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Betty

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  • 28 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 109 titles in library
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  • Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

    Angelia Chisolm says: "The best of Stephen Kings books, and to think he a"
    "Carrie White's Bloody Handprint"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Sissy Spacek?

    I would from king, but not another book read by Spacek.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrie?

    Carrie made an impression from the start. First menstruation in the school shower to her ignorant horror, surrounded by a mob of girls throwing tampons, and pads at her with laughter and taunts. Then, her mother's sick abuse of Carrie later that day, accusing Carrie of lust filled, sinning thoughts that brought on the blood and Carrie knowing it wasn't true, but having to give in to that nasty witch.


    What didn’t you like about Sissy Spacek’s performance?

    Too whispery, soft and dreamy. Takes away the drama of scenes and essence from characters.


    Could you see Carrie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Too late for that question.


    Any additional comments?

    This book deserved a strong female narrator like Cherry Jones that could have easily distinguished characters and made this thrilling.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Too much Johnny!"
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    Sometimes great screenplays are written from not so great books. I found it to be the case in this one. I am a huge fan of The Godfather movies, but this book gives too much of the story to a boring and weak character: Johnny F. the washed up singer. His story is vulgar, boring and long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (530)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    ""It was only influenza, only influenza.""
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    "It was only influenza, only influenza." A disturbing account of the spanish flu that ravaged the entire world in 1918-1919. I had heard my grandparents tell stories of it (my grandmother lost her brother to it the autumn of 1918 during his freshman year at college.) But they spared me the nightmarish details. The beginning starts...well at the beginning. The founding of the John Hopkins Hospital and Medical School. How much doctor's knew and how little education and effort it took to get a license to practice medicine in the USA. Our best doctors were getting their training in France and Germany before the 20th century. Imagine entire young families stricken with a flu that left them dead with pneumonia in 12-48 hours. It killed the young and strong because they had the most efficient immune system to fight off disease and viruses. Their own immune system ravaged the lungs in order to fight off not only the virus, but also the bacteria the virus invited. Families having to bury their own dead at cemeteries because grave diggers refused to do it and also mass graves in large cities. Morgues so full the bodies were stacked like cord wood. This is history and facts and a disturbing read. Could this happen again? Yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Men

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Jo March, the irrepressible tomboy in Little Women, has grown up and married her professor to become Jo Bhaer. Together the Bhaers have established Plumfield - a warm-hearted, informal school where lessons are taught with a dose of laughter. When Nat, a young orphan joins the happy household at Plumfield, he can’t believe his good fortune. Each day is filled with studying and fun - the boys even enjoy Saturday-night pillow fights. But when Nat gets caught stretching the truth, he discovers there is more to learn in his new home than games and schoolwork.

    Betty says: "Little Boys and Baby Voices"
    "Little Boys and Baby Voices"
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    Lovely book, but it is nothing like Little Women. It was written for children and their enjoyment. It is mostly about how children play, get into trouble and quickly find their way out it. The 12 year old Daisy is read like she is a 2 year old and that annoyed me a bit. I got about 6 hours into it and quit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.

    Rachel says: "Glad I waited for this release!"
    "Louisa May Alcott's Classic"
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    If you could sum up Little Women in three words, what would they be?

    I adored this book when I first read it over 40 years ago. It's timeless, funny and warm without being too saccharine or sentimental. The ending is drawn out a bit long, but doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the story. I'm a picky reader/listener and Barbara Caruso did a top drawer job narrating. She reads with enthusiasm and gives honor to Louisa May Alcott.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color Master: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Various
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this collection, Bender’s unique talents sparkle brilliantly in stories about people searching for connection through love, sex, and family - while navigating the often painful realities of their lives. A traumatic event unfolds when a girl with flowing hair of golden wheat appears in an apple orchard, where a group of people await her. A woman plays out a prostitution fantasy with her husband and finds she cannot go back to her old sex life. An ugly woman marries an ogre and struggles to decide if she should stay with him after he mistakenly eats their children....

    Betty says: "Not Miss Bender's Best"
    "Not Miss Bender's Best"
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    What disappointed you about The Color Master?

    Not as exciting or surreal as in her previous collections of short stories, such as Willful Creatures and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. The stories in this new collection seem like something from a stream of conscious writing exercise…rambling that goes nowhere.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The Red Ribbon had a ring of Miss Bender's daring style.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all of Miss Bender's books and have given them out as gifts. I hope this was a small dip in the road of her writing career.

