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Samantha

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 132 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Betrayed: Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Maria Bello
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that's more personal than ever. Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.

    Jean says: "A good page turner"
    "Another great one from Scottoline!"
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    I always look forward to Lisa Scottoline's audiobooks and this one didn't disappoint. So happy to go back to the Rosato characters and Maria Bello does a wonderful job bringing them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    Fly Away is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other - plus a miracle - to transform their lives. An emotionally-complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

    chrispy says: "first one, so much better!"
    "Moving audiobook"
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    As a big fan of Firefly Lane, it was wonderful to return to the characters I loved. While it was definitely sad, it was also very moving. Having the same narrator as Firefly Lane was a great touch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All These Things I've Done

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the 16-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned....

    Samantha says: "Can't wait for the next one"
    "Can't wait for the next one"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a great dystopian audiobook. I thought Anya was a really strong character and I can't wait to listen to the next one. Ilyana Kadushin's narration seemed very well-suited to the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1522)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1367)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Fantastic audiobook!"
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    Mary Beth Hurt perfectly matched the voice I imagined for Hildy Good. I didn't want The Good House to end!

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Spring Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (314)

    Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.

    Sharon says: "Still funny, interesting characters, laughs"
    "Great summer listening!!"
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    Mary Kay Andrews knows how to write the perfect beach read. And this one, narrated by Kathleen McInerney, is a fantastic beach listen. I didn't want it to end.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mark Shriver
    • Narrated By Mark Shriver
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life. When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver - founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty - died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. These tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of "a good man," moved his son Mark....

    Samantha says: "A perfect Father's Day book!"
    "A perfect Father's Day book!"
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    What a wonderful tribute to Sargent Shriver and to a father. I found it very moving! And I loved hearing Mark narrate it himself. You could tell how much his father means to him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Come Home

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (210)

    Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her - though it is stressful - and her daughter, Megan, is a happily overscheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer.

    Mary says: "Whining and crying make it impossible to finish"
    "Thrilling listen!"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook! The story sucked me in, and I liked the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brotherhood: A Robin Monarch Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Robin Monarch is a man with a complicated, secret past and a very grim future. Currently locked up in the USDB—the military supermax prison known as Leavenworth—the CIA offers Monarch one shot at freedom and a pardon. All he has to do is steal something from a highly secure position at ground zero of a warzone and escape undetected.

    Samantha says: "Can't wait for more Robin Monarch!"
    "Can't wait for more Robin Monarch!"
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    This was a great introduction to the character Robin Monarch. What a fun, edge-of-your-seat kind of listen. I'm looking forward to more Robin Monarch stories on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperfectionists

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tom Rachman
    • Narrated By Christopher Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English-language newspaper as they struggle to keep it - and themselves - afloat. This hilarious and poignant look at the struggles of print news will establish Rachman as one of the 21st century’s most perceptive talents.

    Debra says: "love it"
    "A wondeful narrative puzzle"
    Overall

    I am not usually a big fan of interconnected short stories, but I thorughly enjoyed this one. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS clearly illustrates how "the whole is more than the sum of its parts". Beautiful writing that worked extremely well on audio. Christopher Welch did an outstanding job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and Their Own Family

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger, cast
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross created her classic seminal work, On Death and Dying, to offer us a new perspective on the terminally ill. It is not a psychoanalytic study, nor is it a "how-to" manual for managing death. Rather, it refocuses on the patient as a human being and a teacher, in the hope that we will learn from him or her about the final stages of life.

    Roman says: "Death and Dying"
    "Stands the test of time"
    Overall

    Anyone who has experienced loss -- the death of a loved one, the loss of a job -- will benefit from this program. The program was a big help in dealing with the loss of my father. A wonderful production.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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