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sharon

love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

san diego, california, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
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    (143)
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    (147)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "Another Winner For Anne Tyler"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anne Tyler's stories are consistently good ,these are the ones you re-read and pass around to friends.I have been a fan for many years Her characters are quirky and lovable .Her plots are all different and connect with parts of all of us. I just love it when they are made into movies. My favorite is "Back when we were Grown-ups "


    What did you like best about this story?

    As all of Anne Tyler"s Books the characters are so real and touch a deep part of us and who we are . I can connect with their feelings and failings.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Aaron...he gave his character such depth...he was an excellent narrator reminded me of the narrator for "Patchwork Planet" which I also loved. Kirby 's voice seemed perfect for the mood of the story. I would definitely listen to him again.


    If you could rename The Beginner's Goodbye, what would you call it?

    I Think The Title is perfect. It really made sense after reading the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Often times I read the book and listen to the Audio...listening to a GOOD narrator really enhances the story and brings out all the emotions and feelings the author is trying to convey in the text. Thank you Audible!!! I am a very satisfied customer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marcia Willett
    • Narrated By Lucy Rayner
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    Three generations, oneheartbreaking secret - and the past about to be uncovered … Jess Penhaligon is on her way to London to receive an awardfor her botanical painting. Hosting her will be Kate, who gladly welcomes herinto her home. Jess' own family fell apart several years ago, so she is gratefulfor Kate's friendliness - and for her close unit of extended family and friends,who embrace Jess just as warmly.

    sharon says: "Another Great Read!"
    "Another Great Read!"
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    Marcia Willett writes a consistently good story and The Sea Garden no exception.. Her character development and wonderful story carry you along with her into a delightful spot in rural England .Her descriptions of the countryside make you fell as if you are there.
    I will be looking forward to MORE of Marcia Willet in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Kitchen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (25)
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    (24)
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    Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan... and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets 12-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own.

    sharon says: "DID NOT LIKE IT!"
    "DID NOT LIKE IT!"
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    I had hopes for this story but it was a flop . Would hesitate to get another book buy this author. Try Marcia Willett Rachel Hore or Kate Morton instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pilgrim's Rest: Miss Silver Mysteries, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    When Judy Elliott’s sister and her husband are killed in an air-raid in the Blitz, she is the only one able to look after their little girl, Penny. Unfortunately jobs are hard to come by, especially when there is a child in tow, and she is forced to take the position of housemaid in a house in the country called Pilgrim’s Rest. When she is warned by an old friend that there is a curse on the house she laughs it off, but accidents keep happening - accidents that threaten the lives of all those who live there.

    Nancy J says: "Excellent mystery with red herrings"
    "MOVE OVER... AGATHA CHRISTIE!"
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    This book was a delightful surprise. A well written complex mystery with perfect narration.
    I was not familiar with this author and decided to take a chance. The book does not depend on salacious material ,graphic violence or crude dialogue to keep you interested . I will definitely buy some more of the "Miss Silver" mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day: Miss Julia, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
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    Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as the home nurse for the elderly but wealthy Howard Connard, Sr., she finally sees her chance - with her sexy curves and infectious charm, Etta Mae is determined to become his wife. Unfortunately, Connard's scheming, money-hungry son and stuck-up daughter-in-law are equally determined to make sure she doesn't.

    sharon says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    I love the Miss Julia books and had hopes for this one too. It was very disappointing! The story was a departure from the usual funny stories and likeable characters I am used too . The story was tacky, there,were too many sexual references and crude language . I HATED the descriptions of the party and the unfunny behavior of the women after too much drink. I hope Ms Ross returns to her original template for Miss Julia and her friends in her next book.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
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    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "His Best Book Yet!!!"
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    Great read! Daniel Silva does such a great job with character development and a completely up to date plot that it could have jumped off the front page of the New York Times.
    Gabriel Alon is my favorite Hero! George Guidall is the Best! His narration makes you fell like you are right there and know every character. His diction is perfect. I hated for it to end. Eagerly Looking forward to my next Silva novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
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    By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained - by Thea's passionate embrace of women's suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed, just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea's gift to Kezia is a book on household management - a veiled criticism of the bride's prosaic life to come.

