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marguerite

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (2280)
    Story
    (2284)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Skip this even if free!"
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    The narration of this long overly detailed slowed paced cronology of the war is absolutely dreadful and annoying. Beyond that, it goes on for days of listening. Dont buy this book to read or to listen to. It is awful.

    3 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8694)
    Performance
    (7977)
    Story
    (7983)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Just because it's a best seller doesn't mean......"
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    Hard to believe this book is a best seller. Long confusing drawn out story about a stolen painting. Very hard to relate to. Pass on this one. Good literature is worth searching for. This book is not that.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

    Suzn F says: "It got better...."
    "Skip this!"
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    Long drawn out sad story where every chapter says pretty much the same things as the prior chapter.. Narration was good. The book might make an interesting two page magazine article about complex medical surgeries, sadness and addiction issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.

    L. Standridge-Santopietro says: "Totally Honest and Brave"
    "Crude, tasteless, piece of garbage!!"
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    Pass on this classless book. Unbelievable the things she says. Should be banned. She must be desperate.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1510)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "A must-listen! Billy Crystal is amazing!"
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    If you listen to one book all year, make sure it is this one. the narration by billy crystal is funning, interesting and I was sad when the book ended. It is upbeat, funny, sad all of these things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anthony Bruno
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse. The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.

    a_certain_regard says: "Bronson Pinchot. A Masterful Narrator."
    "Pass on this. Narrow plot line, mildly interesting"
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    Story was confusing in terms of all the bad guys. Very narrow plot line. Narrator was awesome however. Pass on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (916)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Save your money!"
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    This book is ridiculous. Just plain silly. Take a pass. Read House Rules by same author. It is good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4281)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2443)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Parts very very good but parts very long"
    Overall

    The first half of the book was amazing, interesting, good character development and you felt what it was like to be in Vietnam at that time. But later in the book unless I think you were a combat veteran it got too detailed and I got lost in exactly what the issue was with Matterhorn. Way too long. Overall an indepth look at the silliness and tradgedy of war no different than the war we are in today in Iraq.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (210)

    Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

    Liatris says: "Tough Listen"
    "Dreadful, boring and predictable"
    Overall

    Pass on this audio book. It is very predictable, simple and boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27117)
    Performance
    (13738)
    Story
    (13784)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I listen to a lot of books. this was a very good book and well narrated. There was superb character development. I give it a 10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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