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Mary Sweeley Castro

Nothern California | Member Since 2007

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  • 270 titles in library
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  • Past Imperfect

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Fellowes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    Damian Baxter is hugely wealthy and dying. He lives alone in a big house in Surrey, England, looked after by a chauffeur, butler, cook and housemaid. He has but one concern--his fortune in excess of 500 million and who should inherit it on his death.

    connie says: "strangely absorbing"
    "Calling all Angliophiles!"
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    What did you love best about Past Imperfect?

    An insider's view of how the British upper class live and commune. Almost like spying - wonderful.


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

    As with any wonderful audible book, I forget the narrator and become lost in the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As a devotee to everything British, I appreciated the perspective and detailed views on just about everything (food, dress, etiquette).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2650)
    Story
    (2677)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Grim - I am sorry to say it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. I love JK Rowling, and perhaps I hold her to a higher expectation - though I did keep reading and hoping there would be a little light in the story - there was not.


    Has The Casual Vacancy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Never!


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

    Very well done in every way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartburn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (360)

    Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

    Doggy Bird says: "Delicious listening experience!"
    "This Heartburn is a complete pleasure"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heartburn the most enjoyable?

    Heartburn is an intimate accurate depiction - optimistic, funny, yet heartbreaking - of a marriage crumbling at the hands of infidelity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heartburn?

    Key lime pie (you have to be there).


    Have you listened to any of Meryl Streep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time listening to a book read by Meryl Streep. As we have come to expect, Meryl becomes her characters, and in this case I felt like she channeling Nora - at times I thought it was Nora reading. I read this after the passing of Nora Ephron (sigh) and I felt like I had the benefit of one more of her brilliant stories. A true treat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27652)
    Performance
    (14240)
    Story
    (14294)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Outstanding audible book"
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    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    The Help is one of the best audible books I've listened to. It is brilliantly done from the perspective and voice of each character. It is an authentic and beautiful narration, a treat from beginning to end. You won't be able to put your iPod down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    The Help provides a personal, heartfelt and in depth picture of what it was like to be black and a woman in the 1960s in the South. This amazing story also points out how any variation (too tall, too poor, too ugly, too pretty) may easily be ridiculed. The incredible moments are when people aren't afraid to look at the differences, and realize it is that very thing that makes our lives rich and wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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