Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Stone

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Stone

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Stone

Thinking mom

Pullman, WA, United States | Member Since 2001

7
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 12 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 517 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
3
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (475)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Mystery and suspense with a twist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Christine is a woman with a past--unfortunately one she can't remember. When she wakes up each morning she has to be told where she is, what's happened in the past twenty years, and who the people are in her life now. She starts remembering things and then the pattern changes. It's a mystery with a little suspense. Different than I thought it would be but I was hooked very quickly by the plot. Truly a page-turner and a fascinating story. I wish I didn't know what happened so I could read it again!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Childrens, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (394)

    Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

    Joyce says: "More Crivens!"
    "All the fun you can have in a book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not a big Discworld fan, but these Discworld Childrens books are a hoot. My husband urged me to read/listen to them, and I hesitated thinking that they were children's or YA books. I'm so glad I tried them--well written, funny, excellent adventure. I listen while I sew and I found myself laughing hysterically, all by myself and wanting more. I'll be sad when I run out of them--I need Nac Mac Feegles in my life.

    My highest recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Folded Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Gerrold
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    The Man Who Folded Himself, written in 1973 (and reissued by BenBella in 2003) is a classic science fiction novel by award-winning author David Gerrold. This work was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards and is considered by some critics to be the finest time travel novel ever written.

    Jason says: "Buyer Beware... sexual confusion ruins this book."
    "Narcissism"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought that a lot of reviewers were just having a homophobic reaction to this book. I love time travel stories and I'm not put off by homosexuality in a book. Unfortunately, the problem with this book isn't the sexuality, but the fact that it's purely narcissistic. The main character discovers that the only person he likes being with is himself and it's endless iterations of him spending time with the person he loves--himself. The time travel is just a means of getting more time to spend...with himself. It was sort of boring once you saw where he was going. The sex is a very small part of the book and it's pretty campy depictions of sex. (A lot of "Oh baby", to the point where it made me start giggling, and not in a good way.)

    If you want good, well-written time travel go to Connie Willis or Jack Finney. So much better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stella Bain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

    Jean says: "A captivating story"
    "A Good Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Anita Shreve's books. She writes characters so well you feel their pain, experience their joys and want to know what happens to them. This book is good--not her best, but it's a good read. The character we meet as Stella Bain is complex, self-reflecting and deeply engaged by life. It's a good mystery and an excellent character portrayal. My one problem is that the ending seems "tacked on" a bit. You almost felt like Shreve was tired of the story and just decided to stick an "and then it ended this way" on. It's definitely worth the time, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Anastasia Burke says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "Good story but a very peculiar performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "Someone" by Alice McDermott is a terrific story about someone who could be any of us. Nothing extraordinary in her life except that the details are fascinating somehow. How was her life changed by the young woman who died in her apartment building when she was young? How did her brother's decisions change her life? Her husband's? All of our lives are made by choices and small decisions here and there. It adds up. I was intrigued.

    The one thing I didn't care for--if you're listening to the Audible version--is the sing-song voice the reader uses. I found that it made the story less interesting and finally finished by reading the book. It's not bad, just...odd and distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    An elegant, original, and compelling novel, set against a gaslit backdrop of social and political turbulence in early 20th-century London, Falling Angels draws a picture of family life that exposes the prejudices and flaws of a changing time. Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring) "shows imaginative skill in two neatly accomplished surprises, and the denouement packs an emotional wallop," says Publishers Weekly.

    KathieB says: "Haunting Historical"
    "An absorbing read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Falling Angels is the story of two young girls who meet in a London cemetery where their families' graves are next to each other. The story follows them as they change, their friendship changes, their families change and history is made. The women's suffrage movement takes one of the girls' mothers from an education-but-bored mother to a leader in the movement, and the girls are carried along by her discontent with her life, and the comparison to the other girl's mother. It's a story of contrasts, of growth and of the power of change. I enjoyed it very much, a pleasant surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vintage Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isabel Wolff
    • Narrated By Violet Mathieson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop.

    Laura says: "A Sweet, Leisurely Stroll, but Ultimately Dull"
    "Predictable but entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A Vintage Affair is good "fluff". Phoebe Swift leaves her job at a high class auction house to open her own vintage clothing store. She's personable, has great taste in clothing and the business does well. In the process of opening the store, she meets a cast of characters who provide her with a little love, a little drama and a little mystery. I liked the mystery part the best--the romance and drama were somewhat predictable. Overall a good story.

    The part that made me giggle was the narration. It's read, quite well, by a British reader who seems to think that people in California have a mix of a Brooklyn and Bostonian accents. It's only a very small part of the book, but every time she tried it, I erupted into giggles. (Don't let my immaturity stop you, though--it's a good, if light, story.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "Elizabeth Strout doesn't disappoint"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'll admit--I found the beginning of "The Burgess Boys" a little slow, but I stuck with it because I haven't read anything from Elizabeth Strout that I didn't like. I'm glad I kept going. The story was interesting, especially in these times, and the characters were all people that you hoped would grow and see what their issues were.

    Artfully written story about two brothers and a sister from Maine. The brothers left Maine for New York City after college, while the sister stays behind. When her son has some problems with the law and the civil rights community, the brothers step in to help, each in their own way with their own particular gifts. The wives of the brothers provide interesting contrast with the siblings, as well.

    Well-told and with characters you care about. Another terrific book from Strout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

    Tiffany says: "I love Marian Keyes"
    "I wouldn't want to know the characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm usually a big fan of Marian Keyes. Her stories are entertaining, have interesting characters who have interesting relationships. I was really disappointed in "The Mystery of Mercy Close". I went through half of the book and still didn't care about any of the characters. More than that, I didn't like them at all. If a character wasn't a jerk, they were just flat. I'm not off Marian Keyes altogether, but I don't recommend this one at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brunonia Barry
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

    A User says: "Difficult but good"
    "Unexpectedly riveting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't read this book when it first came out because it sounded sort of chick-lit-ish. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and for what outstanding characters Barry created. I wanted to know what had happened to them, was surprised by what did happen and was deeply drawn into the story. Excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abide with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (53)

    In the late 1950s, in the small town of West Annett, Maine, a minister struggles to regain his calling, his family, and his happiness in the wake of profound loss. At the same time, the community he has served so charismatically must come to terms with its own strengths and failings, faith and hypocrisy, loyalty and abandonment, when a dark secret is revealed.

    Kathryn says: "Understated and powerful"
    "Good, not my favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a huge fan of Strout's book, Olive Kitterage and have enjoyed her other books, as well. This one was good--well written--but I couldn't get attached to the main characters. I wanted to care about them, but just couldn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.