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Rose Marie Holt

Nampa, ID USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6324)
    Performance
    (5863)
    Story
    (5885)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Your own imagination will do better"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Will Patton?

    Not at list price. Nothing against Patton


    Has Doctor Sleep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I appear to be unable to leave Stephen King unread because once in awhile he really kicks butt. Not one of those times


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

    Can't say


    Could you see Doctor Sleep being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    King writes books as if they are movie treatments, so yes. Christopher Walken as Danny. Too bad Kubrick isn't around to work his magic.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I'd gone to the library. Wish I had left Danny's fate to my imagination. Wish I hadn't reread The Shining. The movie is better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2307)
    Performance
    (2045)
    Story
    (2031)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Patience"
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    Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

    The red wagon


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like that Afghani narrators including the author were used. They narrated at a measured pace. Without good equipment some English words and many French words might be tough to untangle. I didn't mind. I can't imagine trying to sound out place names, character names and other Middle Eastern words in print.


    If you could take any character from And the Mountains Echoed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Abdullah


    Any additional comments?

    This book will lead you through some dark and bright places. It evokes strong emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (517)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "The worst, most ignored story of Katrina"
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    If you could sum up Five Days at Memorial in three words, what would they be?

    Anyone can talk herself into evil. Anyone can do evil by just going along with someone who claims responsibility for it


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    People were killed needlessly because of foolishness.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    It was fine


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In which the way other hospitals handled Katrina


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the author mentioning the Army Corps of Engineers and the failed levies as the cause of the outsized degree of suffering from a hurricane that had become rather tame by the time it hit New Orleans. Harry Shearer's film The Big Uneasy would be a useful companion. Narration of the movie would be a great audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Think you know the Roosevelts, or don't want to?"
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    What did you love best about No Ordinary Time?

    The Eleanor-Franklin relationship


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was told well. Opinions and amateur psychology was scarce and clearly separated from facts


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

    Don't know. I like to be read to, apparently


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

    A love story


    Any additional comments?

    It's a story of the love between Eleanor and Franklin, of the country for both, of both for the country. There isn't much new to me about WWII but context of FDR decisions are clear. Eleanor was much more than most women could be even now. I found myself wanting to ask my parents what it was like living in that time - has it ever been so hopeful since? I'd like to repeal the presidential term limit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (445)

    Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

    Tony says: "Game Change 2.0"
    "Sophomore slump still brings it, sort of"
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    If you could sum up Double Down in three words, what would they be?

    In trying to revive the magic of Double Down some things should not have been doubled down on, such as snark and overheated writing


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was some new information


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't choose


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Apparently this was not a particularly memorable book


    Any additional comments?

    Library or remainders. Or audible sale. Even for junkies not worth the list price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeremy Scahill
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (285)

    From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.

    Lanlady says: "fantastic book -- and disturbing"
    "A cautionary tale for US citizens and freedom."
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    Would you listen to Dirty Wars again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The facts about JSOC


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

    Don't know


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

    Apparently. I did.


    Any additional comments?

    This gives context to the sound bites on the news. It might make you very angry, no matter your politics. War is hell and sometimes extreme definitive action solves a problem. Sometimes hubris can lead to shocking behavior. Americans following our foreign policy and the status of the war on terror and its costs to our freedoms and souls would likely find this useful, shocking, stirring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (417)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Mark Leibovich needs therapy"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The idea was intriguing but the execution was too much about the author who wasn't that compelling. No context.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Leibovich’s story?

    It was too much about him.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    I cannot recall


    Was This Town worth the listening time?

    It's good for casual reading. I prefer long stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend checking this one out of the library or shopping remainders where it probably is by now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    Jeff says: "DROP JAW AMAZING!!"
    "Think you know the 60s? Think you know LBJ?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. LBJ was a huge influence on my generation in a personal way. Few presidents affect so many individual American lives on such a significant personal level. He ruined or elevated people in life changing ways. This book helps show how he became who he was and what a mystery his inner self still is.


    What other book might you compare Master of the Senate to and why?

    The other Caro books.


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

    Unknown


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

    I think buying and listening to Caro's book on Robert Moses was a pretty extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who is interested in recent US history and a perspective of politics today would find this useful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "LBJ - and his time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The story of LBJ in a thorough historical and cultural context


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

    No idea


    If you could give The Path to Power a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How an insecure neurotic man with a massive work ethic can rise to greatness


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in this era would benefit from this book. Every other book I read about LBJ and his time will be read with this bio in mind

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: ""If You Do Everything, You'll Win""
    "LBJ - how he got that way"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Means of Ascent to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version yet. I want audible to provide files like indices, table of contents, and illustrations, perhaps even a companion i or e book even if you must charge a little extra.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    LBJ


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    NO - too long and so good and thorough it would be too much


    Any additional comments?

    A valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of LBJ's time as well as the backstory on the man himself. Deeply comprehensive yet very well organized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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