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Sunny Everson

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Boston, MA | Member Since 2011

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  • NW: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Karen Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Somewhere in Northwest London stands Caldwell housing estate, relic of 70s urban planning. Five identical blocks, deliberately named: Hobbes, Smith, Bentham, Locke, and Russell. If you grew up there, the plan was to get out and get on, to something bigger, better. Thirty years later ex-Caldwell kids Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan have all made it out, with varying degrees of succes - whatever that means....

    BowedBookshelf says: "I believe this book is best listened to than read"
    "Zadies does it again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of NW to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because of the nuances of voice.


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

    Surprise.


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

    Not applicable, but I will look for her as a narrator in the future.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed aloud sometimes and felt sadness, too.


    Any additional comments?

    Zadies Smith's writing is very deep and needs in-depth reading/listening in order to really get what she's imparting, and I enjoy her efforts. I have read/listened to all of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4955)
    Performance
    (3414)
    Story
    (3446)

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "The Total Package!!"
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    I listened in one sitting because this audiobook is so engrossing and engaging! I traveled the desert and became the elements described. Philosophy, faith, romance, travel, and danger... Great listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16230)
    Performance
    (13533)
    Story
    (13528)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Wild Ride!"
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    This book went above and beyond anything I was expecting! Hang onto your hats for the twists! I enjoyed immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3884)
    Performance
    (3275)
    Story
    (3268)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "More Puller, Please!"
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    This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Lots of action with the tiny possibility of some romance.

    Narrators are definitely on point and are two of my favorites. Can't wait for another John Puller book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lucinda Riley
    • Narrated By Emily Lucienne
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters were all adopted as babies. When their father dies each of them are given a clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world… Rio de Janeiro, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio convinces her father to allow her to accompany him to Europe. There, in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again…

    Raquel Roysdon says: "Great story!"
    "Who Are You?"
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    It had a slow start, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. I'm hoping to find the stories about the remainder of the sisters, as this book only delved into the complete story of the eldest. Though fictional, it makes you question who you are and who do you want to be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (460)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Good Listen"
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    Great story and descriptiveness of minor details, but would've preferred a little less detailed description of the war armaments. The ending was indeed a surprise. Narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6557)
    Performance
    (5776)
    Story
    (5778)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Another Good Family Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Big Little Lies the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the different characterizations.


    What other book might you compare Big Little Lies to and why?

    "The Husband's Secret" because it is also family oriented with the good and the bad.


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

    Fleshed out characters


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

    I found it interesting, but wasn't gripped enough to listen to it all at once.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (957)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Thought Provoking and Entertaining!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It gives great insight on the life of Blacks in America and introduced us to characteristics and the lives of some non-American blacks in the form of a fictional novel, but with actual truth. And in the end, it is also a love story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Americanah?

    When the protagonist and her true love reunited.


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

    This is my first time, but will certainly look for her on other audiobooks.


    If you could rename Americanah, what would you call it?

    Americanah is the perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    This was another audiobook that I sailed through because it is so interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Customer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    From acclaimed best-selling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.

    J. Gall says: "Really like Sandra Brown"
    "A good one!"
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    If you could sum up Tough Customer in three words, what would they be?

    "Page turner!"


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fleshed out characters


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

    Yes; and this performance was just as good as the others.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to go after the bad guy, myself!


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this audiobook in record time because I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness for the Audible app on my iPhone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5572)
    Performance
    (5074)
    Story
    (5069)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Loving Robert Galbraith"
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    Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and narrator


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

    Vividness of scene


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

    Comoran showing his vulnerability


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more great stories and great narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Rid of Matthew

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jane Fallon
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Helen is nearly 40, and has, for far too long, had an affair with Matthew, a high-powered, much older, attractive, married man who was once, of course, her boss. After years of being disappointed by missed dates, out-of-the-way restaurants, broken promises, and hushed phone calls, at last Helen realizes it's time to dump Matthew and get on with her life. This, of course, is the exact moment when Matthew decides to leave his wife for her.

    Laurie says: "great chick lit"
    "She Jane; She Good!"
    Overall
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    Jane Fallon entered my life with "The Ugly Sister", another excellent story, and I enjoyed this story even more. Plumbing female emotions and lending the sometimes comedic twists of life is a strength that Ms. Fallon demonstrates well I'm her writing. Of course, I wanted to strangle Matthew who was a legend in his own mind. My only quibble was the voice the narrator employed for Matthew -- it sounded implausible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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