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Daryl

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  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (959)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "An important and comprehensive work"
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    If you could sum up Inside Scientology in three words, what would they be?

    COMPREHENSIVE IMPORTANT GRIPPING


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside Scientology?

    The portions of interviews with children who grew up in scientology in the midst of a world where technology has exploded.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator has never, in my experience, been very good at portraying different voices, particularly female ones. His narrative portions are quite good, but his depiction of female subjects are no different from the narrative flow itself. I must also insert here that having a male narrator read a book written by Reitman, a female reporter, is an odd choice. At times, Reitman will insert herself in the story, and it's a bit of a shock having the narrator insert "personal" insights.


    Any additional comments?

    Many other reviewers have done better than I at describing this book, but I will add my voice to them. This book is intricate in its describing the many aspects of scienntology, from the beginnings of the religion to the personal stories of current and former scientologists. It is well-balanced and fair, though Reitman is quietly critical of scientology. There are spots that drag, particularly regarding scientology's battle with the IRS and obtaining tax-exempt statuus: and there are many interview subjects and language that gets confusing. Beyond that, this book is intense and should be of interest to anyone thinking of joining scientology or having a fascination with religions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (543)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Compulsively readable"
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    What did you love best about Code Talker?

    I loved Chester's simple way of communicating his life experiences, interposed with Native spirituality, neither glossing over bad parts nor glorifying their horror. The complex relationship between a Navajo and the US Government is complex and sticky, and I never once considered it, even though we have similar concerns with First Nations people here in Canada.


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

    His narration neither dramatizes nor monotone, he was a fantastic narrative choice for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your time, money and/or credit; I like this man's outlook, his faith, his courage.
    Read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rachel Dewoskin
    • Narrated By Annalie Gernert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Emma Sasha Silver loses her eyesight in a nightmare accident, she must relearn everything from walking across the street to recognizing her own sisters to imagining colors. One of seven children, Emma used to be the invisible kid, but now it seems everyone is watching her. And just as she's about to start high school and try to recover her friendships and former life, one of her classmates is found dead in an apparent suicide. Fifteen and blind, Emma has to untangle what happened and why - in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

    Daryl says: "Potential, but..."
    "Potential, but..."
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    What did you like best about Blind? What did you like least?

    I think the story had potential, though perhaps it might have been more effective if Emma had been born blind, rather than (like most fiction involving blind characters) an accident caused her blindness.

    I liked some of the humour, as well as the descriptions of some of the adjustments that Emma had to go through. I didn't like Emma's pity parties (I would never drive a car, have a job, get married, lose my virginity...") While there are moments of this in every blind person's life, I found that she used this as an excuse. And taking Spark to school? Her behavior in this regard both shows her immaturity and could cause damage to ACTUAL blind high school students who have guide dogs...


    What about Annalie Gernert’s performance did you like?

    I loved her as a narrator. I am just sorry that she cut her teeth on this book.


    Was Blind worth the listening time?

    No. As a blind person myself, I have mixed emotions about blind people portrayed in literature and movies. I don't expect all authors to get it completely right, but I do expect someone who spent time around blind people not to get it THIS wrong...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kay Bratt
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina. Based on Bratt’s diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable.

    Daryl says: "Read this in print"
    "Read this in print"
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    Any additional comments?

    On one hand, as a book itself, it is compulsively readable, but as an audiobook, it doesn't quite work. It is entirely centered around a journal, which doesn't translate into good audio. I found my mind wandering while I was trying to focus, which is a tragedy, because this book - as a book - is a good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1000)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "I couldn't finish"
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    What would have made The Wicked Girls better?

    It started out terrific, but then it degenerated into almost a torture porn scenario. It relies on a pretty severe coincidence...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alex Marwood again?

    I don't think so.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favorite?

    I loved this narrator... she did the best she could with the material she was given.


    Any additional comments?

    This book relies on one coincidence after another - two girls meet one day as children, and by the end of the day, their lives are changed forever. They never see each other again until, years later, with new names, a chance encounter has them recognizing each other when one is writing a news story at the amusement park where the other ie employed...
    Then it degenerates into mental walls with sex scenes in a hall of mirrors, and on and on we go...

    I wanted to like this, and I think the premise would've been handled differently in other hands, but Marwood just didn't do it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderland Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Six-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin has won a loyal following for her inspiring historical fiction. In Wonderland Creek, young Chicago-area librarian Alice Grace Ripley is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks up with her just as the Great Depression forces her out of a job. To escape the local gossip, Alice volunteers to deliver donated books to a library in rural Kentucky. There she discovers that God still has a plan for her after all.

    Sara says: "Depression Era Kentucky as a Librarian"
    "A quirky, fun read"
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    Where does Wonderland Creek rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than most, because it IS Lynn Austin. It's quirky and lighthearted like "A Proper Pursuit", but doesn't handle the many issues with such grace...


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

    Both. It was quite amusing having a protagonist talk about the unbelievability of a life situation that wouldn't have been believable in a book...


