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Christina

I study native plants, do revegetation projects, edit a newsletter, keep databases for clubs I belong to, and photograph (mostly plants).

Harlingen, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Townie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

    Suzn F says: "More like a 3.25 star rating"
    "Another myopic about an unguided teenager."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm really tired of listening to this bored and boring narrative.
    Sorry I bought this title, even on sale.
    I'd price it at $1.95.
    If I finish listening to the end, it will be a miracle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Spring Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Lou Winter is a lonely woman who no longer realises she's being taken advantage of - whether by her mother or unfaithful husband Phil. Then one day she spots a magazine article on clearing clutter. What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart.

    Jan says: "Really enjoyable."
    "an affirming read for women"
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    Where does A Spring Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    highly enjoyable; I'll listen to it at least twice.
    Those which are more difficult to understand or which have more complex storylines I listen to more than twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The solid Joe Broom was excellent and full of a few surprises.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Sue finally found a convincing reason to leave house and home.


    If you could rename A Spring Affair, what would you call it?

    Romance of the Skip (sp?)


    Any additional comments?

    I'll keep my eyes peeled for other titles by this author. The narrator was brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaves Must When the Devil Drives

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Fred Secombe
    • Narrated By Fred Secombe
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Fred Secombe, a Church of Wales vicar, sings an old music-hall song at the election of a new bishop. Another new appointment is a curate, John Burton. Meanwhile, the archdeacon, Titus Philips, continues a vendetta against the vicar, to the annoyance of his wife. John Burton does sterling work on the council estate, and this prompts the vicar to begin more visiting in the parish. There, he attracts the attention of a young wife, and then the attention of her husband, who falsely accuses him of an affair.

    connie says: "I was very dispppointed"
    "enjoyable enough to listen multiple times"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Leaves Must When the Devil Drives rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the characters, story and tone of this book and listened to it probably at least 3 times. I recommend Fred Secombe as an author and he does a first-rate job of narrating.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to at least 4 additional Audible selections since reading this one, so I can't remember alot of detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Ntozake Shange’s most beloved novel, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, is the story of three “colored girls,” three sisters and their mama from Charleston, South Carolina. Sassafrass, the oldest, is a poet and a weaver like her mother, gone north to college and living with other artists in Los Angeles, trying to weave a life out of her work, her man, her memories, and her dreams.

    hotheadpaisan says: "Amazing"
    "Way too weird for me....."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who's looking for a titillating listen.


    Any additional comments?

    It just wasn't for me. I bought it because I've enjoyed another book which was co-written by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Licence to Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Anna Jacobs
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Meriel grows up in England a tomboy, helping her beloved grandfather with DIY. At school she discovers a talent and love for art, but her mother forces her to become an accountant. She’s good at that, too, but her heart isn’t in it. Ben and his wife have a dream of designing a country retreat, but when she’s killed in an accident, he’s left to struggle on alone. After her grandpop dies, Meriel emigrates to Australia, where she meets Ben.

    Christina says: "Wonderfully enjoyable story."
    "Wonderfully enjoyable story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good characters, strong male and female characters. Wide range of character types, as well. Lovely ending. Interesting from start to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bedpans and Bobby Socks: Five British Nurses on the American Road Trip of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Barbara Fox
    • Narrated By Emma Tate
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    'In my dreams, I was always in some vast landscape on a long, straight road. Driving. Always driving.' Gwenda had always loved the open road, but her home town of Newcastle didn't really offer the sort of adventure she longed for. So, in 1957, with friend and fellow nurse Pat in tow, she left the dismal British winter behind and embarked on an amazing American adventure.

    Christina says: "What an adventure!"
    "What an adventure!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Seeing 1950s USA through the eyes of nurses from the UK was an unforgettable experience. These girls had pluck and they were great at making the characters they met come alive thru the written word. I enjoyed Emma Tate's narration and am on my 2nd go at listening to this marvelous tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Under The Microscope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas Hager
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (822)

    The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic medication. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.

    John Mertus says: "A pleasure in listening"
    "cocky narrator grates on my nerves!"
    Overall

    I'm very interested in the subject of this book, but I can't force myself to finish it. The narrator has an air of cockiness throughout, as though he's quite full of himself. Listening to him is like being stuck in class with someone I'd walk several blocks to avoid!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Muhammad Yunus
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    In 1983, Muhammad Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with miniscule loans. Believing that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a few, Yunus aimed to support that spark of personal initiative and enterprise by which the poor might lift themselves out of poverty forever. Grameen Bank now provides over $2.5 billion in micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh.

    Randall says: "Will change the way you think about the economics."
    "abridgement, please!"
    Overall

    This is a remarkable and wonderful story. The details of how Gramin bank was begun, how it has grown, etc. are excellent. But...there's too much repetitive rhetoric delivered with great drama, as though the world could be altered or saved if enough passion and repetition could make it so. Those passionate narratives could be chopped out.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • So Much for My Happy Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    When her boyfriend of three months, Tad Showers, proposes, 26-year-old April thinks that everything in her life is finally falling into place. Between her flaky, tree-hugging mother and her she-devil boss, marriage seems like the place she'll find love and security. Tad's exactly the kind of man April wants: smart, ambitious, and wildly romantic.

    TRACY says: "Good Book SoSo Narrator"
    "follow your dreams uphill"
    Overall

    Why do we resist telling our family and devoted friends about the problems we face? It makes for good story-telling, but it's also typical of life. This is a very good story and I enjoyed it. The narrator used some really strange voices which I found unpleasant and unrealistic, so I'll steer clear of that particular narrator in future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broken for You Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Christina says: "we're all a bit crazy"
    "we're all a bit crazy"
    Overall

    An engaging listen. Made me wonder about what I won't tell people about myself and why. Well written and nicely narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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