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Marilyn

Oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 20 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 145 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Tender Bar: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J.R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By J.R. Moehringer
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Torn between the stirring example of his mother and the lurid romance of the bar, J.R. tried to forge a self somewhere in the center. But when it was time for J.R. to leave home, the bar became an increasingly seductive sanctuary, a place to return and regroup during his picaresque journeys. Time and again, the bar offered shelter from failure, rejection, heartbreak, and eventually from reality.

    Jim E says: "A Good Deal and a Good Deal More"
    "Loved This Sweet Story"
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    This one felt like a poem to me. A sweet little gem. I loved the tone and the feel of the story. It really transported me. And the use of the background music really added to the overall experience. Kudos to Mr. Moehringer as both the author and narrator of this terrific book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1359)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1212)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Clever and Engaging"
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    I loved this story! The whole concept of viewing your present life from you as a 10-years-younger person was compelling. It made me stop and examine my own life and wonder what I would think were I "Alice." But the story is not at all heavy and I laughed regularly throughout. The narrator is fabulous and I'll listen to anything else that she has done. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (250)

    Marilyn says: "Love this love story!"
    "Love this love story!"
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    And it's so much more than a love story. Very intelligent, lyrical and insightful book about race relations and personal relations both within and without the United States. The Narrator was simply outstanding! Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1012)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "A very special story"
    Overall
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    Such a unique story, with a depth of emotion that made for a wonderful "listen." Keith Szarabajka did a particularly good job with his character. I didn't want this book to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2451)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Family Secrets"
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    This book works on so many different levels, its hard to pinpoint just one reason why I enjoyed it so much. But I did. Thoroughly. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (2438)
    Story
    (2447)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "An Unexpected Story"
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    Im so glad I read others' reviews and picked this one up myself. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite (because of?) its grim storyline. No punches are pulled here, and I appreciated that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1230)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Good House is a Good Book!"
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    I found this story to be quite engaging, suspenseful, and very realistic in its treatment of an aging, functioning alcoholic. Mary Beth Hurt couldn't be any better for giving voice to this cast of characters, especially Hildy. She nailed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (354)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    Mark says: "A good book, but not really for me."
    "Touching"
    Overall
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    What better story for Audible fanatics than one about the power of reading and sharing books. The remarkable relationship between Will and his Mother in her last years, and the role that books played during those years, makes for a beautiful read. I found myself wanting to be part of their exclusive book club as well. Several of the books Will and his mom shared are now on my Wish List.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2399)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1109)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Great Novel"
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    This book just warmed my heart. Such an engaging love story, with goodly doses of humor and razor-sharp wit. I didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family - A Novel (Movie Tie-In), previously published as Malavita

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tonino Benacquista
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, Maggie enjoys charity work, and their kids are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycee. Or so it seems. In fact, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who's been relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI's witness protection program. And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it's Mafia mayhem.

    Richard Delman says: "A genuine laugh riot. Balerini is a master."
    "Fun Ride"
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    It was nice to hear Edoardo Ballerini narrate again after doing such a terrific job on Beautiful Ruins. He really gets a chance to stretch his chops on this one with all the Italian and French accents, and he's simply remarkable. The story's pretty darn good, too! Funny, exciting and smart. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I hope the movie does it justice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (463)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "A Must Listen"
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    I don't read or listen to much non-fiction, but I'm so glad I picked up this amazing autobiography. It literally blew me away. I have such admiration for the author and her courage to tell her story. It was gripping and stayed with me for weeks after the last word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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