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Beth Anne

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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  • Crosstalk

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 676

In a not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure that has been promised to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. So when Briddey Flannigan's fiancé proposes that he and Briddey undergo the procedure, she is delighted! Only, the results aren't quite as expected. Instead of gaining an increased empathetic link with her fiancé, Briddey finds herself hearing the actual thoughts of one of the nerdiest techs in her office. And that's the least of her problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn when to say no

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-17

I wish there was a 0 star choice

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-17

this was one of the worst books I have ever listened to. Connie Willis blew me away with Blackout and All Clear, but this book was really awful. It's supposed to be a satire, but it's really just awful. it's unlistenable. Every character is dumb and awful.

Briddey is one of the WORST FEMALE CHARACTERS EVER WRITTEN. honestly, she's stupid, trite, annoying, gullible, idiotic, annoying and just all around awful.

there is NOTHING redeemable about this book. I have nothing good to say so I'm going to stop talking.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Code

  • 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life
  • By: Sophia A. Nelson
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr, Sophia A. Nelson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Every woman lives by a code, whether she realizes it or not. It informs how she treats others and herself, how much she expects of herself, and how far she is willing to go in order to find success. But is the code we're living by truly helping us create the lives of purpose and fulfillment we desire? Or are we sacrificing the deeper things for mere achievement?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Leah on 02-14-15

didn't realize it would be so "spiritual"

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-16

i was not all that impressed with Ms. Nelson's 'groundbreaking' thoughts on how to break out of the female stereotype. and i did not expect this to be so religious. talking about 'your creator' in every chapter...returning this one. not really helpful to me at all.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite Home

  • By: Kathleen Alcott
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways - in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart - the renters struggle to navigate daily existence and soon come to realize that Edith's deteriorating mind and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, are the greatest challenges they must confront together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary feast

  • By Rosemary Benson on 08-21-15

unrealistic relationships w/ some redeeming parts

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

i liked this story and i didn't. i think the idea of it was really sweet -- but the reality of it maybe wasn't all that successful?

the characters were interesting...however unbelievable it is to think that these people would interact with each other in any personal and intimate way just because they lived in the same apartment building. the story went to so many weird places...i was especially disappointed in how Adeleine and Owen's interactions were played out...i find it utterly impossible that any of this would happen, no matter how fucked up they both were in their own ways.

as i think about it, if i keep writing this review, my rating will get lower...so I'm going to quit while the book is ahead.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Wild Swan

  • And Other Tales
  • By: Michael Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Lili Taylor, Billy Hough
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away - the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder - are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fairy tales updated for the modern adult set

  • By Beth Anne on 03-27-16

fairy tales updated for the modern adult set

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

there was only one story i didn't love in this collection. really well conceived, clever, sometimes edgy stories that put traditional fairy tale stories on their heads.

loved it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,420
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,402

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

PERFECTION!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

i was continually surprised by this book which really is refreshing in a thriller these days. i totally expected this story to go down one path, and instead it looped around and around and up to a totally different destination that i was wholeheartedly invested in.

the second person narrative, which disturbed me at first (not sure if it disturbed me because he was talking to "me" or because its such an underused literary tool), became perfect for Joe...telling his story.

i don't want to say too much because really it's a journey that you want to go on as a reader and so i recommend that you all do.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lightkeepers

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Geni
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 697

In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spooky and Strange

  • By Sara on 10-20-16

this story will haunt me for a long time

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

i didn't expect to like this book as much as i did. when i started, i thought it was actually going to bore me, but boy was i wrong. the language is sparse yet beautiful...great imagery...interesting characters and a well kept secret that keeps the book afloat.

i was moved and deeply affected by the choice of the author to use letters to the narrator's deceased mother as a way of moving the story along-- kind of heartbreaking, but really well done.

this is a sad solemn story, but somehow it feels like it needed to be told.

22 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • What Was Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Klein Ross
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Cassandra Campbell, Amanda Carlin, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 982

Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: She takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It's a secret she manages to keep for over two decades - from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends. When Lucy's now-grown daughter, Mia, discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Switching alliances

  • By Simone on 01-23-16

hurt my head deciding where my loyalty lie

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

crazy story of love and family and the grey area between right and wrong.

i flipped my view of both "mothers" back and forth as i read this from disgust to sympathy to wonderment. i think that the choices every single character in this story made were interesting, and helped to give me so much insight into how every emotion can challenge the conventions of what is right and wrong.

interesting read.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • And Again

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Chiarella
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 293

Would you live your life differently if you were given a second chance? Hannah, David, Connie, and Linda - four terminally ill patients - have been selected for the SUBlife pilot program, which will grant them brand-new, genetically perfect bodies that are exact copies of their former selves - without a single imperfection. Blemishes, scars, freckles, and wrinkles have all disappeared; their fingerprints are different; their vision is impeccable; and, most importantly, their illnesses have been cured.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I hoped

  • By Alice on 01-15-16

thought provoking and utterly heartbreaking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

i thought this novel was captivating. following these sad sad people rediscovering life after getting a second chance was actually heartbreaking. their lives before their operations were not ideal....their lives after were kind of worse. it's interesting because you imaging getting a second chance at life would be hopeful and happy and wondrous..and in this novel you see a different side of it. confusion, disappointment and fear. i can't stop thinking about it.

loved it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Every Day

  • By: David Levithan
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicted after the ending

  • By Sarah on 07-26-13

solid ya

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

i loved the concept of this book, it's unique and fascinating and quite thought provoking. for YA, this was written really well...not too smarmy, it got melodramatic in some places but what do you expect. i spent the entire book wondering where this road was going to take these two characters and was actually impressed with the decisions the author made.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,952

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

you'll become a fan of Department Q

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-16

this is the kind of well written, fast paced, thrilling novel i love. you've got your grumpy Nordic anti-hero cop who'd got a "past" that haunts him, and an attitude that doesn't help him...but that you end up loving him anyway. the crime was well thought out and scary as hell...even if the criminals were clunky, they were still menacing.

i'll definitely be reading the rest of the Department Q series...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful