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Joanne

Tell us about yourself! I enjoy diffrent authors. Some of my favs are the Ken Follett series, some suspense and mystery .

ANN ARBOR, MI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (739)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Worst pick ever!!"
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    Would you try another book from Rebecca Donovan and/or Kate Rudd?

    This book is written for a pre-teen girl. The narration was like a bad soap opera. The story was so uneventful and poorly written. This book makes the Twilight series look like a physics book


    What was most disappointing about Rebecca Donovan’s story?

    The entire thing was not for me!! The only reason I listened to it was because I didn't want to waste my money and not listen to the book


    How could the performance have been better?

    Diffrent story and narrator


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

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty clear to me the target audience is 12-15 yr olds, wish it would just say that

    3 of 3 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
    (12892)
    Performance
    (8771)
    Story
    (8819)

    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.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "One of the best books I've ever read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    It was beyond comprehension what the POW's had to endure and their everyday spirit that could not be broken


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louie of course. He was so likable and strong willed


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

    Yes I listened to the Goldfinch which was another favorite!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh gosh too many to pick


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you do not like history , this book is amazingly well written, exciting and you just can't wait to hear more

    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
    (9855)
    Performance
    (9019)
    Story
    (9033)

    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.

    Cynthia says: "What a slog"
    "Always kept you guessing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    Just to see the journey and the end place in life of "Potter"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    WhenPotter found out is coveted painting was not where he thought it was after many years


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

    I think you keep the characters and their personalties much more in focus. You "feel" the personality


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No put I always felt for Potter!


    Any additional comments?

    Reccomnend for anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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