Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.
If you could sum up Allie and Bea in three words, what would they be?
Heartwarming, emotional and exciting in all the right places.
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There is a realness to this story that is hard to create for most writers. Amazing how someone can turn such hard topics and situations into a book that leaves you feeling uplifted and hopeful.
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A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.
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Eddie Redmayne's performance is perfect, but even his soothing voice isn't enough to pull me through this enjoyably in one sitting. Great for those who want to learn about the beasts, but don't expect a story as this really is a dictionary/encyclopedia. Disappointed in the poor quality of some sections too - you can tell they recorded some separately using a poor device. Would rather have the hardcopy as a keepsake then something to actually go back and listen/read over and over.
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!
Fantastic narrator. Already a fan that has read the book and also seen the movie. Hearing it read was equally as exciting as the narration was spot on.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
One of the most perfect books i've listened to or read in ages. Throughout the book, you experience many different emotions, but it never feels like a rollercoaster, it's all so perfectly balanced. Strange, hilarious, romantic, suspenseful, shocking and heartbreaking. This has it all. Eleanor Oliphant is a must listen.
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Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Loved Louise! You feel empathy for her and sympathy for how much she tries, but at the same time you wish you could shake some sense into her throughout the whole book. I adored her as a character and loved how human she was. Her responses to things weren't perfect, but that's what real life is like!
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The story was a great listen, but it wouldn't be for those looking for logical explanations. There's no possible way you would be able to guess the ending, so for those who enjoy playing detective along the way...you may get a bit frustrated by this at the end.
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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.
brilliant story and was a pleasure to listen to with such an excellent narrator. there are some moments in the story that are harder to get through, but push through them as the story keeps getting better and better all the way until the end. glad I didn't quit as it has now become a favourite!
"You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."
Liked the content and behind the scenes look into media manipulation. Would recommend a hard copy as the audio narration was hard to listen to at times.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.
Easy to listen to with some funny moments. Not a book that will change your life, but a pleasant book on how appearances can be deceiving. Even to those who are doing the appearing!
Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
I ploughed through this in 2 days because I simply couldn't stop listening. Thrilling and kept me on my toes. The narration was perfection and the pace was just right. Must read/listen!
No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.
Purchased this book on a whim and was very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful crime thriller story with comedic touches that keep it light. The characters were wonderful and the pace was perfect. Not a book I would read over and over, but I would recommend to anyone looking for a good story.
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