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Brian

milton, DE, United States

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  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (187)

    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"
    "Very disappointing."
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    What did you like best about Maine? What did you like least?

    I just couldn't care about any of the characters. I felt sure I could connect with somebody, being Irish, having endured 12 yrs of Catholic school/guilt and having a family summer home. I found everybody disagreeable. I bought this on the $25% off sale. I'm glad I didn't waste a credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (497)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Again, I fell for the high ratings."
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    My own personal taste in narrators found Ms. Bilger to be like a commercial for elocution. Just slightly annoying. The story was entertaining but did not live up to what I expected from all the glowing reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (872)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "What was all the hoopla about?"
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    I fell for it. I thought the story slogged along and this was one of the worst narrators ever. So many times, I had inserted a mental period only to discover that it was a mistimed, inappropriate pause. The only reason I finished was I didn't have the good sense to download a backup for my roadtrip. Thumbs down!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elton John
    • Narrated By Elton John
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis. Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague.

    jeff says: "Inspiring book"
    "Too preachy"
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    I'm a huge Elton fan since the seventies. The story of his redemption in meeting Ryan White is amazing. But, too much time was spent ripping Ronald Reagan for not getting the import of this new disease. Were we the only country on earth that was supposed to find the cure? I just don't appreciate a person from another country badmouthing our medical system and our government. England is not third world. The world is responsible for finding a cure not just the United States.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (2668)
    Story
    (2671)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    Harold is an ordinary man who gets a letter from a coworker of long ago who is in a hospice. How can you reply to that by letter so, on his way to the post office, he decides to hand deliver the letter and tells her to hang on until he gets there. The book follows his 600 mile journey in yacht shoes. It reminded me a bit of Forest Gump's trip across country. Along the way, Harold discovers alot about himself, his part in his thorny relationship with his wife and we find out why he is taking this long journey on foot to see Queenie. I recommend you take the journey also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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