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Arlene

Boulder, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1621)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Engrossing, but missing something"
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    What did you like best about Solaris? What did you like least?

    I liked the relationships. The descriptions of the phenomena I found tedious.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't know it was the ending. That was my biggest problem with the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the conversations between the two men.


    Did Solaris inspire you to do anything?

    Try other types of books.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (604)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Ohhh - I get it now!"
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    Being a child of a migrant, there were things about the way my parents looked at things that I didn't understand. How we were supposed to present ourselves, speak and achieve. That my father didn't really talk about what went on, even though he worked (full time) in the Civil Rights movement. I get it now. I think this book is a must-read for the descendants of the migrants, those in the south whose family members left, and ALL Americans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (409)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Tim says: "Couldn't put this book down!"
    "Interesting story - well-told"
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    The story was engrossing and suspenseful, with a satisfying finish. I felt for the main character, Christine, and I was excited to see how she would adapt. The story developed believeably, and the ending didn't disappoint. Orlagh Cassidy did a great job of presenting the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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