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Deborah

St. Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Lopez
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

    Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

    David says: "Fascinating true story"
    "Moving and true"
    Overall

    A quick listen. It is moving and shows the toll schizophrenia takes on a life and the life of a family. It also reminds us we are who we are and that may be just fine. The soul can endure even when the mind is ill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (530)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Almost One Day Too Long"
    Overall

    Chapter after chapter I listened to this book. I am not sure what kept me hanging in there with is because it seemed like a trite and silly love story but the narrator read well and somehow kept me engaged. The second half of the book was moving and I grew to like the characters and was sad as the end approached. It is a story of unrequited love, falling in love, loving your best friend and then.... I can't tell you where it goes but hang in there it is a touching story and well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Adam Beach
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy - "Zits" - who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer.

    chris says: "Search ends"
    "redemption in life"
    Overall

    A kid with a crumby life finds empathy through time travel and hope in his future. I loved this kid. We should all grow up so well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hour I First Believed: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (288)

    When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

    G. stone says: "excellent all around yarn"
    "overwhelming"
    Overall

    I often wonder what type of life Wally Lamb has lived. His books are full of mental illness and incredible adversity. Sad lives across generations. Strength in loss. sometimes it was just too sad to read and too real. Well written and engaging.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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