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Trewen O'Niel

Trewen

Member Since 2006

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  • 10 reviews
  • 265 ratings
  • 381 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • The Midwife's Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Cassandra Campbell, Abby Craden, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry. The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives.

    Kathryn says: "Such a Soap Opera"
    "Kept my attention but left me unsatisfied"
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    3.75 stars

    There are multiple readers for the audio version of this book. All did a great job except the voice of the midwife. UHG! If she would have been the only reader, I wouldn't have finished listening.

    This was an interesting story with lot's of little mysteries. It kept my attention and I enjoyed it.
    But, in the end, there were too many unanswered questions and I was left feeling unsatisfied because 2 people who needed to grovel were dead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When I Fall in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Miranda Dickinson
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The brand-new release from the Sunday Times best-selling author that bought you Fairytale of New York and It Started With A Kiss. What happens when the happy ever after is suddenly and painfully taken away from you? Join Elsie as she battles to start again, with the help of a disastrous, newly-formed singing group and her father and sister armed with dating hopefuls.

    Trewen O'Niel says: "Can't finish it!"
    "Can't finish it!"
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    The reader is so obnoxious that I can't listen anymore.
    Her voice for the main character is fine but her voices all the supporting characters are ridiculous.
    I'm wondering if the book is something I would like if I read it myself?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "love this author"
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    The author reads her own book. Excellent job!


    The story in this book over-laps the time frame in "Gods in Alabama" (also recommended)

    Love the way J.J. writes! Her descriptions and metaphors are razor sharp.
    Pure chick lit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Little Words: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
    • Narrated By Ashley Rhodes-Courter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in 14 different foster homes. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster-care system. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

    Annie says: "Wow! Haunting, riveting, memorable!"
    "disappointed"
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    Given the content of this memoir, I should have been emotionally moved.
    I wasn't. This book barely skimmed the surface of a very troubling childhood in the foster care system.
    The only emotions I felt were anger at the clearly broken system and the states that perpetuate this treatment of children.
    I appreciated the authors honesty while recalling her attitude of distrust but she ended up coming across as snotty and ungracious. The delivery was kind of stiff and flat. It's too bad; this story could be so much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Liz Murray
    • Narrated By Liz Murray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx. In school she was taunted for her dirty clothing and lice-infested hair, eventually skipping so many classes that she was put into a girls' home. At age 15, Liz found herself on the streets when her family finally unraveled. She learned to scrape by, foraging for food and riding subways all night to have a warm place to sleep. Then, when Liz's mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny.

    luu says: "unbelievably inspiring"
    "Just WOW"
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    This is a jaw-dropping, heart breaking and inspiring memoir.
    I just don't even know what to say.
    Wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "A woman finds herself"
    Overall
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    a smidge under 4 stars

    I actually enjoyed this book despite the cheating, which i usually won't read.
    Cheating leaves me nauseous.
    I like a story about women who "find themselves" and I was proud of Sylvie
    for doing just that.
    However, her decisions in the end left me disappointed and unsatisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lily of the Springs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carole Bellacera
    • Narrated By Angie Hickman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1952 Kentucky, 18-year-old Lily Foster, the daughter of strict Southern Baptist parents, becomes pregnant by the town “bad boy” - and just like that, she finds herself married to a man who doesn't want to be a husband. Jake has no intention of letting the inconvenience of marriage stop him from what he believes is his due. In actuality, Lily is the one who is trapped. She loves Jake - always has - and she's convinced she can eventually make him love her. All it will take is desire and patience.

    Trewen O'Niel says: "amazing"
    "amazing"
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    HOLY CROW!

    First, I have to say that the reader of this audio book was amazing. If you have an opportunity to listen to this book, do it.

    I just don't know what to say about this story. An unease was present the entire time I listened.
    And I couldn't stop listening. This is so well written that I was transported into the life of Lily Rae.
    Frustrating, heartbreaking, shocking. Jake, Lily Rae's husband, is about the biggest prick you've ever seen and Lily Rae is endearing and WAY too forgiving.

    So well done!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1630)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1436)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Barbara Kingsolver does it again"
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    I love Barbara Kingsolver and especially love to listen to her books on audio.
    Although other listeners don't like her to read her own books, I happen to LOVE her voice and the nuance she brings to her own stories. It's the reason I prefer to listen instead of read a B.K. book.
    She is a genius at weaving a story around current environmental issues.
    Flight Behavior focuses on the consequences of global warming and touches on other subjects like education in poor communities and more. She does all this very subtly without judgment and fanaticism.
    I recommend this and all her other books as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Crossroads Cafe

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    A Hollywood actress known for her beauty flees to a secluded mountain cabin in North Carolina after being severely scarred in a car accident. There she finds unexpected love and a new life with a man who lost his family in 9-11.

    jeanette watson says: "could not make it to 3rd chapter"
    "Good story WORST production"
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    So.... I really liked this book
    However the production quality of the audio version is the WORST I've ever experienced.

    -Can you say nose whistle? What? It was through-out the whole book. (Not to mention swallows and other mouth noises)

    -The reader .....has..... long pauses.........that....are very ....distracting. (Although she had a nice voice and portrayed characters well)

    -The volume went up and down, up and down. At one point, I had turn my volume up to Max and I still couldn't hear it.

    -Pages turning and other back ground noise. I think I even heard someone speaking once.

    It was WEIRD.

    Did they record this in someones living room?

    Still the story was very good

    4 1/2 stars-story and Deborah Smith

    3 stars- The reader

    0 stars- the production

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "Well written, perfectly performed and HILARIOUS!"
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    This is hilarious!

    So... A LOT of people didn't like this book because of the main character, Ivy.
    Well, for me, that means the author did her job.
    This is a look into the lifestyle of the NYC wealthy elite. And YES, it IS despicable!
    I believe that's the point.

    But Oh. My. God.! It was funny.
    I found this to be spot-on and well written.
    I'm not sure it would translate as well if I read it myself. The reader
    was excellent. She made the book a really fun listen.

    This was laugh-out-loud funny. A ridiculous spectacle that I couldn't turn away from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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