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Charlotte-Marie

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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1440)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Enjoyably,delightful..."
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    Enjoyable and delightful. Made me smile and laugh out loud...frequently. I am looking forward to the next book by Jonasson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4440)
    Performance
    (4150)
    Story
    (4162)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "One more time"
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    The first Stephen King book I read was 11/22/63. I loved it! So, I decided to give Mr. King another shot (my husband is a fan) with "It". Well, "IT" failed to move or scare me as everyone had promised. As a matter of fact I was rather bored and surprised since everyone else who read the book seemed to *really* like it. So, I was a bit hesitant with this new offering of, Mr. Mercedes.

    Not sure why I decided to give SK another go - but I am so happy I did! WIll Patton does an excellent job of translating the words on the page to audio and Mr. King captured me from the first few sentences. How much so? I started the book last night and will finish it in an hour or so. I only stopped to write this review because I wanted to have my next book lined up when I finish Mr. Mercedes.

    I am not prepared to say that I am a fan of Stephen King just yet but, I am a fan of this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sasha Campbell
    • Narrated By Karen Pittman, Krystal King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    In Scandals, Monica Houston is a newly divorced mom who makes ends meet as an exotic dancer at Scandalous, the hottest club around. But if the ex finds out, she runs the risk of losing her kids. Meanwhile, sexy dancer Robin Wright thinks she might be in over her head when her sister is sent to jail and her nephew is thrust into her care. Unprepared for this new role, Robin finds herself falling for the kid’s “big brother”, even as she tries to prove her sister’s innocence.

    r.salters says: "Excellent"
    "I want my money back!"
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    Story

    I cannot tell you what kind of story the author has told because, I could not get past the awful reading. This is the worst reading I have heard on Audible. The readers pace is too hurried and the inflection sounds trite and artificial.

    Perhaps it is a good story. I don't know, could not force to get that far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (916)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (736)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "I should not have waited"
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    I bought the book because I felt that I should at least have it in my collection, if for no other reason than it was highly and critically acclaimed. Even so, I hesitated to read it. Not sure exactly why that was. Perhaps precisely because it had been critically acclaimed? I am not really sure.

    Once I began reading it, I understood why I had to read it. I had to read it so that I can encourage others to read it. Those who would want to know the truth about what it was like to live as a black person in America seventy-five to one hundred years ago and forward; those who need to know the history of Americans who less than fifty years ago, lived in fear of life and limb sometimes - for the most minor of perceived infractions at best, and no violation at worst - they would find their lives hung on a limb.

    Wilkerson tells the compelling story of racial injustice and its lingering affects. This well researched volume incorporates documented historical facts with personal accounts. It is presented in the oral tradition of the personal accounts from individuals who actually lived the migration to the “warmth of other suns” when they could not longer suffer under the rays of injustice and systemic and systematic racism in America’s south. This accounting of what they found and what their lives became is a volume that IS worthy of being required reading. This is not the product of someone’s lazy, clichéd, stereotypical imagination. This is a work of intellectual proportion that is easily accessible to everyone. This book deserves conversation. It adds enormously to the body of literature of the history our Country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (203)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Stunning!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Some Sing, Some Cry to be better than the print version?

    I don't know how this audio edition compares to the print version since I have not read the print version. I can only comment on the audio version which was absolutely stunning! The story can alive with clarity interest that heightened the images in my mind. Robin Miles did a great job of reading and singing enhancing an already engaging story. The collaboration of Shange with her sister Bayeza was brilliantly written in one voice. My only regret is that I did not


    What did you like best about this story?

    I especially liked the deeply developed characters and the several generational storyline.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pigs in Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    In Heaven, Oklahoma, pigs are both edible and inspirational! The story begins when a 6-year-old named Turtle is the sole witness to a freak accident. As a result she and her adoptive mother, Taylor, have a moment of celebrity that changes their lives forever. After seeing them on television, Annawake Fourkiller, a young attorney for Oklahoma's Cherokee Nation, claims that Turtle was improperly taken from the tribe.

    Betty says: "Knitter Lady"
    "Not so Heavenly"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am appreciative that I was not required to invest more time listening to this book. Perhaps the written version was better since it would not have been an abridged (I did not notice that it was abridged when I selected it). Perhaps even the abridged version could have been infuse with life by a different reader.


    What three words best describe Barbara Kingsolver’s performance?

    Dry, lackluster, tired


    Do you think Pigs in Heaven needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Could be that my punishment was listening to the abbreviated version.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11540)
    Performance
    (9993)
    Story
    (9968)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Visionary and Man"
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, Mean, Hurt


    Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

    Steve Jobs


    Any additional comments?

    I am pleased that in the end Jobs was willing to expose himself to the world without attempting to shroud his life in a fictitious representation of his more shallow self.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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