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Mary N. Bucklew

HeartSleeve

Delaware Seashore | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (429)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Interesting peek into the life of a SCOTUS judge."
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    Having Rita Moreno narrate was an inspired selection. Ms Sotomayor's early life isn't exactly riveting but it was a welcomed peek into what compels and propels a person to reach for the stars - and get there. It was an easy listen and Ms Moreno kept the pace and the emotional balance perfect.

    It doesn't examine her current life (ends just as she is being chosen for Supreme Court) but it certainly gives a good example of her basic values and beliefs that guide her.

    Highly recommend it - especially to young women.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (391)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Cynthia says: "Good story, well read, you know how it ends"
    "Pretty good tale of Wild West and Hearty Women"
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    After a few chapters, or, once the characters all get together and embark on their journey, this reads more like history than fiction. Never heard of this author before, but he tells a spell binding (fictionalized) account of white women who in 1875 volunteer to travel into the wild west to intermarry with native Americans/Indians, at the direction of Pres Ulysses S. Grant. Had me in tears at the end, such is the author's power to draw me in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of 'Enough'

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Julia Cameron
    • Narrated By Julia Cameron
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In The Prosperous Heart, Julia Cameron presents a ten-week program for using your creative heart and soul to lead you to prosperity in all the areas of your life. With inspiring new daily tools and strategies, this book guides readers in developing a life that is as full and as satisfying as they ever thought possible. Drawing on her decades of experience working with artists as an expert on the creative process, Cameron shines a clear light on the path to forging a direct relationship between the passion that ignites our creative work and the more practical aspects of living our lives.

    Mary N. Bucklew says: "Old WIne in New Bottles"
    "Old WIne in New Bottles"
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    The over arching issue I had with the book, and I have almost all of Julia Cameron's written work, is her scratchy, monotonous delivery. Almost 6 hours of it. WHen I first met her back in the 90s, at a workshop for her breakout sensation The Artist's Way, she was ethereal. Like a faerie spirit. She was able to weave magic out of air. Easy listening. Time and life have apparently taken its toll on her voice, and I hope she opts next time for another more mellifluous narrator.

    Now to the book: maybe because I have all of her variations on the central theme of Artist's Way, I have become jaded. I keep waiting for another breakout AHA Julia moment, and instead, it is just Artist's Way (as it relates to diet, money, relationships etc) with a new title. Her main credo is creativity, and yet she hasn't really plowed any new creative ground since her seminal work.

    I know each new generation needs telling the same advice, but it smacks of crass commerciality to restage her basic premise in a new title every year.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "The 5 Women I hope NEVER to Meet in Hell"
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    The story of a NE matriarch and her daughters, daughter in law and grand daughter… if ever there was a woman more spiteful and hateful and self-important, it is Alice. The author paints a totally unflattering picture of a family so dysfunctional and unappetizing, and ultimately so pointless, I kept wondering when it would get to any real plot. It never did. It is told serially by each character in a back in forth montage of perspective covering day to day to year to year family events, as seen through the women's mostly battered lenses. Like the old song, there aint no good guys, there aint no bad guys, there's just you and me and we just disagree. Not sure who is calling Alice at the end, but I have my suspicions!

    How that translates into a novel, well, for me, it just didn't. It is our February book club selection, so it was homework.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15387)
    Performance
    (13638)
    Story
    (13670)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "War of the Roses, had Stephen King written it!"
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    Just finished Gone Girl for January 2013 Book Club - and it is the creepiest - creepy GOOD - book I have read in decades. Were I the author's husband, don't think I'd ever fully sleep soundly again. A woman who can craft the ingeniously evil marriage saga that Flynn does here is a woman to be approached verrrry carefully!

    That being said, it took me FOREVER to get into this novel and I think it was the back and forth chapters between the two protagonists - husband Nick and wife Amy - that initially drove me crazy since the stories each told were so totally out of sync. But once the plot thickened - the way dried blood curdles - it was easier to follow.

    The book will push your limits of believability that anyone - much less two twisted souls - could be that crazy or crazy-in-love or just plain twisted. Buckle your seat belts, readers, you are in for a WILD ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5447)
    Performance
    (3410)
    Story
    (3416)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "VERY different than the book…????"
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    I listened to the Audible.com version while I (tried to) read the Kindle e-book, but the Audible version had chapters and exposition the Kindle ebook did not, and the vocabulary was different. Throughout the experience, I would have to leave the ebook while the audible version went into much more narrative. Chapter 13 (I think) of the Audible version doesnt even appear anywhere in the book.

    I enjoyed the story, cried at the end, and can only hope my two corgis are as in love with me as Enzo was with Denny.

    But the reading/listening experience was very disruptive. And I have no way of knowing whether the ebook or the audible version is the culprit, or why there would be two distinctly different versions. I could understand the Audible being different (abridged vs unabridged) but I can't see why the Audible version would be LONGER than the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6689)
    Performance
    (4670)
    Story
    (4655)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Wrist-slitting time"
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    Audio was great. Story was unrelenting misery. I kept listening, hoping that sooner or later ONE - just ONE - nice thing would happen. I'm still waiting.

    Audio and narration was great. The story was inescapably depressing from the first word to the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (222)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila says: "Worth a listen!"
    "Vintage Quindlen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Having read several of Anna Quindlen's other non-fiction works, I was accustomed to her literary voice and tone of writing, her turn of phrase and her ability to bridge the common experience. I'm not married and dont have kids, but we are the same age, share much the same background and pretty much the same politics, so reading/listening to her is always a good read. I'd recommend this to anyone of like mind or experiences.


    What about Anna Quindlen’s performance did you like?

    Love her turn of phrase.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. More like sisters of the same experience.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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