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A. Moren

texas mommie

Kansas City, MO USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (938)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "OK Overall"
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    Would you try another book from R. J. Palacio and/or the narrators?

    The narrator that did the voice for Auggie really annoyed me. I would have preferred a normal voice to a pretend little kid voice. She sounded like a baby. It was very distracting.

    Overall the book was OK. Not the best YA I've read. There is a good message there. It is not a book that crosses into "So good adults will love it too" in my opinion. For YA it was pretty good. For adults reading YA it was OK.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (476)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Blah"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this book was going to be very thought provoking and intimate. I felt like I was reading the diary of a very boring woman. She didn't share any perspective that I found intriguing. She is very cold and uninteresting.

    A very drowsy book.


    What was most disappointing about Lionel Shriver’s story?

    The main character's persona


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Goodman
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day - and heading in the opposite direction by train - was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days.

    Susan says: "Who knew?"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend to a friend. There was so much potential for this book. Excellent subject matter! I really had to concentrate to stay interested in the book. It was so dry. I think it could have been terrific if told in the first person by each woman. The things these woman saw was described adequately. What was missing for me was the emotion they felt.

    Can you imagine how excited, terrified, liberated, angry, fortunate they must felt? I wanted to hear about how they felt as they saw these things. And they were two totally different woman who had 2 totally different experiences. I could not remember which woman's trip was being told. They both sounded exactly the same, outside of physical location.

    Because this story never reached into their brains, I felt bored. It was more of a travel log than a story. I didn't feel any desire to be these woman, know them or lived in the period. To me, that makes a historical novel a success, I should wish I could have been right there. With this book, I just kept checking to see how much time I had left to be done.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Goodman again?

    Nope.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    I would not have even finished the book except for her pleasant performance.


    Could you see Eighty Days being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it would be better as a movie than it was a book. A director would give the woman some emotion and opinions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (953)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Charming"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    To be fair, this is not my kind of genre. I think readers who like the Crocodile in the Sandbank or Janet Evanovich would really enjoy this book. I was drawn to it due the era. I have been "trying on" books out of my favorite genre, but from an era I enjoy.

    For me, it was charming, but not a book that will stay with me. I certainly did not hate it, but didn't love it. I really appreciated the main character and loved the narration.


    What does Rita Barrington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a great reader. Did an excellent job of changing the character voices without being annoying. Her accent was also charming, like the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would watch it on HBO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (562)

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Bitter"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am sure there is fascinating Hawaiian history to be found in this book. I just could not hear it between all the bitterness of the author.

    The only thing that would have made the book worse, would be the author reading it. Oh wait, she did. Monotone and bitter. I can sum up the story in one sentence. Hawaii was ruined by the Christians.

    I am not Christian, but I was so irritated by her constant monotone complaining and blaming, that I could not find the story beneath it. Our whole world develops based on choices people make of beliefs (religion) and politics. It has since the beginning of time.

    I would had loved to hear about Hawaii's history, including how the missionaries and the natives choice to follow them affected Hawaii. I'll just need to find a more balanced and less monotone author.




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Green Was My Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Llewellyn
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn’s best-selling - and timeless - classic, as well as the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales still prospered, when coal dust had not yet blackened the valley. Drawn simply and lovingly, with a crisp Welsh humor, Llewellyn’s characters fight, love, laugh, and cry, creating an indelible portrait of a people. Richard Llewellyn (1906–1983), a Welsh novelist, was born in Hendon, England, in the county of Middlesex.

    Ronna says: "A classic that must be read---could take place now"
    "Maybe a "classic," but certainly not timeless"
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    I listened all the way until I had 2 hours left, hoping I'd change my mind. Finally threw in the towel. Characters are flat. There could have been a wonderful story and story within the story here, but the author has serious issues with ADD and character development. It read like a textbook. When the plot would finally have a tiny bit of interest, he would jump and I mean jump, not transition, to another character.

    As frustrating as Dickens in my mind, but not nearly as humorous. Barely any moments of interest. Only stuck with it so long because my mom insisted I would like it.

    Blah. Don't waste your time.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11906)
    Performance
    (7859)
    Story
    (7895)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Non-fiction top pick"
    Overall

    Don't miss this book if you like a good non-fiction story or love reading books about the human side of war. So funny, touching, devastating, inspiring and poignant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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