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Gabriela Maura

Tucson, AZ | Member Since 2010

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2530)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1367)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Good Book and Excellent Narration"
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    Joe Hurley narrated superbly. When he first started, I thought it was Keith. Sorry, Johnny, I love you, but narration by an American just didn't seem right.

    I've never been a huge Stones fan, but no one can deny Keith has led an interesting life, so I thought I'd listen to the book. It was well worth it, and I love that Keith just laid it all out - the best and worst of him. Yeah, he's misogynistic, a dope addict, and did many other questionable things, but this was his life, and it was an engaging read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (750)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Loved, loved, loved this book!"
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    If you could sum up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, heart-warming, heart-breaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a toss up between Arnold/Junior and Rowdy. Their relationship was real - what I would have expected between two teenagers. Each had strengths and fears the other didn't. Each admired other, but that went unsaid. I loved them both.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Arnold received the geometry book at school that had belonged to his mother 30 years prior. He was so furious he was using such an outdated book that he threw it at Mr. P, who then visited Arnold's home and inspired him to leave the reservation.


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

    I laughed and cried listening to this book. I loved it and couldn't wait to get in the car to listen to the next event in Arnold's life.


    Any additional comments?

    To the author: Please write a sequel!

    0 of 0 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
    (1005)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (868)

    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"
    "It was just okay."
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    What would have made The Language of Flowers better?

    I don't think I've ever disliked the main character in a book before, but I ended up disliking Victoria as an adult. I got her anger and aloofness as a child, but couldn't stand it as she grew up. At the point when she got pregnant and ended her relationship with Grant, my interest in the book ended. I listened to the rest just to finish the book. I may have had a different experience had I read it, but I did not find the story engaging. Sorry!


    Has The Language of Flowers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Tara Sands’s performance?

    It wasn't Tara Sand's performance - it was just that I didn't like the main character.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was delightful learning about the meaning of flowers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1354)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "I didn't want it to end."
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    Would you listen to Heft again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. I loved the characters. The development of each was excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur was my favorite. So kind, so smart, so wise. He had so much to share, and no one to share it with. He was a lovely and lonely man, and I was drawn to him.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    If you could take any character from Heft out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Arthur. I think he would be a great friend - loyal, generous and knowledgeable.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1322)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Lovely and engaging"
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    What did you love best about Listening Is an Act of Love?

    Every one of the StoryCorps stories was heartwarming. I wanted to listen on and on. I even looked for more in the Audible library, but couldn't find any. This is really worth listening to. Have tissues handy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human experiences.


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

    This Is Life


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to StoryCorps every Friday on my local NPR station, and always look forward to it. Please put more stories together!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1017)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Ugh."
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    What disappointed you about The Orphan Master's Son?

    The story was so depressing, it was difficult to read on.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Johnson’s story?

    That he felt compelled to write it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite?? There was no favorite scene; however, one memorable scene was the explanation of how lobotomies were conducted. Yeah, I won't forget that too soon.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I continued reading it was to rate it and discuss it with two friends who had recommended it. I'll question their suggestions in the future. I gave it two stars because of the narration.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (406)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Amanda says: "Audio isn't the right format for this sort of book"
    "Entertaining Light Reading"
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    I love Bill Maher, so most of what he says, I agree with. That may not be the case for others. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I was looking for something light and funny, and this book fit that perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "On My Top Ten List - Best Narrator Ever"
    Overall

    Wonderfully engaging story, and the narrator, Joe Barrett, was outstanding. I am now looking for other books he's narrated. This is a book that screams to be listened to, rather than read, and Barrett did an exceptional job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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