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J.F., CA. I am a voracious "bookaholic" who enjoys many different genres. I am often listening to/reading multiple books at the same time.

Northern California | Member Since 2008

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  • Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cissy Houston
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Honest and heartbreaking, this is a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all: her daughter, Whitney.

    Kimberly Davis Wilson says: "Nobody Knows Whitney Better Than Mama"
    "Well worth the time..."
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    If you could sum up Remembering Whitney in three words, what would they be?

    A very balanced and well written account of a mother's loving yet candid view of her daughter's life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not the type of book where one ends up having a favorite character. Cissy, Whitney and all the people Cissy wrote about are viewed objectively. The listener does not even leave disliking Bobby Brown. The listener is able to remain detached and learn more about Whitney, which is the point of listening to the audiobook.


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

    Robin Miles is simply the best. Her narration is always suited to whatever she narrates. Although she did not try to mimic Cissy's voice or speech pattern, she captured all the nuances and emotions intended.


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

    Yes.... it captured my attention from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    You definitely will not be disappointed. Whitney had a disease called addiction that she just was not able to overcome. Cissy never made excuses for Whitney, she merely told her story. It seems Whitney started dabbling in drugs at a time when entertainers did not realize the potential negative effects.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1947)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "This book will haunt you...."
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    I got this book because I I love and respect Hosseini's works. Like his other books, this book takes the reader on deeply wonderful journey of complex characters with poignant stories that stays with the reader for a long time. I had to listen to the book a second time to fill in some of what I missed the first time. Hosseini's characters are always well fleshed out and the details in his stories are so intricately textured.This book underscores how as human beings we make decisions because in the moment we feel these decisions are the best given the circumstances. Many times, however, these decisions change the courses of lives and even those of subsequent generations. The narrators did not detract from the story for me. Rather, they gave the story more credibility and their voices seemed "right to me." This author has me for life! If he scribbles on a paper napkin I will be reading it! If you like Hosseini's other books you may love this even more! Go ahead and get it, I promise this one will haunt your soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Caretaker's Story: A Grisly Tale of Supernatural Revenge!

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Edith Olivier
    • Narrated By Bill Mills
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A rich English gentleman thinks he has found the perfect caretaker for an isolated cottage near the sea: a veteran sailor with a taste for solitude. But when he returns to the cottage months later, the gentleman can find no trace of the caretaker. Then he is savagely attacked by a seagull, normally the most pacifistic of creatures.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bleh!"
    "Bleh!"
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    This author was trying very hard to scare and to conjure up horror. I did not get it. I think it is supposed to be a classic so maybe its me but I do not like overly contrived plot details like these.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17215)
    Performance
    (15294)
    Story
    (15247)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen King at his finest!"
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    I kept overlooking this book because although I have loved many of King's earlier books, in later years it has been hit or miss for me - some books I could not even finish. I was totally satisfied with this book. Even though one could argue that time travel is an out there theory, the plot took the reader right along with it and made every minute of the story believable and even relatable. The narration is also on point. At the end of the story I found myself missing the protagonist and feeling like I was parting with a companion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Song: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harry Belafonte, Michael Shnayerson
    • Narrated By Harry Belafonte, Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Belafonte grew up, poverty-ridden, in Harlem and Jamaica. His mother was a complex woman - caring but withdrawn, eternally angry and rarely satisfied. His father was distant and physically abusive. It was not an easy life, but it instilled in young Harry the hard-nosed toughness of the city and the resilient spirit of the Caribbean lifestyle. It also gave him the drive to make good and channel his anger into actions that were positive and life-affirming. His journey led to the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he encountered an onslaught of racism but also fell in love with the woman he eventually married.

