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Mary B. Reiten

Seattle, WA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 137 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • The Martian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow.

    Kathleen says: "Stands the Test of Time"
    "Good Story Ruined by Awful Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Martian Chronicles is worth a listen but by a different narrator. Scott Brick's reading is way too melodramatic to pull you in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tender Is the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Trevor White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    It is 1925, and Richard Diver is the high priest of the good life on the white sands of the French Riviera. The Beautiful People – film stars, socialites, aristocrats – gather eagerly and bitchily around him and his wife Nicole. Beneath the breathtaking glamour, however, is a world of pain, and there is at the core of their lives a brittle hollowness. Beautiful, powerful and tragic, Tender is the Night is one of the great works of American fiction.

    Richmond Rabinowitz says: "Just fair"
    "Bitter Sweet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love F Scott Fitzgerald and this story did not disappoint. The narration was excellent and the ending.... oh ....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2775)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1801)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Great Performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved the narrator. This is one of those books I never would have read in written form. Glad I listened to it so that I could get through it. It's really 3-4 books in one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bernice Bobs Her Hair

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" was Fitzgerald's fourth Saturday Evening Post story and provided the subject for the dust-jacket illustration when it was collected in Flappers and Philosophers. In the story, Bernice's long flowing hair is one of her greatest treasures. When her cousin Marjorie suggests she "bob" it, life changes for both of them.

    Mary B. Reiten says: "Fun, but annoying."
    "Fun, but annoying."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very enjoyable listen, but one has to wonder what growing up in the 1920's was like for women.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Come and hear the strange tail of The Boss Hank Morgan, a modern day (at the time of publication) Connecticut Yankee who inexplicably finds himself transported to the court of the legendary King Arthur (as the title of the book implies). Hank, or simply, The Boss, as he comes to be most frequently known, quickly uses his modern day knowledge and education to pass himself off as a great magician, to get himself out of all sorts of surprising, (and frequently amusing) situations, as well as to advance the technological and cultural status of the nation in which he finds himself.

    A User says: "Great Novel, Horrible Recording"
    "One of the worst performances I've heard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It sounded like it had been recorded in an open room with an old tape recorder. I didnt get past the first five minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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