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Rhonda Morrison

Worcester, MA
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  • My Dear Hamilton

  • A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

From the New York Times best-selling authors of America's First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton - a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written book, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before - not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eliza and Alexander Hamilton

  • By Betty on 04-15-18

BORING.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

tried to get into this but the momotone narration and lack of interesting story killed it for me.

  • Animal Dreams

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman's struggle to find her place in the world. At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, "If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She reads my heart

  • By Sue Spahr Hodges on 08-03-18

boring, boring, boring and I am a fan

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I suffered through to chapter 4 aching for this rather remose and dull character study to grab me, was very disappointed and gave up. No central plot right away to mold this conflagration of little character vignettes..and I love the author. But not this time.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,332

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

surprise ending, not thrilling but good mystery.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I wouldn't call this a true thriller but the characters and story were good. Good narration.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,821

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Chick Lit, plain and simple.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

No

What do you think your next listen will be?

Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

The narrator was fine, the plot just didn't capture me.

What character would you cut from The Husband's Secret?

All of them

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Defending Jacob

  • A Novel
  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,215

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific!

  • By cristina on 03-12-12

Boring, boring, boring.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

What disappointed you about Defending Jacob?

The characters, the plot, the story...

Would you ever listen to anything by William Landay again?

Not sure

Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

His voice was kind of flat and pitchy, but I don't know if his rather irritating voice took from what was a bad book or not.

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

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Don' waste your credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Always Watching

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 648

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire: Healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her - and learns of some troubling parallels to her own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page Turner, or a Great Listen!

  • By andrea on 07-02-13

Interesting character study, decent mystery.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-13

If you could sum up Always Watching in three words, what would they be?

Good story, interesting characters, a mystery that flows.

What other book might you compare Always Watching to and why?

None

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

She is n excellent reader, I enjoyed the performance.

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

No, but it kept my interest.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,069
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,067

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

This was a great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-13

What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this book, Arthur and Kel were believable, rich characters and their relationship was well crafted. Recommend!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

DULL, DULL, DULL

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

What would have made The Chaperone better?

What a waste of a credit, if you want the characters to anything interesting, don't read this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581

During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WARNING: FOOTBALL FOOTBALL FOOTBALL!

  • By Jennifer on 03-06-15

See the movie, for once it is better.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-13

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

I saw the movie before the book, and loved it, but found the book itself a bit dull
and pedestrian. It was just ok.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favs

  • By Gail on 06-23-05

Boring, boring, boring.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

What disappointed you about Behind the Scenes at the Museum?

I really tried to get into this book, liked the premise, liked the narrator, but just could not summon the interest needed to live with these characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful