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Where'd You Go, Bernadette audiobook cover art

Hilarious Reality

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

What did you love best about Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

The joy, honesty, and sarcasm used by the characters to tell the story. The relevance of reference to current culture. Using current technology as a method to deliver storyline and develop characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bernadette because she is hilarious and honest about her agoraphobia, her disdain for current culture of overer- parenting, her rotten and hopeless feelings and her hanging in there until she rediscovered her passion for life.

What does Kathleen Wilhoite bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narration jumped out of my ear phones and into my heart and thoughts. Beautiful transitions from Bee to Bernadette, to the various supporting characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Bernadette leaves the house and finds her life.

Any additional comments?

Loved this book,

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Drawn in by then Darkness

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

Story line told from several character's perspectives. Fast pace while still proving plenty of background for character development and historical context of complies relationships.

What did you like best about this story?

Style of unraveling through many eyes.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narration brought richness to characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have easily. However, taking breaks to think about the storyline, plot development, and the characters brought additional connection with them and the protagonist's mission.

Any additional comments?

Dark, sad and, frightening could describe the feel of this story; yet, hope, perseverance, even love are threaded through the tapestry of a tale of a family facing poverty, children living as outcasts, adults trying to do right for their children, and ultimately triumph of the very children who survived a tragedy unimaginable to most.

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A little bit different...

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. JJ always writes a superb story, develops characters well and her narration is sweet as honey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Someone Else's Love Story?

Returning home, realizing what home really means and who home really is.

Have you listened to any of Joshilyn Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

All of JJ's performances. This was a little different. In past stories I have enjoyed the perspective and interaction between two or more of her wonderful female characters. I did not feel the protagonist in the story had a strong female relationship thread through the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I would listen to that sweet southern syrup of a voice all day long.

Any additional comments?

Still love JJ, but this was my first JJ story I in which was not 100% engrossed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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wanted to love this book

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

Reviewed: 04-03-14

Would you try another book from Jean Hanff Korelitz and/or Christina Delaine?

perhaps one more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry. He was depicted as almost always calm and a mature young boy. He did have secrets- but not revealed until later part of book.

What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s performance?

consistent, very good with change-up to Henry and Grandpa.

Did You Should Have Known inspire you to do anything?

not reallly

Any additional comments?

waiting for something more to happen. plot line was predictable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Heartfelt Culinary Story of Love

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Place at the Table to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version so I can not compare the experience between print and audio.

What did you like best about this story?

Literary use of culinary technique and food procurement, preparation and presentation to tell the story and develop the rich characters.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Flowed, transitioned well between characters. Voice added to characters' development and made me feel as though I was right there, observing conversations.

Who was the most memorable character of A Place at the Table and why?

Impossible to choose- each character was very real, rich and likable.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story about love, forgiveness, family, friendship, all topped off with good food!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A story of unconditional love

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

If you could sum up And Then it Happened in three words, what would they be?

committed unconditional love

What did you like best about this story?

The main character's passion, persistence and sense of humor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mel's acceptance of a "different" Adam.

Any additional comments?

This is a great tale of love overcoming tragedy, undying commitment, trust and acceptance.

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A Good, Quirky, Thoughtful Read

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend The Good House to a friend for a quirky tale with terrific characters.

What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

She sounds just as I imagined the main character to sound. Her inflection and timing is outstanding. Hilarious and deeply moving, she brought the book to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the main character analyzes her own behavior, first through denial, then with the help of her love interest.

Any additional comments?

The subject matter of alcoholism is very, very serious. The Good House presents an uncanny first person account of the highs and deep lows of drinking too much. The story is sprinkled with just enough small town happenings, gossip, and mystery to keep the book from being too depressing. A wild ride into the lives of a small New England community.

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New Favorite Author & Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, absolutely! Joshilyn Jackson weaves a tale with humor, grit, honest character introspection and delicious gumption. I laughed, cried, and became so involved with each character I could not wait to listen to another chapter. Jackson's narration is outstanding! Her voice is charming, funny, authentic and truly brings the characters to life. Kudos!

What did you like best about this story?

Glorious details bought characters to life. The story is part mystery,part straight-up humor, part family (dys) function, part humor, part sorrow and 100% engaging. Jackson's narration is superb. She brought me right into the story with her dialect, inflection, timing and grit.

Have you listened to any of Joshilyn Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. All of them! Grown-Up Kind of Pretty was my first introduction to Jackson's writing. I was hooked and listened to every book available. I am ready to listen a second time around, just to revisit the characters and listen to the superb narration.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Tale of Secrets, Survival and the Power of Family (Love/Bonds/)

Any additional comments?

I can not wait for more Joshilyn Jackson. Unlike many authors of popular fiction featuring strong women and family, she is not formulaic. Her rich details of the characters, the time and location settings, and the non-character elements bring depth to her stories without using wasted words. Every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter is engaging and truly a supporting role in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved reading the book

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

Reviewed: 01-13-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Since I read the book several years ago, I thought the audio version would be a nice revisit. The performance fell short.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jeanette- she is a tenacious, bold survivor. She cared for her siblings when her parents could or would not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeannette Walls’s performances?

Not audio, unless a different narration. The performance fell flat. The magic present in the voices of her characters is lost. I "heard" so much more passion, anger, frustration, pain, shame, pride, love and innocence on the pages of her books.

Did The Glass Castle inspire you to do anything?

Open my eyes to poverty in my own backyard; be grateful for my parents and family, take nothing for granite.

Any additional comments?

Walls is one of our times best writers of non-fiction "fiction", memoirs, "real life stories". Enjoy her gift of words on paper (or kindle) to receive richest experience.