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Taryn

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Suffern, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (747)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    Mel says: "No Olive Branch"
    "Not The Red Tent"
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    This book was not at all like The Red Tent,as I thought it might be. It was too long, too depressing and 2 of the narrators were horrible. One narrator sounded like she was being tortured and the other sounded like she came from Brooklyn! I think the historical facts and descriptions of daily life were fascinating but that is where it ended for me. I agree with another listener who suggested that perhaps reading the book might be better!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (713)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "snooze-fest"
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    I love Jenna Lamia, she is such a good narrator. I enjoyed, Saving Ceecee Honeycutt. I liked this book for the first half and then it became a chore to listen to it. It was way too long and needed better editing. If it had been better edited I may have enjoyed it, but it just dragged on and on and on, going nowhere. Even Jenna's talents as a narrator couldnt save it from being terminally boring!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Place: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (173)

    Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability - and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger.

    Cheryl says: "OKAY"
    "Retire Masie"
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    I think that Ms. Winspear has come to the end of the Maisie Dobbs series with this book. She clearly cannot think of anywhere else to lead our favorite heroine. This book started with a sad ending of Maisie's happiness and dragged through an extremely boring case with boring characters that went nowhere. I think the ending was a good place to end the saga of Maisie. I was sad that this is how the story played out, but I think the author has lost her edge at this point. I really enjoyed all the books up to this point but this one was just slow moving and dragged on. Another thing that bothered me with the usually perfect Orlagh Cassidy's performance. She continually misprounounced the name Chana. Its her responsibility to know how to pronounce names, the C is silent - simple thing but took away from her usually A+

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3322)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2814)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Kept me guessing"
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    Ok, I will admit it, I am usually not good at guessing the endings of mysteries. However,I thought for once I had figured it out! I was close but not close enough! It was a good surprise! I enjoyed this book, it kept my interest, it was decently written and the narration was excellent. I enjoy different readers and that kept this one interesting for me.It definately will not bore you!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence Rider: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (879)
    Story
    (881)

    The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

    bionichands says: "This is a fun series"
    "Another crazy but engaging story"
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    When you listen to the Matthew Corbett series you have to remember the stories are far fetched and ridiculous, but that is fiction! It is so much fun! This book has the same amount of insane characters, violence and adventure as the previous books. It was not my favorite but it's still fun to listen to. Of course Edoardo Ballerini makes it all come to life, he is my absolute favorite!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William J. Mann
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (328)

    By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

    Steven says: "Everybody's a dreamer..."
    "Guess I just dont care about Hollywood"
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    I initially found this interesting, then after about 2 hrs of listening I got bored and tuned out. Hollwood actors never change it seems, a bunch of self-indulgent narcissists who ruin their lives. Boring then, boring now

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (516)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    Frances says: "SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett"
    "Shortchanged!"
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    As other listeners have already reported if you love this series you will be very annoyed with the way this book stops abruptly in the middle of the story. Its half the length of his other books and literally stops right in the middle of the episode. I cannot understand why the author did this, since he has a loyal following, unless there was some deadline he had to meet for his publisher.Still, the series is fun to listen to and Edoardo Ballerini could read the dictionary to me he is so amazing! Now I must anxiously await book 6 and hope that we dont get shortchanged again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (850)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    K Barrett says: "Maturity is the star here"
    "Lost in translation"
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    I believe that very often books lose something in translation - to me this occurred with this book. It never really grabbed me - I didn't like the main character and couldn't relate to him. The narration was dull and boring with very little intonation sounded like Colin firth - if it was he should stick to theatre. I wouldn't waste my points on this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Wishes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (686)
    Story
    (677)

    In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their 33rd year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents' dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.

    Jen says: "It's Still Moriarty!"
    "Couldn't follow it"
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    As a big fan of Liane Moriarty I was so disappointed in this book. It was clearly one of her earlier works and it does not come close to her standards. Steer clear away from this one. After one hour of trying to follow the story I had to stop listening. I think this is one of the few times I will ask to return this book

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Crocus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laila Ibrahim
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (790)

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

    Kathy says: "A rare find, a 5 star book!"
    "slow, plodding, young adult book"
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    Even Bahni Turpin's amazing narration can't save this book. I think if it was labeled YA it would be fine, I can see a 6th-8th grader liking it and I would recommend it to a young person to read.However, as an adult who is an avid reader there is absolutely nothing original in this story. It was repetitive and boring. I can't even remember how many times she sang the same lullaby, it was enough to put me to sleep for sure. Bottom line for me is label this Young Adult and that way people will understand what they are getting into when they purchase it. Very disappointed

    46 of 57 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20208)
    Performance
    (17980)
    Story
    (17945)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "AMAZING!"
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    SK can actually write a love story! It was also a good history lesson. He really brought the late 50's early 60's to light for me. Hard to imagine going back in time and giving up all the things we take for granted. I had no idea where this story was headed and it truly suprised me. I dont want to give anything away, so I will just say it was 30+ hrs that flew by. I loved it! Dont miss this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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