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Rio Delta Wild

I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

Harlingen, TX | Member Since 2004

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161
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • A History of the Arab Peoples

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Albert Hourani
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Despite the turmoil of Arab nationalism and fundamentalism, Middle Eastern wars, and oil crises, the history of the Arab world has been little known and poorly understood in the West. One reason may be that, for more than half a century, there has been no up-to-date single volume work that chronicles the story of Arab civilization - until now.

    Tim says: "Daunting quantity of information!"
    "depressing history ongoing"
    Overall

    There has been such emphasis on religious doctrine, exclusively the Muslim faith, that almost every other discipline seems to have been disregarded in Arab countries. I found the book monotonous and depressing.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Sugar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Natalie Baszile
    • Narrated By Miriam Hyman
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Why exactly Charley Bordelon's late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her 11-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that's mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man's business.

    Henry says: "Guy book too"
    "Growing sugar cane in the recent South."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters, the struggles, the small victories, the reality of race and farming and being human are expertly woven into this intriguing tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The old man who becomes the advisor/salvation of the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending scene was very gratifying.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sugarcane farmin' in the South ain't like livin' in California!


    Any additional comments?

    Am anxious to hear anything more which this author creates!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chestnut Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.

    Jean says: "A great collection of short stories"
    "Sad, inspiring, wondrous, pathetic, and more..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. I love Maeve Binchy's stories. They're about real people and especially the importance of connecting with others.


    What other book might you compare Chestnut Street to and why?

    Other titles by Maeve Binchy. Her writing is truly unique, and the villages and neighborhoods she writes about are places I aspire to be one day.


    What about Sile Bermingham’s performance did you like?

    She's wonderful with the different characters and accents. You can tell that she understands the intent of each story and the attitudes of each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Connections.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm truly sorry that Maeve is no longer with us. I've listened to everything available in audiobooks, and now I'll try to hunt down each of her other titles in paperback.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Dexter Yates loves his fun, carefree London life; he has money, looks, and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbors.

    Amazon Customer says: "Baby voice"
    "an entertaining village"
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    Would you listen to Don't Want to Miss a Thing again? Why?

    yes. I've already listened to it twice. I just love the characters and the different plots and subplots.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story concentrated on the wide range of goodness one finds in humanity and the silly predicaments we find ourselves in.


    What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

    For the most part, she did good vocalizations which set the characters apart as distinct.


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

    I loved the part where Henry saved the day.


    Any additional comments?

    Alison Larkin's baby noises were annoying, but on the second listen I suppose I was ready for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (273)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Excellent narration for compelling tales."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Three Junes?

    The characters, the wonderful narration, the settings, the story-lines.


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

    The wonderful voices of each character and the story introspection.


    If you could rename Three Junes, what would you call it?

    Untold Realities. Many of the dilemmas were caused by what was unsaid amongst friends and family members.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this story several times and have enjoyed the retelling immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (325)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "Sex, sex and more sex"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wanted to hear about sex in every paragraph of the story.


    What could Tara Sivec have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I couldn't get past constantly hearing about sex and not much else. A stronger focus on developing and presenting an interesting story would be a real improvement.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I couldn't get past the content to really evaluate the performance adequately. I'm sorry the narrator was stuck with this title.


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

    Disinterest.


    Any additional comments?

    Yuck! I should've read a bunch of reviews and listened to the Sample.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James. But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, especially when they are faced with difficult situations.

    wobbly says: "I'll be returning this one"
    "Comic relief? Too much tension."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd ask the esteemed Mr. McCall Smith to add in some of his comic irony to decrease the unending sense of tension.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The excellent description of the lives of the rich who live in Cayman. For those of us who touch down on cruise ships, this side of life is invisible.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was okay, but not outstanding in any way.


    Was The Forever Girl worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was. But if you've not read this author's other works, I'd suggest any of the other titles. This was my least favorite.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

    Lorraine says: "The best book bar none!"
    "Great story-line, black/black/white culture."
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    What did you love best about Americanah?

    I love the Nigerian dialect and depths of discussion about different social structures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Believable characters and very believable settings.


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?

    The two main characters were my favorites; I can't remember how to spell their names, having listened to the book rather than reading it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I believe my reaction was a better understanding of Nigerian culture and "Africahn" migration to "white" countries.


    Any additional comments?

    The blog post streams were excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (678)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "predictable ending doesn't mar this amazing book"
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    If you could sum up Flat-Out Love in three words, what would they be?

    Highly intelligent characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flat Finn; he was surrounded by mystery.


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

    emotion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Depths of the human psyche.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it. It's entirely believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    When strangers Nona Jean Jamison and Miss Lake roll into town, the rumor mill starts grinding. It seems that these two women may be the infamous Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolic—specializing in dancing nearly naked! But when Nona denies this association, the Dahlias, who suspect she’s being more than just modest, begin digging around for the truth.

    M. Byerly says: "Sweet and Southern"
    "Susan Wittig Albert's work is great!"
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    Would you listen to The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies again? Why?

    yes, I'll probably listen to it again. I'm always interrupted multiple times while listening to a title. Listening again allows me to notice details and nuances which I missed the first time around. And, I really enjoy hearing the best of the dialogue multiple times!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a gardener and a garden club member; it was interesting to hear about the projects earlier garden clubbers carried out. I can't say our garden club has been involved in saving anyone from crazed criminals!


    What about Peggity Price’s performance did you like?

    She does a decent Southern folks dialect. I'm from the South, so phony accents are pretty grating!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed alot. Many of the characters are a real hoot!


    Any additional comments?

    To Susan Wittig Albert: please keep writing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (531)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Now I'm awaiting the NEXT Fannie Flagg novel...."
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    What did you love best about The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    I love Fannie Flagg's approach to life, the characters she includes could well be in my own family and the neighborhood where I grew up. Besides delightful characters and situations, I loved the historical settings.


    What other book might you compare The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion to and why?

    Maeve Binchy's books are similar in scope. Believable story in a realistic setting. Wonderfully diverse characters.


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

    I believe this is the first story I've heard which was narrated by Fannie Flagg, herself. At first, I thought the voice sounded too old for some of the characters, but I adapted quickly. I've read or listened to everything Fannie Flagg has published. The characters and story in this title did not disappoint. The historical context is very important, as a bit of "womens' rights" during and after WW2 are a large part of the story. Many of us are unaware of the many separate battles women have faced in gaining their fair share of salary, position, etc.


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

    Of course, I was always waiting to see what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I broke out in spontaneous laughter over many situations and comments. This book left me feeling happy. I don't need any "downer" literature! And I'm absolutely sick of all the vampire and science fiction mysteries. I wish they would have their own special category so I wouldn't have to trudge thru them in a search for new titles.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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