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Marva

The Journalist who loves Jack Russels!

Gaithersburg, MD, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (243)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria Milton says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Enlightening"
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    What did you love best about Calling Me Home?

    Love conquerors all.
    Two completely different people (Dori and Isabel - the Odd couple) coming together introduced me to several diverse families only to find they had many things in common (fears, pain, struggles and more) that truly enlightened and, I am certain, affected several generations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calling Me Home?

    My greatest moment was Isabel's father and his quiet, yet effective way of showing his complete love and devotion towards his daughter. Isabel's father was the blessing his daughter needed (though she never knew how much until close to the end of the book). He was a source in mentoring and supporting Robert's education. He took care of Isabel and Robert's daughter unbeknown to them (along with the support of Robert's family) all the while never stepping out from the background (or the wicked control of his wife's presence) to make a scene. Wow, he was incredible.

    I also loved Dori's way of loving her son when he needed him most. I only wished Dori joy would have been more notable early on during the long saga. Though giving the times this book was written, I understood, but it seemed Dori's story offered light to far towards the end.


    What about Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver ’s performance did you like?

    Nothing short of Excellent!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. Isabel's discovery of the truth and how her mother wrote a note to say Isabel didn't want her child and do not contact them. Errrr, heartbreaking and moving.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent book. It brought me full circle with my own prejudices, especially how my emotions ran hard when Robert was branded like real animal by two knuckleheads and, Isabel's wicked and hurtful mother. Awful. Yet, those parts played well within the book because once Dori and Isabel came to Cincinnati, my heart was moved by all that Isabel discovered about her daughter.

    No one can really know the heart of man except God Himself This book brought back many memories of a horrific timeline.

    Calling Me Home - A Great Book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1870)
    Performance
    (1693)
    Story
    (1686)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Alice Remembers"
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    Would you listen to What Alice Forgot again? Why?

    No. Certain parts took too long to get to the point; then when the point arrived, the thrill was over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick, he held his cool considering...


    Which character – as performed by Tamara Lovatt-Smith – was your favorite?

    Alice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The only reaction I had was that this book seemed to center around a special community.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (492)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "The Burgess Family"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Burgess Boys to be better than the print version?

    Sorry, didn't review the print.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob. The most balanced (and sane).


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    She's a great reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Boston


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting book. Jim was a trip. I would have liked to see if Helen allowed him back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghana Must Go

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Taiye Selasi
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku's death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go follows the Sais' journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told; the crimes committed in the name of love.

    Marva says: "Ghana Must GO!!!"
    "Ghana Must GO!!!"
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    If you could sum up Ghana Must Go in three words, what would they be?

    I Love It!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A toss between Kehinde...Olu. Their power, their genius.


    Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Americana. There's no comparison because they were both great books. Person with an incredible voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Taiwo's transformation. Powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a another great book read by Adjoa Andoh. It was a bit difficult to follow at the beginning, but as it continued, WOW, incredible. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s. His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow.

    Marva says: "The Writer"
    "The Writer"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Wonder as I Wander to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say, didn't read the print version. But, I can say that the Narrator was the book most enjoyable to listen to. His voice never wavered and, though I've read several books, his narrating, by far, was excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Wonder as I Wander?

    The incredible journey throughout Russia and beyond.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several scenes that were moving - i.e., leaving home for Florida and Haiti, traveling abroad, returning to Mexico, home and returning, once again, across the water to Paris - all were moving. Though he had little money, he had fun and met so many wonderful and gracious people along the way. The last chapter made an excellent notation: Mr. Hugest stated he wanted to be a professional writer, travel, meet people and view main events. I felt like I witnessed and viewed them with him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think it was the timeline. My mother often shared stories of the 30s; and hearing this fabulous book, made me feel like I was living it with the author.


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard of Mr. Langston Hughes and his fabulous poetry; this book, however, was beyond anything I'd ever thought or read. It should be a must read for all.
    Great, GrEaT BOOK!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jack Welch, Suzy Welch
    • Narrated By Jack Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (196)

    Jack Welch knows how to win. During his 40-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.

    A User says: "Jack's Alltime-Best"
    "I Win"
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    Where does Winning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my TOP 5 Books


    What other book might you compare Winning to and why?

    21 Refutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell. Why? Winning presents a clear, concise and encouraging view from the man who not only wrote the book, he believes and he lives it.


    Which character – as performed by Jack Welch – was your favorite?

