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Mary

maryc25

Stevenson Ranch, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Beautiful Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1052)

    Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

    Coftse says: "Christine"
    "A disappointing closure to the series"
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    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins and Khristine Hvam ?

    I would definitely try another book from these folks. I enjoyed the first three books and was hoping to love this book. There were a lot of red herrings in the first three that I thought would be wrapped up in this volume, but they weren't. (Why was Ethan forgetting things in the third book? How was Linc going to be able to cope with his "affliction"? Why was Ethan's reaction to Lena physically stronger and stronger in the third book?)


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This book seemed hastily written. It tied everything up, but simplistically. And I want to know if Ethan and Lena can get fully married and live happily ever after.


    Did Beautiful Redemption inspire you to do anything?

    Get a more light hearted read the next time! This book was fine, but relentlessly grim and depressing.


    Any additional comments?

    Clearly, I liked the characters and was involved with the overall story arc. This was not a bad book, just not as good as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2961)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2608)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "For the women who is just starting her career"
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    Would you try another book from Sheryl Sandberg and/or Elisa Donovan?

    I thought that this book had a few good points, but I felt that Sheryl Sandberg needed to be 20 years older than she claims to have experienced some of the discrimination she describes.
    I did think the "Will you be my mentor?" section was very good. And some of her points about negotiation were depressingly accurate.
    The book as a whole has sparked some great conversation and I value that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes. The narration was fine, just not particularly memorable.


    Do you think Lean In needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless there is new information to impart.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1505)

    Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks.

    FanB14 says: "One Was Enough"
    "The best book of the four"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Darkness the most enjoyable?

    This was the book of the series in which the most happened. It was fun to listen to and see how the characters evolved and grew. It was the best plot.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    His voice. I could just listen to that voice with that accent all day long. It made me feel he was sitting next to me in the car and telling me the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1388)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "I was hoping for so much more from Gilbert"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story was dreadfully boring, and I just did not want to spend any more time with the main characters of the father and the mother. They were greedy, unscrupulous, and not relatable. Gilbert's story did not embrace the characters. She wrote it from a third party viewpoint, so much so that I didn't care whether or not they lived or died or were happy or sad. I made it through the first part of the book, which many reviewers said was the best part. I was so uninvolved I stopped listening.


    Has The Signature of All Things turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    I thought the performer was really good. She breathed life into staid writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Eat Pray Love was great. Maybe fiction isn't Gilbert's thing.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    From its beginning as a weekly column in a British newspaper, Bridget Jones’s Diary quickly became a best-seller in England. After gaining international popularity, it also shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. A 30-something single professional, Bridget Jones prefers a diary to a day planner for tracking her life. Each entry is an honest and hilarious step in her endless quest for self-improvement.

    Mary says: "maybe i missed Renee Zellweiger"
    "maybe i missed Renee Zellweiger"
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    What did you love best about Bridget Jones’s Diary?

    The story is great fun and so relatable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    bridget duh


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat?

    maybe: Rosenblatt was fine, but too high class Brit to be Bridget


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen regardless. Obviously, adults only

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13354)
    Performance
    (12026)
    Story
    (12129)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Very good follow up to the first book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Insurgent the most enjoyable?

    It's a good story, with complex characters that don't always act the way in which they "should" but act in ways that fit them. The narration is really good; the lead character's voice fits, and the others are distinctive.
    It's a good action story, with some twists and turns.


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

    There's a good pacing to her reading and she brings excitement, fear, pathos.


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

    The book made me want to listen so much that I bought the readable version as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3482)
    Performance
    (2935)
    Story
    (2953)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "It's all in the telling"
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Creatures in three words, what would they be?

    This is a good story, interesting characters, and unpredictable


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved the performance of this book! He really brought me in to the book. The sound effects were outstanding and added to the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite audiobooks! I am in my fifties, female, loved this for my commute!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Gardens: A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (295)

    Novelist and professional companion Evangeline Ames has rented a cottage in the outskirts of Little Dixby, far from the London streets where she was recently attacked. Fascinated by the paranormal energy of nearby Crystal Gardens, she finds some pleasurable diversion in sneaking past the wall to explore the grounds. And when her life is threatened again, she instinctively goes to the gardens for safety. Lucas Sebastian has never been one to ignore a lady in danger, even if she is trespassing on his property.

    Vicki says: "Fun paranormal romp suffers from odd narration"
    "The voice is so annoying"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because the book was pretty good, and I love Amanda Quick novels, although I have to say the paranormal ones aren't my favorites.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

    No. I like Amanda Quick books because the heroes are so interesting and so are the heroines. But, Justine just made them all sound whiny and bored. And I am not interested in hearing the voice of the hero sound so much like a weak, whiny, conceited person. I was disappointed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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