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Mema

NY, United States | Member Since 2012

ratings
13
REVIEWS
13
FOLLOWING
9
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • The Last Block in Harlem

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christopher Herz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    All fire escapes lead back to the same block in Sugar Hill, Harlem - where kids run through hydrants and music blares from stereos plugged into lampposts. When a new resident (the story’s unnamed narrator) notices the trash polluting the picturesque streets and tainting his block’s beauty, he is spurred to action. However, his best intentions go awry when the cleanup brings media coverage that, in turn, sets off a rash of evictions and an influx of affluent tenants.

    Mema says: "Something is missing"
    "Something is missing"
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    I was struggling to finish this book but just can't make myself. I can sense the author's efforts but there is something missing. I also don't care for the narrator, especially with feminine characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6343)
    Performance
    (5776)
    Story
    (5784)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Masterful writing but I wasn't riveted"
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    I loved the narration, the writing style and the depth of character development (namely that of Cormoran Strike). However, I wasn't riveted by the story for some reason. I feel as if I missed something that everyone else seems to have experienced. For me, the middle was long and drawn out. Overall, I enjoyed it but did not find it to be a real page turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Typist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Rindell
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.

    Pamela says: "Intriguing, Original Story"
    "Really enjoyed this listen..."
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    I love the time period and setting in this book. I am also a fan of Gretchen Mol from Boardwalk Empire. She did an excellent job narrating. This story has a great "twist" at the end! Definitely enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2795)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Loved it!!"
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    I typically do not read books in the horror genre or SK for that matter, but after reading great reviews, I took a chance on Joyland. I absolutely loved it! It is not a gory horror book, rather a suspenseful well told tale. So glad I listened and I will probably revisit this book in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (953)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "Such a "moving" book"
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    The story and narration are both superb. Immediately I was drawn to the main character Charlie Gordon and felt his heartbreaking struggles. I will definitely listen to this again at some point. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (333)

    Born in 1901 in the slums of Brooklyn, Francie Nolan has grown up under the burden of suffering that is the lot of the great city’s poor. Romantic like her father, an Irish singing waiter, yet pragmatic like her mother, a housecleaner and fierce survivor, Francie uses her imagination and tenacity to thrive in the world in spite of these harsh conditions.

    Sara says: "Childhood favorite revisited"
    "One of my favorite classics"
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    Any additional comments?

    Quote from the book:
    "Some people called it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps and it was the only tree that grew out of cement".

    I have loved this book for years. I love the themes, the similes and symbolism used in the book and I have read it many times.
    For some reason this narrator just did not impress me. She did a good job but maybe this is one book that I just prefer reading instead of listening. I will probably listen to this again in the future to see if I still feel the same. That being said, I still recommend this excellently written book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1062)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Exceptional Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this to anyone that has a love or interest in elephants, rhinos and conservation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lawrence Anthony had an amazing connection with these wonderful animals and spent his life trying to protect them. I am sad to know that he is no longer with us.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I never listened to Simon Vance before but his performance in this already exceptional book was superb.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments moved me to both joy and sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book in 2 days and will definitely listen to more of Lawrence Anthony's books if made available on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (2668)
    Story
    (2671)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "What a wonderful journey"
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    I am so glad I listened to this book. I really enjoyed it. The story was engaging, memorable and very touching. As Harold walks, he and his wife Maureen reconnect emotionally after years of unhappiness. The narration was wonderful! I would definitely like to read more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1242)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Realistically flawed characters"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book with characters that struggle with fears & addictions that at times get the best of them. I only wish that greater time had been spent on Arthur Opp rather than Kel Keller because he was a more deeply intriguing character to me. I also agree with another Audible reviewer that the narrator for the character Kel sounded too old and somewhat one dimensional. The narrator for Arthur was fantastic. I am very glad I listened to this book. It is definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26967)
    Performance
    (13596)
    Story
    (13644)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "My favorite audible book!"
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    I loved this book. The writing is excellent with incredibly developed characters.The story is compelling (and truly heartbreaking at times). The narration is absolutely perfect and brings the characters to life so that you are immediately drawn to them or repulsed by them (such as in the case of Hilly Holbrook and the other white women employers). Hooray for the bravery of Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter ( and all the "Help") for writing their stories exposing the themes of racism and hypocrisies prevalent in the 1960's. Although these were fictional characters, surely fearless women such as these really lived and helped break the barriers of segregation and prejudice. This is an incredible book that I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The best-selling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the world of the white-collar unemployed.

    Peter says: "A terrible book - princess Barbara goes undercover"
    "Terrible book"
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    I had to read this for a class I was taking. It is boring and in no way informative. The book and narration are guaranteed to put the listener to sleep!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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