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  • Happy Family

  • By: Tracy Barone
  • Narrated by: Courtney Patterson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

In 1962 a pregnant girl staggers into a health clinic, gives birth, and flees. A foster family takes the baby in, and an unlikely couple, their lives unspooling from the recent death of their infant, adopts her. Forty years and many secrets and lies later, Cheri Matzner is all grown up and falling apart. Ironic and fierce, she's a former cop turned disgruntled academic, a frustrated wife trying to get pregnant, an iconoclastic daughter bearing war wounds from her dysfunctional family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Marie E on 06-05-16

One dimensional characters, stereotypes

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator was excellent and the best part of this audio book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tracy Barone again?

No, her protagonist was an obnoxious teenager who grew to be an obnoxious adult.

Which character – as performed by Courtney Patterson – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the narrator's performance of the mother, Cece.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment at the lack of depth of the characters was my reaction.

Any additional comments?

The end of the book showed the main character having a baby on her own after a night of drunken sex. The protagonist never grew up into an adult. It was sad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Influence

  • A Novel
  • By: Joyce Maynard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Maynard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet by taking portraits of schoolchildren and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He's drifting away from her fast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Paper-Thin Caricatures Inhabit PG-13 Morality Tale

  • By Gretchen SLP on 03-12-16

A talented writer becomes a pawn for the media

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story seems obligated to include the talking points of the liberal media.
Rich people must be bad and corrupt. Poor people are better. The best people
are the illegals who come from Central America.

If you’ve listened to books by Joyce Maynard before, how does this one compare?

I have read and enjoyed books by Joyce Maynard before, but never felt that she
had to suck up to the liberal media to have her book published.

Which character – as performed by Joyce Maynard – was your favorite?

Joyce Maynard did an excellent job of narrating her own novel.

Did Under the Influence inspire you to do anything?

I remember Maynard's essay in the New York Times Magazine section when she was in college. I will be very hesitant to read her other novels because it may be more propaganda from the liberal press.

Any additional comments?

Your novels would be much better when you don't have to push a liberal agenda.

0 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 18,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,211

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

Some Surprising Disappointments

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

What disappointed you about Orphan Train?

I was disappointed that the author created an unappealing character (Dina) and then described her as someone who listens to conservative radio. The author has a bias
against people who may have opinions other than hers. There was no need to bring
politics into the story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

It will be literary fiction.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was not consistent in her use of an Irish accent.

What character would you cut from Orphan Train?

I would not elminate any characters.

Any additional comments?

The character of Molly was such an obnoxious teenager that it was difficult to be
sympathetic to her.

  • Flame Tree Road

  • By: Shona Patel
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

India, 1870s. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood - shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance - Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An ourstanding narrator with an outstanding story

  • By GB on 07-12-15

An ourstanding narrator with an outstanding story

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

Would you listen to Flame Tree Road again? Why?

I might read the book, but I prefer not to repeat an audio book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flame Tree Road?

The dialogue spoken by Neil Shah was most memorable. Whether he was speaking as a male or female, young or old, English or Indian, his characters were believeable.

Which character – as performed by Neil Shah – was your favorite?

Biren, the main character was my favorite.

Any additional comments?

I liked that some of the events were unexpected and presented an interesting twist to the plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Buried Giant

  • A Novel
  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751

"You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..." The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beauty of the reveal

  • By Pete on 03-17-15

A Disappointing Book for me

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think someone who likes books like "Lord of the Rings" or stoies that take place in Sherwood Forest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kazuo Ishiguro again?

Yes, I loved "When we were Orphans." I would try another book by Ishiguro.

Which character – as performed by David Horovitch – was your favorite?

The husband, especially when he called his wife, "Princess."

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Buried Giant?

I would concentrate more on the diaglogue and less on the descriptions of the setting.

Any additional comments?

I think the narrator did a superb job of becoming the different characters.

  • When We Were Orphans

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just short of 5 stars

  • By Everett Leiter on 05-26-06

An Outstanding Narrator reads an Outstanding Book

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will listen to another book by the same author.

How could the performance have been better?

John Lee brought out every character with his amazing narration. I hope to hear from him again in future books.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It was interesting to see how growing up in 2 different countries (England and China) had major influences on the main character.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful