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Romney

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 286 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (545)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "UNUSUAL STORY, WONDERFUL NARRATOR - AUSTRALIAN HIT"
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    What did you love best about The Hypnotist's Love Story?

    The plot and characters are unusual (including a female stalker) that somehow all show varying levels of humanity, always with humor. The story is extremely well crafted, and the Australian accent of the narrator (and setting of the novel) adds to the charm.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist - the author does a great job of layering her emotional portrait.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry, but I cared about the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I've already recommended this book to several friends as a fun, captivating read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Back When We Were Grownups

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    Back When We Were Grownups is about one woman's search for who she really is. Listen as a 53-year-old grandmother tries to recover her girlhood self and that dignified grownup she had once been.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful characters"
    "Unusual story, great read"
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    What did you love best about Back When We Were Grownups?

    A non-traditional plot with a complicated family that Tyler somehow made interesting and diverse.


    What about Blair Brown’s performance did you like?

    Brown gets nuances in her acting and narration - she puts the irony where it belongs; stands back when she should.


    If you could rename Back When We Were Grownups, what would you call it?

    I don't know, but this wouldn't be the title.


    Any additional comments?

    Tyler is a master and this book so fresh and unusual - loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3198)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1695)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "IF YOU LISTEN TO ONE BOOK THIS YEAR, CHOOSE THIS"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    McMurtry's masterpiece with extraordinary narration by Lee Horsley topped my list of most enjoyable downloads for the past THREE YEARS! Characters, story, heart and perfection in the narration made the listening of this (long) book something I HATED to end. Not ordinarily a 'western' fan, be reassured, this is a story of humanity, don't avoid it because of the genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    McMurtry does such an extraordinary job of creating characters - you see, understand, empathize and care about them all.


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

    I immediately looked up Mr. Horsley's other performances - unfortunately limited - he was made to narrate this book.


    Any additional comments?

    As an ardent reader who listens to downloaded books when I walk, drive, cook - I can't stress what an blissful pleasure it was to enter the world of Lonesome Dove. I am now a McMurtry groupie of the first order, and Mr. Horsley has my undying appreciation for his craft also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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