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  • The Pisces

  • A Novel
  • By: Melissa Broder
  • Narrated by: Melissa Broder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika's home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety - not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What just happened?

  • By Tammy on 05-06-18

Not Good Enough

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

There are parts of this book, parts of the story, that deserve better and have charm. The reader (the author I believe?) is just not a good reader - if it is the author I'm shocked because even mediocre readers tend to read their own work better than this. It brings out the faults in the book which for me tend toward lazy language and a tendency toward being facile. There's plot laziness too - things that don't really make sense that don't impact hugely but man, after awhile that lack of attention to detail annoys. (The heroine has nothing to do all day and night, but tend a dog and when she goes on three dates over a long period of time the dog is suddenly sick from neglect. She brings a wagon on a beach and somehow gets it to roll on sand...) For me all this ultimately destroys what might be an enjoyable and clever plot. Maybe just me, but meh.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Rules of Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,374

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Fun and Bitterweet

  • By Mel on 11-17-17

Another Great One by Hoffman

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I always enjoy her books and this was no exception. A pure joy to listen to and exactly the encouragement I needed at the gym!

  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,260

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

Won Me Over in the End

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

At first I was annoyed because I felt like the author never bothered to describe why this young woman wanted to dive so badly - and she never does. Otherwise it is a well written novel with a better than average ending which ultimately grabbed me.

  • To Capture What We Cannot Keep

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatrice Colin
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris--a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family's business and choose a suitable wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Suzanne Kelman on 05-25-17

Splendid Period Novel

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

This was exactly as advertised - love the period it take place during, the building of the Eiffel Tower. It is well written and remains engaging throughout. I would definitely recommend.

  • The Little Paris Bookshop

  • A Novel
  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Steve West, Emma Bering, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,509

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Ivanka on 08-02-15

Pleasurable Read

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

At first I thought this book might be a tad smarmy with its very French accented reading - but I warmed to it fairly quickly for all of that and the story is more interesting and intricate than it seems at first blush. I would recommend, but do hang in there if you are a tad put off at first.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Take You There

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

I'll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, he's confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood's silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit - and in some cases relive - scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema's big screen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Wally Lamb's Best -- Maybe His Worst?

  • By Paula on 11-29-16

The Real Deal

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

This is a good one - just what you want and expect from Wally Lamb; a nice long listen to lose yourself in for a long while. The characters are memorable and so are the situations. It has a plot that doesn't quit and his references are great. For my money perhaps he doesn't deliver as strongly as he might have on the promise of Lois Weber, but just the fact that he knows who she is wins him points with me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,486

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 J on 09-19-16

A Winner

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

While it took a tad longer than most of her books to get into, once you are there this one delivers with the best of them. It is a different story, but has nuance. No disappointment here.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dollhouse

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong - a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lifetime Movie in Book Form

  • By chelsie on 08-30-16

A Great Almost-er

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed this book but had a level of frustration that I think it was a great concept and should have been about 25% better. The characters (especially the contemporary one) could have been more deeply defined and there is a lot to the story but sometimes I felt the author took short cuts instead of bringing us to our own conclusions.

Would you recommend The Dollhouse to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but I would qualify it with the caveats above.

What aspect of Tavia Gilbert’s performance would you have changed?

There was something annoying about the voice of her as the younger women. Just a little too twee.

Could you see The Dollhouse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I'm afraid that would dumb it down a peg - I'd like to see it turned up a notch instead.

Any additional comments?

I just thought this was a great concept and even her story is great, but the whole thing could have used more development and more care. A great almost-er.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Faithful

  • A Novel
  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Amber Tamblyn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 750

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend's future is destroyed in an accident while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor filled with emotion, from dark suffering to true happiness - a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Story of Healing

  • By Brenda Barnes on 12-05-16

One of her best

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Faithful to be better than the print version?

Well, obviously I didn't read the print version, but I did not feel I missed anything by listening to it. It is a book which adapts well to being read aloud.

What other book might you compare Faithful to and why?

It actually reminded me of Illumination Night, one of her earlier (maybe even first?) novel. The dark as well as warm and interesting side of suburbia.

What does Amber Tamblyn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is a very competent reader and doesn't get in the way of the story - which is largely what I want in a reader, assuming many voices and accents aren't called for.

If you could rename Faithful, what would you call it?

Actually, almost anything else. Faithful is sort of an awful title.

Any additional comments?

She is a superb story teller and she is at her best with this kind of story. It is interesting to watch this character grow in a way that is original and interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lesser Bohemians

  • A Novel
  • By: Eimear McBride
  • Narrated by: Eimear McBride
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

One night an 18-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man - a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Took a little while to get hooked

  • By Pictorama on 11-23-16

Took a little while to get hooked

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

Reviewed: 11-23-16

What did you love best about The Lesser Bohemians?

The language seemed pretentious at first and was distracting, but t hen there were beautiful passages and descriptions once I got used to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lesser Bohemians?

The author is gifted at making everyday life come alive and taking you to a very specific place and time.

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

Have not.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are revelations about the past lives of the characters which are painful but moving.

Any additional comments?

It fascinates me that this starts out very much a story of the first person female narrator who has a very moving story - yet the book ends up really being about the life of the man she is involved with. I would like to have heard more of the woman's story - however it is as if being in her mind with her she can't be self conscious enough to tell her story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful