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Paradise, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 218 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Firoozeh Dumas
    • Narrated By Firoozeh Dumas

    In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

    Sara says: "Sigh"
    "Thoughtful, engaging, and fun to read."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Laughing Without an Accent to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the printed version, but certainly think the recorded version would be better since it was narrated by the author. A tiny touch of accent, correct pronunciation of places, names and ideas adds to the experience of the story.

    What other book might you compare Laughing Without an Accent to and why?

    I can compare this to short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri because both authors have a sense to two cultures and express the ideas, confusions, conflicts, humor and life experience in a similar respectful (of both cultures) way.

    What about Firoozeh Dumas’s performance did you like?

    I love her voice and cadence, she is easy to listen to. I think her soft tones and real emotions make the deep moments in the book more memorable. I enjoyed her ability to use a lighter voice and express joy and happiness appropriately.

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

    Living between and within two cultures, with a smile.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    C.J. Box’s Open Season is a rare debut mystery that “immediately sets itself apart from the crowd” (Booklist). This thrilling novel stars Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming who finds his life in danger after he looks into a murder investigation and discovers a conspiracy involving an oil pipeline and its threat to an endangered species.

    Bob says: "The start of an adventure!"
    What disappointed you about Open Season?

    The reviews I read made this book sound great. However, I found the story weak and predictable, the plot seemed familiar. The characters were shallow and somewhat silly, it was easy to guess what they would say and do. A young child was given the thinking processes of an adult and the language, in her thoughts, to analyze her feelings as if she were a counselor. Periodically the author made inane statements such as indicating that a funeral was for the dead men (most readers would assume the stars of the funeral were dead, right?). The funeral itself was idiotic.

    Has Open Season turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I am not likely to select anything by this author.

    Would you be willing to try another one of David Chandler’s performances?

    I would listen to the preview more closely, I wasn't impressed with the performance.

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

    I was disappointed mainly because the reviews sounded good.

    Any additional comments?

    In general, I wish more listeners would write reviews. I appreciate reading the one star reviews when they are thoughtful (I hope mine is) so I have more than one opinion.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Fun, good mystery, easy listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because I like the author and the narrator. The story carries you along and the plot line wiggles enough to make it interesting. I like the descriptions of the Wyoming country, the small town images are real.

    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy Mr. Guidall's voice, he performs the characters "in character" but not to the point of using falsetto for the women. He is good at what he does!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "A Few Things Here Everyone Should Know"
    What made the experience of listening to The Drunkard's Walk the most enjoyable?

    Statistics explained in terms anyone can understand.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is written in easy to understand language. Many concepts would be difficult to understand in textbook style or 50 minute lecture. The author uses historical references (and explains the historical beliefs) and modern examples to explain the concepts.
    The voice is light and makes understanding some very abstract concepts easier.

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

    This is not a laugh or cry type of book. I laughed a lot because of the examples, I learned a lot from the book. I think I might cry when I think about how many people do not understand the concepts of randomness and statistical reference.

    Any additional comments?

    Fun and informative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Never thought I would say "Couldn't Put it Down""
    If you could sum up A Prayer for Owen Meany in three words, what would they be?

    Thoughtful, heart breaking, engaging.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the scene/time changing, fluctuation; the effect of knowing the end or outcome of situations and later getting all the backstory. This method of story telling engages my brain and kept me fresh and interested throughout this lengthy book (it never seemed long). This was the story of Owen's life, but also the story many other characters who were well developed. In many ways it is the story of America in the 1950/60s. The author developed such a range of ideas, morals, generational differences and similarities, so it is difficult to figure out what I liked best.The reader is given reasons and resolutions to many things that happen, but is also left with enough questions that the story and characters continue to populate the mind.This book may cause the reader who was around during that time to take another look at what happened then and since then. The younger reader may get a different perspective not found in text book histories.

    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    The best thing about the performance was Owen's voice. But overall the voice, the emotion, the pauses at the correct moment, all were fantastic.

    Any additional comments?

    I found this book on a list suggested for a high school class and think it is an excellent choice for young adult readers. But there is so much depth to the characters and story, that readers of all ages will enjoy it and learn from it. Readers who experienced the 1950/60s will find a lot to like and to dislike in the tale; and see some truths they may have missed while "living through it".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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