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Delberta

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  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sissy Spacek
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything.

    Amazon Customer says: "Charming and lovable"
    "Fresh look back...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Extraordinary Ordinary Life to be better than the print version?

    Sissy Spacek reading her own words about her life with her warm Texas accent, enthusiasm, and delight is an experience not to be missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was taken into her past, felt at home in the town where she grew up, and adventured with her when she went to New York. It was as though she took my hand and showed me the years and events of her life. What I found extraordinary was her sunny and cheerful attitude about everything that happened. And to my astonishment, when I came to the end of the story, I realized she had not said a single mean thing, not a catty comment, not a disparaging word of anyone. What remarkable generosity of spirit! I loved being in her world because even when sorrow struck, there was no pity, just heartache and grit, moving on but never forgetting..... nice to learn some of these lessons again...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (247)

    In London’s Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as “a building of no interest whatsoever.” But the residents of Corduroy Mansions—including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog—are a rather fascinating lot.

    connie says: "Oedipus Snark, MP"
    "Completely Charming!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    A quiet and thoroughly delightful excursion into the lives of a group of people living in Corduroy Mansions, which has been broken up into flats. The odd occurrences and everyday ups and downs of the inhabitants and their acquaintances are almost like a British "Rear Window" with glimpses into everyone's life. No murders, of course, unless you count a most beautiful pair of shoes.....! A regular treat, this book is!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3027)
    Performance
    (2315)
    Story
    (2329)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Unforgettably Charming...."
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    What did you love best about Watership Down?

    What a delight this story is! Although I read it years ago, it is as fresh a tale as any could wish for, and the narration is perfection!


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    It is impossible to name a favorite character, although Hazel and Fiver do, of course, take center stage...but Cosham's narration lends a deeper empathy with Bigwig that is especially moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for those who've never heard the story before and those who read it years ago....applicable and timely today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (458)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "Excellent as expected!"
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    Would you listen to Tears of the Giraffe again? Why?

    Not only is the story interesting, but the pace is an unusual combination of casual, as though meandering down a pathway, and that suspenseful curiosity that pulls you forward. The rich and lovely voice and accent capture you, taking you directly to Botswana...! Charming!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (729)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Worth reading!"
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    What did you love best about Replay?

    Although the first section of this novel was predictable, and I began to think it would be a long slog to finish, the plot suddenly took a twist I hadn't expected and wow! Suspenseful and gripping to the end, and REPLAY ends up being a novel well worth reading.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1236)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Charming"
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    What made the experience of listening to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency the most enjoyable?

    I am utterly charmed by the pace of this book....there is enough suspense, enough intrigue but at a slower pace where one might have time for a cup of bush tea before the next case comes through the door!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting is almost a character, and the characters make this book!!


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

    There is something gentle about the accent...it has a lilt to it that evokes Botswana to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to reading the entire series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (175)

    To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

    Susan K Treiman says: "Wonderful, inspiring, insightful"
    "For Everyone!"
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    Would you listen to This Is How again? Why?

    I know I will listen to this book again and again. It rather smacks you in the face with reality and then a gentle humor allows you to step back and re-think you, your life, and the world around you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Burroughs is blunt and does not pull any punches. Yet this forthright attitude is somehow both reassuring and encouraging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I needed to listen to a chapter and then think about it and apply it to my situation. Sometimes I even repeated a chapter as soon as I finished it while ideas were fresh in my head.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book absolutely everyone would benefit from reading/listening to!! It truly is remarkable how we do not see what is in front of us until someone makes you look again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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