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Gail

jackson, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1096)
    Story
    (1104)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    ""Everything you never wanted to know ...."
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    ....about Monarch Butterflies, ad nauseam, and then some. Purchasing this book makes me feel a bit taken advantage of. What I signed on for was the story of a disenchanted farmer's wife, as beautifully described in the Publisher's Summary. As it turned out, that publisher's summary was the most engaging paragraph in the entire book, and it wasn't even in the book. What I got, was an endless dissertation on the plight, life and times of the Monarch Butterfly, as a result of climate change ... in full scientific textbook style enggement. Talk about false advertising. I still cannot fathom the almost 5 star review. There needs to be some kind of accuracy rating on these publisher's summaries. . Perhaps, if the publisher wrote this book, it would have been what was promised. . Attempts at a loose story line to buffer what was otherwise a science book, failed. Characters so poorly developed, you just kept waiting for the point of it all. Re-classify this book as a scientific textbook.

    The narration was excellent.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1060)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Depiction of an Millennial American Family"
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    I was not that crazy about this story line, characters or length of this novel, yet I could not stop listening. Franzen writes beautifully. Every word artfully selected in a succinct non-flowery manner that I loved. These characters could describe any dysfunctional Millennial American family, and I do believe this will become a classic cultural period reference in years to come. Franzen captures the era's budding technology, 9/11, entitled youth and dysfunctional familial traits that capture the essence of many current day relationships we all know . For me, the political and nature conservancy issues were a bit overdone. I found myself hoping for more drama in the story line, but suppose the lack thereof was the point. Love this writer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4230)
    Performance
    (3865)
    Story
    (3865)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Excruciatingly Verbose!"
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    While beautifully written, and exceptionally performed ... this novel could have been written in 1/2 to 1/3 the time. Go for the abridged version, if available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Women Who Love Too Much: When You Keep Wishing and Hoping He'll Change

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Norwood
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Is having 'somebody to love' the most important thing in your life? Do you constantly believe that with 'the right man' you would no longer feel depressed or lonely? Are you bored with 'nice guys' who are open, honest, and dependable? If being in love means being in pain, this book was written for you. Therapist Robin Norwood describes loving too much as a pattern of thoughts and behavior, which certain women develop as a response to problems from childhood.

    Jeanne Fournier says: "Finally Understand Why I Hurt So Much"
    "Life Altering!"
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    My headline says it all. This book changed the way I look at everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vortex: Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
    • Narrated By Jerry Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (201)

    This audiobook uncovers a myriad of false premises that are at the heart of every uncomfortable relationship issue, and guides you to a clear understanding of the powerful creative Vortex that has already assembled the relationships that you have desired. Abraham will show you how to enter that Vortex, where you will rendezvous with everything and everyone you have been looking for.

    Velanche says: "Different Perspectives"
    "A 2 Million Dollar Bus?"
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    Credibility was lost somewhat for me, after mention of Jerry & Esther's $2M bus. The message is compelling, but the entire book is merely a regurgitation of the same premise in different sentence structures. I got the feeling that the many repetitions of the same theme throughout many of the Hicks' teachings is merely a way to re-brand the same content for money. I hope I'm wrong. There's also an affect to Esther's voice, that gnaws at me, which is why I typically seek other teachers on similar topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (245)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "A SALUTE to the Resiliency of the Human Spirit"
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    Incomprehensible circumstances, managed with an iron will, and commitment to one another's welfare. I found myself praying for Sara at the end of the book, blessing the strength of her spirit she mustered, and all she did for those around her. This story underscores the reality that no man or woman is and island. No one can do it alone. The women in this story were buoyed by one another. If not for that, I wonder if the outcome would've been the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (406)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "I needed more closure"
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    I enjoyed much of the narrative, as the author's use of words and descriptions were very succinct, yet beautifully phrased without overkill. This story line lacked depth, answers and ended leaving me thinking my download was incomplete.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5771)
    Performance
    (5123)
    Story
    (5115)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Ramble On.."
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    I think it's safe to say that the purpose of a book is to grab their audience, and keep them. When I find myself "forcing" myself to listen-on, simply because I paid good money for the listen ... the book rarely reverses that momentum (for me). Another early on abort for me. Once again, I was drawn by the reviews and ratings. My own Mom claimed to be mesmerized by this tale. I couldn't attach myself to any of the characters, or define a storyline of interest. Too much descriptive ramble, and not enough storyline. This simply did not engage me, albeit as simple as I may be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly...in 30 Minutes: A Concise Summary of Dr. William Davis's Bestselling Book

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By 30 Minute Expert Summaries
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Wheat Belly...in 30 minutes is the guide to quickly understanding the celebrated weight loss and health improvement method outlined in WilliamDavis M.D.'s bestselling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. In Wheat Belly, renowned heart physician William Davis M.D. makes the case that eliminating wheat consumption will lead to weight loss and a healthier life.

    paul says: "Things to know"
    "Straight to the Nitty Gritty!"
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    Love it when we can bypass all the prequel, and get to the point. Especially with regard to a topic like this one. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3192)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2161)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "The Cliff Notes Were a Better Read"
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    I think when you get to hour 11 in an audio book, and find yourself tthinking... OK, What's the point? Or, please stop describing the minutia of Church Christmas Plays, because you're not sufficiently compelled to read-on, it's time to abort. I chose this book due to the critical acclaim. I applaud the descriptive narrative. However, if there ever was a point or plot to this book, it was lost on me. Surely, the 10 hours that I "forced" myself to hang in for, could have been downsized to a couple of hours. That said, I wonder ... without having completed this book, how much the remaining 16 plus hours or so could have been condensed. The narration was terrific, but I jumped ship in favor or the cliff-notes version to discover some kind of meaning in all the babble.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (219)

    The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

    christy says: "Read it, so don't mention it anymore Dr. Phil..."
    "Same Stuff, Just Re-Branded"
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    Nothing really new here. Same popular topics, re-branded with Dr. Phil's own label. My guess, just a re-wrap of topics to work in tandem with Dr. Phil's television topics. All and all, good common sense .... read it here, or in any other self-help book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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