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Gretchen H. Portwood

Gretchen

Kentucky | Member Since 2001

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  • 46 ratings
  • 613 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • The Next Time You See Me

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Holly Goddard Jones
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Thirteen-year-old Emily Houchens doesn’t have many friends; her classmates find her strange. When one day she happens upon a dead body hidden in the woods near her house in Roma, Kentucky, she decides not to tell anyone about her discovery - a choice that begins to haunt her. Susanna Mitchell has always been a good girl, the dutiful daughter and wife. While her older sister, Ronnie, trolled bars for men and came home late, Susanna kept a neat house, a respectable job, and a young daughter.

    Tango says: "Fascinating Characters - Great Book!"
    "I wanted to like this novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I believe that the reader destroyed the essence of this book. Her voice is better suited to The Velveteen Rabbit than for a look at Kentucky, small town people.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the book is the Kentucky setting. (I am from Kentucky and also an English teacher like the main character.). The least interesting parts were the stereotyped characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nobody in Kentucky has diction consisting of overpronounced words, fake southern accents that make the reader cringe, and a prissy tone...think Nellie Olsen.


    Did The Next Time You See Me inspire you to do anything?

    Sorry, but the novel was a disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Peculiar Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Lent
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Hewitt Pearce is a 43-year-old blacksmith who lives alone in his family home, producing custom ironwork and safeguarding a small collection of art his late father left behind. When Jessica, a troubled young vagabond, shows up in his backwoods one morning, fleeing her demons, Hewitt's previously hermetic existence is suddenly challenged - more so when he learns that Emily, the love of his life whom he'd lost 20 years before, has been unexpectedly widowed.

    John says: "Great listen"
    "I agree with Jane"
    Overall

    When I read the comparison of Peculiar Grace to Plainsong, I was very anxious to read it. I think I should have read the book, however, and not listened. The narrator contorts a sensitive story into a chest-pounding melodrama. Surely it isn't what Lent intended. At first I thought the narrator was Scott Brick, whom I avoid at all costs, but this narrator is equally as "dramatic."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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