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Mary

Mesquite, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 33 ratings
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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (939)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "Up to Ms gabeldons standards"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Scottish Prisoner in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyed the book, but was put off by the Jamies terrible Scottish accent which sounded more Irish


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10787)
    Performance
    (6815)
    Story
    (6845)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Couldn't put it down"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written and easy to listen to. A different perspective on the horrors of war and what average humans can become

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (386)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "A must read"
    Overall

    This is only the second review I have written for audiobooks in my 5 years of membership. I highly recommend this story for anyone who wants insight into the psyche of Alzheimer disease. It made me laugh and cry. It is well written and very enjoyable to listen to. Even if you have no interest in dementia you can relate to the characters and their different ways dealing with the slow inevitable loss of someone loved. Alice's courage, sense of humor, intelligence and her everlasting emotional sense leave you wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12406)
    Performance
    (4810)
    Story
    (4844)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Makes my top 5 list"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening, luckily I was on vacation or i think I may have taken time off work to finish this masterpiece. How has it remained such a sleeper for so long? So different from other Follet books. The sequel is also worth a vacation! This book has history, mystery, romance and action. It s one I will listen to again and will be on my top five books

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6439)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1785)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Enthralling"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening. Normally I don't enjoy the descriptive, but the author made me feel like I was there. I could see and smell the story, I was viewing the story in my mind. A little bit repetetive at times but highly recommend and can't wait for the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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