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Sheryl

gourd gal

Seiad Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 391 titles in library
  • 61 purchased in 2014
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  • When the Killing’s Done: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the Channel Islands’ endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

    A User says: "Worth the effort"
    "Hmmmmm...!"
    Overall

    I wish T.C. would get out of his maudlin state. I keep reading his books, hoping to find some of the funny dark side of life, like "Drop City," but I guess he is stuck in the dark absurd state. Anyway, it was an okay read and the narrator was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1244)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "I very much enjoyed this tale."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a wonderful fairy tale in a novel setting. I really enjoyed it and hope you will too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (395)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "Interesting plot!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Change of Heart?

    I really liked all the twists and turns in the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Another fascinating story by Jodi Picoult. The narration was great too. I usually don't like many different readers, but the story tellers were seamless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3488)
    Performance
    (3160)
    Story
    (3183)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Great story."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I haven't seen the TV series, so my review is based on the book. It was well narrated, and I liked the characters. The reality of her experience seemed more mild than one would imagine prison life to be, so I wasn't quite convinced of the whole experience. It is an interesting book and I'm glad I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (883)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Wonderful"
    "Loved this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Color Purple to be better than the print version?

    I think that this book, read by the author was quite exquisite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters were bright and individual. Each carried their own merit.


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

    No, but I will.


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

    This book produced many reactions, from laughing to crying.


    Any additional comments?

    You would be missing out on a wonderful read if you choose not to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (760)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Hmmmm....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It would be better to read not to listen to.


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

    It had too many email subtitles.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Laura Hamilton?

    Yes. She was a good narrator.


    Did Attachments inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Not quite the type of book I usually go for. It seemed a little more geared toward a younger audience. Maybe 17-25 ish?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (704)

    Charlie Howard travels the globe writing suspense novels for a living. To supplement his income - and keep his hand in - Charlie has a small side business: stealing for a very discreet clientele on commission. When a mysterious American offers Charlie 20,000 euros to steal two small monkey figurines to match the one he already has, Charlie is suspicious; the job seems too good to be true, and of course, it is. He soon finds the American beaten nearly to death, while the third figurine has disappeared.

    adrienne says: "A delightful surprise!"
    "Not quite my cup of tea."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It seemed rather trite to me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Could you see The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not! We need interesting TV


    Any additional comments?

    I could see how some may think this book is interesting, but I found I couldn't wait for it to be over. I didn't ask for my credit back though, so it did have some merit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1134)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "narration is tedious and unexpressive"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the book. I am going to read it instead of having a tedious speaker reading to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "It was not worth the 4.95!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy this book.


    Has 1Q84 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It was very repetitive. I knew I could not finish it from the start. I listened to 10 hours, should I try to finish it?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    Truly Plaice, an overly large and ungainly girl, is the polar opposite of her sister, Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection. With their parents dead, Truly and Serena Jane are separated: Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation.

    Tracie says: "Pretty good - but could have been Truly good!"
    "Truly wonderful!"
    Overall

    Most of the audio books produced by Blackstone Audio that I have listened to are great, and this one is no exception. The narration by Carrington MacDuffe wove a tale of life, simple and complex, beautifully sad and engaging. I sometimes had to wonder how a woman so large could keep her chin up, but this is where fiction can overcome life. I am glad I listened, and I am inspired to read the book. I hope the author is working on another piece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2671)
    Performance
    (1701)
    Story
    (1682)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "good!"
    Overall

    I listen to this book while I exercise. It is good inspiration during a workout. The theory and studies seems to make perfect sense.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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