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mberank

Lynchburg, VA | Member Since 2012

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  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (362)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    Mark says: "A good book, but not really for me."
    "A classic book I will reread and recommend"
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    Where does The End of Your Life Book Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of my list.


    What other book might you compare The End of Your Life Book Club to and why?

    Not sure.


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

    The narrator has a fine soothing voice making this audible book a pleasant listening experience.


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

    Yes, when Will at the end read a passage about God aloud and Mary Ann smiled. It occurred to me that was her moment when she was at total peace and ready to let go.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I enjoyed learning about Mary Ann's refugee work throughout the world. I also enjoyed learning about the books Will and Mary Ann shared and discussed.
    Today I finished the book and paid tribute to Mary Ann by asking by siblings if they would like me to make a charitable donation in their honor rather than buying them a gift for Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (1726)
    Story
    (1740)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    Briana says: "This was supposed to be funny"
    "Not for me, account refunded. Thank you Audible."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am not joking when I answer that preteen boys would enjoy this book, especially all the four letter words.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Lawson again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    The characters are charming-the way the story is told is annoying and distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    The author has a charming story to tell but her style is immature. Was she in a hurry to meet her deadline? Did anyone edit her book? Lazy work on several levels here. On a positive note the cover is cute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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