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Joanne

Eugene, OR, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Anywhere But Here

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

    jennifer says: "Fantastic character study"
    "Living in a disfunctional family"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found myself getting very frustrated with the characters in this book. I have known a woman with the same sort of personality disorder as Ann August and she was frustrating to deal with.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

    No suggestions as to another narrator but someone who could give the different voices more of a difference.


    Was Anywhere But Here worth the listening time?

    Not for me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4863)
    Performance
    (1749)
    Story
    (1759)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Outstanding !!!!!!"
    Overall

    I've listened to a lot of Audible books and I think this one is the best I have ever heard! I was so caught up in the story that I stayed up until 2AM just to hear the last 6 hours of the story. I believe that I could hear the whole thing over again and not be bored.
    The narration was wonderful and I felt so close to the characters that I wanted to hug them in times of sorrow. I hope the author will continue with her writing as I will be a big fan. However, she'll have to go a long way to top this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (505)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "slow at first"
    Overall

    I found this book to be pretty slow going at first. It was unclear to me how the author was going to tie the whole thing together (and I still think that was a bit of a stretch). However, once we got out of the past and into the present again, the story got more exciting and I was anxious to see how it all was to be resolved.
    I was surprised to see that it has been made into a movie and will wait for it to come to Showtime to see how much suspense the directors put in to keep the audiences attention.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (158)

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    Jim says: "The wonder of retrospect"
    "Gilead"
    Overall

    The narrator of this story has a wonderful voice and matches the main character quite well.
    The story seems loooongggg and drawn out. In fact I never did find a plot to it. There's lots of old memories from the preacher about his father the preacher and his father the other preacher. (Punctuation left out on purpose) I found that I lost track of which "father" was being talked about.
    If you have a belief in god, you might like this book for the philosophical nuggets, if you can pick them out of the rest of the mush.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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