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Lisa M. Bondi

Fairfield, Ct
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  • Orange is the New Black

  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • By: Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,816

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year, so far

  • By Mark on 03-31-14

Nothing alike

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

after loving the netflix version I'd have to say in this case the book isn't always better!

  • The Way Life Should Be

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn't want and a life that seems to have somehow just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, but she never seems to have the time for it - these days, her oven holds only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a photo from a magazine of a tidy cottage on the coast of Maine - a charming reminder of a life that could be hers if she could only muster the courage to go after it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Simple story

  • By Dianna Bogart on 06-09-15

eh

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

ut starts out slow and disappointing but had a strong middle and ok ending. I had much higher hopes after reading her last book. seemed like different authors

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,313

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

great historical account

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Adored this story watching a young girl to adulthoood. truly shows we all have a story behind us that doesn't have to hold us back in life!

  • The Lost Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Alyson Richman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,559

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST book I have read in a long time

  • By Kfcarter on 11-04-13

iffy ending

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

loved the narrators, story and almost the entire book until the end. It just seemed like the whole book was leading to the end obviously don't all books? but this one especially and it was kind of an abrupt end.