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June

AVID reader; very critical. My reviews don't repeat the book's description, but are why I enjoyed the book and why I think you will.

Duluth, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3778)
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    (3076)
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    (3039)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
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    One of Grisham's better books. While I wouldn't say I couldn't stop listening, the story was certainly entertaining. This was a new narrator for me and he did a pretty good job. Although he didn't have a different voice for each character, the characters were easy to follow and the story moved along at a good pace. If you're a Grisham fan, you'll enjoy this one.

    43 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Night Music

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (241)
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    (217)
    Story
    (211)

    The Spanish House is a mixture of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.

    Delah says: "I enjoyed this story"
    "Hard to Believe By Author of Me Before You"
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    Me Before You is one of my all time favs. Which is why I decided to try this book. There is no comparison in the depth of the story, writing and characters between the two books. This book is so-so at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boy, Snow, Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Helen Oyeyemi
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett, Carra Patterson
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty - the opposite of the life she' s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she' d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy' s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.

    June says: "Part 1 excellent, Part 2 so-so, Part 3 very good"
    "Part 1 excellent, Part 2 so-so, Part 3 very good"
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    I'm torn about rating this book because of the inconsistency in both writing and narration. Boy is the mother, Snow is the step daughter and Bird is the daughter. Part 1 (Susan Bennett), mostly about Boy, is amazingly written and Bennett's narration is exceptional. Part 2 (Carra Patterson) is about Snow and Bird and not sure what else is going on there. Part 2 didn't seem to fit to me, not as compelling and the narration was so-so at best. Part 3 (Susan Bennett) is back to Boy, and includes Snow and Bird. Again the writing is not as exceptional as Part 1, but the twist at the end and the understanding that comes over Boy makes up for it. I highly recommend it assuming you don't mind skimming through Part 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (423)
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    (381)
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    (378)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Poor Man's "Winters Bone""
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    Based on the reviews I thought this would be good. It's average at best. I don't see the hype about Ozarks as this could have been anywhere. Performance was so-so. I wouldn't recommend unless this was drastically on sale.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
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    (1246)
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    (1246)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "I love Big Bang, but I just didn't get this"
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    The narrator was awful, the story kinda dumb. Returning it for something I can stand.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Else's Love Story: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (201)
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    (201)

    Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem - or what we hope they will be.

    ~Beloved~ says: "perfectly delightful"
    "Poorly Written & Narrated, Pointless Story"
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    A Grown Up Kind of Pretty and Between, GA were terrific. Loved them both, which is why I decided to listen to this book. This book was horrible. Jackson meanders all over the place with the characters trying to develop them. The back stories were stupid and the wording clumsy. There was no point in the story. We end up right where we started. It was if Jackson wanted to combine a bunch of prose into a book, so she threw it all in this one. Would highly recommend A Grown Up Kind of Pretty and Between, GA, but not this one. Skip it.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sweeping Up Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carolyn Wall
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Olivia Harker Cross owns a strip of mountain in Pope County, Kentucky, a land where whites and blacks eke out a living in separate, tattered kingdoms and where silver-faced wolves howl in the night. But someone is killing the wolves of Big Foley Mountain and Olivia is beginning to realize how much of her own bitter history she's never understood: Her mother's madness, building toward a fiery crescendo. Her daughter's flight to California, leaving her to raise William, her beloved grandson.

    Sara says: "Excellent"
    "Horrible, Uses Every Cliché They Can Think Of"
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    If you didn't grow up in the South, this book might seem half-way descent. If you did, skip this one, not believable. I struggled to Chap 6 but couldn't take it anymore. In addition, the writing is terrible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
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    (1126)
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    (1118)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Horrible Narrator, Couldn't Listen to Her"
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    This is the first book that I absolutely could not listen to because of the narrator. I bought it because of the prior reviews. Will be getting a refund!

    5 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1248)
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    (1241)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Great Way to Put Yourself To Sleep at Night"
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    This was 10 hours of babbling and town gossip by an alcoholic, over-the-hill, has-been real estate agent. Nothing I can't get at family gatherings. The woman who narrated it was annoying at times—you could hear every cigarette she ever smoked.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1089)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Great Story Poorly Written and Narrated"
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    This could have been such a good book because the story was so good. But there were just too many leaps of faith needed (similar to those one had to make in Room). The story was basically Little House on the Alaskan Tundra intertwined with the side story of a girl that raised her self alone in the woods despite the wild animals, lack of food and treacherous weather. But let's say she does... how does she learn all she knows? Where did she get her "homemaker" tools and skills used with the wedding dress?

    The dialogue between characters is stiff and weak and isn't used to move the story along or explain things as it could have. The overall writing is so inconsistent. Some of the writing is very good and some of it is like a high school kid. The narrator didn't have much to work with but made it worse with her reading style (rather than acting) and flat tone.

    But despite all of the problems the book had, the story was a very good one. Predictable in many parts but still very good and the reason I stuck it out to the end. Wish a the author and narrator had done a better job with so much potential.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (287)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "Depressing from the beginning."
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    What would have made Year of Wonders better?

    Nothing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Geraldine Brooks again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was too bland and sounded too much like someone just reading out loud.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Year of Wonders?

    I would have left out sexual comments the main character made. They didn't add anything to the story, they seemed like they were stuck in the book, they really didn't fit in. Distracting actually.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about the plague and is depressing from the beginning to the end. It would be worth a read if it were educational or historical, but it wasn't either. Would not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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