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Robin

I live on a tiny river in NC on the southeastern coast. I'm a voracious reader & listener - also photographer and potter.

Supply, NC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 8 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 444 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3493)
    Performance
    (3072)
    Story
    (3083)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Kept me enthralled throughout the whole book."
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    This is a wonderful story, especially because it's true. Cheryl is one tough lady - Queen of the PCT! Anyone who has ever lost a loved one, or hiked a trail, or camped out, or had hurt feet .... the lists goes on. The narrator was terrific too. I felt like I was on the trail with Cheryl. Very enjoyable book and I'd highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Prize-winning historian and biographer, Carolly Erickson has created an eminently readable biography that recognizes the humanity of Great Catherine—Empress of Russia—with her majesty and immense capability. Dispelling some of the myths surrounding her voracious sexual appetite, the biographer portrays Catherine as a lonely woman far ahead of her time—achieving greatness in an era when women were executed on a husband’s whim.

    Linda says: "beautifully done"
    "Not so Great -- Catherine"
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    I really wanted to like this book and I did finish it, but it was so dry - listening to it definitely made it a better "read" than having read it. Davina Porter does a wonderful job of narrating and makes it all the more interesting but as I got deeper and deeper into the story, it is so obvious that Carolly Erickson, even though she did quite a bit of research, just strung together the letters and history that was recorded. I felt absolutely no compassion for any of the characters at all. I have to admit to some prurient interest in the rumors which the author does touch upon briefly .. as in "the empress had a strong sexual appetite" or something like that. But the book does not encourage the listener to form strong opinions about any of the characters. In fact, I got more information reading about them through Wikipedia than I did in this story. I really enjoy historical novels but this one doesn't come close to Hilary Mantel's fabulous books. They are gripping, fascinating, and full of detail. This book is dry and full of detail but more like a history text than like a really good read. Too bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9282)
    Performance
    (8361)
    Story
    (8369)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "WHY do I get sucked into listening to bad books?"
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    Ok. I know John Grisham is a very famous and prolific writer. I've read only 3 of his books. I got this because everyone said "it's SUCH a page turner". Well I found it very predictable and mind-numbingly long. I figured out way at the beginning what was going to happen. I had absolutely NO empathy for any of the characters. Grisham overused the verb "glared" so many times it made me flinch. I'm sure no one will read my review and Grisham fans won't agree anyway. This book can't compare to many of the exceptional writers I've read, such as the wonderful Hilary Mantel, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, or Bill Bryson. But I'm writing this to let off steam. I wasted my time and money on this and am kicking myself for not turning it back in after the first 30 minutes.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1226)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1082)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "What a great lark!"
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    This was such a cool book and Euan Morton is a fantastic narrator. I really loved that fact that Moore brought in all the famous artists of the time -- from Renoir, Toulouse Lautrec, Pisaro, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet .... He brings them all to life and even if it is a fiction, he's obviously done his research about the impressionist and post-impressionist period. You really felt you were part of that wild life and the mystery of the sacred blue is intriguing. But what really made it was Morton's narration. His characterization is fantastic. I enjoyed every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pictorial Key to The Tarot

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur Edward Waite
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    Arthur Edward Waite was a profound student of the occult. He was a member of the Order of The Golden Dawn, and made the Tarot accessible to the modern day reader. This classic text for the Rider- Waite deck discusses:-The major and minor arcana.-What each card means.-Reversed card meanings.-How to do a basic reading. The Pictorial Key to The Tarot is ideal for use with the Rider- Waite Deck and the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.

    JJ says: "Not for everyone."
    "Very disappointing but I suppose to be expected"
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    I should have known when I read the other reviews. I was expecting much more. To be honest, I haven't finished it because it was easier to put it down and start something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18515)
    Performance
    (16479)
    Story
    (16439)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Stephen King is a wonderful story teller"
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    This is a wonderful thought-provoking story, especially after listening to Brian Greene's "Elegant Universe". One can't help but wonder how things would have been different if JFK had not been assassinated, and to have the chance to go back in history and make that change. Would you do it? COULD you do it? What would be the repercussions if you did. This is not your typical Stephen King guts and gore story, but it demonstrates what a good story teller he can be without resorting to the shock and awe he's exhibited in so many of his novels. It's a history lesson, a love story, a race against time, all of those things. Very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the narrator. I got a kick out of his different voices - Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, to name two. He did a wonderful job. I'd definitely recommend this audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7166)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3530)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Wonderfully entertaining"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it to be a great combination of "The Stand", "The Road", or The Zombie Chronicles (whatever it's called). Scott Brick is an excellent narrator and the story, even though it borrows many threads from other stories, does keep you guessing. It kept me riveted to the end and I didn't think the ending was abrupt. Of course it is a setup for follow-on books. This author didn't have to go to into the gory details but he did when it was warranted. Sure does make you think! What if!! The part about the "WASTE LAND" of New Orleans because of the oil pollution was downright eerie because of the horrible oil spill. Wow!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2627)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1407)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Angela's Ashes"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful story and surprisingly much funnier than I had expected. The tale is very sad but Frank McCourt writes and reads it so lovingly that it is very enjoyable. Of course the poverty is excrutiating, but since so much of the story is being told from a child's point of view, it is also quite humorous. It is a great listen, all the way to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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