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Sheila McGee-Smith

Amherst, NH USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 265 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Noah's Compass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

    Eileen says: "Low key and thought provoking"
    "Very slow and plodding narration"
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    Usually love Anne Tyler but this one was a little hard to get to the end of. Not a bad story but ends very abruptly as far as I'm concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3638)
    Performance
    (3261)
    Story
    (3273)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Intricately Weaves Multiple Plot Lines"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy novels where the stories of multiple families are told and then as the novel progresses various points of intersection are revealed. Overall an enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murderer’s Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Susan Meyers
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    This emotional debut by Randy Susan Meyers tells of two sisters torn apart by domestic tragedy. When her mother throws her father out, young Lulu is told never to let him in again. But Lulu disobeys, and the consequences are heartbreaking. Lulu’s mother ends up killed, and Lulu and her sister Merry are orphaned. Now, as the sisters grow into adulthood, they find the ghosts of their past are difficult to outrun.

    Patricia says: "Excellent drama"
    "Interesting Premise"
    Overall
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    A very good - though not necessarily great - book.

    What's good: Tells a story over 30 years or so. Ties the story to the times.

    What's not so good: A little too much stereotyping of Italian- and Jewish-Americans in NY.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Week in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (524)

    Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know one another. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Chicky is finally ready to welcome the first guests to Stone House’s big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.

    A User says: "Didn't want it to end....."
    "A Bittersweet Read of Maeve's Final Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Binchy book, as I have every book she wrote. It was sad to think it would be the last one.

    A Week in Winter follows a format that Bichy began a few years back: individual stories in chapters weaved together with a theme. It worked a little better - a little less forced - here than it has in some of the more recent ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2792)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Great Story, Set in London During WWII Blitz"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Kate Morton has written an intricate plot that twists and turns as it bounces back and forth from London circa 1941 to 2011. It's nice and long , ~20 hours, for those that enjoy longer works.

    Only 4 stars for performance because sometimes it was hard to tell which "character voice" the narrator was using.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5692)
    Performance
    (4886)
    Story
    (4895)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Wonderful Short Story for a 1 Hour Holiday Drive"
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    Used this for a quick trip 30 minutes out and finished on the way home. Adorable Christmas-themed story with wonderful narration. Thanks for the member gift Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20078)
    Performance
    (17977)
    Story
    (18040)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great Twists and Turns"
    Overall
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    Complex story, with twists and turns you don't see coming. Well-written, intricate plot. Good performance, with male and female narrators.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16054)
    Performance
    (13324)
    Story
    (13950)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Have to Agree - Should have been Re-Recorded"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I rarely give up on listening to something I have purchased...but I did on this one. Story is mediocre and simplistic and the narration is distracting. Gave up after a couple of hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (707)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Interesting Plot Twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just when you think you've figured it out, the plot twists yet again. My only complaint on this selection is it is a bit short for a Booker winner. It is, however, an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Little, Too Late: Kathryn Stockett, In Her Own Words

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Kathryn Stockett
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (315)

    In a very moving author's note, Kathryn Stockett writes about growing up in Jackson and her family's maid, Demetrie. This afterword was not originally included in the audio production of The Help, but we're thrilled to present it to you now, as read by the author herself.

    Sheila McGee-Smith says: "Nice background on the Author's motivation"
    "Nice background on the Author's motivation"
    Overall

    If you loved The Help, and how could you not, you'll enjoy this short piece by the author on how she came to write the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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