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Janie

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  • The Ugly Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jane Fallon
    • Narrated By Alison Reid
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Abi has spent her life in the shadow of her stunningly beautiful, glamorous older sister Cleo. Headhunted as model when she was 16, Cleo has been all but lost to Abi for the last 20 years, with only a fleeting visit or brief email to connect them. So when Abi is invited to spend the summer in Cleo's large London home with her sister's perfect family, she can't bring herself to say no. Maybe Cleo is finally as keen as Abi to regain the closeness they shared in their youth?

    Janie says: "A great summer read!"
    "A great summer read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Ugly Sister is a light read that deals with some very real choices people make in their lives. I appreciate the struggles the characters go through and the spots of humor thrown in there elicited more than one LOL from me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters seemed very real. I have known people with these personalities and Jane Fallon nailed them!


    Have you listened to any of Alison Reid’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Alison Reid before The Ugly Sister. She did a fantastic job with the characters. They seemed to really fit the characters!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ugly Sister and why?

    Abby was the most memorable character because her thoughts and actions stayed true to her character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26034)
    Performance
    (23086)
    Story
    (23156)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Outstanding!!"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, unpredictable, real


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    The plot twists were the most memorable parts of the book


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad to find a book that is not a "Young Adult" that I enjoyed!!! I think I will try some of her other titles too!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11504)
    Performance
    (10443)
    Story
    (10470)

    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"
    "Too much detail for too long"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story seemed to drag aimlessly about 3 or 4 times. The attention to detail is well done, it is just overdone to the point of boredom those 3 or 4 times.


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

    I liked the plot twists, and I liked the characters.


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    David Pittu's performance made the book interesting enough for me to continue listening. He did such a great job with the characters that I will probably look for books read by him in the future.


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

    If this book was made into a movie I probably would not see it unless it had outstanding reviews.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19721)
    Performance
    (14571)
    Story
    (14637)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Wow, just wow!"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    This true account is so well written it had me from the second I started listening! I seriously couldn't stop listening!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1790)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Good story, not so well written"
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    Would you listen to Call the Midwife again? Why?

    No, the book doesn't flow well. The stories told jump from a summary type to details and flutter back and forth as well as past, present and future. The transitions could have been SO much smoother.


    Has Call the Midwife turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (519)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Great Listen, with LOL humor"
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    Where does Can You Keep a Secret? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Similar to Jane Fallon's Leaving Matthew and the Ugly Sister as well as the Bridget Jones books. If you liked any of the above you will surly like this one too!!


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Kate Reading did such a fabulous job with each character, making it even easier to get lost in the story as l listened.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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