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J. McGee

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  • My Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mona Simpson
    • Narrated By Bhama Roget
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
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    (18)
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    Claire, a composer and a new mother, comes to L.A. so her husband can follow his dream of writing TV comedy. With Paul working all hours and Claire left with a baby, William, whom she adores but has no idea how to care for, they hire Lola - a fifty-two-year-old mother of five who works in America to pay for her own children's education back in the Philippines. Lola stabilizes the rocky household, and other parents try to lure her away. What she sacrifices to stay with Claire and William remains her own secret.

    J. McGee says: "A Story of Have and Have Nots"
    "A Story of Have and Have Nots"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I did enjoy the audio version. The narrator does a very good job of giving each character a recognizable voice, making the dialog easy to follow, the internal discussion easy to recognize. This is definitely the type of book that lends itself to a well done audio production.


    Would you recommend My Hollywood to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys a glimpse into others lives and getting a chance to see others point of view, but at times it was a bit like watching a reality TV show. If you want an easy listen with great narration, then this is a good choice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene where Lola travels with Claire to the performance in NY and sneaks out to buy the baby formula. It gave me reassurance that my neuroticism with my first born child wasn't all the different from others like me and it gave time to pause and give thanks for the women who helped me when I was working full time and raising small children, bringing me courage and comfort and expertise and confidence to one of the scariest roles I'll ever fill.


    If you could take any character from My Hollywood out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I know it seems cliche, but I would like to take Lola out and its because she is the most down to earth of them all; after raising her own children, she continues to sacrifice for them in ways we as American mothers can't imagine. Her move from being near the top of the social order in the Phillipines to near the bottom in America and her humility and grace are worthy of recognition and exploration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book rang true in many ways to my life in Los Angeles, but I will say that the Preschool Director is not given a fair representation. My child went to the best preschool in the greater LA basin, there in Santa Monica, and our Director was a wonderful asset and resource. My children are long past preschool age and I am still grateful to her for the environment she gave to my child.

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10416)
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    (4849)
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "The Science Behind the Tiger Mom"
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    10,000 hours baby! I tell me kids all the time about the need for 10,000 hours based on this book. Fascinating listen.

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3725)
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    (1045)
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    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Take you away to an exotic time and place"
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    I was drawn into the life of Sayuri and couldn't wait to get back to the narration to follow her through her life: sold as little girl into slavery and moving up through the ranks to become a geisha in Japan during World War II. The strength and determination of the heroine will remind you of other strong female leads, i.e. Scarlett O'Hara.

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  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (506)
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    (503)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "Story of Courage and Determination"
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    From the very first story, you understand how smart, independent and self-sufficient Lily Casey Smith is. The down right fearlessness this woman must have possessed to go riding off on her horse as a teenager for weeks on end to become a school teacher is almost incomprehensible in today's day and age. Her strength and courage and perseverance are admirable and I loved the story of her facing down the Uncle in the Morman town. While Lily is the star of the book, I fell in love with her husband, Big Jim; he must have been some man.

    This is an excellent listen and the author does a pretty good job of narrating. You can really hear her admiration for her Grandmother and you can kind of sense her journey of understanding and piecing together her own life story through the writing of this book. When I first started Half Broke Horses I had not heard of The Glass Castle, Ms. Walls' first book and personal memoir, but when I read about its focus on her chaotic childhood, I began to understand better what I had been "hearing" in the stories about Lily's daughter and the author's Mother, Rosemary.

    If you loved the Little House on the Praire series as a child and/or if you enjoyed the fictional account of Tamsen Donner in Impatient with Desire, you will like this listen.

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  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "You will be moved and changed by this book"
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    Eric Metaxas does a comprehensive and touching job of covering the life of a most amazing man, German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This book will likely change you and your relationship with God as it did me, as Bonhoeffer's love of God and commitment to live the Bible is both humbling and inspiring. The story gives the detailed history of Bonhoeffer's life, his philosophy and of the destruction of the Church of Germany with the rise of Nazism and the separation of the Confessing Church in protestation.

    Through this telling of Bonhoeffer's life, you will come to know and love Bonhoeffer and his entire family and his dearest friends; you will be inspired to more fully live your faith as you read about their commitment to do whatever they could, many of them ultimately sacrificing their lives, to save Germany from Hitler. I was grateful for the focus on Bonhoeffer and the history of the church and the minimalist coverage of the actual atrocities.

    Malcolm Hillgartner's narration of this audio book is one of the finest to which I have ever listened. I was sad to come to the end of this book, as I miss all the people very much.

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  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3036)
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    (2324)
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    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "A Great Story for Children"
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    This is a wonderful tale of band of male rabbits who strike out on their own and face great challenges as they look to create a new warren (rabbit community) when their previous warren is destroyed by humans. The adventures the rabbits face are exciting and thrilling and this proved to be an excellent story for my boys who range from preteen to early elementary, helping them to see the level of bravery and courage men must show and the great lengths they have to go through to be worthy of "Mothers".

    If you want a great listen for long car trips or to sustain you through the summer, this is an excellent book.

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  • LEGO: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bender
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (57)
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    (57)

    There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down?

    Stephen says: "For Adult Fans of Lego"
    "AFOLs Unite!"
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    Would you listen to LEGO again? Why?

    If I do read this book again, it will likely be in book form to be better able to note the places and people the author references. As an adult fan of Lego, approaching Lego for the first time as an adult, I, like the author, am greatly interested in developing my skills as a creative builder. The author references many "famous" Lego builders and Lego museums and shows that I would like to be able to more readily reference.


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

    The moment when the author and his father sit down and build together as adults was very touching. I do hope that after my own children get past their dark age with Lego that we too can sit down, as friends and fellow builders, and create together.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an Adult Fan Of Lego (AFOL) in your house and want to better understand him/her, this is a book for you. If you are a new AFOL and want to hear more about the history of the product and learn more about builders, shows, museums and Lego Corporation, this is a great reference book.

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27648)
    Performance
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    (14291)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Enjoyed the story and the narration was excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

    The full cast narration makes the story easy to follow since it is told from many points of view. I enjoyed the story and appreciated the treatment of a pretty sensitve topic, even 50 years later. For the generation that came right as the civil right movement was happening, this can be an interesting point of view into the very turbulent time we were born. It is also this great tale of Mother and Daughter and the struggles we have to exert our independence and break free from expectations that are a generation too old.


    What other book might you compare The Help to and why?

    My Hollywood by Mona Simpson. They are similar stories told from many points of view about the raising of children and white women's dependence on now immigrant labor to help balance the demands of life with child rearing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I laughed out loud at the scene where the Minny takes on the naked man in Celia's front yard and I shed a few tears of happiness at the scene where Ablieen's church gives her a copy of the book and gives her one for Skeeter too.


    If you could take any character from The Help out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I loved Minny, she was fearless and strong and outgoing and opinionated. Would love to have a few beers with her. But I think I'd like to have dinner with Skeeter, get her thoughts on what it takes to be both a Southernly woman, but also a strong and independent one.


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