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Maura

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  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Blum
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    It was an explosion that reverberated across the country - and into the very heart of early-20th-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as a thunderous detonation sent men, machinery, and mortar rocketing into the night air. When at last the wreckage had been sifted and the hospital triage units consulted, 21 people were declared dead and dozens more injured.

    D. Littman says: "very interesting popular history"
    "Lightweight"
    Overall

    This is an entertaining story but as a piece of history writing I found it very lightweight. Trying to tie the three main characters together was contrived and a lot of what was presented as fact struck me as likely the author's opinion or supposition rather than hard evidence.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Colton H. Bryant

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Colton H. Bryant loves Wyoming and loves life. And Wyoming loves him back - it's got everything he needs. He spends his school days dreaming about where he'll go fishing or how many jackrabbits he might be able to catch that night.

    Maura says: "Another Disappointment"
    "Another Disappointment"
    Overall

    I loved Ms. Fuller's autobiography "Don't Let's go to the Dogs Tonight" and have been disappointed by her later books. Her description of both the characters and the landscape were so overblown that -rather than awe, which I think she was striving for-I felt bored, even though I know and love the area in Wyoming she writes about. The narrator, with his golly gee approach and ridiculous laugh didn't help.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Loitering with Intent

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    "How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Loitering about London in 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world", as secretary to the odd Autobiographical Association. Are they a group of mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance, or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case.

    Cariola says: "As Good As Pym--Maybe Better!"
    "Unsatisfying"
    Overall

    I found this book to be pleasant but insubstantial. The plot is rather silly and while several of the characters are eccentric and interesting they are not realistic enough for me to care about what happens to them. I wouldn't waste a valuable book credit on this one unless you need something to occupy you while knitting, which is what I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Dan Wyllie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Breath opens with Bruce Pike, now a paramedic, arriving too late to save a teenage boy's life. Pike's partner wonders why the boy killed himself. Pike knows he didn't. He doesn't know the boy, but he knows the story. He still lives with the legacy of his own adolescence.

    Maura says: "Powerful coming-of-age story"
    "Powerful coming-of-age story"
    Overall

    This powerful new book by Australian author Tim Winton describes a lonely boy's painful coming of age. He is befriended, and ultimately damaged, by a couple fighting the loss of youth and their aging bodies. This is ultimately a book about survival through extremes, of pushing one's body and one's morals beyond what is "average" and experiencing both the exhilaration and self-disgust that comes from doing so. Listening to the book through the narrator's authentic Australian voice added a lot to the book. I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends, but I would to those who like a story beautifully written with an edgy and difficult morality. I've never surfed, but Winton conveys the power and beauty of the sea and what it's like to try and conquer your own fears.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The English Patient

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.

    Maura says: "Read the Unabridged Version"
    "Read the Unabridged Version"
    Overall

    I didn't notice that this was an abridged version of the book. While I thought it was beautifully written and beautifully read by Ralph Fiennes, I was disappointed in not getting to listen to the entire book. I suggest you either read the book, or wait till an unabridged version comes out.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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