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Marilee

Stanstead, QC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 187 titles in library
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  • Barefoot in the Park

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Norman Aronovic, Laura Linney, full cast
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    A brand new lawyer and his young bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into their new high-rent apartment. In order to reach this "charming" dwelling, they must first climb six creaking flights of stairs. Once there, they find the place is absolutely bare of furniture, the paint job is all wrong, the skylight leaks, there is room for only one twin bed, and the wacky neighbors pop up at the worst times.

    Allyvp says: "As much fun as the movie"
    "Wonderfully performed!"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this performance. The characters are quirky and the performance factor with sound effects and awesome acting made this performance a step above.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3351)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1866)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Facinating in small doses"
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    I haven't finished this book yet. I fully intend to, but it is taking me a while because I can only handle it in small doses. While I'm not at all squeamish when it comes to blood and gore, her discussion of decomposing flesh can become a little much. That said, for those with unbridled curiosity about what happens after death, this book has a lot of interesting information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4133)
    Performance
    (2954)
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    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Magic in the modern world"
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    Straight to the point - I love that this book is set in the modern world. Characters google, shop in (or shoplift from) Walmart, and use technology in a way that is unique to this millennium. This is not evident at the start of the book as the first 20 minutes or so are set on the North compound, separate from the rest of society. Once Danny leaves the compound, though, we see him discover and develop his magical skills within our world.

    As a big fan of Ender's Game, I was not disappointed with The Lost Gate. While I don't feel that it has the depth of Ender's Game (that's the English teacher in me talking), I really enjoyed it and will certainly buy the sequels as they become available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (295)
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    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "At times confusing, but overall entertaining"
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    My husband and I bought this book because we too have been expats and in many ways miss that life. These expats are nothing like us though, which made the story much more interesting than if the book were about my expat life. We certainly enjoyed the book, evidenced by our desire to get in the car to drive somewhere, anywhere, so that we could continue listening.

    Like many others have already mentioned, though, the book is confusing. Perhaps this would be one that would be better read than listened to. Often we had to pause the book to ask one another "when" in the story we were. Despite that, it was a good read, and if you don't have time to buy the book and read it in a comfy chair, the audio book is an acceptable alternative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1193)
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Don't bother with the excerpt - just buy the book."
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    My mother has recommended many books to me over the last few years and I am ashamed to say that I haven't read any of them, except for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. While we don't normally share a common appreciation for literature (she likes gritty true-to-life stories and I like happy fiction), we both loved this book. My dad even liked it so much that when their road trip ended but the book hadn't, he sat down in the living room to finish it.

    Being in epistle form, this book is slow to start. You don't have the advantage of a narrator to give exposition or character information, but if you can hang on for the first 20 minutes, you'll find it worth your while. Each letter is identified at the start with the writer and recipient and, with different narrators for the different characters, I never had to waste time trying to figure out who was speaking. The ending was a bit fast, but as there is no way to narrate in the moment in epistle form, it still worked out wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Manifest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Clare Vanderpool
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

    Rae says: "AWESOME book! LOVED it!"
    "Taken back in time"
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    I really enjoyed Moon Over Manifest. Jenna Lamia's narration was exceptional (I loved her in The Help). I especially appreciate how they chose to narrate this book. They used different narrators for the different parts, making the transition from main story to newspaper to letters seamless. When moving from past to present, the book always included the date, making it easy to follow along.

    I was swept back to a simpler time where everything costs a dime, but a dime was hard to come by. While I am happy that I wasn't born in the depression, it was great to be able to experience just a taste of it with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27177)
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    (20577)
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    (20690)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "And the fun continues!"
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    I was so pleased that Carolyn McCormick narrated the second and third Hunger Games books. I loved her in The Hunger Games and she continues to bring the characters to life here. I enjoyed the book as well, although it ends in a cliff-hanger, so I'm glad that I had the third book ready to go!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3424)
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    (2021)
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    (2047)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "Narrator is fine, but the book was a letdown."
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    As an English teacher who never read Nineteen Eighty-Four when I was in high school, I felt compelled to read it now. I certainly enjoyed parts of the book, but some sections, especially the extended section where the main character is reading directly from the book, was rather boring. It didn't add to the movement of the story or add any information about his society that I hadn't already figured out. I also felt the ending droned on and I was begging the narrator to kill the character off just so I wouldn't have to listen any more. I'm glad I can say that I've read it and I have nothing bad to say about the narrator, but it's not anywhere near the top of my list of loved books.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32524)
    Performance
    (23850)
    Story
    (24175)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "So good I dread to watch the movie"
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    I love this story and the narrator is awesome! I've seen the previews for the movie and can't imagine how it can compete with Carolyn McCormick's performance. I especially love her voice for Effie Trinket!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
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    (406)
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    (413)

    When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

    Finance Guy says: "Elegant & unique fantasy, deliciously performed"
    "I love this story!"
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    I use this story with my English 9 class, not just because it fits so well with my curriculum, but because it is such a good story. I first read it as part of my children's lit class in university and found myself enjoying it so much I read the remaining books in the series just for fun.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
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    (141)
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    (142)

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
    "What fun!"
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    I love this cast of actors! I could totally see the play happening in my imagination; what a well-done piece of drama. I can't wait to play this for my students to show them how entertaining drama, even older pieces of drama, can be!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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