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Molly

Charleston, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 110 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8761)
    Performance
    (8039)
    Story
    (8046)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed story and narration"
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    I was a little unsure about downloading this because I read some negative reviews of the narration but I'm happy to say I couldn't disagree more. I loved the the voices Pittu chose for the characters and how the intonations and rhythms distinguished each one. In fact, I'm intending to search out other books that he's narrated as well as other books by Ms. Tartt. I particularly loved the voices of Boris and Hobie, because I found each so endearing and amusing. Also, some people have complained about the length of the story but I love a good long listen (more for the money!), and this was certainly entertaining throughout. The only thing that was a slight disappointment was that I often saw things coming before they happened, but likely that was intentional foreshadowing on the author's part.

    46 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • On Such a Full Sea: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chang-rae Lee
    • Narrated By B. D. Wong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    In a future, long-declining America, society is strictly stratified by class. Long-abandoned urban neighborhoods have been repurposed as highwalled, self-contained labor colonies. And the members of the labor class - descendants of those brought over en masse many years earlier from environmentally ruined provincial China - find purpose and identity in their work to provide pristine produce and fish to the small, elite, satellite charter villages that ring the labor settlement.

    Thug4life says: "Overrated!"
    "I really wanted to like it"
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    I wish I could have given this novel a better review, but for me, it didn't live up to it's promise. I found it wordy to the point of tedium and then the ending didn't really pay off- It felt tacked on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5951)
    Performance
    (5411)
    Story
    (5402)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Well, if you're not from Charleston..."
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    You might think the accents are southern, but if you've actually lived here, you would know they don't pass. Heddie has Brooklyn overtones and Sarah has a very generic southern accent but nothing like a true Charleston accent. Of course, if Heddie's accent was authentic, most people probably wouldn't understand half of what she said, and an authentic Charleston aristocratic accent is a rarity, even in Charleston these days. My other quibble is with a few botanical references Miss Kidd should have been aware of, such as lilacs and peonies do not grow here and never will, and oleanders do not have a notable scent. Other than those nitpicking criticisms, I LOVED THE BOOK, and found it absorbing to the extent that my family became quite annoyed with my being "checked out " most of the day, while listening to this book in marathon sessions. Also, in fairness, I must say that the annoyance that I felt with the accents probably would not be a problem for 99% of the population- unless your from Charleston, and in that case, it's worth overlooking!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1306)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Another marathon Listen!"
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    I loved this story and was hooked from the start. I wish I had slowed down and savored it because it was over way too fast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Whip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Kondazian
    • Narrated By Robin Weigert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    The Whip is inspired by the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo, during the renowned California 'gold rush' days. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.

    sherlock says: "MUST LISTEN"
    "Entertaining Historical Fiction"
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    I love reading about this time period and found the story engaging. I also thought the narrator did a really great job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34937)
    Performance
    (26006)
    Story
    (26373)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "couldn't stop listening"
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    I bought this book for my tween child and decided to preview it for violence and sexual content. It was violent, for sure, but not in an overly gruesome way. The characters were quite chaste and the moral messages were strong.
    I didn't expect it to hold my interest, but I really couldn't put it down. If this book was being marketed to adults, I might not give it such high marks, because I found it a tad predictable. However, for younger people, it's perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (410)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
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    I absolutely love Fraizer's style of writing and Patton's narration. I found myself rewinding to hear passages over again because I was totally charmed. Listening to this book, I recall long gone relatives, who had a winking way of saying things that bespoke an intelligence that might not have been immediately apparent to outsiders, until they let go with a quip that summed up a person or situation perfectly. Fraizer deftly captures that dry humor and eloquence in the characters that populate this story, and Patton's delivery is flawless. Yes, It's a little dark but never gratuitously gruesome or especially difficult. In fact, I like the way that certain unpleasant things were implied and not dished out in detail. Also, part of why I love this book (and Fraizer's other books), is that the NC mountains are dear to me, and I can't get enough of his descriptions of the the mystery and beauty of the place, and the ways of the people, that have all but vanished.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Fiction Ruined My Family: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeanne Darst
    • Narrated By Jeanne Darst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Jeanne Darst was born the youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated family long past its glory days. For the early part of her life, the family survived on the memory of past generations' grandeur, and the romantic belief that Darst's father would restore that greatness with his destined career as a novelist. Within a few years, however, it was abundantly clear to everyone but him that despite the many years enslaved to the writer's craft and lifestyle, he was never going to sell a book.

    Molly says: "Hysterically funny"
    "Hysterically funny"
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    I found myself repeating chapters because I love the way she tells her story. This book is honest and witty. The author reads the book herself which is sometimes a mistake, but not in this case. She has perfect timing and a gift for mimicry. Loved every minute of it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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