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Jean the Urban Walker

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  • Sold

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (390)

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    AudioAddict says: "My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am 13."
    "Human Trafficing - a must read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sold to be better than the print version?

    The story, the words, are far more profound coming through in the voice of the young girl sold into trafficking. Her hopeful start, her selfless thought in leaving her family behind to make things better for them. the horror at the realization of what has happened, the desperation at the hopelessness - and the glimmer of hope at the end. There needs to be a 2nd installment of this gripping story.


    What other book might you compare Sold to and why?

    Left To Tell by Immaculee Ilibaagiza - a story of the Rwanda Genocide told by the survivor herself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The idyllic childhood scenes in her little village. The love that passed between her mother & grandmother and the child they obviously adored. It made the situation her step gather sold her into even more frightening.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A book club selection, again not one I might have picked up on my own - but I have been made a better person with wider opened eyes

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (987)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Logotherapy - the secret for LIVING explained"
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    If you could sum up Man's Search for Meaning in three words, what would they be?

    Finding someone or something to live for gives one reason to WANT to have hope. I have to admit I was not prepared to like this book club reading, but I was so impressed, I listened TWICE already and will go back more. If Victor can survive the concentration camp experience and still go one to have a fulfilling life - who are we to contradict him?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first half of the book which went into the psychology of the concentration camp - the taking away of humanity by feral humans. Some of the statements are deeply profound and well worth revisiting again and again.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Victor himself - a human being stepping outside his frail humanity with his belief in life itself to help himself and others without being condemningly brutal. He understands & explains why people act... as people... without being personally judgmental. I truly appreciate - is that the correct sentiment? - his observations. It gave me great notions to ponder.


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

    Yes & no - you don't want top put it down but you need to think about what is being said before you should move forward.


    Any additional comments?

    I am grateful this was a selection for our book club - it's not something I would have picked up on my own, But I would have been the worse for having missed this truly great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6835)
    Performance
    (4807)
    Story
    (4795)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Find out what makes the big house REALLY run"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kitchen House to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version - I only wanted to hear the story & I was not disappointed at all. Listening to The Kitchen House afer listening to The Help previously, gave me a glimpse into a world I have no clue about coming from the North. It really is both amazing and sad the way we treated one another.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to Lavinia recount her living between two worlds - neither of which she could belong to - yet being accepted and loved by those that the general population believed were sub human was both tender and sad. Lavinia did not see color - all she saw was heart. Just as she loved and saw only with her heart, her betrayal by Marshall nearly broke her but those who had always loved her protected her even when their own lives were threatened. A real eye opener.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jumping the broom - the wedding celebration.


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

    Discover the true soul of the South.


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (342)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Evans says: "Very captivating."
    "This is not the movie story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A really outstanding view into an era that has been so skewered by Hollywood, it is no wonder that Stacey Schiff has to warn you 'this is not Liz & Richard'! And as much as I enjoyed the well-written history, I would have admittedly been over-whelmed by the names & locales had I been reading the words alone. Deeply rich in history, Ms Schiff blends in fact & conjecture to bring the historical figures to life. There were several times when I found myself thinking 'wait - that wasn't what I thought...'. Cleopatra was quite the trend setter of her day - a strong, powerful, intelligent & well educated being far ahead of her time - especially as a woman in a very male-oriented world. In discussions with our Book Club, we tried thinking of what modern woman could have come close to Cleopatra... and there was no peer!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The walk through time - the culmination of various historical records to piece together a patchwork of history for which there is no one source of enlightenment


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The collapse of Marc Antony - it was like Romeo & Juliet!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Roman 'Civilization' turned out to be quite barbaric & brutish in comparison to the grace & grandeur of Alexandria & the Greeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen - I think you'll get more out of listening than you will trying to wade through all the names & places in print

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13282)
    Performance
    (5711)
    Story
    (5783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Behind the Big Top"
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    Would you listen to Water for Elephants again? Why?

    Yes - definately! Like any rich story, there will be aspects that can only be revealed with future visits as you carefully peel back the layers now that you've gotten the generalities of the story. The characters are deeply human - flawed & gracious all at the same time. The crustiness of the personalities that is so fragile. True trust must be earned - and additional journeys back behind the big top can only further enhance the humanity of the deeply fragile characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The elder Jacob; I was hoping he somehow managed to survive the circus train & I am so grateful that he path he found himself on that seemed bent on destroying him actually ended up enriching him in ways the younger jacob never could have imagined. Rosie - you are a true gift!


