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Melissa

Woodruff, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 12 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 171 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack Gantos
    • Narrated By Jack Gantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Joey Pigza can't sit still. He can't pay attention, he can't follow the rules, and he can't help it -- especially when his meds aren't working. Joey's had problems ever since he was born, problems just like his dad and grandma have. And whether he's wreaking havoc on a class trip or swallowing his house key, Joey's problems are getting worse. In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown.

    Todd says: "Thought-provoking children's story"
    "a great look at ADHD"
    Overall

    This story sheds light on the thought process of someone with ADHD. It was enjoyable and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27096)
    Performance
    (13717)
    Story
    (13762)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A great look into the not so distant past"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book! It is very well read, and it reveals a glimpse of the racial discrimination isn't so far in the past. I didn't live through that period, but many in the generation before me did, and the author described it so well that it helped me to better understand the racial tension that still exists in our country today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (495)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I loved the way this story was tied together! It is the story of an ancient book and all the people who have preserved it. It is a story of religion and art. It is also a kind of mystery as the main character investigates and uncovers the secrets that the book contains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2268)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (529)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Inspiring - definitely worth the time"
    Overall

    This non-fiction story is an amazing account of philanthropy. Although I did not particulary care for the reader, the story made it completely worthwhile. It is heart wrenching to think about the desperation some people in our world have for the opportunity to receive an education, especially when comparing that desperation to the nonchalance - or even at times disdain - with which many American children approach their education. As with most non-fiction, the story moved a little slow, but it touched my heart in a way that fiction cannot, and I would highly reccommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Patrick Stewart
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (369)

    The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

    Michael says: "Narnia Chronicles come to a great conclusion"
    "A good ending"
    Overall
    Performance

    The whole Narnia series was great, but this was the only book in it that I listened to . I loved the fact that Patrick Stewart narrated it. It was shorter than I expected. The ending was perfect - though bittersweet, and it was appropriate for the allegory.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4038)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1769)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Insightful"
    Overall

    This book was enjoyable to listen to and provided insight about the thought process of someone challenged by mental problems (some kind of autism). It was interesting and a good length, and it wrapped up the story very nicely. I listened to it with my 13 year old son, and while mostly beneficial for him to hear, there were several parts with very harsh language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (298)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    This was a great story. It was pleasant to listen to, moved forward, connected its various parts, and had interesting characters and different settings. It had just enough tidbits of history to appease my interest without being dry. The ending was satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Como las muchachas Garcia perdieron su acento

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julia Alvarez
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Abandonando la tensión política de la República Dominicana de los explosivos años 70, las cuatro hermanas García acompañadas de sus padres se autoexilian en el Bronx Neoyorquino, arribando a un ambiente totalmente desconocido y en extremo liberal para sus conservadores padres. La excelente narrativa de Julia Alvarez nos lleva de la mano por el recorrido de las dinámicas hermanas García, por caminos deliciosamente divertidos y también plagados de conflictos generacionales.

    Melissa says: "Sin cierre"
    "Sin cierre"
    Overall

    Este libro provee la historia de una familia dominicana que emigra a los EEUU y el afecto que tiene en sus cuatro hijas. Hay cuentos del punto de vista de las cuatro en épocas diferentes de sus vidas. Empieza con los años más recientes y sigue hacia el pasado. Aunque me gustaron los cuentos cortitos, no me gustó la presentación con el tiempo al revés. Tampoco me gustó la falta de cierre de los problemas de la familia. Entiendo que uno de los temas es la división entre las dos culturas, pero me gustan más los libros que tienen resolución a sus problemas.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (635)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Good, but not great"
    Overall

    Overall, I enjoyed this story, but it dragged in parts. I liked the descriptions of ancient Rome and Roman life, and I liked the perspective from which it was narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bean Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (181)

    Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

    Nancy says: "Barbara, can we have a "re-do?""
    "Not bad, but not engaging"
    Overall

    The story wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It didn't seem to move in any particular direction, and there wasn't enough excitement or surprise or insight revealed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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