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Mary Lou Skowronski

Realtor, Newport Beach Homes, Foreclosure and Short Sale Specialist

Newport Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 102 titles in library
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  • The Education of Little Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    After his parents die, five-year-old Little Tree goes to live with his grandparents in their cabin deep in the Tennessee mountain hollows. Granpa instructs the boy in the ancient wisdom of “The Way” of honoring nature’s subtle balance. Even when he faces racism and the white authorities try to take him from his grandparents, Little Tree’s understanding and humor sustain him.

    Nancy says: "Comfort food"
    "Thought provoking and Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book because it opens our eyes to cultural differences and the unnecessary suffering that takes place because of ignorance and lack of communication.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The innocence of the young boy Little Tree and his unconditional trust adds humor and awe to the insight given on cultural differences.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Cherokee family ties were so strong that they learned to function and survice independently without compromising their cultural beliefs.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (472)

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    Thomas says: "Part V of a great read"
    "My expectations may have been set too high..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The entire plot.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jean M. Auel before, how does this one compare?

    It doesn't belong with the series.


    What about Sandra Burr’s performance did you like?

    Excellent delivery and good differentiation of characters/


    Could you see The Shelters of Stone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No thanks. Once was enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps its time for Jean Auel to end while she was ahead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be an American Housewife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Margaret Dilloway
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn't been what she'd expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways.

    CAREY says: "Well told tale!"
    "Different aftermath perspective of Vitenam War"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely enlightening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The American housewife had an honest approach and sense of humor.


    What does Laural Merlington and Emily Durante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their wit.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ask a survivor's wife...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (360)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "Kept my interest throughout the read."
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    Would you listen to West with the Night again? Why?

    Flying over Africa and other countries were described with enough detail to make you feel you were in the cockpit. It is one of those books that you could listen to again.


    What other book might you compare West with the Night to and why?

    I would compare this book equal to Out of Africa.


    What about Julie Harris’s performance did you like?

    Narrator Julie Harris has tremendous talent identifying each character easily.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The suspense of being in flight without a light to guide her and her relationship with the people of Africa made this a moving experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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