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Robin

Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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  • The Small House At Allington

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (227)
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    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, a morose and rather unimaginative old bachelor who lives at the 'Great House' at Allington. His sister-in-law lives at the adjacent 'Small House', with her two daughters Lily and Belle, and the action centres on the relations between the two houses and on the romantic entanglements of the two girls.

    Joseph R says: "Lilly Dale, At Times, An Infuriating Heroine"
    "getting to really like listening to trollope"
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    this is my second anthony trollope read. his books really grow on you ... they are charming, well written and very relaxing. i appreciated that this book had fewer characters. checking out the reviews for my next trollppe novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (327)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "4 1/2 stars"
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    This book was a standout read/listen. Narration excellent. My only issue was that the story transitioned rather abruptly from scene to scene. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mambo in Chinatown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York's Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie's entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same tiny apartment with her widower father and her 11-year-old sister, and works - miserably - as a dishwasher. But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew exis.

    Robin says: "Good points and bad"
    "Good points and bad"
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    I found this book to be something of a mixed bag. There were some sweet moments, and the cultural backdrop was interesting, but overall lacks the element of surprise. An average read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value through the Science of Fascination

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sally Hogshead
    • Narrated By Sally Hogshead, Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In How the World Sees You, author and personal branding expert Sally Hogshead applies the principles of fascination triggers to understanding "personality brands" - how individuals use different triggers to influence, persuade, and captivate others. You already know how you see yourself and the world. But how does the world see you? If you want to be heard and remembered, if you want people to take action on your ideas and opinions, then you need to get the full picture.

    Courtney Parkinson says: "Great book, audible rip-off though"
    "worth the listen for business insight"
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    This author is obviously an authority in her field, and her method is right on the money. I would, however, recommend purchasing this book either on kindle or hardcover instead of audio. A third of the book is likely only to be scanned (since only a few minutes actually apply to any one individual), and there were several times that I would have liked to go back to an earlier section but was unable to do so due to the audio format. Also, there are very few authors who should be narrating their own books ... this is not one of them. The narration was average, and to do justice to the book should have been done by a professional narrator, in my opinion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Violet Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine.

    karen says: "Couldn't stop listening!"
    "An average read"
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    This book was an interesting enough read, but it was lacking in depth or continuity. It has the feeling of a novel in installments. Okay to pass the time,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vintage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susan Gloss
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell…and so do the women whose lives the store touches.... An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of friendship and style, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal, love, and hope when we least expect it.

    Robin says: "Average"
    "Average"
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    I found this book to be engaging enough, but easily forgettable. An average read. 3 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Susan J. Macaulay says: "Narrator Spoiled It For Me"
    "A story that needed telling, but tough to read"
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    Lisa See is, as always, an excellent storyteller. This book is well written and well paced. Chinese literature is rarely uplifting, and this book is no exception. That being said, the story is about an important time in U.S.history, and worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7425)
    Performance
    (6809)
    Story
    (6814)

    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"
    "Very well written and narrated"
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    The Goldfinch is an odd book .... At times very engaging, at others not so much. The subject is not so much the art world as how young person(s) are affected by profound loss. The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delicious!: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    In her best-selling memoirs, Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us, and never more so than in her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

    Jill says: "a great story"
    "not as good as her non-fiction"
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    This book is sweet, but kind of loses steam at the end. Not nearly as good as Garlic and Sapphires. Worth a credit, for light reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chestnut Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.

    Jean says: "A great collection of short stories"
    "Can't go wrong with a Maeve Binchy book"
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    This book is a collection of short vignettes, written in Maeve Binchy's comfortable, common folk style. Not as good as her full length novels, but I feel lucky that this one was compiled at this late date. I would recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Frederick G. Dillen
    • Narrated By Chris Andrew Ciulla
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    As a corporate "undertaker" for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. The payoff is huge: If Carol works hard enough, her boss has promised to make her CEO of one of the firm's holdings. Just when it seems like her dream might come true, on a trip that takes her away from New York to a desperate fishing town in coastal Massachusetts, Carol gets a call from the office: "You're fired."

    Robin says: "Good idea, but missing something"
    "Good idea, but missing something"
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    This book had an interesting premise, but kind of fell apart toward the end. Narration just okay. An average listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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