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Barbara

Pullman, WA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Nose Down, Eyes Up: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Merrill Markoe
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    At 47, Gil is the world's oldest 22-year-old man. He lives rent-free as a handyman in the L.A. summer house of a couple of rich retirees who only come out for vacations. Gruff, shrewdly observant, but perplexed and beleaguered by women since his nasty divorce, Gil has been dating Sara, an animal communicator, long enough to converse freely with all four of his dogs (especially Jimmy, the alpha).

    Ron says: "good little story if you like doggies"
    "Witty with a wet nose"
    Overall

    Merrill Markoe makes me laugh. Even just talking about mundane things--she can make me guffaw. The human story is well written and funny, as well, but hearing the thoughts of the dogs is worth the price of the book. I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Late, Lamented Molly Marx

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sally Koslow
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Exploring marriage, fidelity, friendship, family, and mortality, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a funny, yet tender love story about a flawed but appealing woman forced - better late than never - to take responsibilities for the choices in her complicated life.

    Barbara says: "Fun story, good narrator"
    "Fun story, good narrator"
    Overall

    This book came as a surprise to me. I didn't realize that it would be a mystery, for some reason. But it's more than a mystery--it's a fun character story where we get to know the main character after she's dead. Molly Marx was an interesting woman--creative, loving, and, perhaps a little naive. I wish I'd known her before she was gone. Fun story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (57)

    Dr. Estes asks, "Did you know, you were born as the first and the last and the best and the only one of your kind and that eccentricity is the first sign of giftedness? Those are two of the crone truths I have to offer you." If you have any doubt, come join us at the fireside of the "Dangerous Old Woman" for the soul-healing wisdom that will ignite your creativity and support your highest calling in life - to become a dangerous old woman of wisdom yourself.

    Barbara says: "Not Clarissa's best"
    "Not Clarissa's best"
    Overall

    I love Clarissa Pinkola Estes, so I was delighted to see that Audible was carrying her material. "Women Who Run With the Wolves" ignited my creativity and self-esteem. This recording, not so much. I was distracted by the accent Estes "puts on" some of the time, trying to make herself sound more earthy. The teaching stories, though, are wonderful for older women such as myself. "Warming the Stone Child" and "Theatre of the Imagination" are better, but this was good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1203)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I love Connie Willis. Her writing is well-honed and witty. She does her homework when she writes about time-travel. And nobody has done time travel this well since Jack Finney. We were spellbound listening to this book on a couple of long trips. The narrator is one of the best I've heard and the story is so gripping that I don't know how I'm going to last until the next book comes out. We can hardly wait!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Hearts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Sarah Dunant
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The year is 1570, and in the convent of Santa Caterina, in the Italian city of Ferrara, noblewomen find space to pursue their lives under God's protection. But any community, however smoothly run, suffers tremors when it takes in someone by force. And the arrival of Santa Caterina's new novice sets in motion a chain of events that will shake the convent to its core.

    connie says: "Don't expect Ken Follett"
    "A riveting historical novel"
    Overall

    I love well-written historical novels and I've always been fascinated by the life of nuns. This book was a gripping look into the world of an Italian convent--the politics, the spiritual lives, the practicalities. It was well done and the narration was absolutely perfect. Well worth the time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten-Year Nap

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    For a group of four New York friends, the past decade has been largely defined by marriage and motherhood. Educated and reared to believe that they would conquer the world, they then left prestigious jobs to stay home with their babies. What was meant to be a temporary leave of absence has lasted a decade. Now, at age 40, with the halcyon days of young motherhood behind them and without professions to define them, Amy, Jill, Roberta, and Karen face a life that is not what they were brought up to expect but seems to be the one they have chosen.

    Charles says: "Very Good portrayal"
    "I tried to like it"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed other books by Meg Wolitzer very much. I tried to like this one, but it just dragged. Maybe I have a hard time identifying with female characters who stay home and don't have jobs, but everything was so "interior" that I couldn't make myself care--or finish the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sing Them Home

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Everyone knows the story of Aneira Hope Jones, the woman swallowed up by a tornado, and of the painful legacy bestowed upon her children. Larken, Gaelan, and Bonnie have grown into adulthood enshrouded in myth and unresolved grief, longing for closure and for release from their identities as motherless children. Both knowingly and unknowingly, the Jones siblings have condemned themselves to the task of interpreting and paying homage to their mother's life; thus, they have never claimed their own.

    Linda says: "Fabulous writing!"
    "A compelling story"
    Overall

    Kallos has written the story of a family in the mid-west whose lives were shaped by the disappearance of their mother in a tornado. The characters are fleshed out fully and it's interesting to watch their interaction with each other and others they encounter. A pleasure to read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (412)

    High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

    Casey says: "Interesting Premise"
    "The story may be great if you can understand it"
    Overall

    I'll never know why they record science fiction novels using narrators with deep voices. I tried to listen to this off and on but could only make out about a third of the words. I'll read the book, instead.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (341)

    When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine - who was also his faithful assistant for 20 years - learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well.

    glamazon says: "Patchett Has It"
    "Love, grief, healing--Patchett has it all"
    Overall

    I love Ann Patchett's work. She writes beautifully while making it seem effortless. I always worry about the interpretation of books in audio form, though. This is a wonderful story, artfully narrated.

    After 20 years of working with Sabine as his magician's assistant, Parsifal (and before him, his lover, Phan) dies. Before he dies, Parsifal marries Sabine, leaving her with his estate and his secrets (and they aren't just magic tricks). Sabine discovers Parsifal's family--one she didn't know he had. Layer by layer, Sabine discovers why Parsifal left them and created a new life for himself. She acts as the agent of healing--for Parsifal's family and for herself.

    The story is deep, touching and well-written. I finished it 2 weeks ago and am still thinking about it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a 60th Year

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Virginia Ironside
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Don't harass her about parasailing or taking Italian language courses. Forget about suggesting she join a gym. Marie Sharp may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads toward the big 6-0, but she's fine with it. She would rather do without all the moving-to-Florida-bicycling-across-Mongolia-for-the-hell-of-it hoopla that her friends insist upon. She's already led an exciting life: she came of age in the 1960s, after all.

    Barbara says: "Telling it like it is"
    "Telling it like it is"
    Overall

    The first chapter of this book reads like a conversation I'd have with my friends about getting older and how much we really prefer it to being young. The main character in this book is refreshing in her appreciation of this stage of her life. My friends and I have found that, as we get older, we've also gotten more honest about what we think about things. This book was full of that kind of honesty. It's funny, fast moving, full of love and joy. It's also sarcastic in a way that only older women can exude. It's a whole lot of fun.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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