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Flora

Edina, MN, United States

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  • 13 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Essential Welty

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Eudora Welty
    • Narrated By Eudora Welty
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1956, Caedmon had the great fortune to record Eudora Welty reading some of her finest stories. In her sweetly vibrant Mississippi drawl, Ms. Welty deftly draws the listener in to the uproariously multilayered "Why I Live at the P.O.", the spontaneous "Powerhouse", and the insightful voice of women's truths in "Petrified Man". Ms. Welty's reading brings immediacy and resonance to these wonderful tales.

    Judy says: "Lovely Stories"
    "Listen to Miss Welty in her own voice"
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    Listening to Eudora Welty tell her quiet tales of the south is a rare treat. Her small stories kick into your psyche and leave you yearning for more...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7413)
    Performance
    (5647)
    Story
    (5660)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Not Just a Book for Teens"
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    If there is a recent book for teens that should cross over to their parents, this is it. A story that keeps you wired to the anxiety of Germany in WWII. A strong story that has its light moments and touching points. One of only two 5 star across the board reviews I have ever given.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (807)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Atwood Devastates"
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    Performance
    Story

    If you love Margaret Atwood, you will like this. If you don't or have never read her, beware. This is a disturbing and difficult story for the Atwood Newbie. For those of us who follow her, it is another amazing work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3160)
    Performance
    (2475)
    Story
    (2467)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Not as much fund s I hoped"
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    Maybe I just thought he was a funnier guy. Is he interesting? I guess. Is he self-absorbed? Absolutely. A little more Number Two, Mike Meyers, SNL and a little less Poor me - my parents divorced, I was scared, I like politics would have been easier to listen to. I forced myself through this audio because I kept hoping it would pay off. No dice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16914)
    Performance
    (12828)
    Story
    (12762)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Enjoyable Tina all the way"
    Overall
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    Loved listening to Tina tell her story herself. Sometimes the story of her life bogged a bit - weren't we all misunderstood teen losers? But there are many funny lines that only she could tell. Her reading made it clear that she knew you were listening to an audio book, but it was kind of disheartening how many times she referred to a pdf that supposedly came with the book that I couldn't access.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26603)
    Performance
    (13249)
    Story
    (13291)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "BEST First Listen. EVER"
    Overall

    Is it a great book? Yes. Would I have enjoyed actually reading it? Yes. Is it better to listen to it? ABSOLUTELY.
    Since I am from Minnesota, I am not afforded the opportunity to hear the slower and melodic pacing of a Mississippi accent. (and the upper reaches of the Mississippi River in St Paul just doesn't count.) Listening to this story in the beautiful voices of the three narrators brought the story to life in an unexpected way. Far more meaningful than if I had read it using the midwestern version of a Mississippi accent in my own head.
    I have since listened to other audible titles and have yet to find a more absorbing marriage of narrators and story than The Help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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