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Rhonda Morrison

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Worcester, MA | Member Since 2012

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  • 18 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 96 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1947)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1765)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "See the movie, for once it is better."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I saw the movie before the book, and loved it, but found the book itself a bit dull
    and pedestrian. It was just ok.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3784)
    Performance
    (3386)
    Story
    (3401)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Chick Lit, plain and simple."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

    The narrator was fine, the plot just didn't capture me.


    What character would you cut from The Husband's Secret?

    All of them


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4354)
    Performance
    (3727)
    Story
    (3727)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Boring, boring, boring."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Defending Jacob?

    The characters, the plot, the story...


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Landay again?

    Not sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

    His voice was kind of flat and pitchy, but I don't know if his rather irritating voice took from what was a bad book or not.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Don' waste your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Always Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (105)

    In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

    andrea says: "Page Turner, or a Great Listen!"
    "Interesting character study, decent mystery."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Always Watching in three words, what would they be?

    Good story, interesting characters, a mystery that flows.


    What other book might you compare Always Watching to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is n excellent reader, I enjoyed the performance.


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

    No, but it kept my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1620)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Kathy says: "I couldn't stop listening"
    "This was a great book!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book, Arthur and Kel were believable, rich characters and their relationship was well crafted. Recommend!


    1 of 1 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
    (2340)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2047)

    >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."
    "DULL, DULL, DULL"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Chaperone better?

    What a waste of a credit, if you want the characters to anything interesting, don't read this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    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"
    "Boring, boring, boring."
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Behind the Scenes at the Museum?

    I really tried to get into this book, liked the premise, liked the narrator, but just could not summon the interest needed to live with these characters.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Very enjoyable read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Saturday?

    I really enjoyed this book! All of the action takes place in 24 hours and the prose is quite beautiful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schroder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Amity Gaige
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric Schroder - a first-generation East German immigrant - adopts the last name Kennedy to more easily fit in, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course. Schroder relates the story of Eric's urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is. From a correctional facility, Eric surveys the course of his life to understand - and maybe even explain - his behavior.

    Stacy says: "perfect"
    "Really good read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Schroder to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed this book of a father abducting his own daughter and the adventures/misadventures than ensue. Good characterization.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13427)
    Performance
    (9270)
    Story
    (9328)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A fantastic and scary adventure!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    This was an excellent audiobook, I would reccomend this book to folks interested in WWII and the Japanese-which would usually not include me. But this American hero who spent 47 days in a bullet filled raft and and another year and half in a slew of horrid Japanese prison camps after his plane went down is fascinating. Good narration as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Louis


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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