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Michele

joyful crafter

Round Rock, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Winding Ways Quilt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Judy prepares for a new job in Philadelphia, while Summer heads to graduate school in Chicago. Bonnie wonders whether she should rebuild her quilt shop, while Sarah learns she's going to have twins. And adding some intrigue, Gwen tries to determine the creator of a quilt found in a church basement.

    Anne says: "It's Elm Creek Manor... 'nuff said"
    "Recycled and Reused"
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    I'll admit up front I'm not a huge Chiaverini fan. I am a quilter, though, and I think she's the best "quilt writer" out there, so I've listened to quite a few of her audio books. I wish I had skipped this one. As far as I can tell, this is simply a rehashing of other books and other stories, with a little padding to fill in some of the characters' backgrounds. There's no discernible plot, and I was left wondering what in the world happened to the story in this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4563)
    Performance
    (3796)
    Story
    (3815)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Disappointing, But a Decent Book"
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    I was disappointed with this book, but probably only because I had just listened to Gone Girl, which is one of the best audio books I've heard in a long time. Looking for more of Gillian Flynn, I found Dark Places. It's an interesting novel, but doesn't have the same level of darkness or the twists and turns of Gone Girl. I think it's worth a listen, as long as you're not expecting another Gone Girl.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (305)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "A Light, Pleasant Story"
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    I listened to this audio book on a trip; it was a light, pleasant story. The characters were engaging for the most part, and although the motives of the hoarder are over-simplified, the theme of hoarding--things and people--is interesting. As others have noted, the narrator was distracting and annoying, although she didn't bother me enough to keep me from finishing the book. I would recommend this book if you aren't easily annoyed or distracted by narrators, and if you want something that doesn't require much thought but is somewhat entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (2045)
    Story
    (2032)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Loved It"
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    One of the best audio books I've heard in a long, long while. The story line is great, and the narrator is very good. This is more a story about Cora than about Louise, and as we go through life with Cora, we also catch a glimpse of some of the major historical events of the 20th century. I would definitely recommend this book!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Gregg Gilmore
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    In the latest novel from Susan Gregg Gilmore, sometimes you have to return to the place where you began to arrive at the place where you belong.

    Nancy says: "Good Grief!"
    "Disappointing, and Then More Disappointing"
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    Let me start with the narrator: she has an awful fake Southern accent that grated on my nerves terribly. Eventually I got somewhat used to it, so if the story had been good, I might have been able to overlook the narrator.

    Unfortunately, the story was fairly awful, as well. Gilmore is a good writer, but the story is simple, sappy, and, ultimately, boring. We've heard all this before, and the platitudes are so overdone I'm embarrassed that I wasted my credit on this selection.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (596)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Mixed Reactions to This One"
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    I really, really enjoyed the narrator of this audio book and, for a while, I really enjoyed the story. Perotta is a talented writer, and his writing flows wonderfully. But Perotta's tale never really stops its descent into darkness, and after a while it all becomes too much. I hoped for some redemption, some shred of hope, some sense of movement for these characters, but it never came.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (457)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    loix says: "A sensory feast"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this frank look at Hamilton's life, which I found fascinating. I also enjoyed her narration of the book, which was real and honest and engaging. She's a great writer and I'm hoping she has another book in her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight Nobody

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    For Kate Klein, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. So when a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch. She launches an unofficial investigation with the help of two friends and discovers the secrets and lies behind the town's placid picket-fence facade....

    JACK says: "Excellent Guilty Pleasure"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    I'm finding it hard to get through this book. It starts out funny, but in her effort to jump into the "whodunnit" genre, Weiner loses much of her charm. Part of me is mildly curious about how the story ends, but the other part thinks, "who cares?" and "don't I have more important and more interesting things to do, like watching paint dry?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18767)
    Performance
    (14555)
    Story
    (14497)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    I've always liked Tina Fey, and now I know why. She's very funny and an excellent reader. Listening to this book made me want to watch 30 Rock (which I had never gotten into the past), so I spent several enjoyable weekends watching episode after episode of the show. My only complaint about the book was that it's too short! I could have listened to her stories for several more hours without getting bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Dominique Browning
    • Narrated By Dominique Browning
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In November 2007, former editor in chief of House and Garden magazine Dominique Browning experienced what thousands have since experienced. She lost her job. Overnight, her driven, purpose-filled days vanished. With her children leaving home and a long relationship ending, the structure of her days disappeared. She fell into a panic of loss but found humor despite everything, discovering a deeper joy than any she had ever known.

    Dina says: "Lackluster"
    "The title and description are misleading"
    Overall

    This book was so disappointing. Having recently been laid off from my job, I was looking forward to a story about someone in my own shoes, and how she handled this experience. I guess I was looking in the wrong place. This book focuses more on Browning's long-time relationship with her commitment-phobic boyfriend than it does her career. At one point Browning describes herself as a "feminist" who never had to have a man in her life for it to be complete; ironically, the bulk of her story revolves around a man. There are moments of insight and wisdom in this book, but they are few and far between.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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