    Have you listened to any of David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cringed several times at the brutality inflicted upon humans & animals alike. I found myself cheering at Rosie's final revenge taken in the midst of such calamity & yet enacted with such peaceful resolve. I could feel a lump in my throat at the elder Jacob making his way to the big top - escaping from the Nursing Home where he has been narrating his story - and when he was offered the opportunity to run away & join the circus... I actually went back & listened twice more to that segment!


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you've dreamed about running away to the circus or simply thrilled at being an avid fan, this is a well deserved listen to what happened behind the scenes. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you be mesmorized - just like under the Big Top!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (958)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Journey Along On An Amazing Experience!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to be better than the print version?

    This is actually the only version other than the screen exploits of this particulat novel that I have read - and honestly, anything is better being read to you!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Professor - he had backbone, imagination and gumption. His nephew was another - how come no one ever asks what character would you like to have omitted from a story for wimpyness?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The visual details of the Center of the earth - so much better left to one's own interpretation than computer generated from some one else's imagination.


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

    Journey into the psyche of the Journey to the Center of the Earth!


    Any additional comments?

    Outstanding - will listen to again and again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5512)
    Performance
    (4732)
    Story
    (4742)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "For True Sherlock Fans Only"
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    Where does The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Some what of a disappointment


    Would you recommend The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to your friends? Why or why not?

    I had expected more from a Sherlock Holmes story & honestly came away disappointed


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

    not necessarily, but that's how it turned out as it was such a short story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34565)
    Performance
    (25682)
    Story
    (26041)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Better than the movie for sure!"
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    There's so much more to The Hunger Games than what they showed you on screen; if you want the rest of the story - THE WHOLE STORY - you need to listen! There's a lot going on behind the scenes and in Catniss' head that the screen is not capable of showing.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    Cloud Atlas - there's a whole emotional & psychological story line behind what you see or hear about that you need to listen to!


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

    Roo's death - how much it affected Catniss.


    Any additional comments?

    I still can't understand how this was considered a children's book - you need an adult sense of understanding to comprehend all that is happening here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3161)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2374)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Read before attempting the movie!"
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    If you could sum up Cloud Atlas in three words, what would they be?

    convuluted but enticing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cloud Atlas?

    The re-curring comet shaped birthmark that identified the 'spirit' of the one soul throughout the various lives. Talk about A-HA moments!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The future clone reliving her emergence of spiritual awareness to the archivist. Made me cringe to think this may be our future as we descend further into the depths of consumerism & individualism at the expense of humanistic tendencies.


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

    No - too convoluted & the way each narrator ended so abruptly & then another characher emerged was a tad unsettling at times. You need time to digest all you are hearing, but the experience is well worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the accents were a bit hard to listen to & grasp - especially while commuting on the subway. I thoroughly enjoyed the time travels & feeling as if I were part of the actual environment of the era as the narrators described their surroundings. Honestly, I don't know if I would have enjoyed the written word as much as I enjoyed listening to the story because without the accents enhansing the situation you were in, the story would have fallen flat in places,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2203)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (650)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "Beautiful thoughts to reflect on"
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    What did you love best about The Last Lecture?

    I loved that here was a man with finite time in his hands & he was able to prioritize his precious moments & able to get me to think about the things that mattered as I listened. There were moments I laughed aloud, uh-huh moments, 'gosh-I-never-looked-at-it-that-way-moments, and some teary moments as well. I immediately thought that this was the IDEAL gift to share with my nieces & nephews who are just starting out on their lives - as a guiding light to shsine upon na perhaps better path than the ones they seeme intent on following.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lecture?

    The woman who told him she was driving behind him - not knowing who he was - and relating how happy he seemed with the wind in his hair, listening to the music - seemingly on the top of the woirld - and when she realized who he was, she knew that he was very much aware at his finitenesss... and yet he chose not to focus on that but rather on the gift that those few minutes were


    Which character – as performed by Erik Singer and Randy Pausch – was your favorite?

    I honestly thought Eric WAS Randy for the emotion he put in to the performance!


    What did you learn from The Last Lecture that you would use in your daily life?

    To paraphrase something the pastor said after ther Thanksgiving Vigil Mass last night: focus on the doughnut, not the hole.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be required reading/listening in all levels of school!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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