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Jean

Indio, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (517)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "You Will Long for a Book Group to Discuss This"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Burgess Boys the most enjoyable?

    It is hard to limit my answer. There are questions about personality, ethical issues, legal problems, political perspectives, etc; lots of great stuff in this book! Perhaps what made it most enjoyable is that there were surprizing twists in the story could take as the focus went from one character to another. I would think I knew what the book was about and then it would swing to another angle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed very plausible to me. No one was completely admirable or dispicable. No one was fully predictable or fully understood. The characters are real in that we don't always know what someone else will do. Even though we learn more and more about these characters' lives, they can still surprise us.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    I loved her Maine accents.


    If you could rename The Burgess Boys, what would you call it?

    The Burgess Family. It bothered me that the sister was not included in the title.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (886)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "What Are You Waiting For? READ THIS!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Glass Castle the most enjoyable?

    Growing conviction that human beings can be very resilient kept me listening and in awe of those of us who rise above life circumstances.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I confess Jeanette is my favorite person in her memoir -- not because we are getting her slant on things, but because I grew fond of the little girl who could understand her intelligent parents' perspective even as she could see the consequences of their actions/inactions. I am not so sure that I in similar circumstances could have coped so marvelously.


    What does Jeannette Walls bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her love of her family is especially moving when you are hearing her speak about them. It makes her memoir even more believeable, more genuine coming straight from her heart to your ears!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (541)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Delightful Listen"
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    If you could sum up What Happens in London in three words, what would they be?

    Romance with Humor


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heroine's ability to reflect about her life and circumstances with humor


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could take any character from What Happens in London out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I admire Sir Harry, who could have been a "Stick-in-the-mud," but isn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a fun, fun read. Normally, I am not much into romantic tales; they can be too predictable and so, boring. I'm glad I was flexible enough to give this one a try. In some ways it is a love story that is able to poke fun at romantic novels. There are not a lot of deep thoughts here, but sometimes what you want is something to make you smile or even chuckle. I will be looking to see what else Julia Quinn has written and what else Rosalyn Landor has narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Night: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Greg Itzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Every summer, in an event that is commemorated throughout the Tohono O'odham Nation, the Queen of the Night flower blooms in the Arizona desert. But one couple's intended celebration is shattered by gunfire, the sole witness to the bloodshed a little girl who has lost the only family she's ever known.

    Jean says: "great READ; so-so listen"
    "great READ; so-so listen"
    Overall

    J. A. Jance is on my very favorites list, but this one I wouldn't recommend for listening -- too many characters names, dates and times flash by too quickly. In a book I would have just flipped back a few pages to make sure of the character's name, etc. but with an I-pod that wasn't an option. If I had to do it over again I'd buy the book.
    That said, I did love the story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Person of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Choi
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Lee is a math professor at a second-tier university in the Midwest. When a mail bomb goes off in the office of the star computer scientist next door, Lee is slow to realize that students and colleagues have begun to suspect that he's the Brain Bomber, an elusive terrorist whose primary targets appear to be academic hotshots.

    glamazon says: "Slow going...but worth it!"
    "A Novel with a Mystery"
    Overall

    This book strikes me as better described as a novel than a mystery. There is, indeed, a violent death; the puzzle of who-dun-it is the backdrop for the book. However, the way Choi develops her main character's reaction to the murder and its subsequent events is more intriquing than the mystery itself. At first, I found this professor to be someone I would rather not take the time to get to know. I'm glad I continued to listen for his story is fascinating. Choi has reminded me that cultural and personality differences can enrich our lives.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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