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Michal

I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

Scotsdale, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009

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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
    (465)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (404)

    >"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."
    "How lucky is he!"
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    What did you love best about The End of Your Life Book Club?

    Since I am not close to my mother, I really envy those who are! This book is a tribute to the love of a son to his mother. It's absolutely beautifully written, and I kept hoping the ending would be different.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Your Life Book Club?

    Because the book really covers so many life events it's difficult to pinpoint a favorite. I just loved getting to know the mother through the eyes of her loving son.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first.


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

    The mother's ability to so articulately describe her feelings toward death. I hope I am that graceful if ever faced with such a life event.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book. Don't let the "death" topic discourage you. It's really a book about a fantastic life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6219)
    Performance
    (5600)
    Story
    (5629)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Sort of drug alongside!"
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    Really liked the first half of the book, but 2nd half was too long, and it should have been edited down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cynthia Bond
    • Narrated By Cynthia Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (266)

    Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city - the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village - all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

    Beth Anne says: "disturbing yet beautiful"
    "I should have known better!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Several years ago I decided to quit reading Oprah's recommendations. She clearly has an agenda of "how bad the whites treated and treat the blacks? . Honestly, this just gets old. This book takes it to a whole new awful level because it's about how awful the blacks treated the blacks. Folks, this is a terrible book. I forced myself to finish it as I was just positive that there was something redeeming in the story. There's not. I'm so glad it's finished, and I will NEVER read another Oprah recommendation.


    What was most disappointing about Cynthia Bond’s story?

    The constant abuse, torture, and disgusting sex just got to me.


    Have you listened to any of Cynthia Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I think she did a very good job of reading the story. I also thought the writing-the actual sentence structure- was very very good. I'd love to read something that she's written that isn't about morbid sex, torture and abuse.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ruby?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    There is simply no good reason to read this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21400)
    Performance
    (17803)
    Story
    (17791)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Excellent book"
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    If you could sum up The Girl on the Train in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't figure it out until the end.


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

    The different narrators were excellent.


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

    The many sides of love!


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1120)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    Loretta R. Cooper says: "Tedious"
    "Excellent-but long"
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    If you could sum up The Paying Guests in three words, what would they be?

    Be careful what you wish for! (I know that's more than 3 words)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character. All were well developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not wanting to have a spoiler, but my favorite was when a uttered wish came true.


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

    Answering this question would reveal spoilers, but I thought the trial was fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Be aware that the topic of this book is about alternative lifestyles. While that may offend some readers, this is an excellent book about the search for love.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3687)
    Performance
    (3271)
    Story
    (3266)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Loved this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Leaving Time the most enjoyable?

    I've read most of Jodi Picoult's books, and I've enjoyed them all. I always learn something. The plight of the elephants was such a learning experience for me. I simply had no idea. The storyline keep me interested all the way to the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The education about the elephants.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and she's very easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's too long to listen to at one sitting, but I did look forward to getting back in my car to listen each time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing book. The care and research that went into the background were fascinating. Loved the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Lahr
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Ashley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (51)

    Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "I was glad when it was over"
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    Would you try another book from John Lahr and/or Elizabeth Ashley?

    Not really sure! I guess it would depend on the topic.


    Has Tennessee Williams turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elizabeth Ashley?

    I think the narrator was choosen because of her gravely voice. Maybe it was supposed to be similar to Tennessee? Who knows. But after hours and hours, her voice started to drive me nuts.


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

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't hate this book! But I didn't enjoy it either. Everyone knows Tennessee was a drug addict and a homosexual.,but so many hours just got old. I might have enjoyed an abridged version better. I would only recommend this book version to an absolute devout Tennessee fan. If you're not, I would pass on the book.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Painted Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Malcolm Brooks
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman's vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent.

    Michal says: "Beautifully written"
    "Beautifully written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a modern day western. While I don't usually read westerns, this book came highly recommended by the Arizona Republic. I liked the story line of city girl vs. cowboy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine! She's smart, educated, driven and stubborn. .


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job of capturing the feel of the cowboys-this is an interesting talent for a woman to read a male cowboy's voice :-)


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

    I loved John H.


    Any additional comments?

    I must admit that I didn't like the ending. I won't spoil it for anyone because I really enjoyed the book-just not the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8349)
    Performance
    (7310)
    Story
    (7331)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Good story, but!"
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    Would you try another book from Anthony Doerr and/or Zach Appelman?

    Maybe. This was an okay story, but I just felt it took too long to tell the story. I was bored in many places.


    Would you recommend All the Light We Cannot See to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. Maybe if it had been a shorter story.


    Did All the Light We Cannot See inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Candidly, I was glad when I finished it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Mary says: "Need a different reader!! Where is Janet Song??"
    "Needed a different reader"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The reader read too slow, and I found my mind wandering at numerous places during the story. I've loved all the books by Lisa See, and I was so eager for this book to come out that I had it on my Outlook. But this story just seemed to lack something.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa See? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but not from this reader.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jodi Long?

    janet Song did a great job on the previous books, but I really think the pace of the reading was the problem.


    Was China Dolls worth the listening time?

    Not really. I should have waited for some of the other reviews to post.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly believe that Lisa See was trying to portray an important time in our history, and I did find that interesting. I can't really comment on how I would have felt if I had actually READ the book instead of listening to this reader. I'll have to check Amazon for other's opinions on the book. For me, it was the reader that ruined this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Frog Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (176)

    Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice - if he doesn't track her down first.

    Taryn says: "Donoghue + Hvam = entertainment"
    "Never finished it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I give a book about 4 hours to get me. After that, if I still don't care about the characters, I'm done. I'm was bored bored bored.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    China Dolls


    How could the performance have been better?

    Story


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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