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Meredith

Philadelphia, PA, USA

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  • 6 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

    Gail says: "One of my favs"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    I can see why this book won the Whitbread Prize- I enjoyed listening to it immensely. There's an interesting twist and a lot of engrossing family history flashbacks. I did think the gemstone imagery was a bit heavy-handed, but otherwise it was great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Less than I was hoping for"
    Overall

    Perhaps this book is better read on paper, or at least unabridged. I found it a bit simplistic and unoriginal. The plot twists were fairly obvious and the ending rather anti-climactic. The narration was good, although the frequent creepy-music interludes seemed a bit unnecessary.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "wonderful recording"
    Overall

    I can't imagine reading this book now that I have listened to it with all of the wonderful narrators- a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The multi-voice recording really brought the story to life, not to mention the fact that the dialogue is great anyway. This is the first Hornby I have listened to or read, although I have seen several movies- I plan to get my hands on everything he's ever written!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sarah Macdonald
    • Narrated By Kate Hosking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

    Meredith says: "Inspiring and witty"
    "Inspiring and witty"
    Overall

    After listening to this book, I have put India at the top of my "places to visit" list. I didn't realize the book would emphasize religion so much, but this had the unexpected side effect of making me feel as if I'd learned something in addition to enjoying Macdonald's hilarious accounts of her attempts to survive in and eventually master Indian culture.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Prague

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the 1990s, five young American expatriates meet in Budapest. As they seeks fortune and success, their lives reflect various facets of a city that is shaped by its history, culture, and the aftermath of Communism.

    Susan says: "What did this book have to do with Prague?"
    "uggg."
    Overall

    I'm sorry, but this is one of the worst books I have ever read. I couldn't get through it. The characters all blended together, and there didn't seem to be much plot. Obviously someone thinks highly of it, based on the published reviews- perhaps I am missing something. In my defense, though, I've seen this novel on 2 of my friends' bookshelves, and (both times) when I asked about it, we both stared at each other suspiciously, then blurted out "I hated it!" I would love to hear a positive review so I can learn what the big fuss is about!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Bittersweet

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Best-selling author Nevada Barr delights contemporary mystery fans with novels like Deep South and Blood Lure. In Bittersweet, she departs the mystery genre for a touching story of hardship, perseverance, and love in the old West.

    M. McGuire says: "Good, but not what I expected"
    "A bit long"
    Overall

    I too thought that it was a bit drawn-out and that the characters could have been a bit more well-developed- particularly with regard to Imogene's past- and the relationship between the two women could have been more detailed, but I suppose that helps the book to appeal to the general public. One of this novel's strengths is that this ambiguity will help it appeal to a wider audience who would not normally be exposed to descriptions of the sort of true love described in the narrative. Large parts of the story are quite depressing, though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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