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Emily

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (683)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "Beautiful, moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought I knew so much about these two, and this era. It was interesting to bring more clarity to the times they lived in. But the greater gift here is Patti Smiths' clear, poetic telling of this deep intimate, artistic relationship. It's wonderful to hear it in her voice. It's just beautiful.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    In her national best seller Alice I Have Been, Melanie Benjamin imagined the life of the woman who inspired Alice in Wonderland. Now, in this jubilant new novel, Benjamin shines a dazzling spotlight on another fascinating female figure whose story has never fully been told: a woman who became a nineteenth century icon and inspiration—and whose most daunting limitation became her greatest strength.

    Rupe says: "Amazing"
    "Enjoyable!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story moved along well. I was always interested in starting my car, and hearing what was next. Her other book about Alice (In Wonderland) is as good or even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman; she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance - often called "the marriage of the century" - was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.

    Brenda Miller says: "Paul Boehmer needs more practice"
    "I enjoyed it!"
    Overall

    The narrator took me a little while to warm up to, but then I liked him a lot. Subtle, good accents. It was wonderful hearing the letters that Richard wrote to Elizabeth, some of them even written when she was in the same room or suite. Enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "Not worth it"
    Overall

    DC was poorly written, but the story was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. Same writing, weak story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    In The Murder of Tut, James Patterson and Martin Dugard chronicle their epic quest to find out what happened to the boy-king. They comb through the evidence--X-rays, Carter's files, forensic clues--and scavenge for overlooked data to piece together the details of his life and death. The result is a true crime tale of intrigue, betrayal, and usurpation that presents a compelling case that King Tut's death was anything but natural.

    Kelly says: "Painful to listen to!"
    "Narration is odd"
    Overall

    The narrator is reading this book as if it was a childrens book. All of the voices and accents are over the top. I'm not sure if 'll be able to finish it. The preview doesn't give a good idea of these voices.

    3 of 3 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
    (298)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (203)

    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?""
    "Oh well.."
    Overall

    I just didn't get into this book at all, and gave up on it. Maybe I'll give it another try in the future.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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