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Jolie

Grand Junction, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 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
    (4766)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1660)

    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"
    "A return to the moors..."
    Overall

    Perhaps you went through a British lit phase like I once did, where you read all things Bronte, Dickens, and Austen. The Thirteenth Tale is a marvelous return to the Bronte-type books, with vast estates on the moors complete with twisted passages, secrets , and ghosts. It is the life story of Vida Winter, England's most famous living author, at the end of her life--and it is the first time she's told this version (the truth) to anyone. It is told to Margaret Lea, whose own life is twisted in on itself because of a secret she discovered as a child, and it is large, and complex, and wonderfully gothic. The narrators do a terrific job of creating these two women's voices and characters, and give a beautifully nuanced reading.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Laurie Viera Rigler
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom, or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

    Amazon Customer says: "Delightful"
    "not quite what I hoped for..."
    Overall

    I really WANTED to like this book, but found that it left a lot to be desired--the faked accents, some flubbed Austen references, and a plot device that could have been fun but was over-thought and over-wrought left me mostly entertained, but largely disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (227)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "engaging story for the whole family"
    Overall

    Our family read the book last year when it came out, and it appealed to both my 5 year old son and 7 year old daughter. The book is VERY visual, however, with nearly 1/4 of the pages being full (and very detailed) black and white illustrations that evoke the silent film era that the book refers to. The illustrations actually move the plot of the book forward, so I was skeptical about the ability of an audiobook to do justice to the book. They solve the dilemma of several pages of wordless pictures by resorting to old-style radio sound effects, which work fairly well, and also call to mind days gone by.

    The book made a car trip go by quickly for everyone, and the kids wanted to start it over again. I'd recommend the story highly, but strongly suggest that you read the book as well in order to really experience Hugo's adventure.

    47 of 48 people found this review helpful

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