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Mary

Denver, CO, United States | Listener Since 2003

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  • 35 reviews
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  • 398 titles in library
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  • Some Things That Meant the World to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joshua Mohr
    • Narrated By Ben Rameaka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When Rhonda was a child - abandoned and ignored by his mother; abused and misguided by his mother's boyfriend - he imagined the rooms of his home drifting apart from one another like separating continents. Years later, after an embarassing episode as an adult, Rhonda's inner-child appears, leading him to a trapdoor in the bottom of a dumpster behind a taqueria that will force him to finally confront his troubled past.

    Catherine says: "Narration at times odd. Otherwise insanely good."
    "I tried"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The book simply stinks. Not everything has to be a nicey-nicey feel-good book. I like serious, and sometimes dark stories, but this just was not compelling. Sad things happened to main character, but it was hard for me to like him nevertheless. The rest of the characters were completely uninteresting & unlikeable. The story just never got better. At a little more than halfway through I realized I was wasting my time. Good luck if you download it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2271)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2085)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "If I could give it a "10" I would!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Perks of Being a Wallflower the most enjoyable?

    Wondering what was behind Charlie's anxiety. The characters all resonated with me, just loved them all & the story, too!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    Charlie's feeling of being infinite brought back a long ago memory of a similar group of friends and a snowy winter afternoon.


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

    He made Charlie and his friends real.


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

    Both! And a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read for any age group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Scott
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Each chapter of Lessons from Madame Chic reveals a valuable secret Jennifer learned in Paris - tips you can incorporate into your own life, no matter where you live or the size of your budget. Embracing the classically French aesthetic of quality over quantity, aspiring Parisiennes will learn to master the art of eating (deprive yourself not), dressing (the 10-item wardrobe), grooming (le no-makeup look), and living à la française.

    Bohemian Bon Vivant says: "Pretentious Beyond Belief"
    "Do people really not know most of this stuff?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jennifer L. Scott and/or Amy Rubinate?

    If you have a mom, she probably already gave you nearly all the advice in this book, and probably with a better sense of humor. Here's a brief summary -- and if considering buying it, the only one you need: Dress as well as you can, be presentable, spend a little time on your appearance, don't wear way too much makeup, use good manners, limit the junk food, don't spend foolishly on things you don't need (like this book), keep the house tidy, and don't lie around like a lazy bum.

    The reader sounds as about as tired and bored with the material as I am halfway into this useless book.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer L. Scott’s story?

    I didn't learn anything new.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

    Good grief no! I listen at work and found myself nodding off frequently!


    Was Lessons from Madame Chic worth the listening time?

    If you've been living under a rock, perhaps the book would help.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3273)
    Performance
    (2811)
    Story
    (2833)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Compelling story, surprising twists"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Secret Keeper again? Why?

    I usually never read or listen to a book more than once. Same for movies. You know what happens already


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

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just an awesome story, loved the characters and the mystery involved!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Lily Rains
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

    A. ricci says: "Kept my attention but slightly let me down...."
    "I loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great yarn, an eerie page-turner that's right on the mark. I have made the mistake of listening mainly to so-called intellectual type books -- the types often picked by book clubs (though I'm not in a book club myself). A lot of those books really are worthwhile, but I'm glad I took the plunge and got the chance to enjoy a truly fun thriller that didn't want it to end! Get this book if you like a little fright & mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hour I First Believed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

    G. stone says: "excellent all around yarn"
    "Not his best"
    Overall

    What started as an interesting fictional story about the Columbine tragedy, started to meander and was complicated by a long & tedious family history of the main character. That family history was necessary to bring the story together at the end but could have been cut WAAAAY down. I found myself half listening to those parts. And the family history parts were made even more tedious, because they were written in the manner of long ago, with never-ending, overly polite descriptions of every detail. I was glad when I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Your Goddess Grow!: 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charlene M. Proctor
    • Narrated By Charlene M. Proctor
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    In this audiobook of women’s wisdom, Rev. Dr. Charlene M. Proctor teaches you how to replace old, negative thought patterns with new, powerful ideas that will help you create a joyful life. In seven spiritual lessons, you’ll manifest more success while deepening your relationship with Spirit. Let Your Goddess Grow gently leads you to the concept of the divine feminine and explains why both men and women need more of Her.

    A User says: "Fantastic"
    "So far a lot of drivel re-hashed"
    Overall

    Was hoping for more substance -- now just hoping to be able to make it through this trite book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Know This Much Is True

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Ken Howard
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    In the long awaited follow-up to the highly praised novel She's Come Undone, Dominick Birdsey must come to terms with himself, as well as with the schizophrenic twin brother he has spent his life both protecting and resenting.

    Douglas says: "Disappointing"
    "4 out of 5 only because it was abridged"
    Overall

    This book was great. My first experience with Wally Lamb's writing, but not the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1425)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Wow, what a ride!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Keef, you've written a brutally honest, funny, and at times soul baring memoir! In case any disappointed reviewers here have been living under a rock, The Rolling Stones is a "bad boy" band -- and they're proud of it. Drugs, sex, self-indulgence, crude & rowdy behavior... would you expect anything less from Keith's autobiography? The Stones music was a huge part of the soundtrack of my youth, and hearing their history from Keith's point of view has been so much fun. Joe Hurley put the British spin on Keith's already colorful language. What a gas, gas, gas!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1342)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "Simply amazing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was real, hilarious, gritty, soulful and touching in so many ways. I agree with the other people here. A great read for young adults -- and great for the rest of us, who have known these characters in one form or another, both in school and throughout life. Don't miss this one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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