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Richard

Lockport, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 25 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 107 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (490)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "John Irving at his best"
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    at first I was not sure that I wanted to listen to a novel based primarily on cross dressing and the gay life. I am sure glad I didn't give in to that initial attitude. riviting, inciteful and real. My only regret is that it was not written 20 years earlier.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Pale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elana Dykewomon
    • Narrated By Elana Dykewomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Beyond the Pale - winner of the Lambda Literary Award - tells the stories of two Jewish women living through times of darkness and inhumanity in the early 20th century, capturing their undaunted love and courage in luminous and moving prose. The richly textured novel details Gutke Gurvich's odyssey from her apprenticeship as a midwife in a Russian shtetl to her work in the suffrage movement in New York.

    Kelly says: "great historical fiction with a lesbian twist"
    "Long winded but historically interesting."
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    An author who takes on the performance of their own work may be similar a lawyer who chooses to represent their own self. In this case Elana Dykewoman does herself no favor. I found her recitation of the book to be an unimaginative drone of a work that could have been presented much better. The editing leaves much to be desired, with Dykewoman rereading phrases and passages.
    The story has much to offer, and a unique perspective of womens relationships at the turn of the 20th century. Although from the work, one could draw that most women of the time were of lesbian persuasion, and although I know from personal experience that it existed, I doubt that it was as pervasive as presented here.
    Beyond the Pale presents the reality of the age very well, extended digressions throughout the work not withstanding.
    An excellent story that would have done better with a professional presenter and if it were shorter by several hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bull Run

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Fleischman
    • Narrated By Paul Fleischman
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Bull Run was the site of the first battle of the Civil War. This book creates an intimate tapestry of stories from blacks and whites, adults and children, leaders and families from the North and South. Broken dreams and bloodshed take you back to the front lines of the Battle of Bull Run.

    Richard says: "Interesting performance and background"
    "Interesting performance and background"
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    This brief book is performed by a variety of voices, which I found to make the presentation interesting. The performance puts the story in context and presents the war in a realistic fashion. I found this informative and historically interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2989)
    Story
    (2968)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Great use of language, excellent performance"
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    Graham Greene excels in the use of the language, creating a beautiful flow which is enhanced by Colin Firth's presentation. The story line shows promise from the start, but about 3/4 of the way through dies a miserable death devolving into a long winded and boring religious diatribe.
    I was disappointed with the last part of the book, thought it could have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14664)
    Performance
    (13364)
    Story
    (13439)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "The premise is simply critically sad"
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    Here we have a love story where everyone who is under the age of 20 has cancer and is dying. A bit grim, with the full petulance associated with being a teen.
    I found the writing excellent as well as the performance, but the topic was so grim that it overshadows everything else.
    I will look for other works by John Green as he seems to be an excellent writer, and perhaps another subject will be more enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8445)
    Performance
    (7601)
    Story
    (7609)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "A really excellent historical fiction."
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    I was not sure what to expect when I started this work. This has turned out to be a well read educational experience. Historical fiction, but fiction only in the sense that elements are moved about to make a telling story.
    A well researched historical telling of the rise of abolitionism, and two southern women who championed it, and became the leaders of the cause for women's rights and the abolition of slavery.
    An excellent book, with references that I am eager to pursue. Sue Monk Kidd is to be congratulated on a wonderful body of work and a tale I won't soon forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thousand Pieces of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated By Emily Zeller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

    Susie says: "A Women's Studies Classic"
    "Stunningly excellent both story and narration"
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    I did not have high expectations when I ordered this book, but i was seriously mistaken. This may be the one of the best stories I have read in years, and it is wonderfully narrated.
    It is not often that passages can move me to tears or fury, but McCunn pulls you in. She paints a wonderful canvas of time, place and person.
    This is truly a masterful piece of writing. Enjoy it as I did.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Kelly
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    The summer of 1899 is HOT in Calpurnia Virginia Tate's sleepy Texas town, and there aren't a lot of good ways to stay cool. Her mother has a new wind machine from town, but Callie might just have to resort to stealthily cutting off her hair, one sneaky inch at a time. She also spends a lot time at the river with her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist. It turns out that every drop of river water is teeming with life - all you have to do is look through a microscope!

    MummyCooke says: "Great Listen"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    an interplay between an adolescent girl, and her family at the turn of the 20th century.

    Story left me cold, and story never went anywhere.

    Well written, however.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (567)

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "A bit of a sleeper, but a good love story"
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    I am not much of a love story kind of guy,and at the beginning I almost quit, but this is a lovely little yarn, engaging without being too intense. A good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2070)
    Performance
    (1459)
    Story
    (1464)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Excellent fictional account of young Hemingway"
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    Told from the point of view of Hemingway's first wife, this is an interesting embellishment on what we already know about Hemingway. Certainly the dialog is fictional, but it seems real and beleivable. Well read and very real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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