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Adrian

Author of Kindertransport

Beeville, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bob Dotson
    • Narrated By Bob Dotson
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The host of the NBC Today Show’s popular segment shares his favorite stories of citizens making a difference around the country. For the six million people who watch the Emmy Award-winning "American Story with Bob Dotson" on NBC’s Today Show, Bob Dotson’s reports celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday Americans. Dotson has been crisscrossing the country for more than 40 years - logging more than four million miles - in search of people who have quietly but profoundly changed our lives and our counrty for the better.

    Adrian says: "The stories you never get to enjoy"
    "The stories you never get to enjoy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed it and it was a superbly-executed piece of non-fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The elderly baseball players struck a cord with me, but many of the stories were priceless narratives.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The author deftly weaved his own stories into the fabric of others making seamless transitions.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stories! What a celebration of the American spirit. I enjoyed the colloquial tone of the story and the little bio bits from the author. I highly recommend this book whether you're a fan of Bob Dotson or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4530)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4118)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Sue Monk Kidd soars with newest novel"
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    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jenna Lamia brings The Invention of Wings to life. I recognized her voice from The Help and I was delighted to hear from her. She has an uncanny sense of the Southern voice.


    If you could take any character from The Invention of Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    If I could take any character to dinner, it would be Nina Griemke. This character is only seen through her sister's lens; I would like to get to know her from her point of view.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Andrea Stuart
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In the late 1630s, lured by the promise of the New World, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the life of a sugar plantation owner by mere chance, but by the time he harvested his first crop, a revolution was fully under way.

    Adrian says: "A sweet, historical gem"
    "A sweet, historical gem"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author spent the most time on George Ashby, so I gleaned the most information about the history of the island through his lifetime.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

    No! I found the narrator to be annoying and amateurish. Mispronunciations of words including nascent, miscegenation and (gasp!) cavalry interrupted the experience for me. The book was well-written, but the narrator did a bit of a hack job with her vocal representation of it. If I see an audio book with her name on it, I’ll make a point of not purchasing it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. The author created a virtual Barbados that I felt very comfortable in. I would enjoy seeing the history of the island brought to life and since reading the book, I'm interesting in visiting the island.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Roots by Alex Haley, you'll enjoy Sugar in the Blood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2245)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1987)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "Desire to lead; lack of opportunity"
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    What would have made Lean In better?

    The author takes a pristine look at her life where every challenge is a lesson and every obstacle is a perfectly-navigated success. Life is a lot messier than that! I wish she'd been a lot more open about her failures. Name-dropping is always annoying, regardless of the intent.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator's voice was annoying to me and may have colored my judgement of the book. Maybe a different actor would have made the experience better for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The author seemed to be ignoring the fact that a lot of women don't have/haven't had her opportunities and make choices based on a very different rubric. She also pooh-pooh'd the decisions of women who, like me, step off the corporate track to raise a child. Sure, if I'd decided to stay committed to my high profile job I wouldn't be in a salary deficit today, but I don't regret putting my daughter first.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (349)

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "A memoir and a tip jar"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The author gave a gritty and truthful look at the hotel industry, peppered with advice for customers. It was comically honest and equally tragic. I loved this book. I highly recommend it. I gave it all the stars!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the author was the narrator. It was the kind of story that was best told by the person who lived it.


    What about Jacob Tomsky’s performance did you like?

    Tomsky was good with the voices. He was engaging and funny, even when the subject matter was negative. He was honest about his own negative experiences. I have a problem with other writers like Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In) and Tal Birdsey (A Room for Learning: The Making of a School in Vermont) who are coy about what screw ups they are. We are all screw ups and being honest about that, like Tomsky, is real.


    0 of 0 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
    (15385)
    Performance
    (13636)
    Story
    (13668)

    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!"
    "Wow!"
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    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I listened to Gone Girl twice just in case I missed something the first time!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There were many plots twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. Good guys and bad guys kept switching places, to my delight.


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

    It took several days to finish this book, but if I could have, I would have listened to it in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nalo Hopkinson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    It's Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked "Midnight Robbers" waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival - until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime. Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree....

    mary says: "Even Through the Dimensions, Girls Are Not Safe"
    "I enjoyed the performance"
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    Where does Midnight Robber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Midnight Robber ranks almost at the bottom of the books I've listened to.


    What could Nalo Hopkinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think the author lied when she set up the father and the little girl as good characters in the beginning of the book. As the story went on, I found them both morally bankrupt and could not enjoy the story. The only reason I finished it was because I thought that Robin Miles' reading was sublime and I enjoyed the uniqueness of the patois.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4482)
    Performance
    (1960)
    Story
    (1950)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Riveting!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not something that I would have purchased on my own. I took it on a This is Audible podcast. I'm glad that I did. It is a remarkable story.


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

    The narrator is a small child. The childish voice in such a compelling story is jarring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1782)
    Performance
    (1626)
    Story
    (1638)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "One of the best!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    I loved that the author was the reader. It made the book more entertaining. I loved that their were nuggets that didn't appear in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was listening to it in my car when my cell phone rang and a 911 operator asked me about dead bodies. Imagine me trying to explain that it was an audio book!


    Any additional comments?

    Jenny Lawson is milk-through-your-nose funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12408)
    Performance
    (4813)
    Story
    (4847)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Fantastic read!"
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    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    I loved the story and John Lee brought it to life extraordinarily. I am listening to it again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love historical fiction. What I loved most about this one was its unique emphasis on the lives of ordinary people during this time period. Most books like this center on kings and queens.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am glad that John Lee is a consistent narrator in Ken Follet's books. His voice is unique and entertaining.


    If you could take any character from The Pillars of the Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Tom out to dinner because he could use the meal.


    Any additional comments?

    I equally enjoyed the sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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