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Joy

Fair Lawn, NJ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Handle with Care

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (283)

    From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

    Amy Augustine says: "Worth it"
    "Nasal voice"
    Overall

    The male character sounded like he had a stuffy nose and it got under my skin!

    As for the actual book: Maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't already read My Sister's Keeper. Same format and same sort of controversial court case. The characters were all the same!!! I mean, it was even with 2 girls. Couldn't she have made the child a boy or something? Good grief.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "Perfect narration!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was yet another book that pulled me in and made me feel like I really knew the characters. That is, until the end came near. I don't think the ending was bad at all - it just seemed to come out of nowhere and it didn't match the rest of the book.

    But the narrator is AMAZING. She was able to switch between accents very well and it helped me to follow the characters. I'm so glad I chose to listen to this instead of reading it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (937)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "Wonderful narration and good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I feel like this book has sparked something within me. Maybe it has just interested me because I never new about this roundup and it makes me want to learn more. Polly's reading was so beautiful and it helped that she knew how to pronounce the french words (which I would've butchered in my head if I actually read it). The actual plot and ending weren't amazing, but I still think it was good enough to keep my interest throughout the entire book. I'm definitely glad that I listened to this and I don't think I'll ever forget it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (470)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Great writing, horrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm so glad that the story was written so beautifully. Because of this, I breezed through listening to this and felt compelled to fit it in whenever I had free time. The narration is really bad, though. One of the worst ones I've listened to! The author actually sounds really bored in some spots that should, instead, be emotional. And for a while, I thought the doctor was a woman because Genova doesn't change her voice or tone at all between characters. She should stick to writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (698)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I found myself spacing off during most of Tolstoy's tangents and war segments. And after I'd realized I spaced off, I didn't bother rewinding because I knew it didn't matter.

    I ended up only listening to the very few parts that involved REAL characters (ie Natasha, Pierre, Maria...). I HAD to finish it because I've never given up on a book. AND I was hoping the ending would be a reward. Well, it wasn't. It just ended in the middle of nowhere.

    60 hours of my life gone. And I can't get them back!!!

    3 of 8 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
    (4992)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1879)

    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"
    "Good listen to get lost in!"
    Overall

    At first, I felt it was a bit difficult to get into the story because of the accents that the narrators have. I couldn't tell which one was talking at times.

    But after getting used to it, things flowed so easily! I listened to this at the gym and got so lost in the story at times. I found myself not wanting to finish and couldn't wait to get back into it. The story is very suspenseful and exciting while still being very insightful and deep. The character development is amazing and I fell in love with every single one. I'd definitely recommend this audiobook and might even listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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