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Moe

Oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 21 reviews
  • 138 ratings
  • 563 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015
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  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Made me fall in love with Anne over again."
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    The performance was adorable, the story was cute as all get out and I remembered why I liked it. It helps me to be happy about the small things and to be thankful for the loves and life I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9598)
    Performance
    (3967)
    Story
    (4007)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Always an entertaining historical fiction"
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    I have listened to this book over 3 times and always find it to be a nice ride. The length of the tail gives this fiction the scope of decades in which one follows 4 children from prepubescence through middle age (which is practically elderly back then). The book seems intended to be historically educational while commencing to tickle that part of one that tunes into Real House Wives.
    Enjoy 😜

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the Kings

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman
    • Narrated By Ellen Kushner, Nick Sullivan, Neil Gaiman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    This stunning follow-up to Ellen Kushner's cult-classic novel Swordspoint is set in the same world of labyrinthine intrigue, where sharp swords and even sharper wits rule. Against a rich tapestry of artists and aristocrats, students, strumpets, and spies, a gentleman and a scholar will find themselves playing out an ancient drama destined to explode their society's smug view of itself - and reveal that sometimes the best price of uncovering history is being forced to repeat it....

    Dave says: "Scholars with Teeth (and Tongues and Lips)"
    "Imaginative"
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    I have become a fan of Riverside over the years and found this book in the true spirit of the Kushner/Sherman world. A little period, a little erotic, a little intrigue, a lot of the history of that paaartiiicilarrrr time (Swords Point Joke, Sorry). A person who likes Riverside and its surrounding world may like a wider lens of that world. If eroticism or homoeroticism are not your thing, there will opportunities for disappointment in this book for you. Though not very explicit, ubiquitous in this novel. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (817)

    The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern-day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power.

    Aaron says: "Movie is Great, Book is Better"
    "A wonderful trip, every time I take it!"
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    The story is a real classic, the dramatic cast makes the story pop and it all adds up to step back in time and an introduction to a culture that has made an indelible mark on American society in a very wholistic way. This book gives the first true explanation and purpose of extreme conservatism I, personally, could ever understand, appreciate and respect, though I may not altogether agree.
    Take the trip, keep an open mind and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buried Giant: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (286)

    "You've long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it's time now to think on it anew. There's a journey we must go on, and no more delay..."The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

    Pete says: "The beauty of the reveal"
    "Heartfelt and enchanting."
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    The narrator was on point. The tale met my expectations as an Ishiguro classic. A world of good old fashioned ogres, dragons, pixies and the like. A world filled with chivalry and hostility. Wonderfully setting off the characters. I feel like was the haunting ending. Very much recommended. A world I will be happy to return to many times.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (448)

    The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

    Dan Harlow says: "Duty, Honor, England"
    "I was swimming in his recollections"
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    This exceeded my expectations. I have found myself living in the past as our protagonist had and found many ways and reasons to regret. This is a great lesson in that universal condition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Irvine Welsh
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When Lucy Brennan, a Miami Beach personal-fitness trainer, disarms an apparently crazed gunman chasing two frightened homeless men along a deserted causeway at night, the police and the breaking-news cameras are not far behind. Within hours, Lucy becomes a hero. Her celebrity is short-lived, though: the "crazed gunman", turns out to be a victim of child sexual abuse and the two men are serial pedophiles.

    Amanda says: "Totally and utterly disturbed"
    "A really great examination of what makes us"
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    Please be advised that this book is chalk full off curse words and explicit sex, but worth the listen.I don't have expectations of books, but this one was very entertaining and thoughtfully done.
    I loved how negative Lucy made all the trite "positive" affirmations that we throw around, while assuming it is still positive and not bullying.
    Generally well cobbled and, in its way, a thinker.
    Enjoy😀

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • V for Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Moore
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (541)

    Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

    John says: "Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?"
    "Surprising gem"
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    Though this was a comic book first, then a screen play, then a book, it was not even a little flat.
    It was very thoughtfully done, raising many issues of the day and the eternal social issues we need to watch out for. Just shows that comic books CAN really be literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21669)
    Performance
    (18032)
    Story
    (18020)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Self absorbed characters made this a hard read"
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    I was so harsh on the book because everyone was so self-absorbed, fear rife and entitled I found it hard to believe they were real.
    I finished listening to it, but it was mighty slow going slogging through so much self pity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Addicted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Zane
    • Narrated By Nicole Small
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (471)

    For successful African American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction—to sex.

    ann coleman says: "Go Zane!!"
    "Meh😐"
    Overall
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    Zoë is only mildly complicated. The rest of the characters are card board. I did appreciate seeing bits of my own adolescence in her life. One of color rarely gets to really relate to a mainstream character. It was nice, but the author seems not to have a good grip on literary devises, because she used none or used them with no direction.
    It had so much promise! It just did not deliver. I was able to finish it, so that's something...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Laurence Steinberg
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Adolescence now lasts longer than ever before. And as world-renowned expert on adolescent psychology Dr. Laurence Steinberg argues, this makes these years the key period in determining individuals’ life outcomes, demanding that we change the way we parent, educate, and understand young people.

    Dk says: "if you think you know, think again"
    "Actual probs & solutions concisely put together"
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    Great thesis formatted book. Well thought out and researched. I have made new considerations in my own thinking because of this book.
    I especially appreciate the author pointing out our legal and socially inconsistent rules for the adolescent age group.
    I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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