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Erica

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (390)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Is there an Editor in the House?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Orchardist?

    This seemed to start out so well. At the beginning, it was interesting and a lot happened. But it bogged down and by the end I was hoping for something - anything - to happen. So many words! Over and over again. And the use of pronouns, redundantly explained by nouns - if I, the reader, hadn't spent a lot of money for this, the book, read by the narrater who did his best, Mark Bramhall, I, the reader might have given it, the book, up.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1226)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Another home run from Bryson"
    Overall

    I always look forward to a new book from Bill Bryson, and I have never been disappointed. His most recent book is one of his best. Some other reviewers have said that they didn't enjoy his narration. I strongly disagree. I can't think of anyone else who could read his well researched, fascinating book as well as he does. Sometimes I gasped, and sometimes laughed out loud. I was sorry when it was over, and I'm going to listen to it all over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Shiny Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Ben Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel - a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines - some never to be seen again - but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives.

    Rina A. Stein says: "Sooo Good"
    "Cruel Joke"
    Overall

    Contrary to Frey's other books, this one has lots of facts in it. Lots of facts. And lots of words, over and over again. I bought this book because I had enjoyed Frey's writing, even after it came out that his autobiography was a work of fiction. This book is a cruel joke on the people who are willing to support him (despite Oprah) by purchasing his books. Nasty, not fun, a big downer. From the author of My Friend Leonard I expected better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of RobinWilliams @ audible.com: Contemporary Comedians

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robin Williams
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    If you think Robin Williams is funny on his own, wait until you hear him one-on-one with some of the biggest names in comedy when they appear on Robin Williams @ audible.com®.

  • Robin and Whoopi Goldberg talk about going on the road after all these years.
  • Billy Crystal shares his earliest showbiz memories.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait talks about developing his own style.
  • Greg Proops talks about finding material in international travels.
    You'll only hear this at Audible®!

Kenneth says: "be careful while driving with this on"
"Thanks but no thanks"
Overall

Having read the other reviews, I decided not to even buy this one. These comedians are so funny, why must they resort to low humor? We will miss Bob Hope. Bill Cosby, please keep us laughing.

2 of 18 people found this review helpful

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