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joyce j perrone

Apollo, PA USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (189)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "very slow!"
    Overall

    When are authors going to learn that they are not also READERS! This book is painfully dry. With all the detail, I felt like I was back in a college class with one of the painfully monotonous professors. I was totally looking forward to this, and totally disappointed. Could NOT get thru it lest I fall asleep at the wheel of the car!

    1 of 6 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
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1348)
    Story
    (1358)

    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.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Flight Behavior?

    I found this book to be laborious and dull. Not at all like "Poisonwood". Some things just seemed to be amateurish (the mother-in-law especially) in character development and the relationship with the lead. I really struggled to read the whole thing. I didn't care what happened. And I am an ecologically supportive kind of person with a certified Monarch Habitat. It should have interested me. But no.


    What could Barbara Kingsolver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add some energy, some real tension. The tension was weak.


    What three words best describe Barbara Kingsolver’s performance?

    Dull. Hire a trained professional. Sorry to be mean - but it may have been better if performed better.


    What character would you cut from Flight Behavior?

    Mother-in-law. Weird dead newborn with 'fur'. That was silly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3491)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1213)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "boring boring boring"
    Overall

    this book is dry and lackluster. I do NOT understand the acclaim it is receiving. Our entire bookclub disliked it. It just goes on and on and does nothing to give one pause to find it poetic or important in any way. Just DULL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodroot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Amy Greene
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver, Kirby Heyborne, Jessie Bernstein, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Named for a flower whose blood-red sap possesses the power both to heal and poison, Bloodroot is a stunning fiction debut about the legacies of magic and madness, faith and secrets, passion and loss that haunt one family across the generations, from the Great Depression to today. The novel is told in a kaleidoscope of seamlessly woven voices and centers around an incendiary romance that consumes everyone in its path.

    Martha Trupiano says: "Amazing story"
    "one of the best reads ever"
    Overall

    wonderful book read by this cast was pure entertainment. I hated when it ended. Thanks to all for an amazing experience. I've been doing audible books for years (originally on cassettes!) - this is truly one of the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "Excellent book and Excellent narrator!"
    Overall

    This was a book that I was not excited about when our book club chose it. When I started to listen to it, I was riveted from about the first five minutes. Mr. Goolrick did an outstanding job of weaving a story with characters that are painted exquisitely. Mr Feuerstein is one of the best narrators I have heard. I have been listening to audiobooks for about eight years. Thank you, Mr Goolrick for an exceptional book, and for choosing the perfect person to narrator. - J. Perrone, Pittsburgh PA

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Honeymoon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    The honeymoon is over, now the murders can begin. America's #1 thriller writer returns with his sexiest, scariest novel ever. Hotter than The Beach House and scarier than Kiss the Girls, James Patterson's explosive new thriller introduces a bride who is beautiful, talented, devoted, and deadly.

    Kirstin says: "Not up to the standard of his early work"
    "painful to the reader"
    Overall

    Predictable with the ability to become another Sharon Stone loser movie.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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