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Delah

Which came first... the books or the glasses?

Member Since 2011

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  • 72 reviews
  • 114 ratings
  • 386 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • On the Come Up

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hannah Weyer
    • Narrated By Yolonda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Written in an urban vernacular that’s electrifying and intimate, On the Come Up introduces a heroine whose voice is irrepressible, dynamic, and unstintingly honest. Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a school for pregnant teens, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she’s due to give birth - she lands a lead role.

    Suzn F says: "Modern Relevant Inner-City Coming of Age Story"
    "Loved It!!!"
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    Just prior to listening to this book I had returned about 3 books because I could not get into them. With this one I listened every chance I could get. This book was mesmerizing. The story was sooo good and the narrator was great!! Some people may tend to be put off by the street language but please don't be. For the author to clean up the language would not be authentic to the story. She doesn't overdo the street language. It's not every other word. I highly recommend this book. It is based on a true story and it's quite an inspirational story of a young girl trying to do the best she can coming from a poor and disadvantaged background. She makes mistakes but she's just a teenager (and who doesn't make mistakes?) -- she makes some good decisions too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rosie Perez
    • Narrated By Rosie Perez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry. What most people would be surprised to learn is that the woman with the big, effervescent personality has a secret straight out of a Dickens novel. At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County.

    Delah says: "Informative Memoir"
    "Informative Memoir"
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    This was a very informative memoir. I had no idea the things I learned about Rosie Perez's life. She came through some tough stuff. And the thing is, she came through, came out on top and is a successful independent woman doing her own thing now. Kudos to her. Her narration of the memoir shows what a good actress she is. She definitely brings her acting skills to the narration.
    Note: Initially when I was listening to it I thought the part about her childhood in the Catholic school went a bit long but later I thought who am I to say that? First, this is her story, she is telling it her way and second, she went through that hell, who am I to minimize it and say this should be shortened?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jamaica Inn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honor of her mother's dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn's brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls - and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

    Gialdini says: "would be amazing except for one thing"
    "I Liked it!"
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    Of course Daphne Du Maurier of "Rebecca" fame is an old school author who knows how to flesh out characters. Knows how to show more than tell the story. We don't have to listen to 100 or more pages of background setup before we get to the good stuff. And the narrator! I felt like I was listening to a PBS or BBC production. He was that good (although his female characters left a bit to be desired). This is definitely a classic in more ways than one. The story and the narration are (mostly) top notch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pecan Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassie Dandridge Selleck
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

    Delah says: "LOVED IT! Great story. Great narrator."
    "LOVED IT! Great story. Great narrator."
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    I loved every minute of this book. I love it when an author as a story to tell and just tells it without wasting words or using filler just to fill the page to make the book last longer than it needs to. I am now starting to get wary of audiobooks that are 14 or 16 hrs, etc. This audiobook is 6 hrs and the author uses all of those hours to pack each minute with very interesting story telling. It doesn't hurt that the narrator is top notch. I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4364)
    Performance
    (3172)
    Story
    (3170)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "ok, not great but ok"
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    This book is ok for a long car ride. There are interesting parts and there are dry spells and then it will pick up and get interesting again for a bit and then hit a dry spell and go back and forth like that. It's nothing I would highly recommend but I did finish it and that's saying something. The narrator is good; that helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathleen Kent
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials.

    Darice says: "What is Love?"
    "Very very dry - do not recommend"
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    I listened to about half of this book before I put myself out of my misery (the book is about 10 hrs and I listened to 5 1/2). The book is suppose to be about a girl's mother who was accused of being a witch in the 1600's when people were spooked about that sort of thing however 5 1/2 hrs into the book the author had not got around to what was suppose to be the main plot line. The plot was being narrated by the daughter, Sarah, and she was talking about mundane things like doing the washing, helping with the plowing, finding the neighbors cows in the yard and returning them, etc. Sometimes she would talk about something interesting like someone catching yellow fever and there was the suspense of whether that person lived but those type of moments were few and far between. As I said, over half way into the book and no mention of witches. I don't like it when an author saves their real story for the last maybe 50 or 25 pages of a book and uses filler for the rest just to make a bigger book or because they really don't have a full story to tell; that's wasting my time not to mention boring me senseless. I do not recommend this book.

    On a good note, Mare Winningham is a good narrator. She is the reason I listened as long as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carol Ervin
    • Narrated By Becca Ballenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Untrue things are rumored of May Rose, but it's true she's too pretty for her own good. Her husband has disappeared, and now she's on her own in a rough town ruled by one of the lumber companies logging the last of West Virginia's virgin forest. The year is 1899, and a woman alone has few options.

    Lisa says: "You have to read this book!"
    "I'd say skip this one"
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    I thought this was going to be a really good book but no. There is lots of action but not any real depth of character. It just seems to jump from one event to another. It's probably because there was lots of action that I stayed with it for 5 of the approx 9 hrs. The narrator is JUST OK but after a while she starts to sound wooden. I would say skip this one. You won't be missing anything great in my opinion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Murphy
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Johnathan McClain, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect - until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met - but Picasso knows otherwise. Picasso remembers the morning beautiful Jewels showed up at their house, carrying the same purse as her mother, and a family portrait featuring her father with two strange boys.

    Delah says: "I just wanted it to be over"
    "I just wanted it to be over"
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    "I Love You More" is catalogued under "mysteries/thrillers". It is not a thriller and not much of a mystery. The summary says it is "riveting". It is definitely not riveting. It was more like torture waiting for it to end. This book was all filler. The last chapter, i.e. the last 20 min could have been told in chap 2 and saved the reader 9 hrs out of their life. The rest of the book is mostly about the young girl's life at school, trying to fit in with the popular girls, trying to get a guy to like her, her passion for words and spelling, etc. There is a little detective work depicted in the novel but it is not the main focus, just a mention here and there. Mostly filler, just filler.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1771)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1586)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "A work of Art"
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    This book is very long but the writing and story is very good. The narrator is excellent. It takes the reader from 1934 to 1944 with two separate stories of the main characters (Marie-Laure and Werner) [pronounced with a "V"] until they meet in France for a brief time in a very dramatic way and then the story continues. Some parts of this story had me on the edge of my seat, the rest was pleasant to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankie's Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dolores Gordon-Smith
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A thrilling World War One spy story from the author of the acclaimed Jack Haldean series .“There’s a spy in England. Frankie’s letter. Read Frankie’s letter... ” The last words said by a dying man to Anthony Brooke in Kiel in Germany during the height of World War One. But who is Frankie? With his cover blown and the German army at his heels, English secret agent Anthony Brooke’s search to discover the truth leads him to an innocent-seeming country house.

    Delah says: "It was ok, kept my interest"
    "It was ok, kept my interest"
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    This book was ok. I'm pretty picky so the fact that I listened all the way through is saying a lot. The narrator was good w/ the male voices. He did his best w/ the female voices but they were not his forte. Overall, nice excape-ism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady's Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Schone
    • Narrated By Victoria McGloven
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    She is a lonely spinster prepared to bid her dreams of passion farewell. He is a war-weary soldier who seeks shelter in a woman's desire. They strike a bargain to fulfill each others most erotic fantasies....only to discover that passion is as life-altering as the storm that brings them together.

    Delah says: "Great Character Development & Plot for Erotica"
    "Great Character Development & Plot for Erotica"
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    I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of character development and plot that went into this short story erotica. And it was all done w/o the "F" word. Kudos to the author. The narrator did all the voices quite well especially the male and female main characters. I don't usually re-listen to stories but I think after awhile I might give this one a re-listen. The plot and narrator were that good. Well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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