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  • Coral Glynn

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Cameron
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Coral Glynn arrives at Hart House, an isolated manse in the English countryside, early in the very wet spring of 1950, to nurse the elderly Mrs. Hart. Hart House is also inhabited by a perpetually disgruntled housekeeper and Major Clement Hart, Mrs. Hart's war-ravaged son, who is struggling to come to terms with his latent homosexuality. When a child's game goes violently awry in the woods surrounding Hart House, a great shadow - love, perhaps - descends upon its inhabitants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "We All Want More But Few of Us Get It"

  • By Bonnie Brody on 05-05-12

A pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

I listened to this after hearing a radio review compare it to Jane Eyre and though the stories aren't similar per se, I was not disappointed. It was if the story were going to explode at certain points there were so many people straining to be polite and NOT saying what was on their minds. A great listen.

  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

  • A Memoir of a Woman's Life
  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Anna Quindlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen!

  • By Sheila A. Dechantal on 05-12-12

Too smug

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

Reviewed: 09-16-12

I've loved Quindlen's writing but she came off a bit self-satisfied here. Even when she's "criticizing" herself, she seems to be doing so in a way designed to remind us of how important she is, how much better than the rest of us. So surprising to me given that her other stuff always seemed so human.

To be fair, I only made it about 1/3 of the way in -- there's a description of other couples at a party that was the last straw, poor sniping unhappy stooges! -- so maybe it got better. Maybe it was her own flat reading of it. Hard to say, but I do not recommend. Obviously plenty of others do, so I must be missing something here!

  • The Leftovers

  • By: Tom Perrotta
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The title is the best part

  • By Pamela Harvey on 09-03-11

Imaginative, compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

A unique tale almost deceptively simple in its telling. This was a terrific book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,285

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What book did others hear?

  • By Tenizmom on 09-20-12

This needed a serious editing

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

Reviewed: 12-12-11

I'm obviously the odd person out, but I truly can't see what others saw in this. I don't mind long books -- love them, in fact -- and I like Stephen King and time travel and the era of late 50s to early 60s in the U.S...what could go wrong? Well, to me, this book was bloated. The story underneath all the over-explaining is pretty good, so it was shame to handicap it with such heft. And the repetition! Goodness, at one point I considered starting a tally of the number of times I heard, "the past is obdurate." I get it! I get it!

This one was a miss for me.

112 of 144 people found this review helpful