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Ellen

Kitty Hawk, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 67 ratings
  • 191 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10225)
    Performance
    (9356)
    Story
    (9376)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "what a disappointment"
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    Started great. Characters turn out to be weak and whiney. It's bad when you begin pulling for the lead to take the overdose just to be done with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (609)

    In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes. The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games.

    Heather says: "Marvelous Story Maker"
    "Very enjoyable historical fiction"
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    This was my first book by this author, don't know how I missed her. I have since purchased all her books on good reads and cannot wait to listen to all of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (672)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    Melinda says: "No Olive Branch"
    "Awesome"
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    A smidge confusing until you figure out what time period they are talking about. Again, for historical fiction lovers it's a must read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2839)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2413)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Wonderful Journey"
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    I don't know how I missed this story years ago and I cannot believe I missed the miniseries. I suppose it's just as well. The story brought such much too life. Well worth reading by anyone who loves historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (588)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Didn't see it going there"
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    Great story, kept you guessing the entire time. Really could have done without the signing intro into each new section. But was able to just fast forwarded through that time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Suns: Across the Universe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Beth Revis
    • Narrated By Tara Carrozza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed.

    Brian says: "Male reader in mid 40's"
    "Even better than the first"
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    I cannot believe I have to wait 11 months before I can finished this series!!!!! That is so not fair, I have to know what happens!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Beth Revis
    • Narrated By Lauren Ambrose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (228)

    Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

    Kelli says: "Well worth the listen!"
    "Awesome"
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    I don't like science fiction but love teen books. It was wonderful. Captures you from the minute you start it. The charaters, the story it is all wonderfully woven to bring her into Elder's world!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era. Move over 007, a stunning, sexy, and decidedly female, new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Great Romp; wonderfully performed"
    "Entertaining"
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    Light,easy summer book. It's entertaining, Bridget Jones was better but this is ok. It's more along the lines of the the 2nd Jones book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 22 Britannia Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amanda Hodgkinson
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    "Housekeeper or housewife?" the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight-year-old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of World War II. There her husband, Janusz, is already waiting for them at the little house at 22 Britannia Road. But the war has changed them all so utterly that they'll barely recognize one another when they are reunited.

    Ellen says: "Haunting"
    "Not as good as I had hoped for"
    Overall

    I normally enjoy historical fiction. There was something out of place in this story. I was unsettled by the way the husband gave up and left his family behind rather than returning and attempting to find them. Once they are all together he seems to believe that the wife and child should simply forget the way they had lived for the last what 5 or so years. It just left me very disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Assistant: A Continuing Tale from Behind the Hollywood Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Clare Naylor, Mimi Hare
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    In The Second Assistant, readers across the country found a heroine they loved to love in Lizzie Miller, the smart and witty East Coast girl clinging for dear life to the bottom rung of the Hollywood ladder. But no more coffee runs and sorting thumbtacks by color for Lizzie; she's been promoted. As first assistant to Scott Wagner, now president of The Agency and one of Hollywood's premiere movers and shakers, she's making decisions and learning the ins and outs of the business.

    Brittany says: "Loved it!"
    "Enjoyed the sequel to the 2nd Assistant"
    Overall

    Lizzie continues on her stumbling road to sucess. Has the things that make a book good, supportive friends, a plot twist and a happy ending. Great summertime book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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