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Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!

PARIS, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ben Fountain
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (355)
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    (357)

    A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal" - three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys....

    Mel says: "Oh-ooo Say, Can We See?"
    "Know what you are getting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am scratching my head over this one. I think it is more a misconception over what I thought I was getting, and the new paperback cover depicts that story better. This is really not a war / military book, it is a Dallas Cowboy Thanksgiving Day book which centers on the experience from the point of view of some US soldiers who are stateside for a short publicity tour. It is not a bad book, just not a good choice for me.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3811)
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    (3351)
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    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Political Historical Triumph"
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    Not sure how Follett did this, my mind is reeling with the sheer depth of it. If you want an exciting story of the dominant political history of the last 50 years, this is your book. Some people had told me that this was the best of the series, and I had a hard time believing it. But now I do.

    The story is more political than character driven, although the characters play a large part. But the largest part goes to the differing political regimes and stories of the time, basically from the birth of the Berlin Wall to the time that it crumbled down. It is interesting to see American events from outside eyes, and interesting to see how shock waves truly are felt around the world. I think you can read this by itself or as a part of the series. Great book, Ken Follett, great read John Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5627)
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    (2676)
    Story
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Amazon Customer says: "It tantalized my taste buds"
    "A Must"
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    I'm glad I was inspired to rescue this from my personal backlist. When this first came out, I read a page or two and did not connect with it. I loved Zane Grey's George Washington, and I wanted to read about the rebels, the patriots, not about England. This book start slow, but builds and builds with momentum. It's a unique that to me, in that it focuses on a single year, and shows the true hardship of that year. The patriots faced hardships but didn't give up. This book truly demonstrates that large life lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Erika Johansen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
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    (169)
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    Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler - and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her. On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa.

    Olivia Casey says: "Loved the story and the narrator"
    "Pleasant Surprise"
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    I started this before and liked it but for some reason put it down. Came back to it while cleaning up my half read list, and purchased the audio to help. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth the narrator added to it, and at how much I enjoyed the book as a whole, it was easy to commit to this time around.

    Pure earth fantasy, with magic, red queen, guards, outlaws (the handsome fetch) and a come to age white queen story. Fun spring break reading. P. S. I think it's interesting how there are still the red queen/white queen basis to stories so many years after that conflict in English history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Euphoria: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lily King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
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    (554)
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    (543)

    English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

    David says: "Anthropologists in Love"
    "Mesmerizing"
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    I've been taken somewhere deep in my memories, to a place I've never been. At once Out of Africa and Casablanca, and do worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Agincourt Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joanna Hickson
    • Narrated By Catherine Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
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    (64)
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    (63)

    When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court. Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position. But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties.

    Michelle says: "Disappointing"
    "Hard to Buy"
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    There were at least two storylines in particular that were very hard to buy, mixed in with the historical details. Still, this covered an interesting part of history from a different point of view so I stuck with it. Probably would not have it I hadn't sailed through the first part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25198)
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    (23126)
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    (23133)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Red Rover Red Rover"
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    I almost gave up on this too soon. There's quite a bit of survival journaling at the beginning, so much so that I was afraid that was all I was going to get. So I stopped reading but I was intrigued because everyone else was so wild about the book became. So I picked up again, and lo and behold the next chapter was what I've been waiting for. I'm no scientist, so I don't know if the science is right, but it sounds right. I can picture this made into a fun movie. Recommend for other science geeks out there. I enjoyed this book that taught me more than just that Mars is red and has rovers on it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Belzhar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She'd be watching old comedy sketches with him. She'd be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn't be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not really about Sylvia Plath"
    "Not really about Sylvia Plath"
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    So much promise, so much potential, so spot on. Then late in the book: poof, the plot twist took me right out of it and took the book away from what the cover promised. Still, it had some great stuff on Sylvia Plath.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
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    (12017)
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    (11974)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Yes Thank You!"
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    What a gem. Of course we'd expect no less from this supremely creative woman. The audio experience is a tour de force on its own, packed with guests and a live performance. But the reason I'll remember this book is for the very real pearls of wisdom and transparency Amy offers - followed quickly by jokes, naturally. Thanks for this treat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Land of Careful Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Suzanne Chazin
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
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    (4)

    When the dead body of a Latino woman is found in a reservoir about 50 miles north of Manhattan, with a photo of a baby in her purse nearby, the police try to determine who the child is and if it is still alive. Along with the photo, they also find a disturbing note in the purse: "Go back to your country. You don't belong here."

    lunarchi says: "Great Mystery... Significant Content"
    "Shadows that are Worth Seeing"
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    This detective fiction, told from the POV of the Hispanic detective and several other Hispanics that are a part of the story, will entertain you and tug at you at the same time. Never preachy but way more to the story. Very glad I read it particularly at this time with the current immigration political wars. The author reached out to me after my review of The Book of Unknown Americans and I'm glad she did. Read it for surface level enjoyment or read it for much much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1092)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "No Illumination for me"
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    So disappointed about this one, another Booker Prize winner that is not for me. I was frustrated because the writing seemed to not be as tight as it should have been. Yet, the author clearly knew what she was doing. What gives? Well I looked at the reviews and information on it -- another gimmick. Each chapter half the length of the other? Not for me. In the style of Wilkie Collin's (who was Dickens' best friend and who wrote The Woman in White, which I loved), well that is for me, but not with the gimmick. Why not just write a good book? Hopefully next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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