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  • Mrs. Fletcher

  • By: Tom Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Finn Wittrock, Carrie Coon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A 46-year-old divorcée whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, "U R my MILF!" Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. Before long, Eve's online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual for Tom Perrotta, very entertaining!

  • By Denise on 12-20-17

i found it hard to care

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I'm a Tom Perotta darn but this was good weakest, for me. I couldn't relate to any of the characters or understand their overall weakness. They just seem generally misdirected, self-absorbed, and not really interested outside their own sphere but there was no explanation as for why they were so self Centric. I think I need more background and better character development

  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort's own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story of extraordinary life - Too long

  • By Jjftx on 03-27-14

Disappointing & over-the-top self-aggrandizing

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

What disappointed you about The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

The story was just over-dramatic, and the protagonist's sarcasm and faux self-deprecation were intolerable. I had to turn it off.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jordan Belfort? Why or why not?

Probably not. It's not my genre.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Meyers?

Richard Poe, Holter Graham

What character would you cut from The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

Whoever the main character is, and the girlfriend, and the wall street guys. Oh, wait, that's the entire ensemble.

Any additional comments?

If you're into Grisham-type antics, and over-dramatized stories evocative of a high school boy having his 1st "experience," this is for you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Underworld

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 31 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CYBEX burned into my eyes

  • By Ruth Ann Orlansky on 07-01-12

Don Delillo's Best, Flawlessly read

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

Reviewed: 04-27-14

Would you listen to Underworld again? Why?

Absolutely. In fact, I've gone back and re-listened to several chapters. It took me forever to get through this as I kept going back to savor passages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Underworld?

The parts of a shoe, Matt's chats with his colleague at the desert lab, Clara Sax "ride" with her "childhood" friend, Nick's chat with his co-worker re: "dietrologia." DeLillo's overall fascination with language stirred me to many lookups. The sisters in the 'hood.

Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

Like other male readers, he's weak on women. But his readings for Nick and the priest were my favorites.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just dread of the impending end. It's hard for me to break up with a book I love when I reach the end.

Any additional comments?

Just additional kudos to the reader. Nuance, accents (not overdone), Poe really evoked each character individually. His voice is narcotic with inducing sleep.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,679

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

A more than "adequate" veiw

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

deliberate, layered, original

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

Pasquale, aged and trying to make sense of a self-absorbed Hollywood agent.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Just not my taste...he was OK, and I did appreciate his authentic Italian pronunciations, but his voice is just a little too narcotic for me.

Any additional comments?

This led me to read the rest of Jess Walters' books. The one regret I had with this book is that the author's sleep-inducing (for me, anyway) delivery caused me to miss and repeat many parts of the book. I'd probably rather have read it, so I could give it the attention it deserved.

  • Canada

  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 639

When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous writing

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 07-06-12

Not for the impatient...

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

Reviewed: 08-09-13

Would you listen to Canada again? Why?

Yes, the narrator did an exceptional job of invoking both the hesitation and uncertainty of a sheltered and inexperienced adolescent whose life is thrown in to turmoil...twice. Yet, he's a deep thinker, pensive, and observant. I loved this character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Canada?

Dell's inner thoughts and how he tries to make sense of experiences well beyond his years and outside a "normal" life.

Any additional comments?

Again - this is not a good read for for those who need a stimulating story - or who are in a fast-paced mood. This is a story for a mood of thinking, pondering, and allowing yourself to fall into the pace of a young boy's emerging self.