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Paula

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DAVIS, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1735)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (993)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Everyone uses it every day for everything..."
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    and we rely upon it to just work for us. No problems please. But have you ever thought about how it works, what would happen if it stopped for just a day, an hour, a minute? We don't thank our machines, but we do get attached, after all boats have names, and many people name their cars...as our machines become more and more a part of our life and help our tools to work better, faster, with increased efficiency. What do they want (we know what they need; electricity (fuel, food) and maintenance (health care?) Can you feel the start of new and interesting thoughts? This is why I gave the book 4 stars. I wish Stephanie Meyer had written it (have you read "The Host"? Another great, new, intriguing premise)

    This is not the best book ever, but it is a unique and well thought out concept. This is one of those book series I am so glad I did not miss. The main characters are interesting and read real, (who is the main character? a sight impaired teen or the ...).

    There is room for better written development of the other personalities, but they are excellently read, with a pleasant and correct sound. Why is there an "Obo" in the story? This character appears here and there, but is not woven into the story as well as the other...well, really not connected in any way... then appearing in a the climactic scene. This is where the book looses momentum badly, bogging down in a different story, with a different point made, a different meaning...this would be much improved with a better written and very solution. Here was a chance for the writer to create a well written intriguing... scene or section or half the series. The group that bobs in and out of the story could really reach out, grab your brain and make you think! This part is critical to the book, but reads like a side story, and oops, I realize I am talking about all three books..sigh... now you might have to listen to them all!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Holly Jacobs
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Artist Lexie McCain spends her days literally weaving the story of her life into a gorgeous tapestry. But on Monday nights, she walks to the Corner Bar, drinks a Killian’s, and answers the same question every week from Sam the bartender: “One thing?” She starts with her name, then her cottage, slowly moving on to the devastating tragedies that tore her life apart.

    Leah says: "Loved this book!!!"
    "Good story..."
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    Well told, with a nice emphasis on "just one thing". It's a good way to take life in so many ways just one thing at a time. It also told the story of a relationship built upon one thing at a time, while weaving in the back story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
    • Narrated By Robin Eller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

    Marie says: "Modern Slavery - who knew?"
    "This is a compelling story but I was disappointed"
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    with the way it was presented. This book sounds as if the writer had finished the story about 2/3's of the way through the book. After that, it became repetitive and slow.
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    I think this person has a compelling life story, but did no one helped her write and edit her story? The book begins to bog down after the author is freed. I realized as I was listening that this new freedom, and the responsibility of building her own life was daunting and overwhelming. Right here is where a well written book could have really opened my mind and heart to her story. She has never been responsible for herself, only for caring for others. It is a compelling thought, how are we prepared to create our own life, what a responsibility this is.

    Instead the book becomes boring and lacks the ability to build empathy for the newly freed young woman. This is a shame, because I think we could learn about ourselves and our society if we were challenged to understand the gifts we are given and our personal freedom to create our own stories, our own lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1939)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Very good portrayal of life..."
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    among the poor in London. I was surprised every time they gave the date, it read like the 1800;s but it set in the poor part of London during the 1940's, 50's and on. The story lines are good and well defined. The main character is entertaining and interesting as she figures out her role when she is new and how she honors her patients way of life, knowing that is very different from hers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Bucatinsky
    • Narrated By Dan Bucatinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner, Don Roos, found themselves in an L.A. delivery room, decked out in disposable scrubs from shower cap to booties, to welcome their adopted baby girl - launching their frantic yet memorable adventures into fatherhood. Two and a half years later, the same birth mother - a heroically generous, pack-a-day teen with a passion for Bridezilla marathons and Mountain Dew - delivered a son into the couple’s arms.

    The Reading Date says: "A Parenting Book with Humor and Heart"
    "Not completely PC, but completely honest..."
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    and a very funny book! Wait, just wait, for the scene where the kid are playing "kitties" . And the moments where "What to Expect While You're Expecting" book let them down, LOL!! This book is completely funny, fun and enlightening. I only wish I had gotten to know the other Dad better. I will be listening to this again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Cassandra Campbell, Abby Craden, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (306)

    Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry. The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives.

    Kathryn says: "Such a Soap Opera"
    "Here you'll find friendships formed over years..."
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    and the assumptions built into relationships that allow you to think you know the people in your life.This book tells a mysterious tale that is spun out gently while the reader is drawn into the lives of the characters. Their stories are complex and intertwined. They became real people, and I cared about what happened next.
    There are many characters and plots throughout the book and it also moves around in time. Despite that, it reads easily and I did not get lost. This book rises above "Summer beach" reading (although I would totally listen to it there). I hope others enjoy the listen as much as I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Empress: Godspeaker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Karen Miller
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    In a family torn apart by poverty and violence, Hekat is no more than an unwanted mouth to feed, worth only a few coins from a passing slave trader. But Hekat was not born to be a slave. For her, a different path has been chosen. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her God, from blood-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of Mijak. This is the story of Hekat, slave to no man.

    David Oldfield says: "I can't help being contradictory"
    "The Empress of all things Blood...?"
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    I recently found Karen Miller's books and I have enjoyed them. But about 2/3's of the way through THIS book, I became, well, BORED with the constant and unceasing use of blood. This is not violence, but it is all together too much blood. It surrounds the story as the characters bathe in it, drink it and spill it on "border stones". Suddenly, I can't read/listen anymore because I don't want to hear more about blood. I guess it speaks to the writing that I CAN picture each incident, but it became so repetitive that I just stopped the book.

    I would like to know if anyone else had this reaction? Or were you able to stay on the plot line? And then, is the book worth the effort?

    Thank you

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"
    ""Ordinary" people with regular backgrounds can..."
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    and do influence the lives of those around us. If you are not bringing medicine or food or military support, are you helping? Can you help? This book answers the questions with a quiet "Yes". The beauty is that everyone has something to offer, and the dignity of a haircut can not be dismissed. War, poverty, displacement, uncertainty are elements in the life of many people. Self care becomes hard when you don't even know if you are going to have food that evening. The motivation to have good hygiene, the chance to be with other women, to talk about hair and makeup styles, allows a woman who is "just a hairdresser in the USA" to contribute to the health and well being of other women in the world. Too many of us think that we don't have what others need, but how do you define giving back fun, dignity, the support of friends? The ability to support yourself or contribute to your family and encourage others is the theme of this book, and it is a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water Bound: A Sea Haven Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (317)

    The last thing Sid remembered was being enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in the coastal town of Sea Haven. Then, as if in some nightmare, he was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. Soon they will be bound by tantalizing secrets, which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of passion and danger.

    Angela says: "A new start with a dash of reunion"
    "The usual excellent story..."
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    with the twist that only Christine Feehan can bring. I truly enjoy her approach to the unusual elements of a life, a story and book. I can't wait for the rest of this series, I have missed reading about Sea Haven since the Drake sisters all found their mates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (663)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Wow, and can I have more please?"
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    I have always liked Nora Roberts' books. I think of them as a moment away from real life and a chance to just float along. But every now and then, she writes a series that is really powerful. (The Pagan Stone) Here is another series that should not be missed! Each book can stand alone, but it is the way the four books allow you to get to know the characters that makes this series a treat. I would love "Vows", their wedding production company to expand into a "Party Planning Production" as the members continue their life stories. I love that they are not afraid to change their lives for one another, in this world where it is "too much all about me and what I want". These fictional young women and men have figured out that it is all worth so much more when you have your family to share it with. And that what you give up to be with your friends and family in the end, really doesn't matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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