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Marilyn

Londonderry, NH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 57 titles in library
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  • The History of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Leah Stewart
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach a class at Harvard when she receives devastating news. Her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return home to Cincinnati to take her sister's three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire, out of the hands of her own incapable mother. Nearly two decades later, Eloise is still in that house, still thinking about what she left behind. With Claire leaving for New York City for a promising ballet career, Eloise has plans to finally embark on a life that's hers.

    Debbie says: "Disappointing"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy the book, and it was time well spent.


    What was most disappointing about Leah Stewart’s story?

    I was frustrated with the characters. And I don't think it ever really resolved why none of these adult "children" can grow up and support themselves. They were so "Entitled" and no one ever really faced or confronted them with that. I just wanted them to grow up.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cassandra Campbell?

    Yes, the narrator did a good job.


    Could you see The History of Us being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe. But I don't think I'd want to watch it - not enough happens.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3160)
    Performance
    (2716)
    Story
    (2736)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Great story -"
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    Where does The Secret Keeper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books I've listened to. I couldn't wait to get back to my car to find out what would happen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it went back and forth in time, following the story from different perspectives. I loved the characters.


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

    Caroline Lee was very good reading this story. Her accent is nice, and easy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1160)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Wonderful story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Light Between Oceans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. The characters were all very real, and the story one of a real moral dilemma. Each character was tragic and I really felt their pain and wanted things to turn out well for them.


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

    The whole book moved me!


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was wonderful. The reader's Australian accent really gave the book a sense of place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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