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Linda

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Vienna, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 82 titles in library
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  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2346)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Too depressing."
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    What would have made The End of the Affair better?

    Too unhappy, very one sided characters. Hey, everyone has down moments, but an entire book is boring and exhausting.


    What could Graham Greene have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More dimensions to the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    None


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother. Colin Firth does a magnificent job reading a miserable story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2865)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2537)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Not an escape"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    When I purchased this book, I was looking for an escape. Instead, I got a story of death, human cruelty, drug abuse, disfunctional families, etc. I could not finish it. If you want a close look at the human condition in modern England, this is your book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Biography


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Casual Vacancy?

    Did not like the entire premise of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever

    Linda says: "Amazing but painful"
    "Amazing but painful"
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    What did you like best about An Invisible Thread? What did you like least?

    I found the book interesting, but painful. Both main characters had very difficult, dangerous and abusive childhoods, albeit, very different problems. Something in common, however, was that both had a parent with severe substance abuse problems. It is amazing that they both survived, but more amazing is that they both emerged as productive, successful adults. But, this was not the kind of story that I wanted to read. I wanted a feel good story of rescue and redemption. Instead, I got a story of survival. I loved "Blind Side" and was hoping for a story on that level. Instead, this is a story of two very damaged, destructive families and two survivors who come together to help each other. Yes, it has a happy ending, but getting through the journey was painful.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It is what it is. Changing the story would have made it fiction.


    What about Pam Ward’s performance did you like?

    Well read with emotion. Great performance.


    Was An Invisible Thread worth the listening time?

    Maybe. If you want a story of survival, this is the story for you. I can certainly see this story giving someone hope and power. If you are feeling rather "beat up" and you need a happy story, pass over this one.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4027)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1838)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Best Audio Performance I've ever heard."
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    Where does A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Best! Amazing performance. Breaths new life into a story that we all know well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry?

    Beginning to end, not a dull moment.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    The whole thing is amazing. Tim Curry performs the book, he doesn't just read the words. He lives the words.


    Any additional comments?

    Take the time and listen to this audio book. Worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Melissa Francis
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    When Melissa Francis was eight years old, she won the role of lifetime: playing Cassandra Cooper Ingalls, the little girl who was adopted with her brother (played by young Jason Bateman) by the Ingalls family on the world’s most famous prime-time soap opera, Little House on the Prairie. But behind the scenes, her success was fueled by the pride, pressure, and sometimes grinding cruelty of her stage mother.

    Jane C. Bailey says: "Awesome book - really enjoyed it."
    "Very well written, but a painful story."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Amazing story of survival and accomplishment by a very talented child who became a very wise and talented woman. But, her journey was more painful for me than interesting. Melissa never makes you feel sorry for her. Rather, you feel stunned and angry for her. She handles her mother in a rather matter-of-fact way that is nonjudgemental, which is amazing, considering what mother did to Melissa and her sister, Tiffany. This nonjudgemental voice makes it possible for you to listen without the emotion of sorrow, but for me, I found myself getting angry. Mother was a bad person.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Melissa Francis? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Was Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Mommy Dearest meets Dragon Mother

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elton John
    • Narrated By Elton John
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis. Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague.

    jeff says: "Inspiring book"
    "Educational, interesting, entertaining."
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    Would you listen to Love Is the Cure again? Why?

    Yes, I'd listen again. There was so much information packed into this book, but written in such a way that it was entertaining too. The ending of the book, in which Mr John talks about the desperate need to dispense AIDS drugs to prevent the spread of the disease was so heartening, that I thought it should have been in the first paragraph. It would have given me a better perspective on the whole story. AIDS is such a sad story, I was thrilled to hear a surprise happy ending. I had no idea that the current AIDS drugs were so effecient at the prevention of the spread of the virus.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Is the Cure?

    Mr John's revelation that he would either die or dry up his drug/ booze addictions.


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

    He makes it so personal.


    If you could give Love Is the Cure a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Curing AIDS, there is hope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1667)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Worth your time and money!"
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    Where does The Sociopath Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most educational book I've listened to so far. Just listened to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sociopath Next Door?

    Everything. I listened to the book twice, just to make sure I absorbed everything.


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

    I listen to books while I work. I don't have free time to read.


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

    Run from these people!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy a copy for your teenagers. This book will provide them very valuable tools for life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3844)
    Performance
    (3423)
    Story
    (3442)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Worthwhile listen, facinating story."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely, the audio version is better than the print version. It is so worthwhile to hear O'Reilly read the book himself. It is almost like listening to a news report, but with more detail. It includes an hour by hour account of the day Lincoln was shot. Facinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The hour by hour account of the day Lincoln was shot. Very well done.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    Terrific. He could emphasize the points he felt was important.


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

    Too long, but yes, it was hard to stop it.


    Any additional comments?

    Give a copy to everyone. Really educational and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (617)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Didn't realize how much I missed Carol."
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    Where does This Time Together rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is definitely top tier of the books I've listened to, and it is Carol's own personal touch that makes it so worthwhile.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carol, of course, it is her autobiography.


    What about Carol Burnett’s performance did you like?

    It was real, it was from her heart.


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

    Yes, I laughed out loud and I teared up. It was a terrific insight into Carol, the person.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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