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A. Ware

Aurora, CO USA | Member Since 2003

  • 7 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 618 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014

  • Shopgirl

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
    Mirabelle, the "shopgirl" behind the glove counter at Neiman Marcus, is slightly lost, off-kilter, and shy. But there's something about Mirabelle. Steve Martin reads this charming novella. Hear an interview with the author and browse more Martin.

    Julie Rosenthal says: "Loved it"
    "Finely Observed Life"

    This is a character study in many ways, and I wanted to know more about Mirabelle and what happened to her. Steve Martin continues to be an astute observor of that rarified area known as Los Angeles...if you liked LA Story, you'll enjoy this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "I liked Ethan Hawke's Narration"

    The story is great, and, unlike some other readers, I thought Ethan Hawke's reading was great and that he added just the right touch of emotion to the book.

    I also found myself thinking back to one of my other favorite listens, The Time Traveler's Wife, while listening to this. It is fascinating to think of being able to experience your life "out of order". This book was just a joy to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gordon Wood's wondrous accomplishment here is to bring these men and their times down to earth and within our reach, showing us just who they were and what drove them. In so doing, he shows us that although a lot has changed in two hundred years, to an amazing degree the virtues these founders defined for themselves are the virtues we aspire to still.

    A. Ware says: "Not as informative as I'd hoped for"
    "Not as informative as I'd hoped for"

    This was an interesting book, but not as many "new" things about the founding fathers as I'd hoped to hear.

    And Scott Brick was not the best choice of narrator for this book. I usually enjoy his narrations, but he was a bit too low key and monotone for this type of book, and I found it hard to keep my attention on the content. A more animated read might have made this come alive a bit more.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

    A. Ware says: "Fascinating Historical Context"
    "Fascinating Historical Context"

    Ossie and Ruby Dee are great to listen to, and the stories they tell of growing up and living through the 20th century were fascinating and informative. Their story has a bit of glamour given their fame and artistic bents, but also reminds us that African Americans, no matter how successful, had to fight to get to where they are today.

    Engaging, entertaining and informative.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Indian in the Cupboard

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lynne Reid Banks
    • Narrated By Lynne Reid Banks

    It all started with a birthday present that Omri didn't want: a small plastic Indian that was no use to him at all. But an old wooden cupboard and a special key brought his unusual toy to life, and strange and wonderful things began to happen.

    Tiffany says: "So well read."
    "Great Book Great Narration"

    My whole family enjoyed this book, including my husband! The author is a wonderful narrator, she adds a lot to the listening experience. The story itself is very involving and, as we were listening while traveling, my kids were quite anxious to get back in the van (a first!) to find out what happened to the characters. Just a great listen all around.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "bad ending, bad narrator"

    As others have pointed out, this book ended incredibly abruptly. It really was a shock that it ended as it did, I've never been so disappointed. I also felt the cadences of the reader were annoying, and I will avoid books read by her in the future...seemed like she was barking the story.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "A Sweet Story"

    This book started a bit slowly, and it was hard to identify initially with Daniel and all of his quirks and issues. But it built into such a heartwarming story, and it was wrapped up in a bow at the end. Happy endings, especially when the setup seems somewhat bleak, are to be treasured.

    Don't be turned off by how much time is spent enumerating Daniel's challenges in dealing with "real life", stick with it and you will be rewarded. More satisfying ending than Shop Girl, I can't wait for his next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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