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Lisa

Love to read.

Celebration, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 3 reviews
  • 43 ratings
  • 100 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (248)

    While Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track - a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna - everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne.

    J. E. JONES says: "One of the Best books I've purchased"
    "Thalia Steals the Show!"
    Overall

    I liked this book. It was fast-paced, kept you guessing, and had great dialogue. But, Laurel, the narrator of the book, definitely gets backseated by her smart-mouthed, roguish sister, Thalia. I didn't find Laurel to be a sympathetic character. But, then again, that probably was what the author intended. In the end, Laurel is to find out the reasons for her mother's, and ultimately her own, reasons for always turning a blind eye to the bad things in life. But, you get the feeling that unless she keeps Thalia around to be her moral compass, she'll always revert back. I didn't trust the backbone that she was supposedly was to have gotten in the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27519)
    Performance
    (14120)
    Story
    (14170)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wavered on reading the book, but glad I listened.."
    Overall

    I kind of wavered on reading this book. Sometimes, civil rights books can be kind of "preachy", and never really resolve themselves at the end. But, this story was really more about southern relationships and the relationships of women at a very pivotal time in history. I really feel that listening to this story in the accents of its characters, lent it self to a greater understanding of the storyline, that simply reading it could not do. Minnie, Abilene, Hilly, and Skeeter will be characters that will remain in my mind, long after the book ended. Having grown up in the 60's and 70's with southern women much like these characters, I can about tell you how May Mobley will turn out, wise, empathetic and completely color blind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "Very good Southern listen..."
    Overall

    I love listening to books by Southern authors, with Southern voices. The soft lilt of their voices make the story ride on a soft, clear wave. Even when the story has a lot of violence, the sound of their voices make you know, that in the end, everything will be okay. This was a good story full of the right amount of fear, hope, and humor. Rose Mae is a very believable character that is easy to relate to, even if the listener can't even imagine the life that she has lived. There's lots of mystery and anticipation that keeps you wanting to hear what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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