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beth

CHATTANOOGA, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Last American Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    In 1977, at the age of 17, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature.

    Elicka says: "Glad to Get to Know my Neighbor"
    "interesting topic, disappointing storytelling"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last American Man to be better than the print version?

    I can't really say as I haven't read the print version.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked it a lot.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Patricia Kalember?

    No, I found her narrating really annoying.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tambourines to Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes
    • Narrated By Myra Taylor
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Angelic Essie Belle Johnson and devilish Laura Reed both agree that they need to do something to spice up their lives and earn more money. So, they start their own church on the street in front of their Harlem apartment. With Laura's gift for performing and Essie's melodious voice, the two quickly become a hit and must move their services into a renovated theater. But as their congregation grows, a host of misfits enter the scene - some honest, but others who just want a piece of the pie.

    beth says: "Witty, simple wisdom"
    "Witty, simple wisdom"
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    I enjoyed the dialogue and characters. It is a solid, simple story, worthwhile, enjoyable. The characters have stuck with me - good to read Langston Hughes and appreciate the period

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear of Flying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Erica Jong
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Originally published in 1973, the groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation. In The New York Times, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic, Tropic of Cancer and predicted that "this book will make literary history..." It has sold more than 12-million copies. Now, after 30 years, the revolutionary novel known as Fear of Flying still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.

    Kristi says: "Glad I didn't give up on it..."
    "Freedom, sweet freedom"
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    Story

    I had wanted to read Fear of Flying for years - just knowing it was a woman's story of liberation. It was mostly what I imagined it might be. The narration was good, solid. The story was good and loaded the ending nicely. I appreciate the historical significance of this book in it's time and enjoyed the brief interview with the author at the end. I am a big fan of Henry Miller and must say, though it is lovely to have this liberation story from a woman, Erica Jong does not reach the soaring heights (nor for that matter depths) that Miller does in his inspired works of liberation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "Interesting history, disappointing storytelling"
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    I was happy to hear from a native Lakota voice the story of Crazy Horse. However, the narrative was fairly flat and rolled along like a historical outline padded with scenery. I am grateful to have been exposed to the perspective and information but found the storytelling and narration somewhat flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rebecca Wells
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    When Vivi and Siddalee Walker, an unforgettable mother-daughter team, get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a "tap-dancing child abuser", the fallout is felt from Louisiana to New York to Seattle. Siddalee, a successful theater director with a huge hit on her hands, panics and postpones her upcoming wedding to her lover and friend, Connor McGill. Vivi's intrepid gang of lifelong girlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together.

    Jane says: "Not as entertaining as I hoped."
    "Wish I had heard this years and years ago!"
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    This book is so rich in the wisdom of human relationships, their messiness, their triumphs, their incomprehensibility. Rebecca Wells has opened me at 46 to understandings for which I am so grateful. Her storytelling is masterful, her imagery fresh and immediate. The characters are complex and imperfect, rich and real, free from judgement. Given by the the storyteller the blessing of being in all of their human frailty and glory. I leave this lovely book with a redemption of the relationships in my own life - especially my relationship with my mother - with a new curiosity and with a freedom from the disappointment and anger which have riddled that relationship for years. Love, understanding, forgiveness and a willingness to be patient and vulnerable reveal themselves to me through this delightful, sad and triumphant story as the magic elixirs of life! Thank you Rebecca Wells!

    Judith Ivey's narration/ dramatization is brilliant! I am from the south and delighted in her accents and the authenticity of her storytelling - right down to the acknowledgements where she says "and for my brother - Tom Wells - whom I love" in such a way that it gave me goosebumps all over. She is absolutely fabulous!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (335)

    First published in 1865, these endearing tales of an imaginative child's dream world by Lewis Carroll, pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, are written with charming simplicity. While delighting children with a heroine who represents their own thoughts and feelings about growing up, the tale is appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Steve says: "Awesome!!!!!"
    "Well told."
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    What did you love best about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass?

    how wildly bizarre it all was!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the cheshire cat! that disappearing act and the toothy smile!


    What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

    He was so right there with all the wildness - great voice and really told the story - not just read.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (680)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Beautiful storytelling and narration!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sun Also Rises to be better than the print version?

    Equally inspired!


    Any additional comments?

    Hemingway at his finest. Lovely development of relationships and the narration is just delightful. William Hurt is brilliant - dramatizing the accents and doing it so well. He really enhances the storytelling. I hated for it to be over and looked forward to listening each time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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