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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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  • Mom & Me & Mom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
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    (146)
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    (129)
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    The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence - a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Never Enough Mom Books"
    "Never Enough Mom Books"
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    The world will never have enough excellent books about Mom. This is one of them and it needs to be made into a movie! Who knew? I won't tell you the surprises, just leave it to you to read this short little gem. This is for all those imperfect moms out there and their children who will get it right, eventually, because of the bigness of their love. This was food for the soul for me because I have teens right now, and somehow feel I will never get it right again,which is a weird place to be. Now I have renewed hope.

    4 of 4 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
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belzhar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (46)
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    (41)
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    (40)

    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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    (7609)
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    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
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    (4)
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    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
    (1166)
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    (1010)
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    (1028)

    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.

    Melinda 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
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    Overall
    (313)
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    (267)
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    (267)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Gayle says: "Beautiful Story of a Horrific Time in History"
    "The Nightingale Sings!"
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    Well written historical fiction to get lost in. A story of the resistance, a story of love, courage and family. This is the first book of 2015 to go on my 2015 favorites list. I couldn't put it down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brown Girl Dreaming

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Woodson
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Woodson
    Overall
    (38)
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    (35)
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    (36)

    Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Inspiration in a Come of Age Poem"
    "Inspiration in a Come of Age Poem"
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    I do love poetry but I don't give it the time I should because I'd rather have a story. This is a story in poetry, a powerful, sometimes difficult to face, sweet, thought filled, poetic stream by a girl whose young life was a study in opposites, and who believes in opposites coming together some day. I do, too. Thank you Jaqueline with a J and a Q for inspiring me to keep on believing and for taking me through your journey with such grace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Syrie James
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (282)

    From Syrie James, the best-selling author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, comes a novel that captures the passionate heart and restless soul of Charlotte Brontë—the author who gave the world Jane Eyre while longing for a soulmate.

    Victoria says: "WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR DREAM"
    "Bittersweet but Worth It"
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    Sometimes this read a bit like a Jane Austen novel, which was strange, because that really wasn't the Bronte style. But it was so interesting to see the whole family story and the publication story, and the love story, all in one place. I'm glad I listened.

    Also, the narrator is one of my favorite narrators, which is how I found this book! Its worth it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
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    (306)
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    (300)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "Can I be Honest?"
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    This was just not for me. I tried to both listen and read, I am used to Booker Prize winners being deeper, so they are hard to follow when just listening anyway. But I just didn't believe this book. It almost seemed gimmicky and trite in the end, although I know the subject matter is not. The reason I felt this way was because the loose ends were all wrapped up yet the narrative was modernist / realistic. I think you have to pick your evil and stick with it. Also, I didn't enjoy the multiple voices that came in long after I'd already committed to one voice.

    However, I felt somewhat the same way about The Constellation of Vital Phenomena, so I think if you loved that book, you will love this. There are a few worthy quotes, just like in that book.

    Also, I thought the narrator spoke too s l o w. So, that killed the audio for me. It was just a struggle.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1370)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Do the Math and Warm Your Heart"
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    I had this for awhile before I read it. Why did I wait so long? Is it the cover or the start of the book? Well don't let it put you off. This is a sneaky little surprise.

    I love Brit Lit. I love the humor and the peculiar but expressive slang. But what I love more are books that have alot to say about society without cramming it down your throat. Instead, they just present the facts and push them to the brink and let the numbers add up as they may.

    Meet Jess, a hard working mom of a blended family of two kids whose husband is an absentee dead beat. Meet Ed who is a Geek-illionaire who made a snap decision out of desperation that he now can't bear to share with his ailing father. Throw into the mix a goth boy, a math girl, a rescue dog, and a number of desperate situations, and you get a page turner. It is predictable, but it is also so much more, so it can be encountered on different levels and that -- plus its heart -- is why I loved it.

    At the heart of the story is the famous parable of the different degrees of forgiveness. I'm not spoiling anything by telling you this, it's obvious from the beginning. What's not obvious is how it will all unfold. What was not obvious to me was how often this book would tug at my heart, and not in the just typical romantic comedy way.

    Take all of this and add in a writer who knows the craft, and you get a darn good book with staying power. So get past the title and the cover and get busy reading it. You won't regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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