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Bebe

El Dorado, AR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 41 reviews
  • 170 ratings
  • 1529 titles in library
  • 57 purchased in 2015
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  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1098)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Very interesting"
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    The book switches from one person to another, each with a different narrator. I enjoyed that a lot. The story, especially the wolf facts, kept me interested. This is my second Jodi Picoult novel. Like the other one, it is family drama, a court room scene, and a secret being kept until the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932 - 1972

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (94)

    This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972. It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti...everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.

    Paula says: "Fabulous book, good narration, bad recording"
    "A Classic"
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    I enjoyed this book more than any I've listened to in ages. I wish the book had gone on another 57 hours. Years ago I read most of it and still have my old paperback. It came in handy when I wanted to follow along or when I wanted to quote something for friends. I was born in 1948 so I remember lots of the events from the later parts of the book. Manchester gave me new insights to those events.
    I don't think anyone can read aloud as fast as this reader. His reading must have been sped up some. It took a little getting used to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (925)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Worst opening paragraph of any book ever"
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    I nearly gave up after the opening paragraph. It was worthy of a bad writing contest. You can read it on the Amazon preview. The book was barely okay.

    1 of 2 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
    (903)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (807)

    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
    (344)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (298)

    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.

    3 of 6 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
    (19)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    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
    (275)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    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
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1923)
    Story
    (1933)

    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
    (311)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (273)

    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
    (10710)
    Performance
    (9615)
    Story
    (9619)

    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
    (292)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great material. Well read."
    "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

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