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Meryl

CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US | Member Since 2016

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  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
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    (288)
    Story
    (282)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    philippe says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "Candid, truthful, down to earth"
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    I was honored to be able to hear so candidly the ups and downs of this beautiful, graceful actor. I have always admired her and now having read her story along with her mother's story, I am more in awe of her. She speaks with such truth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club): A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tayari Jones
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3738)
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    (3402)
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    (3390)

    Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

    Lisa N. Haynes says: "Loved the Story, but..."
    "Amazingly Written and Performed, A Top Favorite"
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    I simply loved listening to this book. The performers were perfect. The book is so gorgeously well written. I can't imagine listening to a better book. How will I move on from here? The bar is set so high? Listen to this book, go now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By Joan Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9075)
    Performance
    (8328)
    Story
    (8305)

    Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus crazy. She is also Elsa's best and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

    Book Addict says: "Amazing author"
    "Tell Author I'm Sorry The Story Has Ended"
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    Because I loved it like I loved my grandmother. A lot. Though the author’s quirky, bawdy, hell raising grandmother was nothing like my grandmother what’s similar and important is how much love is felt and how pricelessly wise the story’s grandmother was. If you loved your grandmother you will understand. You can practically smell the story’s grandmother’s essence. She was true to herself and she was a granddaughter’s hero in so many magical and practical ways. I missed my grandmother a lot while listening to the story and wished that Nanny was reading the story to me (though the narrator was excellent). A story full of timeless gems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf in White Van

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Darnielle
    • Narrated By John Darnielle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (775)

    Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined.

    David says: "Backward masking, PBM games, and suicide"
    "Physical Emotional and Psychological Disfigurement"
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    Wolf in White Van is a difficult, illuminating, stream of consciousness description of the inner life/thinking of a man-boy-teenager who has survived a suicidal attempt - perhaps. There are many questions that this man-boy-teenager asks himself as he narrates his thoughts and feelings in a non-linear series of pasts, futures, and presents.

    The story takes place after the “accident”, this being a very unusual beginning or new beginning. The attempt in all its hideousness is so real and present for the man-boy-teenager throughout the story. It’s with him physically, mentally emotionally always. Has he really survived the attempt? There are many questions. Is he his own warrior or devil? Is he the wolf or is the wolf music or is the wolf the world he can’t quite navigate? Is the wolf spiritual or religious? How has his family, friends, community helped or hurt his chances of survival? With mental illness, a third survive, a third stay the same and a third get worse. Music, comic books, gaming and his imagination are all woven with bits and pieces of reality. So many lives are effected: gamers, parents, his friends, hospital staff.

    I think the novel is brilliantly written though deeply sad and difficult to read like mental illness or genius. I’ve read that the author worked at one point in an adolescent facility. How many lost and lonely teenagers live with angst, anger, rage, hurt, helplessness, fear, powerlessness? The author has captured this rawness and pain. A painful and plausible story, I know, a thousand years ago (it seems) I survived a teenage suicide attempt.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jack of Spades: A Tale of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: his 28 mystery novels have sold millions of copies in nearly 30 countries, and he has a top agent and publisher in New York. He also has a loving wife, three grown children, and is a well-regarded philanthropist in his small New Jersey town. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym "Jack of Spades", he writes another string of novels - dark potboilers that are violent, lurid, even masochistic...

    Matthew S. Hill says: "Interesting and entertaining!"
    "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
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    Sad, creepy but well written story. I can't say it was enjoyable though it kept my interest. The narrator's voice was effectively disturbing. If madness is your thing.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Linda Lavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2427)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2184)

    Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

    Meryl says: "Sweet, Nostalgic"
    "Sweet, Nostalgic"
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    I thought the narrator, Linda Lavin, did an excellent job. Her voice was very fitting.

    It was a fascinating look through the life of an eighty-five year old Jewish grandmother describing her history, her world to her granddaughter. I could relate on many levels. This is a lovely, sentimental tale if not a little dull at times. It's not an exciting read/listen but it is interesting. I learned a lot and wished that my grandmother had sat down and told me everything about her life before she died. Perhaps I'll get this chance with my own granddaughter someday.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5715)
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    (5056)
    Story
    (5085)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    RaisinNut says: "Decidedly adult content..."
    "For the Young Adult at Heart"
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    I love the concept of the "Great Perhaps". I'm a young adult at heart. This book worked for me. I would have liked something more or something different as the ending of the book. That's my only complaint. The book kept me totally engaged and was well written. However the book faded in the end. I need a great beginning, middle and end.

    I laughed out loud when the author described first sexual encounters. Hysterical. There were unbelievably sad moments in this book as well. I love a book that takes me through a wide emotional gamut.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2410)
    Performance
    (2169)
    Story
    (2164)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Doug says: "Stars Shine Bright"
    "Not Typically an Apocalypse Genre Fan"
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    I loved this book. I haven't loved a book this much since listening to/reading Skippy Dies.

    I was reading a New York Times book review last week about Peter Heller's latest novel, The Painter. I never read anything by this author. The reviewer said that they like his first novel The Dog Stars better. So I decided to give it a try.

    Heller's writing style is very different. I think it's very artistic, beautifully written.

    His characters are wonderful especially Hig the protagonist. I love his sensitive description of this man and his dog.

    I don't like fishing but I love art. He made fishing feel like art.

    This story is believable.

    I am now reading/listening to The Painter, Peter Heller's second novel. I'm hoping to love it as much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1712)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1555)

    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
    "Being Metaphysical"
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    Are you writing this review or am I?

    I found this book charming, intriguing, profound at times, sad, original and creative.

    I thought the author who was also the narrator did an excellent job reading aloud her story. Her pronunciation of Japanese was so helpful and exacting.

    The book was written with such an original format, concept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5601)
    Performance
    (4761)
    Story
    (4757)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    d.e.matthews says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Just Not That Funny"
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    I was disappointed. The narrator's voice was grating and I only chuckled a few times. Overall this book was pretty predictable from beginning to end. I've listened to a lot better.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Education

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Choi
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    Regina Gottlieb had been warned about Professor Nicholas Brodeur long before arriving as a graduate student at his prestigious university high on a pastoral hill. He’s said to lie in the dark in his office while undergraduate women read couplets to him. He’s condemned on the walls of the women’s restroom and enjoys films by Roman Polanski. But no one warned Regina about his exceptional physical beauty - or his charismatic, volatile wife.

    Madelaine says: "A bit navel-gazey, but overall enjoyable"
    "A Good Student is Always a Teacher"
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    And a good teacher is always a student. However when boundaries are lacking between student and teacher there is certain and immediate upheaval, chaos, risk and enormous pain. It's a dangerous pastime and there are laws prohibiting it. Affairs between students and teachers is real enough in our world and has been for ages.

    Growing up, coming of age is necessary, painful, sometimes without grace. Coming of age is a mixed up mess. Add the student/teacher affair and this mess multiplies tenfold. If there is anything good that comes of it, it's the learning and growth, the should haves and shouldn'ts. But so much risk, betrayal, damage, loss of innocence.

    This book has it all. It felt long however it kept my interest. I found each character real and lovable, with so many flaws yet so convincingly lovable. It all seemed plausible in a fantastic sort of way. I also thought the narrator expressed each character well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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