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karose

Waukesha, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon & the Journey of a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sheila Weller
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the 60s" - the female version. Filled with the voices of dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel. Except it's all true.

    N. Speroni says: "Good, but..."
    "Overall, a disappointment"
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    I'm in too far to give up now. This book is so long--it easily could have had all the necessary info contained in a book half the size. The lead up to Carole's relationship with Rick 1 was way too long, and, "who are these guys?" I thought maybe part of a different book had mistakenly been added. Yikes.

    The reader's reading of the song lyrics, Really? It would have been nice to have clips of the actual songs. And after 18 hours, the reader's voice is really getting to me.

    I agree, TMI about the sexual relationships and the reports of venereal disease.

    I love the music of all these woman and what I DID like was the back story to many of the songs.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (210)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Great storyline, great reader!"
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    I loved the captivating story of Velva Jean. I empathized with her all along the way, having lost my mother and having gone through many difficult circumstances in my own life.

    Jenna Lamia is very talented and did a wonderful job of bringing the characters in this book to life.

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Fly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Velva Jean Hart, the fiercely independent heroine of Jennifer Niven's spectacular debut novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, returns in a captivating adventure that literally sends her soaring. Bristling at the limitations faced by a woman in rural Appalachia and fueled by the memory of her late Mama telling her to "live out there," Velva Jean hits the road to pursue her dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry. But after a string of auditions, she begins to lose hope - until her brother pays her a surprise visit and treats Velva Jean to a flying lesson that ignites a brand-new dream....

    Amazon Customer says: "VJ Drives Better Than She Flies"
    "Sad and disappointed by the reader"
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    I loved the book, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, and I loved the reader. She did a wonderful job maintaining different voices for each character. I felt like I was right there on Fair Mountain.

    I was excited and looked forward to Velva Jean Learns to Fly. Sadly, a different reader was chosen for this book. She doesn't have a southern accent and is not at all consistent in the voice she uses for Velva Jean, and barely manages to differentiate the other characters. Sorry, Emily, it's nothing personal, I am sure you are a very nice person!

    It's hard to rate the story because I am so disappointed in the performance.

    I'll be returning this book and hope that Becoming Clementine has an engaging reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (565)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "Delightful and thoughtful as always"
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    Alexander McCall Smith does it again. His stories about Precious and her friends and family are a wonderful break from the realities of the world. I love that the series stresses living a thoughtful and intentional life.

    Lisette Lecat does a wonderful job of reading.

    The Corduroy Mansion series, also by McCall Smith, is equally delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13499)
    Performance
    (9340)
    Story
    (9398)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Incredible story of survival"
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    You MUST listen to this book!

    It is a book I could not stop listening to. I had to keep going to hear what happened next.

    It's an amazing story of survival and redemption.

    There are some sections of descriptive violence.

    Edward Herrmann was the best reader I have ever listened to.

    Loved this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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