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Alfred

Audio is in Al's name but it's MaryJane who listens to the books.

CHARLOTTE, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 164 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Healing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jonathan Odell
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a “slave disease.” Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer.

    Dream says: "I am a HEALER too"
    "Learning NEW Things"
    Overall

    Enjoyed this book very much, liked it because it had some history in it, how things were in the South when slavery was a way of life. Enjoyed the parts when slavery had ended to actually find out that it was still very difficult for the free slaves. Amazing what our country went through to get us where we are today. The reader was EXCELLENT!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8767)
    Performance
    (6876)
    Story
    (6907)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "So very good, but so very depressing."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a wonderful book, it's a book that should be required reading for all school age children to show them how BAD war is. The last 30 minutes I listened to it with tears in my eyes, you just get so close to the characters that you see them, feel them, you are them. Enjoy the book, even though it might make you sad it's wonderful. The name you see is Alfred but this is MJ Al's wife who listens to and reviews the books, so this is from a female's point of view about war, men might think differently about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9359)
    Performance
    (8575)
    Story
    (8586)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "To Many Words"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I said, to many words, this book would have been better if it was 400 pages and not 700, 20 hours or less not 32. It just goes on and on and on. By the time I was at 20 hours I just kept thinking when is it going to end, to many words, to many descriptions and repeats itself to many times. I loved the story, the reader was wonderful no complaint there., If you have lots of time, listen to this book, it will hold your interest but to long. I can see why Donna Tartt only gets a book out every ten years it takes her forever to get all of those words down on paper. I did like the story line but it really had to be shorter.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6780)
    Performance
    (6286)
    Story
    (6305)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Stephen has Another Good One!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really didn't think I would enjoy it, the beginning kind of freaked me out, it was so strange and a few times I just wanted to say "oh the heck with it" but then you get to a certain part and it gets to you, it's another really good Stephen King story just like the good old days. I enjoyed it, loved knowing what happens to Danny. It's a story that really had to be written since so many of us really wanted to know what happened to Danny and his mom. Thank you Mr. King for enjoyable hours of listening to this book, awaiting the next one of course, you are back in the groove once again.

    0 of 0 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
    (9003)
    Performance
    (8115)
    Story
    (8122)

    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)"
    "Grisham always holds your attention"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the book, and the main reason is of course John Grisham, but Michael Beck is an A+ reader, his voices are just right on the head he does them beautifully, you can just see the person he is doing. This will of course make another good movie if it follows the story line, I truly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (902)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Loved it AGAIN"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Read this book when it first came out many years ago, so this was like brand new to me I really didn't remember much of the story. I enjoyed it then, I loved it now, history, romance, mystery has it all. The characters are wonderful, I lived in the North for many years and now in the South for many years and I can tell you everyone tells a different story about the war depending on where you live - North or South. Just started Book 2 and it's just as good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18423)
    Performance
    (16445)
    Story
    (16500)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Undecided"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't really know if I liked this book or not, story line was good, Amy is really an awful person but so is Nick, they DESERVE each other. Won't give away the ending but I didn't like it. It certainly keeps you guessing as to what is happening and what will happen next, but I just couldn't really get deep into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3145)
    Performance
    (2704)
    Story
    (2723)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Kate Morton is always great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Suspensful, Entertaining, Great, it's always worth the wait for her books, everyone of them has been just teriffic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Like the history, love hearing about the past and then going back to the present.


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

    She just wants to make you keep listening, a super reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for her next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1315)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Just like I remembered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Prince of Tides to be better than the print version?

    To me yes, since he did the accents so well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved that it took place in places that I know.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    All of them, he's just great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Would have loved to, but who has the time


    Any additional comments?

    Love anything by Pat Conroy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6131)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2322)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Stick with it!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, I'm really glad that I listened to this book, it took a while for me to get interested in it, there were parts that were at first boring & confusing to me but I stuck with it, and in the end glad that I did. In the beginning I had no idea where this story was going, why did we need all of this "boring" info, that's what I thought but you really do need it and then when the book is done you realize that it really wasn't boring. So in a nutshell I truly think it was a very enjoyable story, learned things that I never knew and actually never thought about, give it a try, stick with it, good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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