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Shelley

Richmond, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4251)
    Performance
    (3831)
    Story
    (3864)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Bizarre & disturbing"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Margaret Atwood again?

    Doubtful


    What three words best describe Claire Danes’s voice?

    Depressing, desperate, hopeless


    Was The Handmaid's Tale worth the listening time?

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    This book just left me disturbed. The fact that someone could imagine a world in this horrible state of humankind put me in mind of The Holocaust.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5797)
    Performance
    (4493)
    Story
    (4504)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Absolutely loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely! It has all the attributes of a story that keeps you interested from the beginning. Guessing where the plot is going, amused, in tune with the characters, etc.
    A great mix of the supernatural with reality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Jane because she was put in this predicament that she in no way caused but chose to make the best of it and kept me chuckling all the while!


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Jane


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    ABSOLUTELY


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated By Laura Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.

    Ginger Heyman Pigott says: "Compelling and important"
    "Finding truth & restoring a young mans life"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Long Way Home in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking, emotional, triumphant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Way Home?

    When the coauthors fell in love with Javon


    What does Laura Caldwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion and determination she had for bringing this young man home!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1238)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!"
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    Where does A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was my #1 listen so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked EVERYTHING about this story! I didn't want to leave these characters. I wanted to hear more about how the rest of their lives played out.


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

    I haven't listened to any of Ms. Jackson's performances before but after having listened to this one I would love to listen to all she has performed!


    Who was the most memorable character of A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty and why?

    I found Big the most memorable character. The depth of her character was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to my books primarily on my drive into work. I had a hard time leaving this story each time I arrived at my destination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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