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Jolene

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  • 26 ratings
  • 256 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3952)
    Performance
    (3567)
    Story
    (3592)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "When I was younger it was interesting, not now."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As we age our tastes change. When I was younger this book intriqued me and it kept my interest throughout. Now that I'm "mature", I was bored. It was me, not the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiteout

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (198)

    Like no other suspense author in his genre, Follett reinvents the thriller with each new storyline. But nothing matches the intricate, knife-edge drama of Whiteout.

    B. W. Larsen says: "Ken Follett goes Danielle Steeel"
    "A book that grabs you immediately."
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    Performance
    Story

    Minute by minute, hour by hour, you are intriqued. Some parts were predictable, but it was a pleasant read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (315)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Sand says: "A vivid and revealing slice of NYC history"
    "An interesting read about Typhoid Fever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was a good read. Kept my interest and it was nice to learn about the average hourly worker in the early 19th century. "Modern Medicine" wasn't an easy pill to swallow for the average person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1633)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "One of my favorite books! A must read!"
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    Would you listen to Shantaram again? Why?

    I haven't ever listened to a book more than once, but if I do, this would be on my re-read list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that the book is based on fact and I enjoy learning about other cultures. The love between friends is heart warming. The author, Gregory David Roberts, describes the slums so wonderfully that when I saw Slum Dog Millionaire at the movies I felt I had already been there.

    I felt so involved with the story that I didn't want it to end. That's a sign of a great book to me.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything! His voices were wonderful and he was so great I wondered if it was being read by the author.


    If you could rename Shantaram, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A winner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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