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Larisa

WEBSTER, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 21 ratings
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  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Blue Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

    Doggy Bird says: "Extremely moving memoir, well-narrated"
    "Not a novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Blue Nights?

    I did not expect this to be like a journal entry about what it feels like to experience great loss


    What was most disappointing about Joan Didion’s story?

    Not enough time had passed since the incident for the author to synthesize the event and help the reader get to a deeper understanding.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was ok


    What character would you cut from Blue Nights?

    There really are not "characters". It's a recap of lives and not memorable


    Any additional comments?

    Huge disappointment. I'm sorry for the author's loss. But I did not enjoy this book at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1277)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Interesting Book But Could we Cut the Whining?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Drift?

    The tone of whininess detracted from the important content. I admire and enjoy Rachel Maddow. But hearing hours of her and her tone of, "aren't they stupid" really diminishes the impact of the facts of the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drift?

    Recognizing the persistent belief during the Regan presidency that it was permissible to lie to the American public


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rachel Maddow?

    Someone with a more neutral delivery. A more news casty approach


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14503)
    Performance
    (11902)
    Story
    (12526)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Poorly written, uninteristing TRASH"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Complete lack of redeeming literary value. Compared with Lady Chatterly's Lover, it's flat and undeveloped.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Oh Gee, what a surprise an older man interested in a young virgin. Real


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No. I hate the whiney, adolescent tone in her voice. It speaks poorly of her that she even did this book.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I wouldn't even write the book. I consider it a total waste of time


    Any additional comments?

    If this is what America spends its time on, God help America.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (429)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "Labored Novel by John Irving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Irving and/or John Benjamin Hickey?

    I love John Irving. But this particular novel was a disappointment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Pilgramage


    What aspect of John Benjamin Hickey’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance was fine, but writing was dull


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate that the author may have been trying to give a gift to his son. But the voice in this book sounded quite false.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (732)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "No plot/No Story: When Nice is Not Enough"
    Overall

    I was a huge fan of the first three books in this series. Sadly, I think Jean Auel's reputation would have best been served by ending the series without this uninteresting book. No doubt, it is full of interesting botannical and paleontological detail. But there is so much repetition that the material cycles to pure monotony. There's nothing new here. And the main characters are so "perfect" that the story feels false and intolerable at times. Leave this series as a happy memory and spend your reading time on something more satisfying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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