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Grace Smith

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, US
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  • A Spark of Light

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Jodi Picoult
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,171

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center - a women’s reproductive health services clinic. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter. Then he finds out that his 15-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 10-05-18

Very thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Another great story well told and well researched on a very controversial topic. My only complaint is it jumped round in time so much that it was hard to follow at times.

  • 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 26,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,686

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

Meh

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I thought this over hyped story was predictable and I was disappointed with the ending.

  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 505

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Story Telling

  • By Mr. Johnny White on 08-02-18

Classic Anne Tyler

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Wonderful quirky characters making their way through life in equally quirky Baltimore. I loved it!

  • A Place for Us

  • A Novel
  • By: Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia, their headstrong eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 narrators for the win (after initial confusion)

  • By Josh A. on 07-02-18

Really interesting and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I read this based on a recommendation by Annie Jones from the podcast From the Front porch. She described it as a character study which made me hesitate, but I was interested in a story about a Muslim family in the US. The struggles based on faith in a western non Muslim world were really moving. I find myself wanting to talk about it, which for me, is a sign of a good read.

  • When Life Gives You Lululemons

  • A Devil Wears Prada Novel
  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Laura Benanti
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns are manicured, the Long Island iced teas are extra strong, and heads turn when an infamous new neighbor arrives for an extended long weekend. After Emily Charlton left Miranda Priestly and Runway magazine, she migrated to L.A with her husband, working as an image consultant to the stars. But recently Emily's lost a few clients. She's struggling. When the opportunity arrives to reinvent and relaunch a gorgeous former model whose mugshot graces the cover of the New York Post, Emily jumps at the chance. Relaunching Karolina is the big leagues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great reader! The acting was the best I've heard!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-18

Don’t waste your time

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I thought this would be as entertaining as the Devil Wears Prada, but sadly, no. Characters are vapid and story weak.

  • Dear Fahrenheit 451

  • Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks
  • By: Annie Spence
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Spicer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Librarians spend their lives weeding - not weeds, but books - books that have reached the end of their shelf life both literally and figuratively. They remove books that patrons no longer check out, and they put back books they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties - everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, she addresses those books directly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally captivating

  • By Grace Smith on 03-24-18

Totally captivating

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

I heard about this book on a podcast and immediately got it from audible because I love books about books. Author Annie Spence is funny, passionate about reading and books and has an interesting way of organizing her selections. I share her taste in many choices and will happily delve into those I haven’t read. Brava!

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  • The Vanity Fair Diaries

  • 1983-1992
  • By: Tina Brown
  • Narrated by: Tina Brown
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is something about the Brits...

  • By Sylvia on 12-11-17

Didn’t want it to end

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I really loved this book. It’s funny, provocative, inspiring and heart wrenching. I love her perspective on people and the events of the world happening during her early career. Hope they make a movie and cast Judi Dench.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Tendencies

  • The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too)
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779

Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin ( The Happiness Project; Better Than Before) reveals the surprising truth about the four hidden personality types that drive everything we do. Learn how to understand yourself better - and also how to influence others more effectively.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to it right away! Amazing!

  • By John Beddoe on 09-13-17

Well worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

This book is well written and helpful and I plan to reread it right away and take some notes for future use.
I had to give it a 4 star rating for performance because Gretchen spoke painfully slowly for me personally. However, I speeded up the pace to 1.5 and it was fine. Glad I have that option.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,506

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

I could not get into this book

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

This book was a snooze fest for me. I did like the descriptions of food and wine.

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,524

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen for Patchett fans

  • By Jeanie M. Phillips on 09-19-16

I wanted more

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I wanted more from this book. It felt choppy at times and confusing. Once I got all the characters down, it got better, but I kept expecting something big to happen and it never did.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful