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Wendy

Harwinton, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5723)
    Performance
    (3662)
    Story
    (3673)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "A Beautifully Told Story"
    Overall

    I was skeptical about listening to this book because I am a dog lover and I was afraid that it would be too sad for me. However, this was incredibly well-written. I never got to the point where I was too distraught to listen. This book took me through a full range of emotions. One minute I was tearing up and the next I was chuckling to myself. It brought to mind my own beloved dog(s).
    I highly recommend this book!!!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "I See a Movie in the Making"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Winter People in three words, what would they be?

    Deliciously creepy, well-woven


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the story told from different character view-points and time-frames. It melded together nicely.


    What aspect of Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur ’s performance would you have changed?

    Voices were too stilted, too raspy.


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

    Really wish I had had the time to read it in print next to a fire on a dark winter's night.


    Any additional comments?

    It's going to be a movie some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3263)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2582)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "A Bit Graphic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoy Gillian Flynn's writing however, this book was a bit graphic at points. There were parts that were very difficult to listen to. I prefer her other books over this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (283)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Learning to Live and Love"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator was superb. He commanded a variety of accents with ease and believability. In other words, the accents were not forced. The story was delightful. Fenno held the perfect mix in a character, lovable, but with enough flaws to make the reader care about him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zone One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated By Beresford Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (168)

    In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan.

    Annie says: "Tomorrow needs a marketing rollout."
    "Where's the action?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Three hours into the story and I have yet to hear anything that compells me to keep listening. The only reason I listened for that long was because I was traveling and I had not downloaded another audiobook. Too much description, not enough action. I have no idea what the protagonist's goal was, and I never will. I gave up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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