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sharlyn

Lafayette, Co, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Sisterland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (316)

    From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift.

    Erica says: "Too many minor details and not enough story."
    "So glad they are making it a movie"
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    What did you love best about Sisterland?

    the intimacy of authentic feelings, misgivings, steadfast love and the messiness of real relationships.












    Any additional comments?

    I imagined Jennifer Jason Leigh as the psychic sister.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6267)
    Performance
    (5570)
    Story
    (5566)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Creative enjoyable magical read"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Once I started hearing about the circus evolving, I immediately looked up who had the film rights. I was happy to see that it will most likely be made into a movie. Julie Taylor or Baz Luhrmann I would hope as the director. Magical realism at its best, but please someone give it some visuals. I loved the story simply put.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16355)
    Performance
    (14533)
    Story
    (14571)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "what a seductive ride"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the experiece of forming an opinion of one of the characters, only to have that flip once I had more information. Each time you think you figure it out, another turn of surprise. What a fun story and a fun ride. didnt want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (559)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Just too despairing"
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    Any additional comments?

    I had hopes to embrace the human condition and my capacity, but try as I might, I just couldn't bring myself to finish the book. I struggled with this because I work in the field of addictions and see tragedy often enough. But there is no hope other than a bleak existence. It was so depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (412)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "Surprising and thoughtful"
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    Any additional comments?

    Loved how I never knew which way the author was going to take me as I began each new story. Shocking, sometimes disturbing, but always thoughtful and deep. Social consciousness peppered in to let us examine our choices and how they may end up as new social norms in the future. Very much appreciated, as many norms emerge without much thought as to the consequences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5856)
    Performance
    (5078)
    Story
    (5068)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Just an enjoyable read"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Loved being inside the characters of so many different voices and life outlooks. Just really good reading with a perfect flow, never a lull and an ending that left you feeling good about life.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carol Anshaw
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen's wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidently hits and kills a girl on a dark, country road. For the next 25 years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, connect, disconnect, and reconnect with one another and their victim. As one character says, "When you add us up, you always have to carry the one."

    Melinda says: "Carry On...Without Me"
    "hated that it ended"
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    If you could sum up Carry the One in three words, what would they be?

    beautifully written and engrossing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carmen, the "change the world" integrity she held throughout her life


    Any additional comments?

    I started a few books but lost interest and it was difficult to finish. this was not the case here. The author writes with a vivid prose and chooses unique analagies. At a few times it felt a little pretentious and too much, but then it moved into admiration and appreciation for her unique way of sharing a persons thoughts and visions of life as life unfolds in front of us. I hated that it ended. I could of listened to this author talk about 5 more people. Not even any paticuliar story, just the way she shares the way people see and experience life. It has stayed with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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