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Marian Paulina

Clymer, PA United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Tony Goldwyn
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Two men embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the 20th century: Daniel Hudson Burnham, the brilliant director of works for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair; and Henry H. Holmes, who used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.

    KMP says: "Wonderfully evocative, and well-presented"
    "I wonder..."
    Overall

    if I missed something. In reading the reviews I thought this would be a great read but I have to admit I wasn't that blown away. I guess I thought the World's Fair and suspense aspect would be given equal time but found the details on creating the "white city" too much and the suspense too little. A fair read is all I can give it but this is not one that I would recommend to others or read again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (532)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Worth the effort"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book a great deal but agree that at times it was a bit drawn out and the ending was abrupt especially after 21+ hours of listening. That said, the story was interesting and the narration was extremely well done. All-in-all it is certainly worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drowning Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    Deftly written and emotionally powerful, Drowning Ruth is a stunning portrait of the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that tear them apart, of the dangers of keeping secrets and the explosive repercussions when they are exposed. A mesmerizing and achingly beautiful debut.

    Steven says: "Drowning Ruth"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book - so much so that I bought the paperback as a gift. I can honestly say the book has been thoroughly enjoyed by all who have since read it. An unexpected pleasure and certainly worth a listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5722)
    Performance
    (1934)
    Story
    (1953)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Stick with it...."
    Overall

    I must admit that when I first started listening to this selection I thought there was no way I would get through it. A slow starter to say the least and difficult for me to get in to. But not wanting to give up too quickly I stuck with it and soon found myself sitting in the car just to hear what was next. The book is long - especially as a commuter book - but was captivating and so well read that it was definately worth the download and listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.

    Andrea says: "Well worth a listen"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    Having never read a Mark Twain book I must admit to starting out a little skeptical. It didn't take long to realize how enjoyable the book was going to be. The narration was wonderful. The story was interesting, fun and funny. All-in-all just good entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dante Club

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In Pearl's stunning debut, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell join forces to catch a serial killer whose gruesome murders are modeled on the torturous punishments of Dante's Hell. "Absorbing and dramatic...Pearl has proven himself a master." (Library Journal)

    Pamela says: "Join the club"
    "Dark yet enjoyable"
    Overall

    This was a well read mystery that held my attention so that at times I didn't want to shut it off. The narration is excellent and the characters so believable that at times I laughed out loud at the their antics while trying to solve the mystery. It's not overly complicated and a relatively short book but certainly worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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