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Bebe

El Dorado, AR, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 39 reviews
  • 168 ratings
  • 1400 titles in library
  • 144 purchased in 2014
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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (138)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Interesting narrative structure"
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    I've listened to other novels that change from third person to first person, but this is the only one I've listened to that has more than one giving his first person account along with a third person account. The narrator is pretty good, but I do wish he had used different voices for the first person accounts. Sometimes it took a bit to realize which character was talking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (655)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Violent but thought-provoking"
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    I lived in Natchez a couple of years when I was a girl in the late 1950s. The racism was surprising, even for a girl of 10 moving there from rural South Arkansas.

    This book had me not watching TV for several days until I finished it and dreaming about the characters at night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blank Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (263)

    As a cyber-hacker born into a family of thieves, Clarissa O’Connell thinks she’s seen the worst the criminal underworld has to offer - until her brother is arrested and she’s forced into a pact with the notorious crime boss known only as Solomon to free him. For FBI agent Erik Langston, the world is divided into black and white, wrong and right. So he’s made it his life’s mission to hunt down Solomon. When Clarissa’s cyberattacks begin to topple Solomon’s enemies, Erik is hot on her trail, believing her to be the key to bringing down Solomon and his empire.

    sally says: "The story was dull"
    "Unbelievable story with repulsive porn"
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    I truly hope the author and narrator both have other jobs. This is a terrible book with terrible narration.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Stories of Paul Bowles

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Joe Barrett, Victor Bevine, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    An American literary cult figure, Paul Bowles established his legacy with the novel The Sheltering Sky. An immediate sensation, it became a fixture in American letters. Bowles then returned his energies to the short story - the genre he preferred and soon mastered.Bowles' s short fiction is orchestral in composition and exacting in theme, marked by a unique, delicately spare style, and a dark, rich, exotic mood, by turns chilling, ironic, and wry.

    D. Donohue says: "Mesmerizing and beautifully produced"
    "The atmosphere of the countries comes through"
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    I enjoyed the later stories much more than the early ones. My complaint with the early stories is that they would often start getting good and holding my interest when they would just end. I know that they are "literary" and not "plot-driven," but I found that so ANNOYING.

    Having lots of narrators was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waking with Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    After a heated encounter inside a London hotel room - where he was pursued by three very different women - Gideon finds himself living in a world where there's no one to trust.

    April says: "A Sequal at its best!"
    "Pornography"
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    I'm not a prude, but this is nothing but pornography. It absolutely grossed me out. I tried more than once to listen to it, but never could get more than a few hours into it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1555)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Non-fiction of the period is so much better"
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    I've listened to many WWII and concentration camp stories. This fiction just doesn't come up to the drama of the accounts of those who were actually there. The Seamstress is so very much better.

    I try to avoid Toren and Guidall. They can ruin books. Guidall sounds like an old uncle that one can hardly wait to get away from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (216)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Karen says: "Alternate title for "The House at Riverton""
    "Buyer beware"
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    This book is The House at Riverton. I listened to it in 2012. I kept thinking "this sounds familiar." Audible is such a good place to do business. I'm really surprised that they don't put a warning in the description.

    The book is pretty good, but just don't buy both of them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9449)
    Performance
    (8511)
    Story
    (8519)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "What a good book!"
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    Here is what I emailed to my sister: I just finished Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It was so good. I've had to delete lots of stuff on my DVR because I haven't watched TV in 3 days and it filled up. This was one of those novels that a person stays up late reading and starts again as soon as she wakes up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. Now, in this superb book, one of our most outstanding writers, after a meticulous three-year examination of the record, presents his startling insights about the man. The narrative is gripping, because the general's life was fascinating. It is moving, because he was a man of vision. It ends, finally, in tragedy, because his character, though majestic, was tragically flawed.

    Wolfpacker says: "An Honest Portrayal of a Flawed Hero"
    "Best biography"
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    I've listened to many biographies, and this one is the best. I'd never thought much about MacArthur before I listened to this book. I'd just thought he was an egotistical old general. Now I know that he was one of the towering figures of the last century. If you are interested in WWII, the Korean War, or a history of Japan, you need to listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1687)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1461)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Very disappointed"
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    I had wanted to listen to this for years, but I found my mind wandering over and over while it was playing. I had to back up and listen to parts again. I think the fault was with the narrator. Having a woman narrator detracted greatly. Also, she just didn't have much "life" about her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2236)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1344)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "This book stays with you"
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    I listened to this book 4 years ago while I was planting my garden. Every time I'm in the garden, I think about this book. When I'm hot and tired and decide I'll go inside, shower, and drink a beer, I think about how the slaves couldn't do that.

    One of the things that really struck me about this book was that when someone was sold, he/she was "sold" out of the story and never heard from again.

    I'm a Southerner and a Christian. I do wish my area of the country would quit being so behind the rest of the country and trying to hide it behind their religion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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