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Sindi

Member Since 2005

ratings
220
REVIEWS
21
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
6
HELPFUL VOTES
65

  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1552)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Loved It"
    Overall

    I loved this story. I could picture the staff, house, parties, etc. thanks to the author and reader. I hated for it to end yet couldn't wait to hear what happens. I will have a hard time finding a next book to hold up to this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Violets of March

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (127)

    In her 20s, Emily Watson was on top of the world: she had a best-selling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her great-Aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. The Violets of March announces Sarah Jio as a writer to watch.

    hampton says: "MUST LISTEN!"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy stories that move between two time periods so this book was interesting for me. A number of times, I thought I had connected a few dots but then something different developed. If you like historic fiction, this is a light listen worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4494)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1962)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    This is one of those stories that will stay with you for years to come. I'm only 1/2 through but can't stop listening. The narrator of the little boy is amazing. If the voice bothers you at first, give it 10 minutes...then you'll fall in love with Jack. This story is one of my top 5 from over 5 yrs of Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (687)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "When is the next one?"
    Overall

    I hope the author doesn't take long to send out another book! I couldn't stop listening! The 'sessions' is a great, unique way to tell this story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6722)
    Performance
    (4700)
    Story
    (4685)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    I just loved this book! Great narrators, great storyline, great pacing. If you love family sagas and historic-based fiction, this is for you. I was hooked from the first line. Enjoy!

    37 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Buddha's Dinner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Bich Minh Nguyen
    • Narrated By Alice H. Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC-era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, the barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food.

    Sindi says: "Don't both"
    "Don't both"
    Overall

    3/4 way through and nothing is happening yet. I work with ESL students and wanted some insight into their new life in USA. This isn't it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (321)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Pleasant"
    Overall

    This was a very enjoyable book. The 'see the dead' was not in a scarey way. I enjoyed the narrator and author. Worth the credit and the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    A caravan of cars drives down Route 66, each passenger bearing a photograph. They are the parents of missing children, all brought together by word that children's grave sites are being discovered along the road. Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is herself. During the next few days, she will find herself hunting a killer like no one she has ever known, and will undergo a series of revelations of stunning intensity and effect.

    Vivian says: "some will some will not"
    "Painful!"
    Overall

    I'm sorry if the author reads this but OMG! The publisher's summary was nothing like the first half of the book and I couldn't stick around for the second half. What was all that driving around? I expected a book about a woman who has been lost/seperated/kidnapped from her family who comes to these body findings to actually locate her parents. I think I spent too much time (and book credit) trying to piece together the storyline with what I was hearing. After 2 years on Audible, this book gets my worst bood award. Mayben the second half tied all in together and I just quit too early. But, I just couldn't take the driving, stopping,being a hard***, drive again. Save your money/credits.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4987)
    Performance
    (2790)
    Story
    (2825)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Loved It"
    Overall

    I just loved this book! It was a bit hard at first to keep the characters straight until I realized the dates stated at the beginning of a change helped keep it straight. Otherwise, a great story and great narrator. I wish Audible had more than 2 of her books available. My new favorite.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Sean Greer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Max Tivoli is uniquely cursed. His mind ages normally, but he is born with the withered body of a 70-year-old man, and his body ages in reverse. Despite this torment, Max manages three times to cross paths with Alice, the woman who captures his heart. Because he appears to be a different person each time they meet, Max has three chances for true love.

    Diana says: "Unfufilling"
    "Brad Pitt's movie???"
    Overall

    I listen to this book last fall. Now I see that Brad Pitt has a new movie coming out that has the same storyline but a different name. ("The Curious Case of Benjimen Button") I wonder if it credits this book?? I just saw a quick preview at the movies and it drove me crazy trying to remember why the storyline sounded so familiar.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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