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MARION, OHIO, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 52 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Close My Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sophie McKenzie
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's been eight grief-filled years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth. Once a writer, Gen has settled into a life of half-hearted teaching while her husband, Art, makes his name and their fortune - and pressures her into yet another round of IVF. For Gen, battle-scared from years of failed attempts to get pregnant with a second baby, this feels like a cruel attempt to replace Beth. Life without her child is inconceivable, unbearable - but still it goes on. And then a woman arrives on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child....

    Michele McKeon says: "Wow!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Close My Eyes to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure because I didn't read the print version but I ABSOLUTELY loved the audio edition. It took me a while to get used to the narrator and her accent but after that I really couldn't put the book down.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex plot line.

    What about Marisa Calin’s performance did you like?

    She made all of the characters stand out. Despite it being just one narrator for this story she made me feel connected to each of the characters and used appropriate dialect.

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

    It kept me on the edge of my seat. While I realize some people may not feel the same I enjoyed earning each new detail as I continued on throughout the story.

    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book! It surprised me how much I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Never List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Koethi Zan
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the "Never List" - a list of actions to be avoided. But one night, against their instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. 10 years later, at 31, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn't make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Excellent Shorter Suspense Novel"
    "Spine chilling and hoping for a sequel."
    What did you love best about The Never List?

    The twists and turns the plot took during the story as well as the characters.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, very much so. Just when you think you know what's what in the book, perspectives change and make you doubt your initial analysis.

    Which character – as performed by Kristen Sieh – was your favorite?

    The main character Sarah. She gave the character life and I enjoyed the developing relationship the narrator builds with you through the character.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Definitely! Could not put it down. I usually only listen at work but I made an exception for the last two books I listened to. I just had to know what was going to play out.

    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story line and I loved what the element of a narrator brought to the table.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Good Listen, good story line, and good narrator..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Weight of Silence the most enjoyable?

    The story line compelled me to keep listening.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weight of Silence?

    When everything finally came together.

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

    It gave personality to the book that words on a page alone cannot give.

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

    Twists and turns beneath the cold rapids of the reality of youth.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Great Story Line - Mediocre Narrator"
    What did you love best about Arcadia Falls?

    I loved the intricate story Goodman weaves within the pages of Arcadia Falls. Goodman skillfully combines tales of old with present day characters and stories. The vivid description of Arcadia Falls makes you feel as though you are there with the characters the author has conjured.

    What other book might you compare Arcadia Falls to and why?

    Lake of Dead Languages

    What about Jen Taylor’s performance did you like?

    She read at a good pace and with clear diction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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