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Cher Dombrowski

Parkville MO and Couderay WI | Member Since 2003

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5

  • Girls in White Dresses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Close
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Isabella, Mary, and Lauren are going to be bridesmaids in Kristi's wedding. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, eat tiny sandwiches, and drink mimosas. They're all happy for Kristi, but they do have the ups and downs of their own lives to cope with. Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, where she's extremely successful, and wildly unhappy. Mary is in love with a man who may never love any woman as much as he loves his mother. And Lauren, a waitress at a midtown bar, finds herself drawn to a man she's pretty sure she hates.

    Candi says: "Waste of a credit"
    "Hey, I enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    This seemed to be more like a series of seventeen short stories with recurring characters rather than a novel. But I found each story charming in its own way. The main character changes from story to story, with some appearing as the star only once. When characters reappear in a later story, it was interesting to see how their attitudes changed along with their circumstances, since the stories take place over ten years. I did think that the description of the book was misleading. It tries to shoehorn four separate stories (chapters 10, 1, 14, and 6) into a single plot line and ignores the other thirteen stories. No wonder some readers were confused. I recommend that you listen to this book as 17 freestanding stories that just happen to be presented together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the American People

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Johnson's monumental history of the United States, from the first settlers to the Clinton administration, covers every aspect of American culture: politics, business, art, literature, science, society and customs, complex traditions, and religious beliefs. The story is told in terms of the men and women who shaped and led the nation and the ordinary people who collectively created its unique character.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A British conservative's view of American history."
    "A Reactionary's Rewriting of History"
    Overall

    The supposed "history" of the twentieth century is so one-sided that it is insulting to any reader with a minimum knowledge of current events. As far as I know, the earlier history is equally unfair and biased. The danger of this book is that the author's misuse of statistics and careful use of code works might trick a reader into believing that this book is a history, rather than a rant against anything that does not fit into his hyper-conservative framework. I love history and this book is the greatest disappointment that I have ever heard. Watch for it soon on the Texas State School Board's Required Reading List.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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