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Delah

Which came first... the books or the glasses?

Member Since 2012

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  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9768)
    Performance
    (8175)
    Story
    (8174)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Mostly good, author dragged out ending"
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    Most of the story was well written & suspenseful but the author did something I've noticed many authors doing lately... They seem to get attached to their story & don't want to let it go so they drag out the end waaay longer than it needs to be and thus they almost ruin the story or at the least they leave me with a negative feeling at the end. This story could have been cut by at least 2 hrs in my opinion. Other than that it was good. Narration was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eoin Dempsey
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler’s Final Solution against the Jewish population.

    Delah says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "I couldn't finish it"
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    The narrator was very good. That's all the good I have to say about this book. I listened for about an hour and 1/2 and then stopped. It just plodded along. I didn't think the character development was done very well. The author didn't engross me in the story. It seemed a bit disjointed. The story was about 9 hrs long and at 1.5 hrs in I was thinking either 'lets get this party started or hurry up and end.' I decided to end it early and put myself out of my misery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Harwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    Confused and disoriented, Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor Maynard Straker tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before and then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London: "Your patient must be an imposter." Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary....

    Shaliali says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Pretty Good. A little too dragged out at the end."
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    I pretty much enjoyed this book except that I think it went over long and had me wishing toward the end that it would hurry and wrap up. Also it can start to get confusing toward the end if one is not listening on a consistent basis and paying close attention. The narrator is good. This is not a book that will stay with me after I've read it. I'm glad it's over and I can move on to something else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (934)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Slow, Slow and Slow"
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    I hung in there for 4 hours (of a 10 hour story) and gave up. This author really drags this story out and goes over territory that has already been gone over. I was going to return this book and get my credit back but I had already returned several books because I could not get into them so I decided to just eat this one. I have noticed lately that a lot of authors seem to like to drag out a story instead of just get on with it. I think I probably need to stick with books that are around 8 hrs because those books don't usually ramble unnecessarily.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Plainsong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.

    MAUREEN says: "A beautiful read"
    "Small Town Story of People w/ Big Hearts"
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    I really liked this story. Atfer listening to it for a little bit I wondered 'where is it going' but I soon relaxed into the book and enjoyed the ride. The narrator is very good. The flow of the novel and the stories of the different characters is very good. It will stay with me for a while now that the last word has been spoken. There is another novel, perhaps not quite a sequel but has some of the same characters, called "Eventide".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (357)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "Really Enjoyed this Book"
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    I am not usually into fantasy books but this book had plenty of non-fantasy in it to keep my interest. The fantasy part was interesting but not too overdone for me. All the characters were interesting and well fleshed out. There was humor, drama, a psychoanalyst (to try and figure out the fantasy) and fantasy (of course). The writing was very good and the narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rosie Perez
    • Narrated By Rosie Perez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry. What most people would be surprised to learn is that the woman with the big, effervescent personality has a secret straight out of a Dickens novel. At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County.

    Rhonda Hill says: "Had me hooked from page 1..."
    "Informative Memoir"
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    This was a very informative memoir. I had no idea the things I learned about Rosie Perez's life. She came through some tough stuff. And the thing is, she came through, came out on top and is a successful independent woman doing her own thing now. Kudos to her. Her narration of the memoir shows what a good actress she is. She definitely brings her acting skills to the narration.
    Note: Initially when I was listening to it I thought the part about her childhood in the Catholic school went a bit long but later I thought who am I to say that? First, this is her story, she is telling it her way and second, she went through that hell, who am I to minimize it and say this should be shortened?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jamaica Inn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honor of her mother's dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn's brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls - and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

    Gialdini says: "would be amazing except for one thing"
    "I Liked it!"
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    Of course Daphne Du Maurier of "Rebecca" fame is an old school author who knows how to flesh out characters. Knows how to show more than tell the story. We don't have to listen to 100 or more pages of background setup before we get to the good stuff. And the narrator! I felt like I was listening to a PBS or BBC production. He was that good (although his female characters left a bit to be desired). This is definitely a classic in more ways than one. The story and the narration are (mostly) top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pecan Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassie Dandridge Selleck
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

    Delah says: "LOVED IT! Great story. Great narrator."
    "LOVED IT! Great story. Great narrator."
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    I loved every minute of this book. I love it when an author as a story to tell and just tells it without wasting words or using filler just to fill the page to make the book last longer than it needs to. I am now starting to get wary of audiobooks that are 14 or 16 hrs, etc. This audiobook is 6 hrs and the author uses all of those hours to pack each minute with very interesting story telling. It doesn't hurt that the narrator is top notch. I highly recommend this book.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4534)
    Performance
    (3312)
    Story
    (3312)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "ok, not great but ok"
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    This book is ok for a long car ride. There are interesting parts and there are dry spells and then it will pick up and get interesting again for a bit and then hit a dry spell and go back and forth like that. It's nothing I would highly recommend but I did finish it and that's saying something. The narrator is good; that helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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