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Melinda

Princess Anne, MD, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Carved in Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
    • Narrated By Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Anyone older than 40 knows that forgetfulness can be unnerving, frustrating, and sometimes terrifying. With compassion and humor, Jakobson Ramin sets out to discover what midlife forgetfulness is all about, from the perspectives of physiology, psychology, and sociology. Relentless in her search for answers to questions about her own unreliable memory, she explores the factors that determine how well or poorly one's brain will age.

    Greg says: "Bland but not boring"
    "Wading through the anecdotes"
    Overall

    I got bogged down in the many, MANY anecdotes of peoples' memory lapses, and ended up not finishing the book. I was looking for a cut-to-the-chase scientific review of current treatments and research, and couldn't wade through all of those little vignettes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1602)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1463)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Fun Read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very entertaining read, especially if you have known people with Aspergers. The dead-pan narration was perfect for the material. In a fun way, it was also an insightful interpretation of what it may be like to have difficulty understanding one's own feelings, and those of others. I love that it provided a view of this person's Autism as simply a way of looking at the world, and not a disability.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17885)
    Performance
    (15902)
    Story
    (15859)

    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"
    "Very Memorable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great story, with a very "human" protagonist. I couldn't put it down! Having not read much Stephen King, I didn't catch the passing references to previously-used characters from his other works, which was good, because that would have disappointed me; I liked the realistic feel of the story despite the fantastical time-travel spin. Above all, I loved that the main character was a ordinary guy (yeah! a teacher!), rather than a godly hero with a cape. His perspective made it possible to be deeply immeshed in this captivating tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (177)

    The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war - a rare achievement for any Afghan woman - Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.

    Susan says: "Excellent Listen"
    "A Gentle Book About a Harsh Subject"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a good book, with a surprising gentleness for the topic, as the author presents it with the perspective of the real life subjects. As an American, I was initially frustrated not to read descriptions of terror, anger, and strong responses on the part of the subjects, but I am thinking that the tone of this book, more than many others, may truly present the perspective of these deeply religious women who live in a culture with responses to the terror around them that are very different than our own. The family's innermost emotions are not conveyed here; we don't witness that, (the author very carefully avoids any personal analysis; it could have been written by the women themselves, who carefully preserve their privacy as an aspect of their culture) but we do get to see how they respond outwardly, which is with strength, determination, and a constant deep respect for each other with in the world that they live. These women LIVE by their faith in everything that they do in a way that many of us would have difficulty comprehending in our secular societies. I learned more about this very different culture than about the Taliban, which was fine with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5632)
    Performance
    (3812)
    Story
    (3820)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Argh! Cliff hangers!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does An Echo in the Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Gabaldon's series has made me eager to get back into my car for what would be some very dull commuting. An Echo in the Bone had some great story lines. But my goodness, she does leave a lot of stuff hanging at the end of a book. Here I am, flying (at of course the legal limit) down the highway, captivated and deeply invested in the lives of her characters, and a deep throated narrator suddenly intones "The End." Wha...??? The next book better roll out soon...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very entertaining, even if a tad improbable, characters and story lines that make it impossible to fall asleep behind the wheel.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter manages to find a unique voice for each of an amazing number of characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3197)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2818)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Didn't want it to end!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Wild?

    It was a fantastic story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It sure made my day look easier! Great depiction of the trials of nature.


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    Main character, of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Preserving Your Assets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    From #1 New York Times best-selling humorist Jill Conner Browne comes a hilarious life maintenance program designed to help women navigate our hyper-visual society's obsessions with body image, clothing, and personal appearance. Getting and keeping that Queenly Look is no small feat - a good portion of our lives is devoted to our hair, our skin tone, our figure flaws, and our clothes.

    Pamela says: "Another hoot from the Queen!"
    "Jill Conner Browne is always a pleasure"
    Overall

    Reading Sweet Potato Queen books is like ordering a dessert that ends up tasting even better than it looks, and this one is no exception. Her take on life resonates with me and heck, I am just a pinch below the Mason-Dixon line, and a born and bred Yankee. And like a fine dessert, one is never enough. I can't wait until the next one comes out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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