poor family due to (the father) Bo's inability to stay in one place and his compulsion for trying get rich quick schemes one after the other. I got a little exasperated with the mother character for sticking with him, (and standing up for him and going along with him etc.) but I suppose it was a different time in history and women were supposed to "stand by their man". It's apparent the mother feels she made the decision to be with Bo and now she has to live with that decision but that got a bit tiresome after his continual behavior and cycles of bad temper and uprooting the family again and again for some unrealistic money making scheme.

    Any additional comments?

    I think the length, (and I usually like long audio books) paired with this narrator's voice makes this book hard to stick through to the end. I remember thinking in the first third of the book "There's two more sections to go?" I think it should have and could have been shortened and it would have been just as good if not better and all the important things could have been retained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Did not like narrator"
    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Cheryl Strayed yes - Bernadette Dunne no

    What other book might you compare Wild to and why?

    I don't know, can't think of one.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She did not sound like the right age person to be telling this story. I think I have heard other books she's narrated that were crime drama's and it made the narration seem tacky to me. I think a younger sounding narrator would have been better, even though the author is older now, the story is about a time when she was in her 20's.

    Do you think Wild needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story was mostly about the life of and the experiences of the author while she was on the PCT and that was a one time journey, at that place and time.

    Any additional comments?

    If there were a different narrator younger sounding I think I would have really enjoyed the audio book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Not my favorite narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this book on sale which made it worth it, It wouldn't have been worth it if
    i'd used a credit to get it since there are much better books out there to listen to.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Garden Spells?

    The narrator's voice really bothered me.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    For me it did because she narrates a lot of mediocre murder mystery novels and that's all I could think of while listening.

    Did Garden Spells inspire you to do anything?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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