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Stacy

Live life like a kid in a candy store!

Big Bear City, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 348 titles in library
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  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3215)
    Performance
    (2806)
    Story
    (2817)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Not What I Expected but, Great!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I loved the movement between the past and present. I had no idea there would be so much about the Holocaust (pretty intense) but once I settled into it, it was amazing.


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

    I like multiple narrators so on that level this really worked for me. The writer of the story's voice changes to a character in the book when passages are read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All things sage were interesting. Also the love of the Daily Bread owner


    Any additional comments?

    I think this really illustrates what emotional baggage we put on ourselves. Sometimes we need to sit back and examine if we really own it or not. Deep cleansing breath.... =)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Road: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Monica Byrne
    • Narrated By Dioni Collins, Nazneen Contractor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In a world where global power has shifted east and revolution is brewing, two women embark on vastly different journeys - each harrowing and urgent and wholly unexpected. When Meena finds snakebites on her chest, her worst fears are realized: someone is after her and she must flee India. As she plots her exit, she learns of The Trail, an energy-harvesting bridge spanning the Arabian Sea that has become a refuge for itinerant vagabonds and loners on the run. This is her salvation.

    Stacy says: "Wait...what?!"
    "Wait...what?!"
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    1/4 in it was a ****, 3/4 in it was a ** and now that I finished it is a **.5.
    Give a dog a bone and explain a little of the futuristic terms and ideas. Was that the girl who crossed The Trail who she killed inn the end?? I may need to pay more attention but, I don't think so....

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1165)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Intense!"
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    A whole different history of the west than I ever knew. Not what I was looking for in a book but, an interesting history non-the-less. The violent, graphic nature was shocking and the story not so deep. No one to root for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8886)
    Performance
    (8146)
    Story
    (8152)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Somebody Shoot Me.....please!"
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    So many interesting thing happened in this book. It could have gone so many great places, but it didn't. By 60% through their was so much bleakness but, 90% through still the same. It never rose above. It was very depressing! He was with his wonderful, cultured and loving mother until like 11 or 12 years old yet she dies and he becomes a miserable human... What the heck? He took nothing from her? Are there really parents like his and his friend with wild drugged out children raising themselves? So much hope, so little delivery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7967)
    Performance
    (7302)
    Story
    (7377)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "NO, No, no...."
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    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ?

    I am mad at Veronica Roth so I will not speak of her here.... Emma and Aaron did a fabulous job of narration. Getting used to Aaron took a minute, but his job was impeccable.


    Would you recommend Allegiant to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you read 1 and 2, of course you must read this one but, not because it was good. It fell flat, lacked the depth that drew us into 1 and 2. I really wish they had released this after the movie came out because I couldn't wait for the movie before and now I feel, "Mehhh" about it. Not good!!


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great as always.


    Was Allegiant worth the listening time?

    Not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Was she rushed for number three or is this it, the plan all along?!?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (709)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Not for adults!"
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    To much repetitive drama. Book should have been half it's length. I love him, I hate him, I love him....Argh!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4251)
    Performance
    (3848)
    Story
    (3861)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Made me feel better about my own mental health!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would power down on the crazy town!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    They finally started acting a little more normal and the book ended! I didn't want the next one until then. Now I will listen to the next just to see if they go a little more normal or crazy town returns.


    Which character – as performed by Jill Redfield – was your favorite?

    I really liked the room-mate! I think I might have liked it better if I read it (very rare to feel that) because I wouldn't have imagined Gideon quite so freaking intense and when he says her name it would have been more loving and not crazy.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If Kate Hudson where Eva an Josh Holloway as Gideon and we went 50% less on the intensity.


    Any additional comments?

    While the performance was really good, it would have been better if Gideon was not performed so intense. When he calls her name in passion 'wanting/ urgent' would have been better than 'crazy/ pained'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (1950)
    Story
    (1961)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Interesting beginning to end"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While I couldn't wait to get back to the listening each time and I thought the book was very good, she relies on a few really BIG coincidences to get it done. If you can ignore that you will really enjoy this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1847)
    Story
    (1862)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Wow! You can never really know someone."
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    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    How they realize they are so far off track there lives have gone.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    Ashlyn the daughter


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tessa and daughter conversations


    Any additional comments?

    I loved and hated the ending. You can never really know someone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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