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cheryl

I love to read southern fiction, family sagas, romance and a bit if fantasy

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "Everyone seemed angry."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Maine to be better than the print version?

    Yes in print I may not have finished this one.


    What other book might you compare Maine to and why?

    Nothing to compare it with.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    The granddaughter who is expecting a baby


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Family drama at it's best... or worst.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Allen Salkin
    • Narrated By Julian Fleischer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in 100 million homes, approaches a billion dollars a year in revenue, and features a galaxy of stars whose faces and names are as familiar to us as our own family's. But what we don't know about them, and the people behind them, could fill a book.

    danny lawrence says: "Entertaining look at The Food Network"
    "More Business Related Than I Thought"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Parts of this were a fun listen parts of this were dry and boring. Overall ok.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The last part of the book had more to do with food stars so it was better.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Fleischer – was your favorite?

    Bobby Flay & Rachel Ray


    Do you think From Scratch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I don't think there should be more to say.


    Any additional comments?

    This one was just ok for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2422)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "I loved this book!!!"
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    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    Yes and I've never listened to a book twice. I loved the story and characters.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    I don't know a book I would compare it to but it's on my favorite books list.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when Will & Lou went to the concert. The listener could tell they were changing each others lives.


    If you could rename Me Before You, what would you call it?

    Live Your Best Life.


    Any additional comments?

    I have cerebral palsy myself it can't compare to Will's life but I thought the portrayal of having a disability and caring for a loved one who does was honest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7470)
    Performance
    (6535)
    Story
    (6539)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Great EndingI"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fifty Shades Freed to be better than the print version?

    I read the kindle version of the first in the series. I wish I;d done that with the next two. The narrator was very distracting,


    What did you like best about this story?

    The couple falling in love and getting to know each other on a deeper level.There was more plot action in this one also. I like the idea of being loved in spite of your issues.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    I was fine with her as Ana but her pronunciation of words needs work, The book needed a male for Christian.


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

    Yes I listened to this one while I was very busy and I wanted to be left alone to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I resisted getting these despite friends & family knowing I'd like the story. I shouldn't have waited so long, I adore a good love story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8374)
    Performance
    (7265)
    Story
    (7270)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Good story poor narrator"
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    From James yes but I'm not sure about Battoe


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades Darker to and why?

    I've never read anything anything quite like this series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Possibly


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I think it should have been read by James.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot in this one is much better than book # 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (518)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Didn't like this one."
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    Would you try another book from David Nicholls and/or Anna Bentinck?

    I would try another by him not her. Couldn't wait to finish it. I think it was the narrator mostly.


    Has One Day turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I like this genre of book very much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Bentinck’s performances?

    No her voice was tough to listen to.


    What character would you cut from One Day?

    The stand up comic boyfriend.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was my main problem but this one took a long time to start for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Newman: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Shawn Levy
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    In Paul Newman: A Life, film critic and pop culture historian Shawn Levy gives readers the ultimate behind-the-scenes examination of the actor's life, from his merry pranks on the set to his lasting romance with Joanne Woodward to the devastating impact of his son's death from a drug overdose. This definitive biography is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life and just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the 20th century.

    Glory says: "Charismatic subject makes for great reading"
    "Loved Paul & the book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes anyone who enjoyed the man & his work will love the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories about a very talented good man.


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

    He read it and it seemed like he knew Mr. Newman


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book what a way to begin!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2189)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (829)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "So sad but I loved it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would want friends to read this it broke my heart but also felt true to life.


    What other book might you compare Nineteen Minutes to and why?

    I like books by this author if you like twists and turns you'll enjoy this.


    Which character – as performed by Carol Monda – was your favorite?

    As a tutor of teens I liked Josie.


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

    No I needed listening breaks to give it the weight the book deserved.


    Any additional comments?

    I think if you love kids this one's worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (541)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Enjoyed this"
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    What did you love best about Sing You Home?

    Interesting mix of family drama love story politics and law good characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sing You Home?

    Max changing his point of veiw I love real happy endings


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Zoe


    Who was the most memorable character of Sing You Home and why?

    Zoe she had been through so man difficult things and managedto stay positive


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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