    John says: "Amazing"
    "Wow!"
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    I totally did not know Harry Belafonte this way. I had not known how important he was to the civil rights movement and I had known how big of an entertainer he was in his time. Belafonte does come across as somewhat arrogant but the reader is able to overlook this because his contribution is so vast (assuming all he says is true and I think he is credible). The reader also realizes that entertainment was actually the secondary role in his life and tackling social causes was the primary. As mentioned before, he has a pronounced ego but I suppose that worked for him in instances when he needed to be strong and self-assured. He has strong opinions on public figures that I do not always agree with but that is uniquely who he is - he usually speaks his mind. I also question some of the things he found necessary to include in the book like MLK's true feelings about his wife - it was not important to Belafonte's story and not his business to reveal. Like him a lot or a little, it is an interesting book that is well written and engagingly narrated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (710)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "I love Bryce Courtenay's books"
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    This author had me since the Power of One. His books are always a tour de force. The characters are ALWAYS well developed and generally complex (meaning they are worth having a story told about them). Courtenay's books teaches about history, social systems and cultures in a way that the reader does not mind at all. His books are always a fantastic ride. The stories are always interesting, the dialogue believable - never cliched, preachy or overly verbose unless necessary to the plot. The only thing I do not like with many of Courtenay's books are the details about war and/or boxing when those elements are a part of the story. That of course does not mean anything is wrong with those subjects, just that I do not particularly like endless details on these subjects. The pairing of narrator Humphrey Bower with Courtenay is a marriage made in heaven. Bower is exceptionally talented and is a master at different accents and dialects. It would be awkward for me to listen to Courtenay's work narrated by anyone else. Courtenay is the #1 author in his country, Australia. He is extremely prolific and has written many books. He has indicated in his interviews that he has many more books to write before he dies and he therefore maintains a very disciplined writing schedule. This tells you that this man oozes with writing gift and story ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (334)

    From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

    Roberta says: "If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!"
    "Sooo funneee!"
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    This book was so funny! I loved it! Even watching Andy on Watch What Happens did not reveal this very funny side of him. I totally enjoyed his funny twists and creative ways of telling all the stories in this book. I love his honesty - not self deprecating, just honest. As mad as I was with the obviously biased way he treated Teresa Guidice at the last RHONJ reunion (2011), I am now grudgingly able to lighten up on him somewhat. Prior to his shredding of Teresa, I did not have a particular feeling one way or the other about him. After Teresa, I did not like him. Now I have somewhat forgiven him. He came alive in a new and colorful way for me. By the way, his narration is to die for. For that I gave him a solid 10/10. Get this book. It is a light, refreshing and easy listen. You will be pleased you did. I may even listen more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unearthly

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cynthia Hand
    • Narrated By Samantha Quan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (320)

    Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

    Arwen says: "Engaging and Warm-hearted!"
    "Really Enjoyed this book"
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    Plot - believable, not at all far-fetch and refreshingly different.
    Character development - satisfactory. The main characters are multidimensional and likeable and have you supporting them.
    Pace - also satisfactory. This is not a story that have your adrenaline going crazy but advances at a pace that is just right to allow for character development without having the story dragging.
    Boring factor - none really. This book kept me engaged the entire time.
    Narrator - Her voice was pleasing and appropriate.
    Any weak area - maybe the ending. I felt like it was a slight bit of a let down until I realize that there is a follow-up book, which I will also get.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Lauren says: "3.5 stars- fascinating"
    "Not a balanced account of the Queen Elizabeth"
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    First of all this book is fairly boring. I agree with the reviewer that called this book a long PR statement. The queen is portrayed as a one dimensional caricature. It almost seem like the writer was afraid to present all sides of this lady. I have no doubt she is a disciplined and remarkable woman but to present her as perfect or near perfect is ludicrous. The people that were considered anti-establishment like Princess Diana were also presented in a one dimensional way - completely in a negative light. I cannot say I came away with any new insights in the queen and regretted wasting my credit. The narrator also has a monotone way of speaking.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William and Harry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katie Nicholl
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    William and Harry is a fascinating insight into the lives and loves of two extraordinary young men who have captured not only the hearts and minds of the British public but those the world over. This is the definitive book about the princes, bringing their story right up to date. It is the tale of two brothers who have carried the legacy of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, into the 21st century and on whom the future of the House of Windsor largely depends.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good!"
    "Good!"
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    Except for the narrator's changing accent (which was a little odd but not really off-putting), it was a relaxing listen with a good amount of non-frivolous information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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