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Celeste

Glad I got over being too snobby to listen to audio books!

Shoreline, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 355 titles in library
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  • A Room with a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (5)
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    (5)

    This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson---who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist - Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires.

    Sam says: "Comically Enlightening"
    "Couldn't make it through"
    Overall

    No offense to Steven Crossley but I absolutely hated his narration of the female characters, which of course is quite a few in this book. Couldn't get passed the whiny, nasally sound.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Junky

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By T. Rider Smith, Andrew Garman, Mark Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

    Celeste says: "I've read it twice and listened to it once"
    "I've read it twice and listened to it once"
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    It's an American classic. If you consider yourself well-read this really should be on your list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dharma Road: A Short Cab Ride to Self Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brian Haycock
    • Narrated By Dean Sluyter
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Brian Haycock was a cabdriver - who happened to be a Buddhist. During the course of his career as a cabdriver, he learned that each fare provided an opportunity to learn the life lessons of the Buddha. So, hop in and buckle up; we'll be making several stops on this trip. Here are stories from everyday life that demonstrate how we can all benefit from a little Buddhist philosophy or practice. With each chapter focusing on a specific topic, readers will learn to coast their way to building a life routine, focusing the mind, calming themselves with breathing exercises, and more.

    Thomas J. Housworth says: "Enlightening Journey Down the Dharma Road"
    "Enjoyable Listen"
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    I liked this book. It was a succinct explanation of Zen Buddhism that drew on the author's experiences in real life. Zen is a hard concept to think about sometimes and I liked how Brian Haycock was able to make it very down-to-earth and understandable. He also has a wry sense of humor which I enjoyed while I was stuck in traffic listening to his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
    "The title says it all"
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    I stumbled on this as I had just listened to another book narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (and loved her voice) and I am also interested in Anne Boleyn as a historical figure. I was surprised to realize that this really is about the "creation" of Anne Boleyn, specifically as she is portrayed in literature, plays and movies. I have never watched the Showtime series "The Tudors" which was referenced a lot and so I didn't have a good vantage point at times to truly understand what the author was speaking about. It was illuminating to hear the evolution of Anne which has been taking place since the early 1800's and to see that there is still a roaring debate even up to this day about who Anne was "really". Anyone who has watched movies or read historical fiction about Anne will no doubt enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Romantic Love Wars: A Sexual Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Betty Dodson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
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    (10)

    Betty Dodson's memoir is the story of one woman's struggle to liberate female sexuality while enjoying her own. In the 70s, as the feminist movement evolved, Betty latched on to sexual liberation as a symbol for self empowerment. Realizing that so many women weren't enjoying sex, she asked, "How could women ever be truly equal if they were reliant on men for their sexual satisfaction?" She quickly became the leader of the sex-positive feminist movement.

    Jane says: "Excellent nonfiction about sex."
    "WOW! WOW! WOW!"
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    I just got done with this book and all I can say is WOW! Betty Dodson is truly a feminist, hedonist, sex-positive, artist, bisexual tour-de-force! This is truly one of those books that is making me reexamine how I am going to live the rest of my life. I would make this required reading for every woman in America! And the narrator was FANTASTIC! Her lusty narration and ability to say out loud many of the sexual scenarios without flinching was truly professional and refreshing. Bravo to both women!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Jennifer Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of this true tale of floral obsession: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how 700 iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime.

    Robert says: "Orchids are just the vehicle."
    "I really wanted to like this book more"
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    After watching, "Adaptation" I wanted to read the book that was so hard to turn into a screenplay. I now know why. This was a really well researched, historically interesting book which I found well put together and funny at times. Maybe what was ultimately lacking, and that which the author freely admits to, is that she chose to write a book about being passionate about something having never really felt that way herself. And it is apparent in her writing. All the ingredients were there for an awesome book, but it just sort of fell flat. Even with all of the interesting people she met and wrote about. I'm not sad I listened to it (and I thought the narrator was spot on) but overall it was mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Serious, but not too serious."
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    This book was a little out of my usual meanderings but I enjoyed immensely. My boyfriend is a conspiracy theory nut so it was a nice way to learn about some of the "biggies" in that arena without having to sit in front of a computer for hours mining for information. The author is very funny, as well. A great read when you want something on a serious subject but not too seriously presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bell Gale Chevigny (editor)
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark, Shay Moore
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Doing Time: For the prison writers whose work is included in this anthology, it means more than "serving a sentence"; it means staying alive and sane, preserving dignity, reinventing oneself, and somehow retaining one's humanity. For the last quarter century the prestigious writers' organization PEN has sponsored a contest for writers behind bars to help prisoners face these challenges. The contest honors the best short stories, plays, essays, and poems among hundreds submitted annually by men and women nationwide.

    Celeste says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    I recently have found myself writing to someone incarcerated and thought I would listen to this collection of poems and stories written by the incarcerated. I knew there would be some interesting and compelling stories but I was absolutely floored by some of the writing. Really excellent. And the way it was strung together and narrated only added to the experience. I was so sad when it came to an end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (336)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    John says: "Not everyone's glass of Scotch Neat"
    "15 hours of my life I can never get back!"
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    I really wanted to like this book, but as the hours droned on I kept finding myself waiting for something, anything, to happen besides a boring discourse between fictional characters I couldn't have cared less about. I made it through 15 hours and then abandoned it. If you like boring conversations between upper class snobs this book is for you! Otherwise pass on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (254)

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    Vivienne says: "Engaging debut."
    "Voice is heavenly- Story is Mediocre"
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    Timothy Dalton's voice is why I listened to this. The story wasn't awful but I would say it was mediocre. But I listened to very word of it because it was so masterly narrated. If you are looking for more of an "audio experience" this would be a good choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

    Richard says: "Great story - missing chapter 12"
    "I cried like a baby . . ."
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    Excellent book. Excellent narration. Very detailed. Cried at the end. We all miss you, Kurt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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