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Julie

Lindenhurst, NY, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog, and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

    Suzn F says: "Andre Dubus III Does It Again"
    "Excellent read!"
    Overall

    I almost didn't download this after reading some of the reviews here, but the premise still sounded interesting so I did and though I rarely submit reviews, thought I should in this case since I thoroughly disagree with those who've said the characters were uninteresting or that the women sounded whiny. I didn't notice any issue with the narrator either. I thought it was a wonderfully woven story, and was immersed right from the beginning. The 9-11 angle didn't overwhelm the rest of the story either, which was one thing I feared. Great listen!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarpetta Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta - despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN - to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events.

    Lee says: "Disappointed"
    "A really enjoyable read"
    Overall

    The book previous to this one didn't really grab me, but I really enjoyed this one as well as nearly all of her others. Fast moving, all of the old characters and a multi-dimensional plot that kept me guessing. I rather disagree with those who want only sunny smiles or for things to "heal". I think that Kay Scarpetta, Lucy, Benton, etc. wouldn't be believable and would seem too perfect if there was no complexity or depth to the characters - no "dark side". This seems to mirror my experience with real life a lot more, even the closest and ultimately best relationships just aren't all moonbeams and sunlight.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (147)

    This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor.

    Melissa says: "of COURSE she has an agenda..."
    "Good read, but take with a grain of salt"
    Overall

    I agree with those who believe this author imagines, due to her own privileged background, that people who start out with no advantages have few options and little hope. As someone who had nothing at all handed to me and now, in my early forties, makes more than many of my friends who hold an MBA (I never went to college), and in a very normal white collar business where I simply dedicated myself and worked hard from the very bottom up, I obviously have a very different perspective on what people with a good work ethic and determination can accomplish. It's all about personal responsibility and, sometimes, hard choices (choose not to have 2-3 kids out of wedlock if you want to increase your chances of success, for example). Even so, speaking objectively, it's still a worthwhile read and story - I am always someone who wants to read the other side and consider.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6018)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2226)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Wonderful story"
    Overall

    and the narrator does an excellent job too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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