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RAYMOND J. FERNEKES

Middletown, New York
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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,777
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,198
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,108

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Haley on 05-27-18

Becoming Educated

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Becoming educated never seemed to be this hard before. What a memoir. It takes not only education but great courage. I enjoyed the book, on referral from a good friend who also enjoyed the book. It is not a book to be read in one sitting. There is too much there to think about and overcome. Especially if you are a victim of domestic abuse, or suffered trauma in your life. I had to take the abusive parts slowly to digest them and shore up myself for the next, and never ceasing, relentless, acts of emotional and verbal and sometimes physical abuse this author portrays in detailed prose. The end is more comforting to read than most of the book. The strength and understanding one finally comes to develop and overcome, is inspired. I would recommend this book to others, as it is a memoir and the story certainly carries you to into a life that is both foreign and intriguing. For that alone, is always an interesting proposition to me.

  • Death of Mrs. Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,451

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person - but also that the cold-reading skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased...where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware's signature suspenseful style, an addictive thriller.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's good, but the end?...could have been better

  • By Adrienne on 06-06-18

Discover the truth...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

First, I am a fan of Ruth Ware novels. With that said, I find this book a great listen and Imogen Church is a perfect fit for the story reading. She has read for other Ware novels, and I love her accent and the ease she portrays in reading the novel brings the characters to life. We begin by being introduced to the main character who is in dire straits, and finds herself a possible person of an inheritance that she believes may not be hers in the first place. There must be some mistake. But she decides to go and see what happens if she 'impersonates' the person who is named in the inheritance, and will work to her favor? Can she get away with it? The story unfolds in a way that is so entertaining and suspenseful. The way Ruth Ware takes you on this journey is sometimes unbelievable, and I scored it, removing one star as I felt she missed a plot point she introduces early in the novel, but never revisits in the end of the story. Overall, the story is wonderful, the performance is spot on, and just another great novel by Ruth Ware. Highly recommended.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,063
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,635

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

Surprises at every chapter...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I started getting bored with the main characters 'issues' with agoraphobia, but then the story twists and turns, and just doesnt stop, but in a good way! I was hooked. Give the book a chance, even if you get a little bored with the main character. It really does take you on a psychological rollercoaster! I really liked it and would recommend it to others.

  • The Story Keeper

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722

Successful New York editor Jen Gibbs is at the top of her game with her new position at Vida House Publishing - until a mysterious manuscript from an old slush pile appears on her desk. Turning the pages, Jen finds herself drawn into the life of Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl trapped y dangerous men in turn-of-the-century Appalachia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible version is mostly very good

  • By Joleen on 07-30-15

Story Keeper is a great listen/read!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I enjoyed the story and the suspence it builds. I would recommend it to others.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,263

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

must read, and make it yours!

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I loved this book, and ended up buying the hard copy. I shared it with others. I loved that this book is based on true and real life events. The beginning was a little difficult to follow as it bounces back and forth from present day, to the past. I highly recommend the book. It is one of those few books that really delivers an emotional wallop that had me crying... I cant recommend this book more!

  • The Art of Mending

  • By: Elizabeth Berg
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

As soon as she arrives at her family's annual reunion, Laura Bartone realizes that something is not right with her sister. Wrapped up in past events, Caroline is the family's black sheep. When she confronts Laura and their brother with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Berg never disappoints

  • By Linda on 03-14-09

A big fan of Elizabeth Berg's, but was not a fan n

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I was less then entertained, and had a hard time remaining focused on this story. It had its moments. the classic Elizabeth Berg stop you in your tracks writing and makes you think moments. But overall, I was not drawn into the story and was not finding the art in reading or mending.

  • Our Little Secret

  • By: Roz Nay
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53

Angela is being held in a police interrogation room. Her ex's wife has gone missing, and Detective Novak is sure Angela knows something, despite her claim that she's not involved. At Novak's prodding, Angela tells a story going back 10 years, explaining how she met and fell in love with her high school friend HP. But as her past unfolds, she reveals a disconcerting love triangle and a dark, tangled web of betrayals. Is Angela a scorned ex-lover with criminal intent? Or a pawn in someone else's revenge scheme?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Author2Author

  • By CincyReader on 04-20-18

It's no secret... I loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I really enjoyed the story, but not so much the ending. I was hooked, and could not stop listening. the performance was amazing, and I totally enjoyed the book more because of the great reader. Overall, I recommend the book, but be prepared for a little bit of a let down for the ending.

  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,005

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY LET DOWN, I'm not gonna lie! (No spoilers)

  • By Very disappointed on 07-27-17

Another masterpiece by Ware

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

What made the experience of listening to The Lying Game the most enjoyable?

I love this writer. Just when you think you're safe, she puts in another spin and surprise... always leaving you wanting more !!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The four women portrayed each had lovable and recognizable flaws and qualities that entertain, and add depth to the story.

Which character – as performed by Imogen Church – was your favorite?

I loved all the characters for reasons mentioned.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The lying game is a game of rules... who will break the most serious rule of all...

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book, for anyone who enjoyed her earlier works, "In a Dark, Dark Wood" and "The Girl in Cabin 10". I cannot wait for her next novel.

  • The Zookeeper's Wife

  • A War Story
  • By: Diane Ackerman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,484

When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amy M Perez on 02-26-17

great true war story... well based on true events.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

If you could sum up The Zookeeper's Wife in three words, what would they be?

Heart.
Heroics.
Danger.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My first reaction was... this really happened. Even based on a true story, the basic story was amazing!

Any additional comments?

loved the whole book... loved the characters and the story.

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,052

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

Really well done story!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

What did you love best about The Thirteenth Tale?

I oved the characters and the performers made the story come to life even more!

What did you like best about this story?

The story was very interesting, and I found myself wanting to listen more to find out what was going to happen next. I was rarely bored listening to this story. One or two slow spots, but overall just gripping!

Any additional comments?

I almost wanted to read it again... it was that good !