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Tawney

Dash Point, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 259 titles in library
  • 66 purchased in 2014
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  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2219)
    Performance
    (2003)
    Story
    (2005)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "A remarkable listening experience"
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    What a wonderfully well written story, and a fine narrator. I find it refreshing when the narration is done simply, without changing the voice significantly for different characters. For me, this is much less distracting than a male making his voice light and high for female characters, and vice versa for a woman narrator. What a pleasure this book was, in every way. I will probably listen to it again some day.

    70 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (437)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    B.J. says: "Great pacing, as always, but ..."
    "Wow!"
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    I almost stopped listening a few times, as at first it was so slow going. However, the reviews from critics and readers kept me going, and i'm so glad I did. Incredibly perceptive, courageous, and edge-of-the-seat gripping.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2775)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Shades of 1001 Nights!"
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    So satisfying in every way. A modern fairy tale, spun out so well it was hard to stop listening. Good narration too

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (282)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Narration was a cut above. Story was good but...."
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    I ultimately can't agree with the author's choice to have the main characters all keep deep secrets for each others' sakes. Spousal and child abuse leaves lasting scars. It is a learned behavior. For the author to gloss this over as a pleasing fiction by letting the characters keep pretending that it never happened perpetuates the cycle and ensures that the children who endured their father's craziness for years will in turn be abusers/abused. Same thing for the secret adulterous relationship and the pretense that the dead son was the innocent victim. "Knowledge of the worst does not necessarily liberate us from its consequences; nevertheless, it is preferable to ignorance." I hope that this wonderful author will expand these themes and allow her characters to grow up and hold each other as able to withstand bitter truths; not to bash each other over the heads with them, but as the path to true healing and freedom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Will There Be Good News?: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    On a hot summer day, Joanna Mason's family slowly wanders home along a country lane. A moment later, Joanna's life is changed forever....On a dark night 30 years later, ex-detective Jackson Brodie finds himself on a train that is both crowded and late. Lost in his thoughts, he suddenly hears a shocking sound.

    Richard says: "Kate Atkinson pleases again."
    "I really enjoy this author."
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    Several reviewers commented on the narrator's accent. Since I'm not British I don't know from correct accents, so it sounded great to me. I got hooked on Kate Atkinson after I read Life After Life, which I think was a work of genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35909)
    Performance
    (26913)
    Story
    (27297)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Very powerful and creative story"
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    I saw the movie first and was intrigued enough to listen to the series. Definitely would recommend for young adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30587)
    Performance
    (23644)
    Story
    (23831)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Maintains the energy of the first book well"
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    Good one for young adults. I was interested enough by the first book to continue on with the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28331)
    Performance
    (22065)
    Story
    (22286)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Very good for its genre"
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    The power of the story didn't diminish throughout the series. I was just ready to move on. Highly recommend for young adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1504)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (729)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Michael Cox says: "Less about the arrival more about the ride"
    "Unusual storyline; Ending is a little flat"
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    I got this book because I loved Cloud Atlas so much. Mitchell is such a sharp guy, with incredible aptitude for historical detail. Not at all your run of the-mill-storyteller, in terms of subject matter, location, or era. That's one of the things I really like about him. I also like magical realism, although it's hard to put his style into a box. Reminds me a bit of "Crouching Tiger," now that I think about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1949)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1767)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Good story, good narration"
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    A friend insisted I go see the movie. Haven't made it yet but did download the book. Very sympathetic characters, well portrayed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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