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Marian H. Whitcomb

Member Since 2010

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  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1167)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Fantastic Book..."
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    If you could sum up Call the Midwife in three words, what would they be?

    The PBS series was fascinating, the book was better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call the Midwife?

    To find out one of the boys became one of Lady Di's drivers. Not only ar there wonderful stories of birth, but so much history after WW 2.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile, with so many stories it told.


    Any additional comments?

    Think this book is for all.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4229)
    Performance
    (3049)
    Story
    (3048)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Fantastic book!"
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    What did you love best about State of Wonder?

    Couldn't wait to get to the end & then wished it had not ended.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of State of Wonder?

    Finding out one of the main characters was pregnant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1092)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Really Australian..."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I lived in Australia for 3 years, and so enjoyed tha narration! Also the "Aussie" slang. Almost felt like I was back in Oz. Loved hearing about Janis Rock.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It was believable.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing...


    Do you have any additional comments?

    A great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1539)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Amazing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fascinating book about the history of cancer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you know anyone with cancer, buy them this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4831)
    Performance
    (2237)
    Story
    (2246)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "An Excellent Book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cutting for Stone to be better than the print version?

    This book was amazing. I had no idea how good. I started listening and then purchased the book,on my kindle as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cutting for Stone?

    Probably the births scenes, but it was all memorable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I could not put it down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (170)

    The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

    Annette says: "A pretty engaging story"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Cleopatra's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting take on the Cleopatra & Mark Anthony story. I never realized that they had twins.


    What other book might you compare Cleopatra's Daughter to and why?

    None.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The takeover of Egypt frm the children's view point and all that followed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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