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Lisa

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  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (516)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was ok, but fragmented. I read Backseat Saintts first, so this tied it all together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (846)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    glamazon says: "A Metrosexual Picaresque"
    "Refreshing Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not great, but entertaining. I enjoyed the narration from the male perspective. The flow of the story kept a good pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Liza Klaussmann
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Nick and her cousin Helena grew up in a world of sun bleached boat docks, tennis whites, and midnight gin parties at Tiger House, the family home on Martha's Vineyard. In the wake of the Second World War, the two women are on the cusp of starting their "real lives": Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage to the charismatic Avery Lewis, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own husband, Hughes Derringer, about to return from the war. The world seems rife with possibility, but the gilt soon begins to crack.

    glamazon says: "Not for Kittens in Fair Weather"
    "Didn't want it to end"
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    Loved this one! I was pulled in immediately. Love the narration and view points from every character. The ending was a wonderful twist, I didn’t want the book to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    A warm June evening, a local tradition: The students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers - Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter - are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen"
    "Too Much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A wonderful setting was watered down by too many backstories. Just as the story was over there was yet another backstory. It made we want to sccream. All the characters did not enhance the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1851)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Absurd"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Alice's experience seemed absurd. I was more interested in her sister’s experience. Felt the sister's expressions hit home with someone going thru infertility treatments. Not the best listen while recovering from a miscarriage. Has skewed my opinion.

    2 of 4 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
    (524)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (315)

    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!"
    "Started Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Immediately pulled into the story, unfortunately the second half was very boring and I couldn't wait for it to be over. Many of the events seemed unnecessary and frankly irritating.

    Unfortunately I have already purchased other books by Joshilyn Jackson, and I am dreading listening to them.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1364)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Learned something while being entertained."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story inspired me to learn a little more about Hemmingway. I was fascinated by the story and then would do a little research to see if the events were true. I really enjoyed listening to this story.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7062)
    Performance
    (5012)
    Story
    (5002)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Suspenseful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The characters were rich and multi-dimensional. I looked forward to hearing each chapter and couldn’t wait to hear the outcome of each event.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (172)

    When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

    Sara says: "Wonderful!"
    "Let Down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story bored me. I kept thinking more would happen. Every event only seemed to brush the surface. Too descriptive with no action.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35610)
    Performance
    (26630)
    Story
    (27008)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Kept my interest"
    Overall
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    The story was exciting and perked my interest. I was vested eonogh in the characters that I didn't mind the violence. Looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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