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Lissa

Edison, NJ, United States

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  • 61 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (71)

    The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals.

    Lissa says: "Good book, one suggestion..."
    "Good book, one suggestion..."
    Overall

    Very good book. One suggestion for future listeners: If I had it to do over, I might have gone with another narrator. The one for this version has a very girlish quality that I really liked, however her voice was also very gravelly and after awhile, that started to bother me. Just a small issue, but something to consider!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4984)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1871)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Be patient...it's worth it!"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book! At first, I have to admit I thought I'd made a mistake...it does start out a little slow. But this turned out to be, hands down, one of my favorite books. Beautifully written, completely engrossing, wonderfully quirky and interesting characters. Many times, I found myself actually looking forward to the long commute home so I could get back to the story. And when it was over, I found myself missing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13224)
    Performance
    (5559)
    Story
    (5602)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Recommended"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this book even more than I anticipated. Interesting characters and period setting, excellent narrator, suspense, drama...loved it. One word of caution: I wound up fast forwarding in a few places to avoid some of the animal-related violence. I (and I think the story) could have lived without it, but the book was good enough to get past. I still really liked this book, so much so that I immediately downloaded the sequel. Enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9146)
    Performance
    (3555)
    Story
    (3595)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Great sequel"
    Overall

    Great follow up for "Pillars of the Earth."
    Good narrator (I was extremely happy to find it's the same one they used for Pillars) engrossing story...maybe a little too much violence involving animals for me in both books, but these stories were both good enough that I could get past it. (I just chose to fast forward the mp3 player in a few places...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4669)
    Performance
    (2119)
    Story
    (2136)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    Quirky and different, with an interesting story and a few surprises along the way. Great narrator too; I'd definitely recommend it!

    I'm planning to try the next book in the series (read by the same author.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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