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Meryl H. Ruth

CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US | Member Since 2006

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  • 34 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 399 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • This Is How You Lose Her

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Junot Díaz
    • Narrated By Junot Díaz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (366)

    The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.

    josh says: "Good collection of short stories"
    "Dominican Power, Emotion, Truth"
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    I am extremely moved by the writing of Junot Diaz. What a gift this man has. He speaks his truth from his heart and gut. These stories are raw and vulnerable, filled with what it's like to be a young Dominican man in and out of love and lust, both the highs and lows. These stories are powerful and I wanted more. I loved his first novel and I loved these short stores. I wish for more. His writing is art. I think he is an excellent writer, story teller, artist, he is full of soul.

    10 of 13 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
    (1051)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (937)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (488)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (433)

    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
    (2787)
    Performance
    (2145)
    Story
    (2142)

    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....

    Ducky 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
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    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.

    Tyler says: "Not what you think"
    "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
  • [sic]: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joshua Cody
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Joshua Cody, a brilliant young composer, was about to receive his PhD when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Facing a bone marrow transplant and full radiation, he charts his struggle: the fury, the tendency to self-destruction, and the ruthless grasping for life and sensation; the encounter with beautiful Ariel, who gives him cocaine and a blow job in a Manhattan restaurant following his first treatment; the detailed morphine fantasy complete with a bride called Valentina while, in reality, hospital staff are pinning him to his bed. Moving effortlessly between references to Don Giovanni and the Rolling Stones, Ezra Pound and Buffalo Bill, and studded with pages from his own diaries and hospital notebooks, [sic] is a mesmerizing, hallucinatory glimpse into a young man’s battle against disease and a celebration of art, language, music, and life.

    Victoria Wright says: "Mesmerizing"
    ""One Eye Sees, the Other Feels""
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    The title of this review is a quote by Paul Klee. It helped me to know and like the work of Paul Klee. This book discusses the artist, Paul Klee, (his thoughts and work) a lot. I agreed with the author about the genius of Klee.

    This book is esoteric and obtuse but as an artist it kind of made sense to me. I liked all the artistic references. I felt at home. I remember looking over all my father’s gigantic art books too. I also know cancer having witnessed my sister dying from cancer and both my daughter and mother being diagnosed with cancer at different times and stages in their lives.

    Not the easiest listen. But extremely interesting as this author must ponder his own dying and not dying. The book has some humor, humor in the face of adversity.

    My own son’s name is Joshua like the auther’s name. I could relate to the diaries of the author’s mother most. No one can bare to see their children suffer. The author deals with and thinks about family a lot. He ponders his relationship to his father in moving ways.

    It’s an amazing run on sentence, a jumble of thoughts, feelings, actions juxtaposing art, philosophy, pain, suffering, strategies for surviving cancer, hallucinations, sex, relationships with women in his life. The author pondering am I going crazy or dying? The book feels a little like madness. Almost dying of cancer must feel like going crazy.

    I would rather have had a less ostentatious reader. The reader was good but I wanted a more humble reader. I would much rather have had the author read this aloud to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (2366)
    Story
    (2355)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "It Didn't Take"
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    "It Didn't Take". This line is a direct quote from this audiobook and the line is repeated several times. It stands out as one of the only effective sentences in the story. This describes how I felt about listening to The End of the Affair. I found it pathetic, dull and uninspiring. Character development? Each character was a suffering narcissist who never got out of his/her own way. Lots of interesting questions were asked, none were answered. My question is why did Colin Firth read this aloud?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (3927)
    Performance
    (3497)
    Story
    (3498)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Intense, Believable, Except for One Part....."
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    This was a riveting tale of parallel journeys. I thought the author wrote an amazingly believable story except for one part. I don't want to give anything in the story away, however, I want to warn you that toward the end of Vivian's tale, she does something that I can't believe any adopted woman, no matter how distraught, would ever do. There were many ways to keep us interested and I'm sorry the author decided this approach. I was really loving the Vivian character till that part.

    I still highly recommend the audio despite that one part. Mostly the characters captured my heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (358)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Kathy says: "Seren Tuval, you are my hero!"
    "Overcome with Emotion"
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    My grandfather had a premonition and fled Germany before the war. My mother was ten when they emigrated to the United States. Our family lost a lot of family and friends.

    When I listened to this memoir Wanda McCaddon's voice brought back memories of my grandmother's voice. My grandmother taught me to sew.

    This is a truly riveting story of one woman and her family's survival during the Hitler regime. I've read a lot about the war. I have to keep reading about it. It's part of the fabric of my people. This history must be kept alive.

    I am a seamstress and sewed the whole time I listened to this audiobook. My latest quilt got wet from all the tears I shed listening to Sara Turvel's story. I'm so glad she had her story finally published.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (297)

    A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain explains how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: best-selling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They have merged their wisdom and expertise for a bold new understanding of the “three-pound universe” and its untapped potential.

    Lea says: "I expected a lot from this book, it came through"
    "So Worthwhile I'm Listening To It Again"
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    This audiobook, Super Brain, is packed with information that is uplifting, easy to follow, challenges us all to be more creative, healthy and fulfill our highest potential.

    I feel encouraged and inspired to continue my journey as a lifelong learner, meditator, exerciser and healthy eater. This audiobook sure makes the case for doing all these things and more.

    I have loved the writings and lectures of Deepak Chopra over the years. I am also grateful for the insights of Rudolph Tanzi. The narration is spot on.

    There was a lot said, it was rich in information. One time listening does not seem enough.

    Get it, listen to it and follow the instructions. Then listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Schroder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Amity Gaige
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Attending a New England summer camp, young Eric Schroder - a first-generation East German immigrant - adopts the last name Kennedy to more easily fit in, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course. Schroder relates the story of Eric's urgent escape years later to Lake Champlain, Vermont, with his six-year-old daughter, Meadow, in an attempt to outrun the authorities amid a heated custody battle with his wife, who will soon discover that her husband is not who he says he is. From a correctional facility, Eric surveys the course of his life to understand - and maybe even explain - his behavior.

    Stacy says: "perfect"
    "Huh?"
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    I was captivated by the story and motivated to read on. Gaige's style is interesting. I thought the narrator was excellent. Collyer made the main character seem believable even appealing at times. Schroder/Kennedy made one bad decision after another. Painful.

    Having been through a difficult divorce (with children) I could feel the angst created in the story line. You felt angst throughout the audio.

    I would recommend this book whole heartedly except that the end was not good. I like a book to have a true beginning, middle and end. I was disappointed with the end. I felt like the story stopped abruptly and I was left saying to myself, "Huh?".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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