    No favorite character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mr. Welch's passion throughout the book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    WINNING is a win-win book for every business leader worldwide. I appreciate and embrace the advise offered and I am thankful to the writer's for his ability to articulate with undeniable clarity and candor. For many years, I found myself in several of the situations he mentioned. It was hard for me to be open due to fear of being sliced down for my ideas; and, when I did offer my ideas, those ideas became someone else who went on to great success. I then had to make clear choices to reassessed and take immediate action to get myself moving again. I loved Mr. Welch's personal story and I could relate to the areas of his story of making some bad business choices and hiring bad people. After reviewing their resumes, I thought those people looked to be the best; they turned out to be draining and offered little results. When I first began reading Winning, I felt I was operating in the 70% margin. I finished listening to Winning on yesterday and my life and business are on the move, in a good direction with a whole new passion for winning, thank God. One final favorite statement made by the writer was the statement: 'to be a leader you must be able to energize people...' OMG! I cannot agree! And though this statement has been around for years, hearing it said again encouraged me greatly.

    I loved the book Winning and plan to listen to it again hopefully before end of year. Why? Just because its a great book with great insight.

    p.s. My desire, I would sure like to meet the man that has gone on to energize millions. If you can make that happen, I'd be more than grateful. Yesssss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (176)

    Modern life can seem like being lost in a jungle. With distractions and dangers emerging from every direction, it's easy to lose focus. Over time, we lose touch with one of our most powerful, purposeful, God-given attributes - the desire to be fruitful and multiply, what Bishop T. D. Jakes calls our "instinct for increase". Combining historical, cultural, and personal examples with biblical insights, in Instinct Bishop Jakes outlines how to rediscover your natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of your past experiences.

    Samika L. Williams says: "Wise Words Delivered Poorly!"
    "Instinct"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. An incredible resource for Home, Work or Business.


    What about Ezra Knight’s performance did you like?

    I thoroughly loved his voice. His reading needed to be smoother.


    What did you learn from Instinct that you would use in your daily life?

    That's a loaded question. Perhaps bringing order to my chaos. More opportunities emerges when I am less cluttered and I have an organized life.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. A++ Should be required reading for anyone who's planning to develop and/or transform their lives.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Runaway Jury

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he's being watched. Soon they have to be sequestered. Then a tip from an anonymous young woman suggests she is able to predict the juror's increasingly odd behavior. Is the jury somehow being manipulated, or even controlled? If so, by whom? And, more important, why?

    ANTS says: "hugely disappointing"
    "JURY"
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    Would you listen to The Runaway Jury again? Why?

    Yes. Great storyline, kept my interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite: NicolasReason: Very smooth


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    STELLAR! I have listened to 98% of his books. GREAT, GREAT VOICE.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No...not an extreme. I was sorry the blind man was bumped but other than that...no.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and another good one for John G. Though this book was written years back, I enjoyed it more than Sycamore Row (S.R.) And though S. R. was a great book, it became a major disappointment when I became suspicious of Judge Rubin Atlee, who was alive, (ALIVE), sitting on his porch talking about his two sons, Ray and Forrest. Ray and Forrest? Aren't they in the Summons? In the book, the Summons, Rubin Atlee died and his two sons were called home to handle his estate, found a boat load of money in the house and Forrest, ran off with it (though the book doesn't say he did. What? Really John? Awww, now that was a major disappointment for me ... MAJOR!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters. Not to loved ones, but to unsuspecting victims in what could be a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    Marva says: "The Judges"
    "The Judges"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Brethren the most enjoyable?

    All of the intertwines of those involved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lake until he became stupid.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As stated each time this questions is asked: Michael Beck (Like John Grisham) is simply the best narrator…there is no comparison.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Lake decided to be ultra stupid and write Ricky the final letter and, the end, when it is assumed the judged were still appearing to be running the scam.
    Oh how true much of this book was to real and modern life. Wow.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book. Somebody just need to pay Michael Beck and get on with business. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    The long-awaited new legal thriller from John Grisham is here. In The Summons, law professor Ray Atlee and his black-sheep brother are called home by their ailing father, the Judge, for a family meeting that never takes place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.

    Michelle says: "Unremarkable"
    "The Summons"
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    Where does The Summons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    2/3rds


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Practically...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end;
    the effort Ray took to locate Forest.


    If you could take any character from The Summons out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ray… would love to know what he would do now that he's met with Forest.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Just wished Ray had taken at least a $M and left the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rainmaker

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Stephen says: "Wow! This audio book is fantastic!"
    "RainMaker"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rainmaker the most enjoyable?

    What I learned - the ins and outs of insurance scams. Humm, interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Beck is THE BEST narrator I've listened to since coming to Audible. :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Imagining the faces on the insurance personnel.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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