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Margo

Newnan, GA, USA

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  • 7 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 86 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dew Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edwidge Danticat
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    From the universally acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!, a brilliant, deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a "dew breaker", a torturer, a man whose brutal crimes in the country of his birth lie hidden beneath his new American reality.

    Andrea says: "Spell-binding"
    "where are we now?"
    Overall

    Maybe it was the narration, but I found this book difficult to follow. The transition from one time frame to the next was not clear or maybe not defined. I often could not tell which era they were talking about. A meandering plot is often more interesting, but in this case, just confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (684)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "unusual tale"
    Overall

    This was a bit long, and bogged down at times, but the nature of the story kept me listening. Unusual characters with lots of eccentricity move the plot along. This feature was what kept me intrigued with the book, when I might have just hit the delete button.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (428)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "another wild crazy trip?"
    Overall

    I know this is supposed to be a "classic", but it seemed a bit repetitive to me. Each adventure seemed too much like the last. Seemed like there were entirely too many wild, drunken trips across the US, and not enough imaginative plot. His later works are much better.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4755)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1650)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "elizabethian type tale"
    Overall

    This tale does hold your interest if you like "jane eyre" type novels. Enough mystery and plot twists to keep you listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shade

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Neil Jordan
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In the opening chapter of Shade, a woman dies in the house where she grew up, killed by her childhood friend. The clumsy murderer manages to eliminate her body; however, her spirit returns to narrate this riveting novel of love and war, childhood alliances, and inevitable betrayals. Nina Hardy's ghost is vigilant, patient, and forgiving.

    Margo says: "good plot needs better reader. ."
    "good plot needs better reader. ."
    Overall

    plot is good. however the reader makes it difficult to discern who is talking (Nena, George, who?) Would be a better book with a different reader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3164)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2377)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "still waiting. ."
    Overall

    half way thru listening to part two, and still waiting for the "good" part!! yawn.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Bull says: "Grisham wins a bet."
    "not as good as previous grisham, but a good listen"
    Overall

    the first half was a bit slow, but as the novel progressed my interest picked up. Especially enjoyable was the description of Italian countryside and food ! Probably would have rated this better, if I hadn't enjoyed so many other Grisham novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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