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Pamela

Warren, PA, USA

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3592)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (929)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Best Listen Yet"
    Overall

    This story actually kept me SITTING IN PARKING SPACE listening to the end, after a 1-1/2 hour commute home. The narrator performed the many characters so well, and the story itself is informative, emotional, and captivating. To top it off, it's a true story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Norah Vincent
    • Narrated By Norah Vincent
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.

    Holly says: "Abridged"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    Facinating account of Nora's 1 year masquerade as a man. The experience taught her lessons about both genders, and broke many stereotypes. Lots of humorous and serious scenarios. The author's voice is a bit monotone, like she has not fully shed her "male" tone. NOT a male-bashing book at all--guys actually get alot of sympathy and credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (488)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    Joseph says: "Oh, wow."
    "Worth the Listen"
    Overall

    Another excellent King novel. As usual, he tends to go on longer than needed sometimes and the first few chapters are less fun than the last as he "sets the stage." Yet it always kept me guessing, and was well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.

    George says: "In defense of the narrator."
    "Good philosophy, bad listening"
    Overall

    Listening to this audio was boring and tedious. The ideas of relaxing, appreciating nature and one's own company are good ones. Yet much of the time the author writes exceedingly about things so mundane and common that it's boring. Also, since it is entirely narrative, there is no diversity in the reader's manner. Not good for a long commute in the dark when I'm already sleepy.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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