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Robin

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Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 142 titles in library
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  • Beautiful Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event - but in reality, things are far from perfect. While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling.

    Robin says: "A good summer read (although slightly flawed)"
    "A good summer read (although slightly flawed)"
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    I enjoyed this book - it was light and refreshing and the story line was entertaining. I liked that there were a few unexpected surprises in the story line. There was also a wide array of very colorful characters. I actually found some of less central characters to be particularly intriguing. However, the main character, Margo, was hard to like at times. I also found the story line about the bride and her fiance to be a bit boring and I thought the mother's notebook was a bit much - she was very overbearing! I also think the narrator's southern accent (which applied to just a few of the characters) was pretty terrible - it was distracting. But all in all, it was a good book - primarily because of the less central plot lines. The best part was the diversity of the characters - that was great! I truly appreciate it when there are diverse characters (in this case, a black gay male who was one of the minor characters) - diversity is often something that is overlooked in "beach reads."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (3515)
    Story
    (3516)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Enjoyed this story from start to finish"
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    This book was completely engaging right from the beginning. I loved it. The characters were likable and real. The narrators did a wonderful job. Enjoyed every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5974)
    Performance
    (5183)
    Story
    (5173)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A truly lovely book and a great performance"
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    I rarely take time to write reviews but this book was so well written and so entertaining that I had to. I enjoyed this audiobook more than any other audiobook I've listened to. The story was captivating. The characters were compelling and the narrator did an absolutely amazing job with his performance. I could listen to his voice all day long!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16520)
    Performance
    (10786)
    Story
    (10666)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Can't wait for the second book!"
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    I thoroughtly enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and the plot was exciting and innovative. I am new to "audio books" and this narration was the best I'd ever heard. She did an amazing job with the different voices and her rendition did not take away from my enjoyment of the book (which has been the case with other books I've listened to). I listened to Outlander everywhere - while cooking in the kitchen, while driving during my commute, while lying in bed ... everywhere! I highly recommend it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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