    Hope says: "A reminder of the truth of World War I"
    "I Wish The Author Stuck To Maisie Dobbs Stories"
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    Not a winner! I did not like this book.It was too grim and had too many descriptions of food
    preparation which did NOT make my mouth water! Did not like either of the main women characters.Absolutely HATED the narration.Her male voices are cloying.
    Got through chapter 10 but have no desire to finish it. Very Disappointed. Hope Winspear
    sticks to Maisie Dobbs in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trains and Lovers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
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    In the words of Alexander McCall Smith: "You feel the rocking of the train, you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails; you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it. And sometimes there are conversations to be had, which is what the overarching story in this collection is all about. It is a simple device: people brought together entertain one another with tales of what happened to them on trains. It takes place on a journey I frequently make myself and know well, the journey between Edinburgh and London. It is best read on a train, preferably that one."

    Jennifer says: "Nice, but somehow left hanging"
    "Loved It"
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    This book is written somewhat in the style of the 44 Scotland Street Stories. It consists of 4 different stories told in chapters each going back and forth between four passengers riding together on a train.. Each story very different but with a central theme, Love. Likeable characters made the stories they shared very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight June: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s.

    Trish says: "Sweet Story!!"
    "A Great Story For Lovers of Childrens books"
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    I have never read anything by this author and was pleasantly surprised. I liked her style and loved the setting in the Bluebird book store.I Have recommended it to my book group
    as the selection for August.. I was fascinated by the friendship between the owner of the store and the famous Children's book author Margaret Wise Brown. Through letters we got to know them well.
    Did not really like the voice of the narrator She sounded too old and did not do multiple voices well. I Wish she had a softer voice, she sounded too loud and raspy.
    But I liked the story so I tried to get used to the voice.
    Will look for another by Sarah Jio but hope to see another narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Lavender Ribbon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Heather Burch
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
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    (39)

    Can a stack of long-hidden love letters from a WWII war hero inspire a heartbroken woman to love again?Reeling from a bitter divorce, Adrienne Carter abandons Chicago and retreats to the sun, sand, and beauty of Southern Florida, throwing herself into the restoration of a dilapidated old Victorian beach house. Early into the renovations, she discovers a tin box hidden away in the attic that reveals the emotional letters from a WWII paratrooper to a young woman who lived in the house more than a half-century earlier.

    yogi says: "too slow"
    "Beautiful Old Fashioned Romance"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent book. It is so refreshing to find a modern author that does not have to rely on bad language, violence, or steamy sex scenes to carry the story along.
    The plot concerns a young woman who finds a box of old love letters when she is renovating an old house .Intrigued by the letters she sets out to find the author,a WW2 veteran living in a nearby town with his devoted handsome grandson .The book is full of likable characters and believable situations all set in a delightful beach town in Florida.

    The narration was first rate and I will certainly look for more books by this author.
    Thanks Audible for making this available.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    It's summer in Abbotsville, and Miss Julia has visions of enjoying a life of leisure. But before she can even sip some iced tea on her front porch, a letter from her long-lost cousin Elsie informs her that Elsie's granddaughter is on a bus headed to Abbotsville that very day. Reminding Miss Julia of an old family debt, Elsie proclaims that she is sending Trixie to Miss Julia's to learn to become a lady. The nerve of some people! When the rude and unkempt Trixie arrives, even Sam and Lloyd agree that Miss Julia faces quite a challenge.

    Karen says: "Miss Julia almost meets her match!"
    "Miss Julia Still Going Strong"
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    Another riotously funny book by Ann B Ross. Even after so many books about Miss Julia I have not tired of the characters. I often wonder where she gets the unusual plots.
    The narrator, Cynthia Darlow is a master of all the characters voices.Her voice for Lillian and grand daughter Leticia make you feel like you are right there in the kitchen with them.
    Eagerly awaiting next years installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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