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Cheryl

Culver, OR, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Up from Orchard Street

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eleanor Widmer
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Three generations of Roths live together in a crowded tenement flat. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart. But Manya is no soft touch, except, perhaps, where her granddaughter Elka is concerned. Precocious Elka is her closest companion and confidante. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who move in and out of the Roths' lives.

    Patti says: "Another Favorite"
    "A delightful story"
    Overall

    This book is a fictionalized memoir but reads more like a memoir. The story is narrated by the granddaughter who is very likeable. It is set in early 1900s New York City in the Jewish district. It is about a woman who emigrated from Russia with her husband, who shortly dies shortly after they reach the US. They have one child and she must raise him alone. Instead of growing up and leaving home, he marries and brings his wife to live with his mother in their one bedroom apartment. The couple have two children whom the grandmother lovingly raises, with the beautiful but empty-headed mother's blessing.

    The grandmother runs a restaurant in their apartment. If you don't know much about Jewish food, you will when you finish as it is much discussed. It also makes one realize how easy life is now compared to the one this family lived. The family is close and the neighbors all know everyone's business. The story is funny and sad, and very entertaining. I had a hard time putting it down, which is about all I ask of a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1050)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Another great book by Harrison"
    Overall

    Kim Harrison's series is the best. I agree it is preferable to have the same narrators for series books but disagree with other reviewers who bash this narrator. Don't let reviewers rating of the narrator deter you from buying this great book!I think she does an okay job and enjoyed the book no less due to her performance.

    Overall in this series, my favorite character is the tough, mouthy pixie named Jenks. I think he and his huge family add a lot to the story. It's fun to imagine what a house full of noisy, tiny pixies would be like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1118)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "No Romancing Vampires here"
    Overall

    If you like scary books that will give you nightmares, this is the book for you. It is about vampires, but not the romancing kind. These vampires also have many zombie characteristics, running amok in groups, savaging people, and no speech. I couldn't put it down and listened to all of it in two days. Ron Perlman does an excellent job narrating. It is the first book in a trilogy so more to come. A great book and I can hardly wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Karen says: "Quirky Fun, Delightful listen"
    "Wonderful series!"
    Overall

    I loved this book and the narrator. I thought Jenks, the wise-cracking pixie sidekick was hilarious. The dynamics between Rachael and Ivy were fun. There is never a dull moment. I don't usually buy this genre but now am hooked. As soon as I finished this, I bought the rest of the series and hope Ms. Harrison keeps writing more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (638)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    What an incredible story! The tension is so terrifying I had to stop and take a break a couple of times. The ending is clever and surprising. I loved this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "About the Mormon religeon"
    Overall

    This story was more about the daily lives of a Mormon family than anything else. It was fairly interesting and informative for that purpose alone but not very good otherwise. I was anticipating a great suspense story but it was sort of mundane and disappointing. OSC is a great writer but this book is off the target.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5728)
    Performance
    (2538)
    Story
    (2558)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Authors shouldn't narrate"
    Overall

    This isn't the first time I've listened to an author narrate their book and I've only liked one - Frank McCourt. Mr. Gaiman ruined the story for me with his high nasal voice. I wasn't able to finish it and I've tried twice. My mind just wanders. There are so many unanswered questions that it makes little sense, which seems like the writer is too lazy to bother.

    I don't usually buy books until I've read reviews and a lot of folks loved this story but I'm not one of them.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Over Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (47)

    Meet Yumi Fuller. A Japanese-American prodigal daughter, Yumi (aka Yummy) is returning home to the Idaho potato farm she ran away from twenty-five years earlier. Then a freewheeling hippie chick, Yumi is now a fairly responsible parent and a professor with a side gig selling lava lots in Hawaii. But can she possibly be prepared to face her dying father, her Alzheimer's-devastated mother, and Cass, the best friend she left behind?

    Kim says: "fantastic"
    "Wonderful book!"
    Overall

    I bought this book because I so enjoy the narrator (now sadly gone) but was pleasantly surprised by the author and her great story. I learned a lot about genetically modifying food crops. The characters were appealing and funny. The story was fun and the author kept a good pace. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whitethorn Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers.

    Claire says: "Not up to par for Binchy"
    "Not typical Binchy"
    Overall

    I didn't finish listening to this boring book, only about half. Characters and their backgrounds were still being introduced and they weren't very interesting or compelling. I'm a huge Binchy fan. Sadly this is no Tara Road or Circle of Friends. Maybe next time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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