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Molly

Former English and drama major, bookaholic.

Vashon, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (612)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "I love books that surprise me"
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    I just finished reading Just Kids and I have been touched. The story is fluid and full and the way that Patti Smith looks back on her life, her values changing over time, her art but mostly the chronicle of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe is inspiring. What comes across is a wonderful poignant love story of a deep, deep friendship. You also get a completely different view of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe than what the press would have us believe. This is the part that touched and surprised me. I still gravitate almost instantly to fiction but this was a wonderful ride.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1178)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Too long, too much"
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    I listened to this book on a road trip and actually stopped listening and downloaded a John Grisham book instead because, after awhile, the book became tedious. It is a good story but, for me,too much time is spent on each scene in order to make it resonate with the reader. I like historical fiction but I just didn't need to know so much stuff- it detracted from the story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal that Brought Him Down

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Young
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
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    Like a nonfiction version of All the King's Men, The Politician offers a truly disturbing, even shocking, perspective on the risks taken and tactics employed by a man determined to rule the most powerful nation on earth.

    MICHELLE says: "A real eye opener!"
    "A slight cut above a soap opera"
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    I know why I downloaded this - the reviews made it seem intriguing although I knew there was some gossip appeal to it. I guess I assumed it would be well written since Andrew Young must have a certain level of intelligence. It is painfully bad. I could have gotten the same information from a good investigative reporter and I wouldn't have had to slog through it.

    The irony of the whole experience is that Andrew Young came across as dysfunctional as John Edwards which I am sure wasn't his intention. I would definitely skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
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    A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea - and his wife's eBay resale business - ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.

    Melinda says: "Riotously Relevant"
    "What a romp!"
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    I have never read anything by Jess Walters and so was truly taken by surprise by the sheer intelligence of this guy! The metaphors, the rich, snappy banter of his writing is a treat after some of the bad sitcom-like books I sometimes download by mistake. The story is straightforward and also very touching amid all of this verbal acrobatics. Loved it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11164)
    Performance
    (9653)
    Story
    (9623)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Can't believe how much I loved it!"
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    I don't usually read fiction and I don't generally like to read about men who can be arrogant jerks, but this book has had me captivated for the past four days. I not only learned about the life and times of Steve Jobs which is fascinating but how he managed to create the products he did, what his genius really was and how he did indeed change the world. This is a book that I will remember for a long time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (697)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "Quiet, lovely book"
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    Such a treat to read something as well written as this book. But like so many of the books I have read, the story settles into you over time and stays with you. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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