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a welcome addition to Austin's collection of well-done inspirational novels.
    I am normally not a big kate Forbes fan, but her voice is actually well-suited to this one.

    This is not Austin's best book, but is well worth the light read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Dictionary

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sujata Massey
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    The term "sleeping dictionary" was coined for young Indian women who slept with British men and educated them in the ways of India. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, The Sleeping Dictionary is the story of Kamala, born to a peasant family in West Bengal, who makes her way to Calcutta of the 1930s. Haunted by a forbidden love, she is caught between the raging independence movement and the British colonial society she finds herself inhabiting.

    K Cornwinkle says: "It is a romance but..."
    "A companion of Letters"
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    What did you love best about The Sleeping Dictionary?

    I loved the vivid descriptions of India, both before and during the war. I wish there were more well-rounded male characters, but that's a minor quibble. Massey has a wonderful gift of language.


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

    I love love LOVE this narrator... I would read just about anything she performs!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book immensely, more as a character development than a plot-driven one - the plot relies on a couple of coincidences that might have, in less skillful hands, caused me to put the book down. But Massey can turn a phrase with a poetic ring that does not dip down to sentimentalism.

    There are portions that are difficult to read, but not explicit for their own sake; I had concerns about this based on the synopsis regarding what a "sleeping dictionary" is. I am glad that this book is so well-done and well-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Bay: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Stan Pretty, Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, a surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town on the verge of unwelcome change. Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves - if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt's hotel.

    Daryl says: "Not up to Moyes' standards"
    "Not up to Moyes' standards"
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    Any additional comments?

    Let me start off by saying that I like Nicolette McKenzie as a narrator, and have read Jojo Moyes' other books (I immensely enjoyed "me before You" and "The Ship of Brides"). Moyes either writes really well - even for beach reads - or her books are just predictable and a bit frustrating. Unfortunately, Silver Bay is not up to Moyes' talents, and having two narrators voice 5 or 6 characters was just a bit too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Club Sandwich

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Samson
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Do you know what it's like give to 100 percent and still feel like it's not, and you're not, enough for anybody? To be caught between caring for an aging parent and raising young children? Ivy Schneider lives in this place, too, and she isn't at all happy about it.

    Daryl says: "Perhaps a bit overwhelmed, like her heroine"
    "Perhaps a bit overwhelmed, like her heroine"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    More the author than the book itself. In many ways it is over-committed, like Ivy, the protagonist. Lisa Samson has a wonderful knack of creating engaging characters who are Christians without being super-spiritual. But this book tends, like its heroine, to ramble on in a stream-of-consciousness style, taking on many themes and questions - some more successfully than others.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lisa Samson before, how does this one compare?

    I have read her books in print, and like them immensely overall. This is not her best work, but tackles some important issues of faith and family.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lisa Samson?

    Lisa Samson did not narrate this book; Barbara McCullough did. She is a good narrator, with the exception of her dialogue, which is hard to differentiate between characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rebecca Alexander, Sascha Alper
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away is a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face-physical, psychological, and philosophical. Rebecca's story is an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

    Daryl says: "Loved this!"
    "Loved this!"
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    Would you listen to Not Fade Away again? Why?

    Definitely. Rebecca's experiences are by turns unique and universal. She has had to come to terms with herself, her sexuality, what it manes to have a disability...


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

    I have, and for the most part, I do like her narration. I will definitely check out more of her performances.


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

    In portions, both.


    Any additional comments?

    Rebecca Alexander is by turns an enigma and an every-woman. She is both losing her sight and hearing, and has taken the controversial step of receiving a cochlear implant.

    She is strong, capable, and very self-aware. Kudos to her for writing this book; I hope she writes more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Windfallen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    The tiny, well-ordered seaside village of Merham holds little to interest the adventurous - except for Arcadia, the breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline. Attracted to this magical place, young Lottie Swift surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions. Years later, another young woman comes to Merham. A designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Fleeing a broken relationship, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more - a love she thought she would never know again.

    Daryl says: "Moving character drama"
    "Moving character drama"
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    Where does Windfallen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. It is definitely a beach read, but Jojo Moyes writes some of the best of those.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Probably added more plot. It held my interest for sure due to its complex and flawed characters, but it didn't generally hold a tone of tension...


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

    I haven't, but I plan to. She is a very good narrator!


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

    Portions made me smile, others did make me cry.
    I also have a unique perspective as a blind woman on the character of Camille. I loved how Jojo Moyes made her character just happen to be blind. Had she been sighted, some of the events would've still happened anyway. Camille is independent, flawed, and dealing with her blindness with its own complexity, neither an angelic "super" blind person who can do everything herself nor a woman entirely dependent on others.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a light beach read, but one always needs a few of these. I like Jojo Moyes as a writer. Though this is not her best book ("Me Before You" and "The Ship of Brides" are my personal favorites), she depicts the small-town English life, both past and present, with fantastic flawed characters and a charming, haunting house.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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