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Jean

Santa Fe, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Beach Music

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

    Ella says: "Memorable"
    "Novel of a dysfunctional family"
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    While it is interesting, it is way too long, laced with barely believable language, incidents and encounters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (491)

    Nell Dysart's in trouble. Her divorce is 18 months old, she's been sleepwalking through life, and the best job she can get is with a detective agency that specializes in relationship work. Determined to turn her life around, Nell flings herself into making McKenna Investigations a better place.

    Shannon says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "Easy to Put Down"
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    This is the very first book that I have not finished! It is very shallow, uninteresting and just a trivial book. Forget it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (942)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "Gold Plated Oldie"
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    Story

    This gripping story is both a history of an era in the US and an excellent character study of people living during this era. I found it impossible to put down! The good, bad, and blind in people's visions and actions are brilliantly depicted along with the steady and intelligent wisdom of the faithful Chinese savant/servant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2084)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (880)

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Ella says: "This book consumed me"
    "Living history!"
    Overall
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    This is not a happy story, but an important part of history that should not be forgotten. It is beautifully done in this version and makes the dark days it depicts etched vividly on the reader's memory. A wonderful way to recall past cruelty in the hope that it never returns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26632)
    Performance
    (13271)
    Story
    (13314)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The best book I have listened to!!"
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    This is a book to be heard rather than read! My daughter had read it and when I extolled the beauty of the audio version she agreed to listen to a bit and ended up listening to the entire book! The story is lovely, gripping, and poignant. I will not see the movie as my mind's images from the audio book are too vivid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (697)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "American History made alive!"
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    This story of the great dust bowl years and the devastation to the land and people's lives is an important part of American history. It is beautifully detailed and brought to life in a remarkable way that makes a gripping tale. It should also be seen as a cautionary note for our times as we lay waste to parts of the earth.

    0 of 0 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
    (10826)
    Performance
    (6850)
    Story
    (6882)

    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!"
    "Incredible, uplifting, gripping!!"
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    This is a true story of a man's life and struggle against the odds in WW-2. His refusal to buckle in the face of unspeakable cruelty and the aftermath it caused in his life is a testimonial to strength of character and superhuman determination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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