    0 of 0 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
    (481)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    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"
    "Living on the fault line of chaos"
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    A grim and sad story that wrenched at my heart. A study of how people inflict damage upon one another either directly or indirectly. How pain can ripple out and cause collateral damage. Wally Lamb touches on the topic of PTSD without dredging it through melodrama. What kept going through my mind during it was a quote from a John Irving novel…'tolerate those with intolerance.'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4677)
    Performance
    (4334)
    Story
    (4344)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "A tween book"
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    Spoiler AlertI listened to this entire book, including the author’s epilog where King is a bit defensive of his writing style today. He reminds readers that he was a different person back in the first two decades of his career and nothing can top the first scary story we read during adolescents. He has a point. It mostly answered my question about his work. Why I find everything he has written past the 90’s ridiculous, immature and shallow. My taste in literature has changed. What thrilled me in my tens, twenties and even thirties has evolved along with my perception and expectations. King’s writing style is still geared to the adolescent and perhaps to the one within us “baby boomers.” He tries anyway; I have to give him credit for trying. Will Patton’s narration is what kept me motivated to endure nineteen annoying hours of Doctor Sleep. At times I wanted to discard this book because it was as unbearable as wearing an itchy wool sweater on a scorching August afternoon. For a sequel to The Shinning, it lacks most of what was in that story. Wendy has a couple of paragraphs and we are moved swiftly to a forty something Dan Torrance recovering alcoholic with a dead mother. His last hangover is lived and relived through out the book. Repation is rife through out this story. A good editor would have gutted fifty percent of its contents. Themes from his other novels are used in a recycled manner to keep the plot moving when it runs into dead ends. You will see shades of Dream Catcher with the mental lock boxes and file cabinets. Tommyknockers with the Hollow Demons existing on the essence of children that have ESP gifts. In the case of the antagonist, Rose The Hat wanting to keep the young protagonist Abra drugged docile and confined in order for herself and other members of The True Knot clan (hollow demons) to live off her “steam” like a milking cow. Hearts in Atlantis pops up with a character named Baseball Boy that the True Knot kidnaps from a little league game. After his torture and burial, including his baseball mitt with his name written on it, 13-year-old Abra sees his face in the newspaper among many missing children and sees what happened to him and his mitt. Contacting Dan while under the impression he is Tony (Dan’s childhood invisible friend that turned out to be a young teenage version of himself), Dan and Abra hook up giving the readers constant reminders that their difference in age and gender would only be understood as molester and victim if anyone found out. Abra mentally locates baseball boy’s body. Dan digs up his grave and brings back the mitt to Abra so she can hold it and channel what the boy went through and who killed him. King’s book IT shows up with images of Rose’s jaunty black hat in a gutter. Rose’s hat and how she wears it gets old quickly in this book. Towards the end, a plot device from The Green Mile is used when Dan sucks up Abra’s cancer riddled “Momo” aka great grandmother’s red misty last breath at the hospice. During a tedious trip to Colorado, Dan becomes ill and exhausted until the big stand off when he exhales out momo and kills off Rose’s clan with the deadly red misty breath. Dan quickly recovers once the dead momo and her cancer leave his body. Does any of this sound familiar? Why do these aging RV driving, steam inhaling from canisters filled with the left over ESP gifts of murdered children need and want Abra and children like her? In order to retain youth and health. Some members are over a millennium old, like Grandpa Flick that can no longer hold his fudge (King’s words, not mine.) How do they die? An ordinary bullet or measles they caught while inhaling the baseball boy’s steam is all that’s needed. When they die, they “cycle.” Their body starts to disappear until nothing is left but their clothing. Like War of the Worlds. Doctor Death could be an allegory or veiled attempt of riffing on the elderly that do anything and everything to sustain their life, therefore sucking up the taxable/tangible resources of the young and destroying them. The drowning man theory. Don’t try and save him; He will drown you along with him. I disliked this book for the reasons listed in most of the 1 star reviews. King writes trashy novels that try to retain innocence. Some I have enjoyed, some not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (273)

    It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.

    marvin says: "excellent novel made better by great narrator"
    "The car everyone hated"
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    Christine is a long yet captive audio book. The story flows nicely and builds up the tension to "her" kills with skill. I'm stuck to it like fly paper listening to find out what happens next (even though it's the tenth plus time reading.) Holter Graham does an excellent job with the characters and perfect pacing. One of Stephen King's greatest "hits."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2153)
    Performance
    (1652)
    Story
    (1633)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    ""Adventures" is spot on!"
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    Elijah Wood does a spirited reading of this beloved classic. You can't go wrong with Mark Twain. A fun book that is always entertaining no matter where you pick up into the story. I like to have this playing as I fall asleep at night.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By D. H. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Veronika Hyks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (88)

    Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960.

    Melanie says: "Soooooo much better than 50 shades"
    "Don't play aloud in mixed company"
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    Any additional comments?

    I don't think of myself as a prude. However, the racy parts are, well...still racy today. This is a fine classic. One of the best. Superb narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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