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Milwaukie, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 267 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Had Potential But Died Of Metastatic Minutiae"

    This book was so filled with the minutiae of everyday life that I would start thinking of my own lists and things to do while listening. It had potential but went downhill less than halfway though. I kept thinking it would get better but alas, it only got worse. I actually felt sorry for the narrater. She'll likely get poor reviews because the book she read was so very bad. I actually thought she was a good reader and would have liked to give her five stars. Unfortunately she had nothing of value to perform so it was very difficult to rate this area. John Grisham should be ashamed of himself foisting this boring tome on his fans. Thank heavens I worked while I listened, otherwise I would have hired a lawyer and sued for compensation for my 14 hours spent listening. I will hesitate purchasing any future books he writes. If you've never read John Grisham believe me don't start with this. He got some excellent works out there that will make you wonder if he really wrote this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "good sleeping pill"
    What disappointed you about The Year of the Flood?

    Oryx and Crake was a fabulous read and listen as was MaddAddam. I wasn't able to finish the book After The Flood but thought if I listened to it it may make a difference. Well that didn't work. Listening to this reminded me of watching cement set......very slow. There was nothing compelling about this book that made me want to listen. I could not not even finish it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Margaret Atwood again?

    I love Margaret Atwood. I just didn't like this book.

    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Narration was decent; the narrator just didn't have good material to work with.

    Any additional comments?

    It was hard to make this experience worse but the hymns did the trick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "An Excellent Read!"
    If you could sum up The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in three words, what would they be?

    An excellent read

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth. She was the centerpiece of everyones' life; even those who did not realize it at first.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It seemed so authentic.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book in paper format and enjoyed it very much. However, the audio book really drew me into the story. Same story but a totally different experience. The readers for each characters' part were well chosen and made me want to be a part of the story!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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