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  • The Wife's Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Mary Gooch was once young and slender and carefree. But with each passing year she's accumulated an excess of pounds and worries. On the eve of her 25th wedding anniversary, her handsome husband does not come home. Shocked out of her inertia, Mary boards a plane for the first time and begins a desperate search. With a surge of energy that she hasn't felt in years, Mary fights for her husband while she reflects upon a life half lived.

    Cassandra L. Vidler says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "Insipid!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A non-thinking female. The story was so improbable and contained ridiculous coincidences. Ending was unsatisfying.


    What could Lori Lansens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less religious overtones. And a story that might have a stronger ring of truth to it. This was soooo farfetched.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wife's Tale?

    Probably the ending. We never find out where the husband is or why he left or why he withdraws vast amounts of money. I think even the author couldn't stand the story anymore so she just ended it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9856)
    Performance
    (9020)
    Story
    (9034)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    Cynthia says: "What a slog"
    "Best Audible book yet!"
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    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, memorable, delicious!


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    Donna Tartt's The Secret History has some similar elements but I think this book is her grand slam.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Boris. He was complicated, philosophical and unpredictable.


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

    How a split decision made during a crisis changed the course of many lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I can only hope Donna Tartt gets the recognition she deserves for writing a spectacular story. Additionally, the narrator, David Pittu, added another critical dimension to the book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape.

    Bunny says: "Kleenex required"
    "The Worst!"
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    Would you try another book from Kristin Hannah and/or Suzanne Toren?

    The story in this book is soo implausible that it's ridiculous. Farfetched and sappy. The techniques used for radio and/or telephone communication were unnecessary and distracting. The voices used to mimic children all seemed to have a lisp. The accent for the father was unexplained. This was a complete waste of time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Hannah again?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    See #1.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book was mischaracterized ad Comtemporary Literature. Wrong. This is chick lit. Get it right so I do not have to suffer any further. Ms. Hannah is hardly in the same class as John Irving.
    When both the leading female characters end up n love with their respective Prince Charming's = Chick Lit.!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3768)
    Performance
    (2674)
    Story
    (2679)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "A MUST"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Prayer for Owen Meany the most enjoyable?

    The narrator had superb pacing. Of course, he also had the beautiful prose of John Irving to work with.


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

    A story of an unusual and fascinating friendship.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is on my favorites list. A book that can enjoyed over & over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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