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Victoria Wright

The Berkshires, MA
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  • Lift and Separate

  • A Novel
  • By: Marilyn Simon Rothstein
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 174

Marcy Hammer's life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn't think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy's through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • slow start, good middle and end

  • By Diane C. on 03-11-17

Bought it for the title, stayed for the story

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

This is becoming a theme in my reading list, but I'm getting a major kick out of the books starring women my age. They've learned to take the long view and are available to hand out sensible advice to the younger ones. It helps that men are eternal, no matter how old or young, and that's not necessarily a good thing. ;~)

I give five stars only to gorgeous prose, but I did enjoy this book. Solid four stars.

  • The Bette Davis Club

  • By: Jane Lotter
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin, Tessa Marts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,231

The morning of her niece's wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she's made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp, Clever and Elegant... and funny as hell!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-17-17

Hilarious and original

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

It's such a pity that this writer didn't find success before she died, because she had a way with language and observations about people that was wonderful. As for the plot and the characters, I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. It's dishy and sweet and snarky and unsentimental in the best way. Read it. It's a lark.

  • Lying on the Couch

  • A Novel
  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: Tony Pasqualini
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 678

Exposing the many lies told on and off the psychoanalyst's couch, Lying on the Couch gives listeners a tantalizing, almost illicit glimpse at what their therapists might really be thinking during their sessions. Fascinating, engrossing, and relentlessly intelligent, it ultimately moves listeners with a denouement of surprising humanity and redemptive faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh Fun!

  • By Espanolish on 05-11-16

Talk about an ego!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

This book, which I admit I not only didn't finish but actually removed from my library, is a drone-drone-drone just-kill-me-now story in which every damn thing is told to you. No show, just tell. No care, just stop. I do not get it. At all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amy Falls Down

  • A Novel
  • By: Jincy Willett
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 409

Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm. So, when on New Year's morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next. Amy falls down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not contemporary fluff

  • By Jessica Robertson on 03-04-14

An engaging neurotic

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I enjoyed the story and the listen, but somehow it never quite clicked all the way for me. However, it was nice to read about someone who isn't in her twenties and gorgeous. Amy was grouchy, neurotic, and filled with self-doubt, and I sometimes wanted to meet her and other times wanted to smack her. The plot is on the predictable side, but the characters are sufficiently amusing (the writers' group is an amalgam of every writer in every writers's group that you've ever attended--I loved every one of them and their determined lack of talent).

Maybe don't pay retail, but if you have an extra credit that needs a home…

  • Black Man in a White Coat

  • A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
  • By: Damon Tweedy
  • Narrated by: Corey Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with racial identity, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. When Damon Tweedy first enters the halls of Duke University Medical School on a full scholarship, he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely eye opening!

  • By Kelene on 02-23-16

Interesting perspective and worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

This book highlights some really terrible truths about people who still can't believe that people of color are doctors. Truly embarrassing for us white folks, who let's face it, are the ones who are so obtuse and narrow-minded. And we're not just talking about backwoods patients, either. Members of the medical profession, including professors, are just as ignorant, and less likely to admit it, too. A new perspective on the story of one person's climb into his chosen profession.

The narrator needs to learn how to pronounce the words that the writer has entrusted him to speak; I imagine he must have cringed when he heard it.

  • Everybody's Fool

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Sully is staring down a VA cardiologist's estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it's hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years...the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren't still best friends...Sully's son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, hilarious, long-awaited sequel!

  • By KDW on 05-14-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

When I saw that Mr. Russo had written a sequel to Nobody's Fool, one of my favorite books, I was excited. I admit it, I was hoping for a reunion. A lot happened in the intervening decade or so. Toby's gone. Carl inexplicably talks through his nose. Doug Raymer, that goofy cop, has grown a heart and half a brain. He's also honed his ability to whine. Rub works on the books. Zach and Ruth are still together. Janie still chooses deadbeat Neanderthals. Peter and Will are walk-offs. And what's up with the poisonous snakes?

There are moments of humor and sweetness, but now that Sully has money, his essential Sully-ness is gone. And Ms. Beryl and Wirf, Bath's Greek chorus, aren't there to remind him of it.

I got the unshakeable sense that Mr. Russo was wrapping up the loose ends, striking the tents, caging the beasts, and dusting off the whole business.

My unsolicited advice is to wait till this one is on sale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,492

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Mesmerizing misery

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

If I hadn't had Mr. McCourt reading this book to me, I would never have gotten through it. The relentless squalor that these people lived in just beggars the imagination, but what is so much harder to understand is the way they all accepted it. Shame on the Church for permitting, even encouraging, these people to live such terrible lives, not lifting a gilded finger to help--just to judge and torment. And for what?

It's a miracle that Mr. McCourt was able to write such a remarkable and affecting memoir after the chronic hunger, filth, needless guilt, death, and despair and not come off as enraged and depressed. The terrible beauty of this book is in his writing, his recollection of the smallest details, the songs, the stench, the hopelessness, the flickers of humor, and the pitiful people.

  • Son

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Psychopathy Born or Made?

  • By Michael on 04-29-15

Well-written chronicle of sociopathy

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

It's hard to say what's the most horrifying--that monsters like "Son" really do walk among us, that the police are so easily fooled, or that there are mothers who are so willfully blind. The relationship between mother and Son (as she always called him) is so twisted that it's almost a folie a deux. True crime at its most nuanced and layered.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily King
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,846

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anthropologists in Love

  • By David on 08-21-14

Any slower and it would be going backward

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

I did my due diligence, reading not only reviews on Audible but also on Amazon, and then I broke my own rule. Instead of buying only books that hook me in the first few pages, I just assumed that I would come to love it, as so many people apparently do. Instead, I slogged along, trying, without success, to like someone in here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inner Circle

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,753

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By FAC on 12-29-11

Kept me guessing

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

Very entertaining. Who would imagine that there is such deception and intrigue in the lives of archivists? Of course, this isn't just any archives, and since the federal government is involved (right up to its chin), it suddenly becomes utterly believable, since that's what the government does best. And here the present is buried in the past in ways that had me Googling to find out whether any of it could possibly true.

As for the narration, to be honest, I've never understood why Scott Brick is so popular. He's not bad, but he's reading me a book. No accents, no female voices. And he talks through his nose.