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Mary Ryan

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  • The Westing Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ellen Raskin
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (230)

    One fateful day, 16 people gather for the reading of the will of the very rich Samuel W. Westing. To their surprise, the will turns out to be a contest, challenging the heirs to find out who among them is Westing's murderer. Only two people hold all the clues. One is a Westing heir...and the other is the listener!

    Richard says: "A Great Suspense Story"
    "Quick read, fun story"
    Overall

    This book was a quick read, and a really fun story. Would work well for a variety of age groups.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (233)

    An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists.

    Jonathan says: "shattered my illusions"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    This book was like being in a really interesting psychology of sex class. It was very research based, but overall interesting and illuminating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1162)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall

    Interesting enough concept (Sherlock Holmes mentoring feisty teenage girl) but the story just wasn't as compelling or gripping as I was hoping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3731)
    Performance
    (2094)
    Story
    (2105)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Interesting story, but I never got into it."
    Overall

    Interesting dystopia story (disease, food controlled by corrupt government, "windup" people and creatures), but I never really got into it. Some graphic scenes were hard to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dry: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. When Augusten is forced to examine himself, he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power

    heidi says: "Sobriety with a sense of style...."
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I listened to this somewhat reluctantly, but LOVED it. He is hilarious and poignant, and the whole book is incredibly touching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You - at Work and in Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Spencer Johnson
    • Narrated By John Dossett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Peaks and Valleys is a story of a young man who lives unhappily in a valley until he meets an old man who lives on a peak, and it changes his work and life forever. Eventually, he comes to understand how he can use the old man's remarkable principles and practical tools in good and bad times and becomes more calm and successful himself.

    Gary says: "Reminder of good common sense."
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    Similar to Who Moved My Cheese -- good overall message, but I'm not sure how much I really got out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Moved My Cheese?: The 10th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Johnson
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts, Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    The simple story of Who Moved My Cheese? reveals profound truths about change that give people and organizations a quick and easy way to succeed in changing times. Who Moved My Cheese? is an enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to nourish them and make them happy. Two are mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two are mouse-size people named Hem and Haw.

    Alberto says: "Very practical"
    "Quick read, and effective message."
    Overall

    Very quick read with an overall very effective message about the importance of being someone who adapts to change. Major take home quote "What would I do if I wasn't afraid?" I liked hearing the interview with the author at the end as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (984)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Sweet story, but a bit slow."
    Overall

    This was a sweet story, but it was a bit slow. Worked fine as an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That Old Cape Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    That Old Cape Magic is a novel of deep introspection and every family feeling imaginable, with a middle-aged man confronting his parents and their failed marriage, his own troubled one, his daughter's new life and, finally, what it was he thought he wanted and what in fact he has.

    Stephen says: "What you buy Russo books for...."
    "Meh"
    Overall

    This works fine as an audiobook, but the story was a downer and it was hard to feel connected to the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5248)
    Performance
    (2083)
    Story
    (2101)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Beautifully read"
    Overall

    This story was a little slow at times, but was overall quite good. The readers absolutely made this for me though, they were wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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