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Monica

Gig Harbor, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 8 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (979)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Boring"
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    I love adventure books, but frankly found this one boring. In the middle of the book the author mentioned how the newspapers summarize the event: planes downed, a few people live, and a rescue is in the works. That pretty much summarizes the story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5909)
    Performance
    (5370)
    Story
    (5362)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "A most powerful account of slavery..."
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    I couldn't wait to get into the car to listen to this book. After listening, I learned that much of the story about Sarah Grimke was indeed based on fact, but Handful was imagined. I found both of their stories rich, as they each were so incredibly brave. I found the perspective of Handful and the day to day pain and drudgery over her lifetime to be powerful . I'm generally not a Sue Monk Kidd fan, but I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 16 Lighthouse Road: Cedar Cove, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (442)

    "You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets!"

    G Reinhardt says: "Drama"
    "Dud deal of the day"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this when it was the deal of the day. I'd heard of the author, so figured I would try it out. I'm couldn't get past the first hour.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2870)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1053)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    I'm not sure it lived up to the rave reviews for me, but if you are looking for an easy listen, go for it. It is entertaining, a little sad. I found the reader ( author) to sound a little to dumb to be true, but I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    It is the spring of 2002, and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation.

    Monica says: "Stick with it, especially if you've been Catholic"
    "Stick with it, especially if you've been Catholic"
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    At first I thought this was a trite story about a pedophile priest, but I stuck with it and found the book to be much more profound. I am a 57 year old lapsed Catholic, who went to Catholic school for 12 years, so I could definitely relate to a lot. The family stuff relationships added richness to this book, and I found it engrossing.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (120)

    It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

    Steph says: "My New Favorite Book"
    "Will anything ever happen?"
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    I listened to this for my book club. My goal was to keep going, to see if anything would happen. It didn't. I quit when I was 85% done, bored to tears.
    The book club assessment was unanimous. Two of us in the book club listened to it, four read it. None of the six of us could finish it. We have never had a book we so disliked or were bored by, and we read all kinds of books, including some pretty heavy non fiction.

    The reader ( the author) was good, which reduced the pain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4715)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2770)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Will it ever end"
    Overall

    A great thriller, well read and acted, but the book should have been abridged. I could/would have skimmed through parts if I were reading the book, but this isn't easy to do when you are listening.
    My husband and I listened to this on a road trip, and the first half was great. My husband gave up after 16 hours.
    I give it 4 stars because the story and reader were good, but would recommend it only to those that like lots of description and words, not those who like suspense and get eager to know how it will end!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Stephanie Zimbalist, Lolita Davidovich
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Meet Rose and Ruby: sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as "the girls". They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, love their parents, and follow their dreams. But the Darlens are special. Now nearing their 30th birthday, they are history's oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by a pot the size of a bread plate.

    Barbara says: "Terrific material, great presentation:"
    "Beautifly written, wonderfully read"
    Overall

    Touching story of conjoined twins living in a small Canadian town. Great readers. Definitely the best book I've listened to on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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