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Linda

Sericulturalist and horticulturalist, mad scientist and earth oven baker.

Tucson, AZ, United States

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  • The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Jennifer Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (44)

    There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of this true tale of floral obsession: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how 700 iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime.

    Robert says: "Orchids are just the vehicle."
    "Bad Execution, Full of Errors"
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    Very bad edting made this a jarring read. Bits were cut off and the narraor read so fast I had to slow the replay to be able to tolerate lisening. The author does not know her botanical subject matter, and this part of the book is rife with error. There is also a marked underone of lack of respect for some of her subjects that in the end does her discredit, not the other way around. I don't think she cared about this book or the people she used , it was just a job, it could have been so much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girls of Riyadh: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rajaa Alsanea
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    In her debut novel, Rajaa Alsanea reveals the social, romantic, and sexual tribulations of four young women from the elite classes of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Originally released in Arabic in 2005, it was immediately banned in Saudi Arabia because of the controversial and inflammatory content, though black-market copies circulated widely.

    Kathy Daniels says: "Fantastic Book"
    "Truth Is Often Stranger Than Fiction"
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    This may be a work of fiction, but it reads like a lot of the non-fiction/memior material that has been written by Arab women in the last 25 years. Enjoy it for the accurate cultural voyeurism it offers, respect it for the truth it tells.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (348)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "A Tasty Surprise"
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    A beautiful book that keeps you guessing until the end. Family, food, and loyalty combine into unexpected possibilities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythms Easy Navajo

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By EuroTalk Ltd
    • Narrated By Jamie Stuart
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Use your mind's natural rhythm to learn a language with Rhythms Easy Navajo from EuroTalk. It's naturally easier to learn something when it's set to rhythmic music, so that is exactly what we've done. Rhythms puts your mind painlessly to work: you don't even need to focus! Simple words and phrases are set to a varied pattern of rhythms and music designed to help you learn and to keep you engaged so that you won't just switch off after five minutes.

    Linda says: "Offensive"
    "Offensive"
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    A very poor, offensive attempt at a basic Navajo language primer. Many words are not even in use in the Navajo language, and some words deal with alcoholic beverages, which are illegal on the Navajo homeland. Should be removed from audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Like Water for Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura Esquivel
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    Tita is the youngest daughter of Mama Elena, the tyrannical owner of the De la Garza ranch. As the youngest, she is expected to remain single and stay at home to care for her mother. So when Tita falls in love, Mama Elena arranges for Tita's older sister to marry Tita's young man.

    Linda says: "A delicious story"
    "Magical Realism That Feels Like Non-Fiction"
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    If you are from the borderlands or have spent an time here, you will be nodding your head with familiarity from the first chapter. Wicked, fun, sad, and thought provoking. Be sure to see the movie as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1331)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "A Wake-Up Call"
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    Barara is a time-tested expert who knows her stuff. This is fiction that has the credibility of a scienific journal. Come for the fiction, stay for the truth!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Craig Pittman
    • Narrated By Gary D. MacFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    After its Peruvian discovery in 2002, Phragmipedium kovachii became the rarest and most sought-after orchid in the world. Prices soared to $10,000 on the black market. Then one showed up at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where every year more than 100,000 people visit. They come for the lush landscape on Sarasota Bay and for Selby's vast orchid collection, one of the most magnificent in the world.

    H says: "I smell a good book!"
    "Amazing World of Unethical Dirtbags No Pun Inended"
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    As an avocational horticulturalist, I was shocked at the levels that the "professionals" will stoop to for glory and the almighty buck. If you love orchids, and nature in general, this book will make you sad, angry, and disgusted. Read it anyway, and bocott the scoundrels. Do your research and know where your money is going if you are an orchidist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (241)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    Blake says: "Explains the clash between Islam and the West"
    "An Important Conversation Over Tea and Baklava"
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    This book is an important and accurate depiction of a much-neglected historical cross-section of a large part of the world. This book neither preaches nor panders, it simply states what happened and when, in a convivial manner. The author is willing to question events that may or may not have actually happened as legend would have us believe. He is true to the spirit of his subject matter, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about current world political and cultural dynamics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish for Dummies

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jessica Langemeier
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Spanish For Dummies gives listeners immediate results in a self-paced environment that's customizable for their needs - listening from start to finish, or repeating tracks several times, or learning strictly by audio in the car.

    Dell says: "Spanish for Europe"
    "An O.K. Review of Basic Castillian Spanish"
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    Not too bad if you just want a quick and dirty review of the basics.Remember, this is European Spanish, not Spanish as it is generally spoken in The Americas. Anyone could benefit from the basic vocabulary and grammar, as long as one remembers that local dialects and customs will vary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloody White Baron: The Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    In the history of the modern world, there have been few characters more sadistic, sinister, and deeply demented as Baron Ungern-Sternberg. An anti-Semitic fanatic with a penchant for Eastern mysticism and a hatred of communists, Baron Ungern-Sternberg took over Mongolia in 1920 with a ragtag force of White Russians, Siberians, Japanese, and native Mongolians.

    David says: "Truth is stranger than fiction"
    "Best Viewed As Historical Fiction"
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    Despite the sketchy reviews, I decided to buy this book, since I am interested in the subject matter. There is precious little verifiable information about The Baron, he was one of those crazy historical figures that inspired much speculation and many stories. If one views this book as an interesting account of the possible adventures of a minor historical figure, one still might enjoy the work. Not the best narrator in the world, but the recording quality is fine. All in all, decent entertainment for those folks interested in Russia and Central Asia. Caveat, some Buddhists might find the way the author deals with Buddhism a little patronizing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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