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Marianna Cleveland

Mead, WA, US | Member Since 2006

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  • Comfort Food

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    In this smart, delicious novel by the best-selling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club, a celebrity chef shows her friends and family the joy of fulfillment - and manages to spice up her own life at the same time.

    KHT says: "Good Summer Read"
    "Just makes you want to cook for your friends"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Comfort Food to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the book and I loved it!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them..........they all worked so well together and I was able to follow the story. It was worth the listen.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    all of them............she is a great reader. I look for books read by Barbara Rosenblat just to hear her voice and enjoy her ability to make a story great.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. Great sweet story, not mushy. Serious and funny. Good combo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6687)
    Performance
    (5951)
    Story
    (5950)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Fantastic book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Circus to be better than the print version?

    This book was read so amazingly well. You forget there is only one ready.......amazing. I have only listened to the book and I would consider listening to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

    When the main characters finally meet and challenge each other in their talents.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh man.......this one is hard. It was so well written that I could actually experience the circus and all its beauty.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Be prepared to be mesmerized!!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a sweet story from the beginning to the end. Worth it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Life: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (137)

    A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.

    Gabrielle Britton says: "Not Munro's best"
    "If you want to be depressed..........read on"
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    What disappointed you about Dear Life?

    Everything. It was very hard to listen to........very, very depressing.


    What was most disappointing about Alice Munro’s story?

    Never completed the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She did not.........she was great.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dear Life?

    No opinion


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't spend the time or money. Even if the author got one of the greatest literary awards...........it is just not a good collection of stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Flowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (933)

    A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.

    Diana - Audible says: "You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one"
    "I loved this book.......!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Flowers to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this book and I loved the reader and I loved the story. There are so many characters and somehow, this reader was able to keep them all separated. It is a wonderful story. Just be sure to listen to the entire story.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Flowers to and why?

    Not any off the top of my head


    What does Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just the clarity of the characters. Her voice adds to each character in the book.


    If you could rename The Language of Flowers, what would you call it?

    Ahhhhhhhhh............love comes in different colors..


    Any additional comments?

    Read it.........listen to it.........you will love this book. Right after I read it, I had to go to a used book store and get a book about the Language of Flowers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (174)

    When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

    Sara says: "Wonderful!"
    "Tried it 3 times.............."
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    What disappointed you about The Zookeeper's Wife?

    could NOT get into the story


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

    Totally disappointed. The story sounded good, tried to listen to it 3 times.........did not work for me. Do not recommend it at all. It was a waste of a credit.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (923)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Wonderful book!! Sweet story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The reader was fantastic!! And the story taught about the history of the times. Being from Spokane, WA............easy to relate to the story on a deeper level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet?

    When the young man did everything he could to find his friend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1073)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "Anything by Kate Morton is wonderful!!"
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    What did you love best about The Distant Hours?

    I loved this book from beginning to end. How Kate Morton weaves the past with the present is so amazing. I love how she developed all the characters deeply so that I, the listener, could make a picture in my mind. I was sad when it ended.The reader is fantastic. Her ability to come up with any accent is amazing and wonderful on the ear!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Distant Hours?

    Too many to highlight. The book is memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    The Blythe twins. Caroline's ability to switch voices so wonderfully is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I look for books by Kate Morton and read by Caroline Lee because I know I will NOT be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (399)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "I do want to go to his restarant"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were times when I wanted to smack Marcus in the head and tell him to get it together.........but it is his story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marcus Samuelsson again?

    Nope........think I'm done. It was OK while it lasted.


    What aspect of Marcus Samuelsson’s performance would you have changed?

    I do like the fact that he took the risk to tell his own story.........just wouldn't change anything. It is him.


    Could you see Yes, Chef being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I wouldn't go see it. The story is not that intriguing to me. I do love his parents and grandma


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 15 Seconds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Christian Hoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

    Stopped by the police for a minor traffic violation, the situation escalates and he is pulled from his vehicle, handcuffed, and told he is under arrest. Several other police cars arrive and the questioning turns scary, but just as Henry is released and about to move on, a blue sedan pulls up and the officer is suddenly killed. As the car speeds away, there is only one suspect left behind - Henry.

    goodiebythesea says: "Unforgettable suspense"
    "Hold on ..........it's intense!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 15 Seconds the most enjoyable?

    The reader was excellent. The book was both intensely scary and funny!! That was a great combination and the reader delivered it well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry........naturally. He was so real........I could identify with all his emotions.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Hoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't..........but they are on my wish list.


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

    I laughed and cried while I listened. I listened twice and still got scared the second time. I bit my nails, laughed and just wanted to listen and listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book. If you listen............you have to listen to all of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2051)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Wonderful way to learn abou the history of America"
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    What did you love best about The Chaperone?

    The reader was wonderful!! And the story so sweet. I love happy endings.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the part where the main character finally frees herself from her lifestyle, but continues to love the people around her.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book a bit ago, but I do remember feeling good at the end and during the story. I love a story that you are so addicted to that YOU MUST LISTEN. This is one of those books. Sweet, but not syrupy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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