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Paoli, PA, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 144 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Worthing Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.

    Lisa says: "Early Work of a Master"
    "Save a credit"

    The first half of the book tells a sci-fi/fantasy story that is ok. I was puzzeled why the second half would re-tell the same stories just from a different point of view. Then, Orson Card himself explained it. This is a collection of his attempts to tell a certain story. So, unless you are interested in the somewhat arbitrary collection of variations of the same story - save your book credit for something else.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Pillar of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Judith Tarr
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    Egypt's long history has no more mysterious reign than that of Akhenaton, disciple of the One God, the Aten. Akhenaton abolished the worship of all other gods in Egypt and built a city devoted to the Aten, ruling for a decade of increasing civil unrest. Without a son of his own, he was forced to accept his brother, Smenkhkare, as co-pharaoh. The story unfolds through the eyes of Nofret, a slave girl, who comes to know more of the king and of his city than most.

    Klaus says: "So, so"
    "So, so"

    The book starts out with a description of the Pharaoh's court as seen through the eyes of Nofret, a girl who was sold into slavery. I found the beginning somewhat interesting, although, with the exception of Nofret, the characters never quite came to life and the description of places and events lacked detail.

    The surprise came with part 3 of the book when it turned into a retelling of the biblical story of Israel's Exodus from Egypt, complete with parting of the sea, etc. Where is the suspense in that?

    The narrator's attempt to give color to the characters did not help either, especially with the male parts. All in all, its so, so. I've had better.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"

    Shantaram is one of the best books I heard in years.

    The author manages to paint a rich picture of human life, transcending cultures, conventions, good and evil, right and wrong. It combines descriptions of every day trivia with grander ideas of philosophy, human weakness with heroism and character.

    A bit violent at times, Shantaram is a declaration of love to human mankind. Great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freddy and Fredericka

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.

    Chris says: "God save Craig-Vyvyan! I liked it."
    "Bad, Worse, Freddy"

    Grotesque or bizarre doesn't begin to describe it.....

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Times Blessed

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Mitchard
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is True Dickinson's 43rd birthday, and her best friends have gathered on this snowy night in Cape Cod at a trendy neighborhood restaurant to celebrate. True has never felt more alone.

    Carol T. Carr says: "Character Flaws"
    "Power Struggle"

    If the quality of a book is determined by its ability to emotionally engage the reader/listener, then this is a good book. However, in order to like this book, you better like selfish, arrogant, power hungry, heartless women who speak of but are unable to love.

    The book's main character, True, turns 43, is widowed, and a successful business woman. When she recognizes that she needs a husband and a father for her 10 year old boy, she approaches the problem like she does as Founder, President and CEO of her company "12 Times Blessed". She picks a man who is significantly younger, less educated, and finacially less secure. Incidentally, virtually all her personal friends and relationships are either employees or, like her mother, financially dependent on her.
    When her husband, Hank, makes a questionable decision, she predictably seizes the opportunity to establish her supremacy in their relationship. The book culminates in her blissfully dictating her terms of endearment to her husband, her mother and her brother ... and everybody else.

    The book is classified as a romance, however, I find nothing romantic in the story at all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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