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shopgirl

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  • Firefly Cloak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sheri Reynolds
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Eight-year-old Tessa Lee and her little brother, Travis, are left at a campground by their mother and her boyfriend, a crooked-nosed man named Goose. All the two children have is a tent, their bags of clothes, the firefly cloak they'd used for covers the night before, and a phone number printed in magic marker on Travis' back. Tessa Lee knows that her momma and Goose have skedaddled in a car with recently changed license plates. She just doesn't know why.

    shopgirl says: "Wow!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    I picked this for Jenna Lamia's narration, believing she does the best Southern accent I've heard, distinctive without being overdone. I ended by being completely captivated by the story-tragic, humorous and unsentimental-and by the lively, brave Tessa Lee. I disagree with the reviewer who thought it dragged. At the end, I was wishing for six more chapters or so.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2630)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2362)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Oh, yuck!"
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    I can't believe I persevered all the way to the end of this annoying book. I have to say that the narrator's breathless style probably sounded exactly the way I would expect these characters to sound. It was easier to take as the story went along. The character of the daughter at least had the excuse of being a young teenager. None of the other characters had any good excuse for their behavior. I kept hoping I would like Bernadette better as I learned more about her, but it was just the opposite. The only plot twist that was mildly interesting, which came late in the book, was never fully resolved. (I'm leaving it out so as not to spoil the surprise, but I might be doing everybody a favor if I revealed it to save people the trouble of reading the whole thing.) Under all the laughs, this seemed to be a mean spirited sort of book, full of condescending humor toward everyone not as brilliant and special as Bernadette and her daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jill McCorkle
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Too Bad"
    "Won Me Over"
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    I got this because I really liked Tending Virginia years ago & because I like southern writers. The narrator was okay, though I wish she had asked some old person like me how to pronounce Serutan and I wished for someone who could have added an authentic Southern accent, like Jenna Lamia. I initially had some of the reservations of some of the other reviewers. I couldn't get the characters straight. They seemed to be wandering aimlessly. Then everybody clicked into place about a third of the way through, and although most of them didn't do what I expected or wanted them to, I got attached to them. They were unpredictable, foolish, reckless and wise. I got so I wanted to check in with them every day, just to see what they were up to, even if I only had ten free minutes. Even the ending, which caught me and apparently 90% of the other reviewers by surprise, felt heartbreaking, unexpected and irreversible, just like real life. To me, the measure of a good book is whether it sticks with me after I have finished it, and I think this one will be with me for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (2045)
    Story
    (2032)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Nice surprise"
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    It's been a long time since I was so thoroughly surprised by a book. I was amazed that some reviewers found it predictable. A time or two, there was a plot twist that made me gasp out loud. There were uneven spots, but overall I found the book and characters captivating. It is good to be reminded how far women in our country have come since the 1920's.

    I was drawn to this book because I was born in Kansas and lived there as a small child. I haven't been back as an adult, so can't argue with the reviewers who thought the accent was wrong, but Elizabeth McGovern's reading immediately brought back the voice of my Kansas grandmother which I haven't heard in over forty years.

    I have a comment about the reviewer who found Louise to be too sophisticated and confident for a girl who had been sexually abused. As a therapist, I treated many young women survivors of sexual abuse who were pseudo-mature and confident, but whose lives were a mess and full of pain under the surface, which is how I saw Louise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Haven Kimmel
    • Narrated By Haven Kimmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (79)

    When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period - people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

    shopgirl says: "Beautifully written, beautifully read."
    "Beautifully written, beautifully read."
    Overall

    I hurried to read this after stumbling onto the author's novel, Something Rising Light & Swift, and being bowled over by Haven Kimmel's clear and quirky style. I loved this memoir, her unsentimental and affectionate take on her slightly odd family and her little town and her dry humor. Her reading was perfect. I've recommended this book to everyone I know.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Katharine Hepburn: A Tribute

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Giuliano
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Giuliano
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Katharine Hepburn: A Tribute profiles the patrician beauty's acting triumphs and sorrows: her carefree childhood marred by her brother's death; her rise from stage to movies; her combative love affair with Spencer Tracy, and her retirement in Connecticut. You'll hear from Hepburn herself along with intimate interviews from family and friends.

    shopgirl says: "A big disappointment"
    "A big disappointment"
    Overall

    I'll bet I wasn't the only listener who ordered this book believing it to be the recent best-seller-list biography published shortly after her death. There were interesting tidbits, but the fawning descriptions of "this remarkable actress," etc. in almost every paragraph and the Hollywood-hype reading by the narrator had me feeling that I was listening to a publicity blurb from the forties. It also had the effect of presenting Ms. Hepburn as an icon, not a human being, which got pretty dull after a while. I hope Audible offers the other biography, the name of which, of course, escapes me right now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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