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Sharon

Santa Cruz, CA, United States

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  • 7 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 37 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lake Shore Limited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Sue Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Four unforgettable characters beckon you into this spellbinding new novel from Sue Miller. First among them is Wilhelmina Billy Gertz, small as a child, fiercely independent, powerfully committed to her work as a playwright. The story itself centers on The Lake Shore Limited, a play Billy has written about an imagined terrorist bombing of that train as it pulls into Union Station in Chicago, and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife.

    Susan D says: "Far better than a previous reviewer thought"
    "Sue Miller, Limited"
    Overall

    Another summer much ado about not much. Endless details about everyone's relationship to everyone else, and as a literary hook, how these relationships might or might not hinge on a rather thin play written by one of them. The whole mess is about how one of the characters was not in love with another one who died. Miller reads her own work in a low, slow, often raspy voice that often drops the last two words of a sentence. Although Miller has an amazing grasp of language and the subtleties of human nature, I found myself screaming with boredom internally as I waded through her characters' uninteresting minds. Not much happened, except Miller, I assume, will be making some money this summer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (576)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "Can't finish it...."
    Overall

    Kind of like friends.....if they ultimately just don't add to your life in a positive way, you can do other things with your time. I loved Tillie and Carrigan and the prostitutes, but the rest was just endlessly boring and contrived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (874)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "A very long time...."
    Overall

    This is a bit of a British disappointment....you get really engrossed and then the ending falls apart. The story and characters are believable, but there doesn't seem to be any resolution for anyone. And the author starts to repeat himself....they looked at each other for a very long time, after a long time, etc, etc, etc. I think maybe Cleave was told to finish in a hurry....he really didn't think it through. Again, as with so many of the books I've listened to, I say, where are the editors? Who reads these books before they are published and polishes them? I think Cleave should have re read his work for a very long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2301)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (556)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Three More Cups, and then three more, and then"
    Overall

    This is a must read if you want to know about the work Mortenson has done in Pakistan, and to understand the culture and people there. I found it fascinating, and the work was also well read by Patrick Lawlor, and well written, as well. However, listening to every detail of Mortenson's mission for 13 hours was really grueling. It might have been possible to edit slightly. Or maybe not? I loved getting to know Mortenson through the book; I have become a huge fan, even though I thought I wouldn't like it due to all the media hype it got originally. So terribly sad to think what is happening in Pakistan now. My heart goes out to the people there, who are so fierce, vital, and generous of heart. Only wish we had access to the photos in the book itself, and the spelling of the names, etc. Audio books really lose the power of the written word that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A River Runs Through It

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By Ivan Doig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    A River Runs Through It is a universal story of family love and a lyrical masterpiece, as beautiful as the great trout rivers of western Montana upon which it is set. Its beauty is especially evident through the "near-perfect match" of reader Ivan Doig and author Norman MacLean.

    John says: "Lyrical - wonderfully done"
    "A River Runs Through It"
    Overall

    I wish I had this book in my hands to quote from it...a definite lack in this listening thing. I find this short novel exquisite. Every line has meaning. The relationships are achingly full of perception and grace. The metaphor of the river, and fly fishing, is omnipresent and speaks of the love that is shot through the main characters' interactions with each other. I have listened to this book twice, and read it once. The film is ghastly....the meaning is in the words, and layered: the river, fly fishing, one's relation to one's god, brothers and families, the story of the prodigal son, violence and mayhem of the heart, the beauty of knowing something. And in closing: I plan to just ignore reviews that don't recognize or understand the craft of fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wife's Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lori Lansens
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Mary Gooch was once young and slender and carefree. But with each passing year she's accumulated an excess of pounds and worries. On the eve of her 25th wedding anniversary, her handsome husband does not come home. Shocked out of her inertia, Mary boards a plane for the first time and begins a desperate search. With a surge of energy that she hasn't felt in years, Mary fights for her husband while she reflects upon a life half lived.

    Cassandra L. Vidler says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "Where's Gooch?"
    Overall

    I liked The Wife's Tale. I like Mary Gooch, the way it was read by Justine Eyre, the tone of much of Canadian writing. The sentence structure was varied and unusual. I found myself rooting for Mary and delighted with the many turns of events. I even liked the ending, which I won't tell. Lansen only gets 3 stars for her effort because of her total lack of subtlety. Heavy handed alliteration; repetitive, predictable reactions to Mary's weight ; the inexplicable motives behind her husband's actions; Mary's on again off again brain tumor scare that is explained by cultural voodoo; and my least favorite, Lansen's assumption that all Hispanics in California are from Mexico. Mary, however, is a lovely woman and I will not forget her. I'm pretty sure her husband agrees. Maybe he had brain damage? I think Lori Lansen needs a better editor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (225)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Heart of the Matter Review"
    Overall

    Although the premise of this novel (infidelity) was thoughtful and covered just about every possible point of view,from the perspective of a man cheating on his wife that is, the novel itself was rife with cliches and tired old turns of phrase. The characters were sketchy as well...I wanted to like them but I never really got to know them very well. It was believable enough to engage me, but not something I would want to admit. Kind of like an average TV show. I am sure this novel will be able to keep Giffin in groceries for awhile.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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