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Janet

Butler, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (860)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "serious but interesting"
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    This story is not light and entertaining, but I am glad that I listened to it. It really did make me think about how society sees persons with mental challenges, or any types of handicaps or differences for that matter. It also said a lot about how important companionship and friendships are. Don't expect to feel better after listening to this book - it's not a feel-good book - but I think it's worth listening to.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4934)
    Performance
    (4490)
    Story
    (4481)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Loved it!"
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    This was a great book. It is a marathon as opposed to a sprint. But I enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the factual history blended with the author's interjections to make the story more interesting and enjoyable. It's so hard to believe that humans can treat other humans in such an obscene manner as happens in the book. I would recommend listening! The narration was well done as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (300)

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
    "I wish I could have this credit back....."
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    I tried....I really did. But I just couldn't get into this one at all. I gave up on it quite early on. Maybe it gets better? It's difficult to listen to and absorb, in part because the names are so challenging and hard to remember and keep track of. But also because I didn't like the way it was written and wasn't enjoying it at all. I'm afraid that I can't recommend this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5268)
    Performance
    (4766)
    Story
    (4779)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "The action in this book would make a great movie."
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    It's a little hard to listen to action being described and this one has a good deal of action. I think it would make a better movie than a book. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but as I continued to listen, I grew to like the main characters enough to want to find out what happens to them. The whole concept of people having special "powers" is very intriguing and makes for a good story. I'm not sure that I will continue with successor books in the series, but I did enjoy this one well enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5753)
    Performance
    (4979)
    Story
    (4973)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Wonderful story, very enjoyable!"
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    I liked everything about this one -- the characters, the story, the references to famous people that I knew of, and the narration. I would definitely recommend it if you like a good story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (715)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Great characters, very enjoyable!"
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    I would definitely recommend this one. I liked the story and the characters and enjoyed the narrator's accent as well. The book made me feel good and that's my primary goal when reading or listening to books. :-) I loved rooting for Dodger and his successes!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5008)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2844)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Loved it! The writing is very well done!"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book! I love the writer's style -- she describes things very well and made me feel like I was there. The story was entertaining and I looked forward to listening to it and missed it when I was done with the book. I would recommend it and will be looking for other Kate Morton books to read. There is a good deal of jumping around in time. At first it seemed annoying, but as the story went along, I got used to that and it actually worked pretty well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5516)
    Performance
    (3470)
    Story
    (3478)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Not a bad listen."
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    Certainly not one of my favorite books, but it's not bad. If you're looking for a story as told by a dog, I certainly preferred "A Dogs Purpose". But I did like the characters in this story and enjoyed listening to it. I feel like I learned some lessons about positive attittudes and how to endure thru the toughest of times. If I was a big fan of race cars, I probably would have enjoyed it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4040)
    Performance
    (3658)
    Story
    (3670)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Wimpy story wrapped around porn."
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    I listened to all the Shades of Grey and loved them all. But was so disappointed in Bared to You. It's a very wimpy story wrapped around explicit details of vanilla sex....again and again...and again.... Everyone in the book is beautiful, which is also very annoying. Didn't like it at all and would ask for a refund if that was an option. The narrator did a decent job in spite of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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