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Loretta Franklin


Somerville, MA United States | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 70 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • A Calculated Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Charnock
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Big business is booming and state institutions are thriving thanks to advances in genetic engineering, which have produced a compliant population free from addictions. Violent crime is now a rarity. Mayhew McCline, a major corporation that analyzes global trends, has hired a genius: Jayna. A brilliant mathematical modeler, she has the ability to produce accurate predictions that are both good for the world and good for the bottom line. Her latest coup: finding a link between northeasterly winds and violent crime.

    Loretta Franklin says: "Very nice book"
    "Very nice book"
    What made the experience of listening to A Calculated Life the most enjoyable?

    The mind of the heroine of the story is quite fascinating...genetically developed to have a very logical and mathematically-inclined mind, she also possesses an excess of curiosity and burgeoning emotions that will later get her in trouble. Watching her develop was very interesting. The narrator was perfect for the character.

    What other book might you compare A Calculated Life to and why?

    It may be because I am influenced by what I am reading now, but A Lady of Devices has a theme of a young woman out of tune with her culture and trying to break free.

    Any additional comments?

    The pace of the book is good for listening to. Sometimes I find books that are enjoyable reads too slow to enjoy listening to and land up listening at 1.5 or double speed to long drawn out parts.I gave the story only 4 stars because I usually save five stars for very intense and heavy reading (when it deserves it).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Great book for young readers"
    Where does Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although I enjoyed the book a lot, I think that someone 50 or 60 years younger than I would really enjoy it. The heroine is very spunky and likable.

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

    Her narrative seemed to fit the characters perfectly. It was a delight listening to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "A fairly good book."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would greatly shorten a lot of the monotonous sections of Theo's drug experiences, especially the toooo long time spent on his life in Las Vegas.

    Any additional comments?

    I mostly enjoyed this book. I may have enjoyed reading it more than listening. I sped through many parts on double-speed. I think the second half of the book was much more enjoyable than the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Just a wonderful book."
    If you could sum up The Forgotten Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, well-written, well-paced

    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the characters are fascinating. The story takes place during a number of eras ranging from early 1800 to 2005 with a cast of characters whose lives are interwoven in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. While there is a mystery involved, part of it seems to become apparent early on. However, there is enough other unknowns going on that it didn't matter.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but saying what is was would be a spoiler.

    Any additional comments?

    While the book was 20 hours long, I actually didn't want it to end. Although the book keeps switching between characters and eras, it is done in a way that is not confusing. The narration was very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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