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Lorraine

Bernardsville, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 163 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Ashford Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards - but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at 34, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s 99th birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything.

    RueRue says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Good book, blah narrator"
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    Solid book overall. Interesting story. However, the characters lose depth on account of the narrator. The narrator's normal voice is fine, but her dialogue voice makes the women, who are supposed to be in their 20s and the 30s, sound like 16 year old girls. The men all sound one dimensional as well.

    Still overall enjoyable, especially if you like the era.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4292)
    Performance
    (3239)
    Story
    (3245)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "I didn't want the book to end"
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    Fantastic book, great narration! Inevitably, the book ends and you find yourself wanting more!

    Will Patton never fails to bring the book to life. I am often hesitant to recommend books narrated by Patton because I'm not sure people will enjoy the book without Patton's superb ability to bring characters to life. However, in this case, I'm certain the book would hold up on its own. Without losing depth, Frank's precise descriptions and likable characters keep the story focused and prevent the book from lagging.

    Being born in the 80s, I never really experienced the cold war, and am always amazed when I discover bomb shelters in houses and when my mom talks about doing drills when she was younger. This definitely made me understand the magnitude of the nuclear war threat back then and how easily it could have been to trigger disaster.

    It is amazing how easily the topics relates to modern day life, especially after being in NYC without power during Sandy for three days before high tailing it to my parents generator-powered house. I learned some useful information and definitely updated my 'survival' pack to include some items I would have never thought of.



    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
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1339)

    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"
    "Eh. Decent listen."
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    It wasn't a bad listen, but it wasn't a great listen either. The narrators voice made the main character seem somewhat whiny and annoying, but maybe that was the intent. It was a somewhat entertaining story and interesting, and while it didn't disappoint there was something missing. If you like historical fiction, you will probably enjoy it. If you like fast paced reads, this is probably not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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