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  • The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

  • A Novel
  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Deepti Gupta
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

 

The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia were never close and barely got along growing up and now have grown even further apart as adults. Rajni, a school principal, is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a 30-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister, married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life. On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely ruined by narrator

  • By drakermom on 05-21-19

Just okay for me (spoilers ahead)

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

I really really loved “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” but this book didn’t resonate as deeply with me. Part of the problem was that the narrator on this audiobook was American. All of the characters are either British, Australian or Indian so the choice of accent seemed strange to me. The narrator did a great job speaking in character but the background narration with an American accent was distracting. I also found it quite unbelievable that the pregnancy wasn’t apparent to the other sisters. The big flashback reveal to the family drama which occurred during previous trip to India didn’t seem severe enough to warrant such a reaction by the characters (although I readily acknowledge the cultural differences between western & eastern norms)

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  • All Our Wrong Todays

  • A Novel
  • By: Elan Mastai
  • Narrated by: Elan Mastai
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed...because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really fun time travel novel

  • By Mark on 07-20-17

Nope.

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

Reviewed: 04-23-19

I think (given the number of 5 star reviews) that you either love this book or hate it. I hated it. The story idea was interesting and it could have been a really interesting, suspenseful, high tech adventure. Instead, it was a stereotypical angst-filled yawn of a story featuring a guy with no real direction having as many sexual encounters as he can. I don’t care about him, his family, or honestly any of the characters until almost 3/4 of the way through the book (and even then I just barely cared!) I finished the book because that’s how I roll but was just as underwhelmed by the ending. Spend your money on a different book!!

  • Winter in Paradise

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

Irene Steele's idyllic life - house, husband, family - is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John, a tropical island paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. Investigating, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ?????

  • By Lynn E. Smith on 11-01-18

I will read series but not my favorite...

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I have read all of Elin Hilderbrand’s books and enjoyed them very much. Until this book, I had never realized just how much I loved all the many references to people & places on Nantucket that she sprinkles through her books. This novel, which is set in St John’s USVI also contains many references to places on that island but (probably because I’ve never been there) they just seemed frivolous & unimportant to the story. I didn’t find any of the characters likeable enough to care what happened to any of them. The mystery at the heart of the book is interesting though, and will keep me reading the series.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,797
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,933

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Don't understand the bad reviews

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

I loved this book. I was quite surprised by the bad reviews it received: yes, you could see the consequences of the main characters' decisions coming from a mile away, but that was the whole point of the story! To me, this novel was about how each of us lives with our pasts (good & bad) and copes with our futures (also good & bad). I don't think you have to be a mother to understand Isabelle's desperate yearning for a child or a veteran to understand Tom's desire to repent for what he believes are his sins. How they moved forward together was what engrossed me. All the characters are flawed, but that only made them human to me-it didn't make them unlikeable.