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Sunny Everson

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Boston, MA | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
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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
    (154)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    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
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1685)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1544)

    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.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "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
    (466)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (437)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "Thought Provoking and Entertaining!"
    Overall
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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
    (355)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    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!"
    Overall
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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
    (3339)
    Performance
    (3097)
    Story
    (3091)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (82)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    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"
    "Great reading for an Anglophile!"
    Overall
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    Where does Getting Rid of Matthew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five


    What did you like best about this story?

    The companionship between women


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When friendship trumped everything


    If you could rename Getting Rid of Matthew, what would you call it?

    I really like the title


    Any additional comments?

    Let's see more Jane Fallon and other British writers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6748)
    Performance
    (6257)
    Story
    (6277)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "The Shining Continues"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Even if you haven't read/seen "The Shining," this book will hold you in its grip.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of Dan's life.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING! He is one of my favorite narrators.


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

    When Abbra learned that she had someone with whom she could be completely herself.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story a little slow initially, but when it took off, it was a wonderful ride 'til the very end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6271)
    Performance
    (5697)
    Story
    (5690)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Strong Women"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I didn't enjoy the book enough to recommend it after only one listen. Perhaps after a subsequent listen, I might.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sue Monk Kidd before, how does this one compare?

    This one is not as good as "The Secret Life of Bees." I was disappointed.


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

    Nothing


    Was The Invention of Wings worth the listening time?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Next of Kin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joanna Trollope
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Dairy farmer Robin Meredith has just buried his Californian wife Caro who, though a central figure at the farm for more than twenty years, had remained a mystery to the family. With Caro gone, her adopted daughter Judy feels cut adrift. To Robin’s brother, Joe, Caro had been the emblem of a freedom he’d glimpsed in America and his grief is far deeper than the family suspects. Even Robin and Joe’s parents, entrenched in the adjoining farm, feel suddenly vulnerable to time and change as well.

    Sunny Everson says: "Death as a Lesson in Living"
    "Death as a Lesson in Living"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Next of Kin the most enjoyable?

    It is much easier for me to visualize the characters and surroundings when I listened


    What other book might you compare Next of Kin to and why?

    Can't think of one.


    Which character – as performed by Eleanor Bron – was your favorite?

    Zoe.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Joanna Trollope knocked it out of the park as usual, and this is a book that I have listened to four or five times so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (212)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "COM-PLI-CA-TED!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of White Teeth to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely. It took me a few years to actually finish the print version because I could not stick with it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Archie was my favorite because he epitomized the "everyman" in all of us.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    I could actually see the characters through her voice.


    If you could take any character from White Teeth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Clara, because I would want to find out why she felt that she needed to marry Archie in order to "escape" her life. I'd ask if she thought that Archie was in fact necessary to save her life.


    Any additional comments?

    Zadie Smith's books are very complex, and after listening to this great performance of "White Teeth," I hope to have the chance to listen to her other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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