At fifty-three, Maggie Harris has a good marriage and two mostly happy children. Perpetually anxious, she’s also accumulated a list of semi-reasonable fears: falling air conditioners, the IRS, identity theft, skydiving, and airbag recalls. But never once did Maggie worry that her husband of nearly thirty years would leave her.
While this story does not mirror my life's events, Maggie and I are the exact same age and her inner dialogue does. There was a poetry in the descriptions and an honesty in the emotions. Adventure is not limited to scaling mountains or jumping out of planes. This was a lovely story of a woman I would like to have as a friend.
Oh, and my swearing as a title, came at the end.... in the description of her mother's final words. The simple beauty touched me.
At age 11, Alex Sinclair pledges an oath to the Duke of Chatham promising to serve and protect his illegitimate daughter, Lucy FitzHarris. Nine years later, the duke unexpectedly takes Alex up on his vow, offering the future Laird of Balforss his daughter's hand in marriage. Now a man, hotheaded Alex has difficulty convincing Lucy - who would rather starve to death than marry a vulgar Scot - to go through with the arranged marriage.
Characters with depth, charm and personality - a great find in a lovely escape in this Scottish romance. These are people I enjoyed spending time with.
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Carved close to the original Greek, acclaimed classicist Caroline Alexander's new translation is swift and lean, with the driving cadence of its source - a translation epic in scale yet devastating in its precision and power.
After having read Why Homer Matters (by Adam Nicolson), I tasked myself to read the source material, having never read it in my formal education. I managed to get half way through a different adaptation when it became a chore to continue so I abandoned listening. Recently, I was highly recommended this translation and I'm glad I gave it another try. The introduction alone gave a succinct encapsulation of "why Homer matters". The Iliad is the source of all storytelling and this translation was incredibly fluid and the narration was completely engaging! I was swept into the drama (which I felt lacking in my last attempt) and I think I would listen to anything read by this narrator.
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Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.
I had this book in my library before I knew it was going to be a film with Helen Mirren, so when I saw the preview I rushed to listen.
It's a passable book with a good germ of a story. But it never delved into character. It was more of the protagonist reading his datebook/journal with no real depth of feeling.
Listening to the narrator do the French accents, was like listening to Inspector Clouseau. I look forward to the film and Ms. Mirren breathing life into a cliché relationship.
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Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.
This book is formulaic, predictable, the characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is flat and even the sex is dull! I am not a romance book snob, and I like a good romp as much as anyone - and it does not need to be great literature - but I found myself "talking back" to the narration in annoyance! It did not seem like a real book, but a template or outline for a romance novel and you fill in the color. I do NOT understand how it got all these good reviews! (so I am adding in another voice)
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I have already recommended this book to both my teens - as well as my reader friends. These characters are so vivid, so likeable, so real that I know they will stay with me as if they were a part of my real life.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I can't pinpoint one. The two main protagonists - Hazel & Gus have an authentic connection and their conversations are beautiful. The sarcasm intermingled with fear and joy are beautifully balanced.
Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but I will consider her perfomances a selling point to any download purchase.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did both. In fact, I re-listened to it the second I finished it... back to back listens to savor the characters, story & emotions.
Any additional comments?
With all the fantasy, post apocalyptic world, vampire stories for young adults - it was so refreshing to read a slice of life story with real people and emotions. Readers will be stirred to ask questions and examine lives. Beautiful book.
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
There are plenty of reviews to give you the gist of the plot - but I had to put it out there that my 12 year old daughter, who resists reading at every turn, fell in love with this book as well as its sequel. She loved the characters, the way they were developed and interacted and really grew to care for them. My 15 year old son disdains some similarities to Hunger Games, but I believe the story and characters are different enough to set them apart. It was a fun read and my daughter and I both look forward to book three!
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
I gave into peer pressure as I just had to see why EVERYONE around me was reading this book! This is an erotic romance. There are tons out there to choose from. The author has a LOT of "inspiration" from Twilight; it's not hard to spot parallel scenes. This is a story of obsessive attraction with an x rating (and no vampires). My guess to the fuss is that the level of story was good for this genre and I did enjoy the interplay (verbal) of the characters. The narration NEEDS to be addressed - it is very weak and there are distractions... my two biggest peeves are the reading of EACH AND EVERY heading AND signatures of the emails exchanged AND - the narrator most often mispronounces "Christian" - making it sound like "crust-shun". Awful!
Reading this book is like eating cheese doodles - not at all nutritious, but enjoyable in the moment.
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Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.
I never understood the genius of this icon, or why he has become such a force of nature. Listening to this book has made it crystal clear! William Shatner is a character. Bill is an inspirational, no nonsense, talented, funny, honest, ambitious, hard working, authentic man. Bill explains how Shatner succeeded and continues to succeed. The book is so well paced and delivered that I'm sure it's better listened to than read. Mr. Shatner shares the wisdom & candid anecdotes of his 80 years, and his "tips" on attitude and success. While not a Trekkie, I understand the appeal of the franchise and its impact on pop culture. This is not a book for written for Trek fans only. If you want something in the smart/funny vein of Tina Fey's Bossypants, say YES to this book!
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“Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Consistency of story and depth of charachters.
What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Spent more time on story and less time on finding ways to gross out the reader.
What three words best describe Tai Sammons???s voice?
young, energetic, engaging.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Damned?
There are too many to choose from. Ask me which I'd keep.... and my answer would be the scenes alone at school over holiday break.
Any additional comments?
The narration kept me going as far as I went, but I coudn't give any more hours of my life to a story and a character that was engulfed by pointless, childish, bodily fluid centered grossness. I thought this might have been targeted as a Young Adult book, but there is no way I'd point anyone I know, at any age in this direction.