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Northbrook, IL, USA

  • 30 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mike Leonard
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mike Leonard is a lucky man. It's not everyone who gets parents like Jack and Marge. At 87, Jack is a pathological optimist with an inexhaustible gift of gab. Marge, Jack's bride of 60 years, though cut from the same rough bolt of Irish immigrant cloth, is his polar opposite, pessimistic and proud of it. What was their son, Mike, thinking when he took a sabbatical from his job with NBC News so he could pile these two world-class originals into a pair of rented RVs and hit the road for a month?

    Gwen says: "Hilarious!!!"
    "Hurray for Mike!"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a fine job. The story is so heart-warming. I am usually a suspense/mystery book fan, but it was to listen to a "feel good" book for a change.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Wife of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all.

    Heidi says: "Fun historical fiction"
    "Much too long!"

    I listened to Philippa Gregory's book The Boleyn Inheritance and loved it. So I tried The Last Wife of Henry VIII. It didn't even come close to Philippa Gregory's book. It was too long and the first part was boring. The second part was better, but I still feel that it was a waste of my time.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Rest of Her Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Leigh is the mother of high-achieving, popular high school senior Kara. Their relationship is already strained for reasons Leigh does not fully understand when, in a moment of carelessness, Kara makes a mistake that ends in tragedy, the effects of which not only divide Leigh's family, but polarize the entire community.

    Joan says: "Obnoxious musical interludes ruin the story"
    "I like this author"

    I first heard of Laura Moriarty when I read her first book "Center of Everything." I enjoyed it so much that I was glad to see her second book "The Rest of Her Life" on Audible. She is a new author and has been compared to Jodi Picault and Jane Hamilton. I really enjoyed listening to this book. It tells a story of a family that must come to grips with heart-wrenching tragedy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Peony in Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    L. Swartz says: "Unusual and excellent book"
    "Peony, a thoughtful encounter"

    When I started listening to this book, I wondered why I had selected it. I kept listening to it but about half-way through I nearly decided to give up on it and I wished I had selected the abridged version. It seemed senseless and boring. But just when I had given up hope of it ever becoming interesting, I began to understand what the book was really about.Part 2 was really the best part and I became completely involved in the story. Lisa See's addition to the end of the book was very interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "I loved this book!"

    This was the best book I've listened to in a long time! It was definitely a book to listen to--the narration was superb. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book nearly as much if I had read it. I am old enough (past 70) to remember circuses in big tops, so perhaps it appealed to me more than it would a younger person. But for me it definitely deserves 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Detail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz

    Myron Bolitar, sports agent and reluctant sleuth, is happily basking in the Caribbean sun with a beautiful woman he hardly knows. Interrupting this bliss, Win, his loyal but morally questionable sidekick, arrives to tell him that Esperanza, Myron's best friend and partner at MB SportsReps, has been arrested for the murder of a fallen baseball star and Bolitar client.

    Evelyn says: "you gotta like this guy"
    "Myron Bolivar"

    I think Harlan Coben is a terrific author when he writes a suspense story. BUT I don't like his Myron Bolivar series and this was definitely a Myron book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jury Master

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Sloane is the best wrongful death attorney in San Francisco. He's a lawyer who can make juries do anything. But despite his professional success, he's plagued by a nightmare of a childhood he cannot consciously remember. When he receives a package from a White House confidant who then turns up dead by apparent suicide, the contents reveal a history he never could have imagined.

    Ted says: "80% Riveting 20% …. Huh?"
    "Action! Action! Action!"

    This book is certainly full of action and short chapters. I usually love a book that has both. But this one bothered me. There were so many characters and so MUCH action that I found it hard to follow. I did a lot of "rewinding". Each chapter told a different part of the plot and it got confusing.
    I also found the ending abrupt and left unanswered questions for me.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After thirty years of marriage, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun (of The Notebook), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage.

    Terri says: "One of Sparks best. . ."
    "Not his best"

    I usually enjoy the simplicity of Nicholas Sparks'books. But this one disappointed me. It didn't stir up much emotion and was terribly predictable--even the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Finish

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton

    Henry Grey doesn't particularly care for having been born the heir to an earldom. He is a reserved young man whose greatest problem is his mother's matchmaking plots and whose greatest joy is to ride as an amateur steeplechase jockey. But on a sudden impulse, he throws in his respectable desk job to join a firm that transports racehorses all over the world. Yardman Transport proves to be Henry's passport to many things, not the least the girl he loves, and a tidy little racket that brings him face to face with death.

    Nancy says: "Not a typical Dick Francis"
    "Not a typical Dick Francis"

    I have been a Dick Francis fan for years. This book was not typical of his work. It started out very slowly and I almost quit listening. But it picked up and ended with a breathtaking finish.
    It had little to do with horseracing; there was romance and adventure. I thought the ending was abrupt. It left me with questions unanswered.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Light on Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Snowshoeing over crusted snow in the woods near their home, 12-year-old Nicky Dillon and her father come upon something shocking. There, in the pristine winter scene, an abandoned baby wails, its survival made possible only by the coincidence of their having chosen this path for their late afternoon outing.

    Emmy says: "This narrator was perfect."
    "Shreve succeeds"

    I have been ambivalent about Anita Shreve's books. But I really enjoyed Light on Snow. It held my interest and I didn't find it at all boring. The narrator did a good job telling the story as a 12 year old.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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