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L. Petralis

Rochester, NY | Member Since 2012

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8943)
    Performance
    (8201)
    Story
    (8206)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Was the goldfinch a forgery?"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I got bogged down in the main character's drug addiction and began to wonder if the book was about art, his relationships, or his drug addiction. I could have done less hearing about his excesses and consequences of. If that had been edited, the story was compelling. Ending a bit contrived.


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

    His vocalizations added dimension and personality to the characters.


    Was The Goldfinch worth the listening time?

    yes, mostly


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

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (648)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    FanB14 says: "Grade of B-"
    "Who knew?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Dovekeepers?

    The fiction imagined from the historical events


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dovekeepers?

    The end. Some folks escaped.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book and couldn't wait to see what would happen. Surprises at every turn... A great interpretation of historical events as they've been passed down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (486)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Surprise! I like this title"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Compared to the section by the author herself,I felt Moreno's reading was just like Sotomayor would read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonia herself


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

    Accent. Knowledge of subject.


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

    I was cheering for Sonia when she succeeded because of her assertiveness.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read if you are interested in successful and personable women. The author was honest with her feelings, but there was a lot of redundancy.

    0 of 0 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
    (1351)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1166)

    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"
    "Fairy tale for serious readers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    I was reading it on Kindle at the same time.


    What other book might you compare The Snow Child to and why?

    There was a book my son had when he was a child with a similar story; I can't remember the name of it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The feeling that someone was watching.


    If you could rename The Snow Child, what would you call it?

    You can be happy.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book very much. Particularly liked that the author ended the story with the child of Faina.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (540)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Learn about Anne Morrow Lindberg"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Aviator's Wife rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably lower middle


    Would you be willing to try another book from Melanie Benjamin? Why or why not?

    It wasn't a gem of writing competence, but I did like learning about the story behind the folklore.


    If you could rename The Aviator's Wife, what would you call it?

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh


    Any additional comments?

    I warmed to the book as the story unfolded. It stimulated me to research the facts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (567)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "a good listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to I Hear the Sirens in the Street the most enjoyable?

    The narrator read the work with appropriate accented english


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Hear the Sirens in the Street?

    The end


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    The vocal illustration of characters


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

    for mystery lovers'


    Any additional comments?

    I listened twice and heard a better story the 2nd time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (429)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Last Child Worth a Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Child the most enjoyable?

    I wondered who the child murderer was - actually suspected the police.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Child?

    When they found the dead body of the boy's dad along with the other children


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sowers – was your favorite?

    The narrator


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

    What's a tag line?


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book for a listen. The only thing that wasn't believable was the 13 yr. old's exploits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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