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diane

Belleville, Illinois, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (147)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "I liked it very much!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Bureau for Rich People the most enjoyable?

    This is a pleasant story about very pleasant people. What I liked best was the way the different customs were explained so that you knew what was going on along with the descriptions of what was happening. I really enjoyed it and went right away to see if there were more books by this author. If you like darkness overcome, violence and strife, evil villains, you will not find them here. If you like enjoyable good times and different customs, you will enjoy this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People?

    I cannot decide if I liked the Moslem of the Hindu wedding best.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

    Susan Holland says: "Not what I was expecting..."
    "I wasn't a mark Twain fan, now I am!"
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    I never was fond of Mark Twain, read a couple of his books, basically didn't care for them and wasn't impressed. Got this because my sister said it was good so I could criticize her taste. I know, sibling rivalry. Anyway, I had to skip forward so much because instead of his autobiography I got a dissertation on how they decided to include stuff, which I wasn't interested in. Listened to the 1st 1/3 of part 1, and thought he's a cynical person boasting about the famous people he knew to impress, continued listening, though. The Further I go the more I get what a great man this really was. When he talks about his family I almost wish he was my dad, no offense dad. One of his descriptions about the day he chased the turkey was wonderful and made my wonder how he did it, many people describe the dew at dawn type of things and it's just ok, This put me there. Big Complaint? I have two, one with the book-let him speak and lose the introduction-pay attention to what he says about introductions, He meant you! The other with narration: use two people so we can tell the unnecessary comments of the Mark Twain society or whoever they are from his. The narrator is good and reads well. He should be the voice of Mark Twain and let someone else waste their voices on the rest of the stuff they put in as forward. Probably couldn't find any one willing to risk it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenny G Must Die!!: A Satire About Music... and Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Hrdina
    • Narrated By William Hrdina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The guy in the next cubicle listens exclusively to Kenny G. It's all Aliester Crewley hears at work, day after excruciating day. It's driving him mad. Music this bad can only mean one thing - something demon-y is afoot. A powerful amateur magickian, Aliester knows how to deal with demons. But actions can have seriously unintended, rather bizarre consequences - of the Apocalyptic kind.

    Michelle says: "Zombie apocalypse with music."
    "F***ing Awesome"
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    I am 70 years old and don't like Zombies or the Rolling Stones and like Kenny G. I don't know why I bought this book, but I listened and loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The City of Dreaming Books

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Walter Moers, John Brownjohn (translator)
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Optimus Yarnspinner inherits from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer and sets off to track down the mysterious author, who disappeared into Bookholm—the so-called City of Dreaming Books. Yarnspinner falls under the spell of this book-obsessed metropolis, where an avid reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions: priceless signed first editions, salivating literary agents, and for-hire critics.

    melody333 says: "Entertaining and Fun"
    "Not for everybody, but definitely for me!"
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    What did you love best about The City of Dreaming Books?

    I love these books, there is something about Zamonian literature that captures my imagination and sends my on a fascinating adventure of such wonderful quality. It's impossible for me to describe.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the characters but of course Optimus Yarnspinner and The Shadow King were me favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the books of Jasper FFoote you will like these.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2471)
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    (1055)
    Story
    (1067)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "READ IT YEARS AGO"
    Overall

    A BLAST FROM THE PAST: READ THIS IN THE SIXTY'S WHEN IT WAS A CULT FAVORITE. I GROKED IT THEN AND I GROK IT NOW. FRODO LIVES!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "I BOUGHT THIS BOOK BECAUSE OF THE TITLE"
    Overall

    I LOVE JANE EYRE. WHEN I LISTENED TO THIS BOOK MY MOUTH DROPPED OPEN IN ASTONISHNMENT AND I HAD TROUBLE GETTING UP OFF THE FLOOR WHERE I WAS ROLLING IN LAUGHTER. I HAVE LISTENED TO IT THREE TIMES IN THE LAST YEAR AND WILL LISTEN TO IT MANY MORE TIMES, I'M SURE. IT'S A CLASSIC IN MY BOOKCASE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (702)
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    (125)
    Story
    (129)

    Inventive and uniquely original novelist Jasper Fforde sends his literary sleuth on another wildly imaginative journey through time and literature. Thursday Next faces a sinister global multinational corporation represented by Mr. Schitt-Hawse, beats the magistrate from Kafka's The Trial at his own game, and trains for her next assignment by apprenticing herself to Miss Havisham. Thursday then accepts the ultimate challenge: capture Acheron Hades, the murderer of characters from the classics.

    Anna says: "a zany action packed romp through lit."
    "THE MORE YOU KNOW"
    Overall

    THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU APPRECIATE THE GREAT PUNS AND REFERENCES IN MR. FFORDE'S BOOKS. EACH TIME I LISTEN I CATCH SOMETHING NEW.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (641)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven says: "My favorite audio book"
    "I LOVE IT"
    Overall

    I LOVE THE STORIES AND MEMORIES, GREAT STYLE, TALENTED MAN, ARTIST, MUSICIAN, AND NOW WRITER TOO, WHAT A MAN!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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