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Judy

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  • 9 reviews
  • 63 ratings
  • 399 titles in library
  • 63 purchased in 2014
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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (131)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Too Deep for Me!"
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    I stuck it out but it's only because of the positive reviews I'd read. For me the story made no sense. I did not find the characters likable. Their story just went on and on without even a satisfying ending. Tom Stechschulte did a great job narrating the book. Without his effort I'm sure I would have "thrown it against the wall." If you like long stories about dreary places and even drearier people, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2715)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2488)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!"
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    Now I remember how much I disliked Graham Greene's books. Colin Firth may be a good actor but even the greatest narration cannot help such self- indulgences. If you have lots of time on your hands you may adore this book as many reviewers obviously do. For me it had no attraction. She's dead. Get over it! And, moving in with your dead lovers husband? PLEASE...........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (676)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Reads Like an Amazing True Story!"
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    I am new to Bryce Courtenay but this won't be my last book.

    I was transported to a different world and a different time with characters and story that kept me spellbound. The research for this book was so well done that every character and every situation seemed so real it's hard to believe that the book is a work of fiction. Thank you Bryce Courtenay for this wonderful book. Although a part of the book is about great suffering, during the Korean "Conflict," the story was engrossing. You won't be able to read this book without it having an impact on you.

    Humphrey Bower is truly a great narrator. His dramatization of the characters was nothing less than perfect! He is the perfect partner for Courtenay's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5172)
    Performance
    (1401)
    Story
    (1405)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Absorbing Tale of Life in Afganistan"
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    Hossini has proven himself to be a sensitive and thoughtful storyteller. While The Kite Runner centered on two boys this book deals with family life in Afganistan during the various wars and conflicts since the 1970's. He centers this tale on the lives of two women detailing the reality of living under the control of the Taliban and the changes between Soviet rule and the other factions that have controlled the country. This is a must read for all women and a cautionary story for everyone. The people of that poor war torn country are still suffering and there's no reason to believe that their lives will be any better by our having invaded them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4082)
    Performance
    (3445)
    Story
    (3437)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "A Genuine "Page Turner""
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    You gotta get this book. Engrossing story. Unusual plot. Well read by J. D. Jackson. Lots of unexpected plot twists. John Grisham comes through with another absorbing mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (432)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Nothing Wrong With Scott Sowers Narration"
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    Just finished listening to Scott Sowers narration of John Hart's "The Last Child." I don't know what some people have been complaining about the narration. It was no problem for me. Scott Sowers is limited in the number and variety of voices he used but there was certainly nothing unpleasant in his accent or his voice. John Hart's story is intriguing and has lots of twists to keep you "turning the page." Give this one a try. It' sure to keep you wanting to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6080)
    Performance
    (5270)
    Story
    (5262)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "All Around Good Read"
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    This story was absorbing and entertaining without the need for foul language and violence. Very refreshing! This is an old fashion tale of love lost and found set in Italy and the US spanning many years. Wonderful book! A must read for people who enjoyed The Help and The Secret LIfe of Bees.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8968)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3433)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Engrossing Story"
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    Interesting plot with well developed characters. John Lee did a fabulous job narrating the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3172)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2217)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "Tedious"
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    I had a hard time ploughing through this book. I found it way too long and very tedious. I hung in there based on others reviews. Although I am a Sci-Fi fan, this was not an absorbing story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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