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Denise K. Trainor

New York | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 592 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • American Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband's presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, "almost in opposition to itself."

    jennifer says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    Very S-L-O-W
    the story at times seemed pointless
    Was hard to hang in till the flat ending

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4954)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1844)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "A surprise!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book on a whim. I am glad I did! A wonderful story in every sense of the word. The narrator was wonderful and the story kept me in suspense until the end. An excellent listen!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (621)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "A Delight!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the author's first book so I decided to give this one a try and I am thrilled that I did! A wonderful, heartwarming story. I didn't want it to end! The narrator is just perfect! A truly delightful book through and through!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career - her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life…starting now. With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store.

    Blanche says: "Love!Love!!Love!!!"
    "Replace the narrator, please!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Starting Now better?

    I just can't seem to get through this book due to the poor narration. Her 'percise diction' and inconsistant tone is beyond annoying. The characters are unappealing and bland due to this and I find myself angry with the main character for her 'snooty' attitude. I hope that the next Debbie Macomber novel is narrated by a more appealing individual. If it were possible, I'd ask for my money back!


    What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

    Her attempt at perfect diction left the listener cold. I couldn't identify with any of the characters due to the clipped, authoritative tone she gave each character.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I just couldn't get into the story and was very disappointed with this purchase.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wish You Well

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Norma Lana, David Baldacci
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    It is 1940 and a tragedy sends Lou and her little brother, Oz, along with their invalid mother, from New York City to the rugged mountains of Southwest Virginia to live with their great-grandmother. The story is told with both heartbreaking elegance and large doses of touching humor as the lives of Lou and Oz are changed forever.

    John says: "Not your usual Baldacci"
    "A wonderful gift!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Wish You Well?

    No, it's not the typical Baldacci book-- This switch of genre demonstrates the author's ability as a writer. It's was a wonderful surprise.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a heartwarming story-- Just loved it.-- especially the ending!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The epilogue-- very touching and heartfelt. It wrapped the book up in a wonderful bow.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to everyone! It has become one of my all time favorite books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Revolution"
    Overall

    Boring. Try as I might- I just couldn't get invested enough in the book to continue listening after the first few chapters. I would avoid this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Have and To Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    When Alice's wealthy (and much coveted) teenage crush, Joe, asks her to marry him, she is prepared to trade in her dream of a cottage filled with children, animals, and home-cooked meals for what he has in mind for her: stilettos, blond highlights, and a diet. She tells herself that she's happy to sacrifice for love, especially when every woman in London would like to be in her shoes.

    Amy R Lessing says: "Good read!"
    "Story good- details need work!"
    Overall

    I found the story interesting but was continually annoyed by the author's lack of geographical accuracy. She continually has her characters refer to their home in Connecticut as being below New York City!!
    I always head north from NYC to CT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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