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Marsha Truman Cooper

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 667 titles in library
  • 92 purchased in 2014
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  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1177)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "white-water poetry, terrifying"
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    The movie, "Deliverance," flattened me. I didn't think I needed the words, James Dickey's glorious words, too. I was wrong.

    4 of 5 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
    (7500)
    Performance
    (6881)
    Story
    (6886)

    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"
    "A Book for a Lifetime"
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    I'm a hard sell, but am sold. There's a solid message in this writing, a point so diamond-hard you can splice it, set it in gold and wear it... a sparkle to last. Donna Tartt's words thrilled my heart and, if I insist (and I do), have a role if my soul is ever to be truly saved. Some books are that powerful. The narrator made the reading sound effortless. He never once distracted me from the stream of a story I'll tell myself for the rest of my days. It gives me faith. In what? You'll see. You'll see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (468)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "You Need To Watch While I Make It"
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    "Never. Never ask for what ought to be offered." As if the Ten Commandments weren't hard enough to keep, girl-child Ree has been given this 11th mandate from the local culture of the Ozarks. How she functions, how she tries to "make it" (deer stew, for example) is a gripping but poetic story. You'll encounter a young woman who may "never have only her own concerns to tote." You'll try to rest in the "pious shade and silence pines create." Mostly, you'll want to get to know Ree. I wished she'd be my friend... and she was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5620)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2276)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "How do you carry your fire?"
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    It's billed as a survival story, true enough. But again and again during the book, I asked myself to define "survival." McCarthy shows us its cost, its great cost. We contemplate surviving at all cost. And then? Would we still be "carrying the fire?" Tom Stechschulte's voice gives a spare but solid life to the number of times the word "ash" is needed for this tale. I experienced the masterpiece in broad daylight, which I began to cherish anew with every paragraph.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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