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  • The Fall of Lisa Bellow

  • By: Susan Perabo
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

A masked man with a gun enters a sandwich shop in broad daylight, and Meredith Oliver suddenly finds herself ordered to the filthy floor, where she cowers face to face with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow, the most popular girl in her eighth-grade class. The minutes tick inexorably by, and Meredith lurches between comforting the sobbing Lisa and imagining her own impending death. Then the man orders Lisa Bellow to stand and come with him, leaving Meredith the girl left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect tone.

  • By Life is Good on 10-20-17

A Gripping, Fast-Paced Read

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fall of Lisa Bellow to be better than the print version?

Equally good.

What did you like best about this story?

I was immediately immersed in the story and cared about the characters: Meredith and her family. And Lisa's mother, Colleen.

If you could take any character from The Fall of Lisa Bellow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Clare. She was a strong, flawed, and honest mother.

Any additional comments?

If you would like to lose yourself in a fast-paced, suspenseful, and beautiful writing then listen to this novel! Susan Perabo is an excellent, gifted writer. The story of how the Oliver family attempts to cope with tragedy and survival is gripping. This novel captures the complexity of trying to cope with unforeseen, tragic circumstances, and their consequences. Reading this novel will not only immerse you in the world of the Oliver family but it will change you in how you view life and all its unpredictable elements.Perabo has once again created an entertaining, complex, and moving story. Madeleine Maby offered a smooth and clear read, letting Perabo's words illicit the story vs. her acting. I highly recommend this audiobook of Perabo's novel.

  • The Arrangement

  • By: Ashley Warlick
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is young, restlessly married, and returning from her first sojourn in France. She is hungry, and not just for food: She wants Tim, her husband Al's charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. After a night's transgression, it's only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SUCH A DELICIOUS STORY THAT YOU'LL WANT SECONDS

  • By Priscilla F Bourgoine on 04-14-16

SUCH A DELICIOUS STORY THAT YOU'LL WANT SECONDS

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

What did you love best about The Arrangement?

The gorgeous language. Warlick's prose evokes emotion with deftness.

What other book might you compare The Arrangement to and why?

The subtle and sensual writing of Virginia Woolf, like MRS. DALLOWAY and Michael Cunningham's THE HOURS.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

She let Warlick's words be the star.

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

YES! I devoured this elegant story one bite at a time and so wanted more and more. I wish the story never ended.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for Warlick's next book!

  • Dept. of Speculation

  • By: Jenny Offill
  • Narrated by: Jenny Offill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 462

"The Wife" once exchanged love letters with her husband, coyly postmarked the Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes -the arrival of a child and, later, a lover - the Wife puzzles over the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and romantic love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I found the Heroine dislikable

  • By Isabelle on 12-29-14

Achingly Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

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

Absolutely! Offill's use of language is intoxicating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The woman. This main character exposes her shadow self; all of the real emotions most of us feel when we've been betrayed.

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

It was a delight to hear the author's own voice read her own striking prose.

If you could take any character from Dept. of Speculation out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The woman. I like honest and courageous people, who have chosen to survive ugly things. Depth of character can only come from a life lived with scars.

  • My Name Is Lucy Barton

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,867

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Because we all love imperfectly.

  • By Bonny on 01-15-16

Profound Mediation on Love

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Would you listen to My Name Is Lucy Barton again? Why?

Yes. Don't let the simple unfolding fool you--Strout layers the real rich and complicated facets of mother-daughter love in a slow burn throughout these resonating pages.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucy. She gives others understanding and the opportunity to redeem themselves and when they don't she stays connected to them as best she can.

Which scene was your favorite?

I lost myself in the entire novella.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Georgia

  • A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe
  • By: Dawn Tripp
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Georgia O'Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist come vividly to life in this sensual and exquisitely written novel, a dazzling departure into historical fiction by the acclaimed novelist Dawn Tripp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Titillating and Brilliant

  • By Priscilla F Bourgoine on 03-17-16

Titillating and Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

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

Senual, Bold, Suspenseful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Georgia?

Georgia's Handling of the Mural Job in NYC without Steiglitz's help.

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

Her emphasis of Tripp's beautiful sentences have just the right touch.

Who was the most memorable character of Georgia and why?

Georgia: she was a trail-blazing female artist who has yet to get her due in the artistic canon!

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this gorgeous and intoxicating read about not just a love story between to iconic artists, but a woman's drive to realize, protect and pursue her dream despite an unwelcoming world for a devoted artistic woman.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Barefoot to Avalon

  • A Brother's Story
  • By: David Payne
  • Narrated by: David Payne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

In 2000, while moving his household from Vermont to North Carolina, David Payne watched from his rearview mirror as his younger brother, George A., driving behind him in a two-man convoy of rental trucks, lost control of his vehicle, fishtailed, flipped over in the road, and died instantly. Soon thereafter, David's life hit a downward spiral. His career came to a standstill, his marriage disintegrated, and his drinking went from a cocktail-hour indulgence to a full-blown addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Susan Newcomb on 04-01-16

Heartwarming and Engrossing Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

If you could sum up Barefoot to Avalon in three words, what would they be?

Moving, Suspenseful, Haunting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Barefoot to Avalon?

David's circling back to the awful car accident that claimed his brother's life.

Which scene was your favorite?

George A. and David packing up Daivd's Vermont home--the day before the awful accident.

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

YES!

Any additional comments?

Payne writes with gorgeous, lyrical prose.His words are musical to the ear.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful