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Margaret

CHILOQUIN, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (449)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "Acceptance at best"
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    I liked the characters most of the time and there was room for change. There was movement towards accepting the hand that was dealt and coming to terms with long held secrets and lies. Did I love listening to it? No, not really. I thought the characters were dreadfully slow in seeing what was real and the emphasis on a new culture diluting the character of the a staid little town just felt overblown to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (506)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Needed a REALLY extensive edit"
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    I've loved Fannie Flagg books in the past. This one had so much hysterical stuff happening that I was impatient for something real to happen. There were some really excellent moments but in this novel they were milked dry. Everything was OH-MY-GOSH-WHY-IS-THIS-HAPPENING-TO-ME? Too much wailing and gnashing of teeth for my tastes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Wet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    An old man lies dying during the rainy season in the Queensland outback. And in the night, slipping in and out of an opium sleep that drifts him towards death, he draws his listener into a tale that opens onto incredible horizons.

    Kathy says: "Stay with this book; it's worth it!"
    "OOPs - didn't quite stand the test of time"
    Overall
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    Shute is always a wonderful listen. This story with its conjecture, just missed the mark by a little. When it was written I think it would have felt fine. Loved the characters, the descriptions and the overall feeling of awe in such a story. I admire him for taking on such a novel. I like the political ideas postulated in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2272)
    Performance
    (2036)
    Story
    (2036)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Bee was a delight"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I wish children didn't have to parent their parents but Bee does in a most entertaining fashion. I could practically smell the mold in that house and see the vicious school moms deciding who is not up to snuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8450)
    Performance
    (7593)
    Story
    (7716)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Nostalgic buy - glad I made it"
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    I'd read this as a young adult and couldn't remember why I liked it then - but I loved it again and thought the performance was especially fine. I tumbled down the rabbit hole into another world. So glad I satisfied my curiosity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (4616)
    Performance
    (3899)
    Story
    (3868)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "intriguing - not a story"
    Overall
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    this was a breezy read and had some valuable research findings. it was longer than it needed to be (could have been said in fewer chapters)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widower's Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement; his grandson, Robert, has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician; Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool in Percy's barn, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy’s neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone’s lives, but none more radically than Percy’s.

    Jon says: "Great performance, great writing, wonderful story"
    "Community"
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    this book reminds me of the value of community and how much family and friends mean to all of us. Central character is delightful - imperfectly perfect and those who revolve about him both support and challenge him in ways that are realistic. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2339)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2096)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Pure Delight"
    Overall
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    I wanted to be part of this story with it's quirky characters and oddly charming blend of mysticism and computer technology. It was almost believable but the fantasy of it was charming.

    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
    Overall
    (5008)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2844)

    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"
    "intriguing mysteries"
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    I was kept guessing (usually wrong) until the very end so I definitely liked this story. I thought the descriptions were good and each time a new character was introduced there were reasons for the character. this story surprised me on many levels - my pleasure in it and the clever arrangement of generational stories kept me engaged.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1237)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Tiresome but ..."
    Overall
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    ... a fairly realistic account of how a despite our impairments and limitations we seem to mostly muddle through. This was not an uplifting novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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