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RueRue

RueRue

ratings
131
REVIEWS
126
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
8
HELPFUL VOTES
125

  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (243)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Dissenting opinion"
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    What disappointed you about Calling Me Home?

    Unoriginal story, stereotyped characters, and really irritating narration by Lorna Raver


    What was most disappointing about Julie Kibler’s story?

    There was NOTHING original in this story. The author took elements of "The Help" and mixed in "Driving Miss Daisy". I am dumbfounded by all the glowing reviews


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found her voice too slow and, when Izzy was narrating as her younger self, her voice should have changed to reflect this.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "Emotional, Educational, Entertaining = Excellent"
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    Outstanding story and superior narration. There is a good narrative, interesting characters, and eye-opening information about the business of "meat" in the US. One of my favorite books of this year !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Judith Kinghorn
    • Narrated By Jane Wymark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Clarissa is almost 17 when the spell of her childhood is broken. It is 1914, the beginning of a blissful, golden summer - and the end of an era. Deyning Park is in its heyday, the large country house filled with the laughter and excitement of privileged youth preparing for a weekend party. When Clarissa meets Tom Cuthbert, home from university and staying with his mother, the housekeeper, she is dazzled.

    RueRue says: "Downton Abbey meets The Great Gatsby"
    "Downton Abbey meets The Great Gatsby"
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    Performance
    Story

    This seemed like a mash-up of Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby. Entertaining ultimately insubstantial, and MUCH too drawn-out. Lovely narration, however, which kept me listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Belzhar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She'd be watching old comedy sketches with him. She'd be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn't be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

    RueRue says: "Y/A Story, Suitable for Adults"
    "Y/A Story, Suitable for Adults"
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    Pretty good story, with good narration. Jorjeana Marie had the right voice for the 1st person narration. Unfortunately, the big "twist" in the plot was no surprise AT ALL. (Hint: if you've read "We Were Liars", this is quite similar).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1878)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Narrator really makes this a good story"
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    Great narration by Jeff Woodman ! The story, told in first person, has some slow spots, and the character of Christopher Boone can be grating because he is at some degree of autistic/ Aspergers Syndrome. Good resolution to the story, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Murders: Roaring Twenties , Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Miley
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Vaudeville actress Leah Randall took on her most daring role ever when she impersonated missing heiress Jessie Carr in order to claim Jessie's inheritance in The Impersonator.Now that the dust has settled around that tumultuous time in her life, Leah has adopted Jessie's name as her own and moved to Hollywood, where she's taken a modest but steady job in the silent film industry.

    RueRue says: "Rather Trite"
    "Rather Trite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tavia Gilbert works hard to elevate the flimsy story. The setting ( 1920's Hollywood ) and the "appearances " of famous personalities from the time are the most interesting aspect of this trite mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (1033)
    Story
    (1040)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Wonderful, sweeping story"
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    An uplifting story of courage and perseverance. Wonderful narrator. Although it was written in the 1950's it does not seem dated. Definitely a hidden gem !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (533)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Mark says: "Superb Reading of Horror Classic"
    "Old Style Horror"
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    An old fashioned haunted house story. No actual sightings, just a pervasive sense of disquiet and unease, unexplained sounds, and gradual personality changes. Well read narration, but the story is slow by current standards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moment of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shelly King
    • Narrated By Kristen Sieh
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Maggie Duprès, recently "involuntarily separated from payroll" at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly's Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along. When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance-even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley's Lover, a book she hasn't encountered since college, in an evening.

    Jen says: "Full of Heart and Wit"
    "Disappointing"
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    A disappointment. It seemed like a weak attempt to imitate the charm and poignancy of "The Storied Life of AJ Fikry" and the movie "You've Got Mail". Narrator was fine. Skip this and listen to AJ Fikry instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (749)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "A story of Lonliness"
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    I loved this story, even though it was almost unbearably sad. Beautiful writing, a good story, a very specific sense of location, but, for mr, the wrong narrator. Kevin Kenerly has performed other books quite well, but his voice just didn't fit this narrative IMHO. That aside, it's a wonderful book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (737)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "Too juvenile"
    Overall
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    Even the excellent narration couldn't keep me interested. Very 1-dimensional characters and a plot that was predictable from the about the 3rd page. Maybe I'm not the right demographic for this YA story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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