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Long Beach, CA, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Michael Tolliver Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost 20 years after ending his groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life, Maupin revisits his all-too-human hero, letting the 55-year-old gardener tell his story in his own voice.

    Everett Leiter says: "Worthy epilogue to Tales"
    "I SO wanted to love this."

    Having read all of the Tales of the City books 3 or 4 times each, I couldn't wait to tear into the further adventures of Mouse. I fully expected to love the book. Maybe my expectations were too high.

    While Michael Tolliver Lives was funny and entertaining, it just didn't have the sweetness and charm of the original 6 books. I know Maupin says that it's not a sequel (though clearly it is), and shouldn't be compared to the other books, but obviously that's what everyone is going to do. And this one left me a bit unsatisfied.

    This book seemed more a justification of Maupin's life than a novel. Frankly, I don't care how old Maupin's boyfriend is. I'm thrilled that he's happy, but I don't care to be preached to about the joys and trials of a May/December romance.

    You'd be better off going back and reading the original Tales books. Now THERE lies magic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "One of my favorite audio books ever"

    This is the book that hooked me on Christopher Moore. And while I'm enjoying getting caught up on all that I've missed, I still think this is his best work. It's funny, charming, dark, witty, and outrageous.

    What really put it over the top for me was the narration. Fisher Stevens is amazing, and really brought the text to life. I'm sorry that he doesn't have more audio available on Audible than he does (Lamb is also wonderfully narrated).

    It seems from the other reviews that you either love this book or your hate it. Put me firmly in the "love it" camp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole World Over

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee

    From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart.

    Coriander says: "disappointed"
    "Loved the book, disliked the narration"

    While the temporal and geographic shifts, along with the sheer number of characters, made this novel more difficult to follow than Glass' Three Junes, it had a similar sweet, lyrical feeling, perhaps mixed with a bit of Anne Tyleresque oddity. I found myself caring about all the characters immensely, even when I didn't agree with their choices.

    However, I must say that I agree with other reviewers' reaction to the narration. I found it distracting and just irritating. The voices for Greeny (too Romper Room, as another reviewer pointed out), George (if this were my child...), and, especially Walter (as a gay man, I found this voice actually offensive, which I've never encountered before) were particularly bothersome, but the entire narrative style detracted from the book.

    You might be better off reading this book yourself. I give the book itself 5 stars, but took off one for the narration.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow of the South: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Hicks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company...and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years before, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and reburied them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met on the day of the battle that changed everything.

    Joyce says: "Best Yet"
    "Top notch narration"

    The narration really brings this book alive. The story is engrossing and compelling. One of my favorites to date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The March: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E.L. Doctorow's hands becomes something more, a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

    Jim E says: "Uncivil War"

    This audiobook is simply amazing in its ability to bring history to vivid, compelling life. The narrators do an excellent job, and the writing is Doctorow's best since Ragtime. I highly recommend this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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