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Grace

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  • Elsewhere: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Richard Russo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon.

    William says: "Elsewhere---but not far enough"
    "Interesting in many ways"
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    This book helped me realize that my favorite type of audio book is memoirs read by the author. Russo's book is a forthright, well written/told journey of his life as influenced by his mother, his roots in upstate NY, and in the background, the support and stability of life with his wife and daughters. As happens with individuals who are troubled, his mother's life seems to circle round and round the same issues, but that is reality. I recommend to anyone who has enjoyed Russo's books, heard him speak, is interested in his life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Thrity Umrigar
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage. Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn't need a shrink; she needs a friend.

    Daryl says: "A stellar performance almost carried the book..."
    "Another Umrigar book to savor"
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    Excellent narration -- brought the characters to life, particularly my favorite character, Lakshmi, the 32 year old Indian woman who meets Maggie in Maggie's professional capacity as a therapist. Their lives become intertwined with both learning from and helping each other, with difficulties and pain at times. The book left me hoping all would be well, but lives do not have fairy tale endings, which is likely true for these characters. Umrigar has so much insight into the intricacies of human behavior and interactions and weaves stories within stories. Love her books !

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (22985)
    Performance
    (17962)
    Story
    (17901)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Worthwhile Listen"
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    Tina Fey tells her stories with forthrightness and humor -- from childhood through the present. A very good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1061)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "A Difficult Story So Well Told"
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    Such a good book ! Written and narrated beautifully by Alan Cumming, Scottish brogue and all -- a forthright, heartfelt sharing of his life as the son of an angry, abusive father and a loving mother. Family mysteries come to light, and are painfully and slowly exposed. When he is a featured guest on "Who Do You Think You Are" in 2010, information and answers to the mysteries evolve. This is Alan and his brother's journey, with surprises along the way, as they grow to understand their father and their maternal grandfather, to find peace with difficult, failed, and lost relationships. And, untimately, to honor their grandfather by fundraising for current soldiers of war and traveling to his final resting place, at their abusive father's expense. Very well told, alternating chapters between childhood and the present day.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Linda Lavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Sweet, Nostalgic"
    "An Awesome Story - Audio Brought It To Life"
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    Addy Baum, 85 year old "Boston Girl," tells the story of her life to her granddaughter, with wit, reflection, and the comfortable honesty that skipping a generation in a relationship can bring out. The story opens with Addy's family. Jewish immigrants, living in The North End, Boston in the early 1900's. Local and world history and the Boston setting were richly woven into the telling of her story along with those of family, friends, co-workers. Kept me engaged from start to finish.. Linda Lavin was the perfect narrator as Addy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (13815)
    Performance
    (11351)
    Story
    (11313)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "SUCH a good book !"
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    I LOVED listening to this book. I'm in the age range of Amy's parents, never watched SNL much, have watched Parks and Recreation. Amy is thoughtful, funny, honest, reflective -- so real, someone who'd be a great friend. Her guests who share comments/read sections only add to the enjoyable narration. Maybe I'll listen to the book again - it's very possible !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marja Mills
    • Narrated By Amy Lynn Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is one of the best-loved novels of the 20th century. But for the last 50 years, the novel's celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills.

    Richard says: "Story has nothing new to say about Harper Lee"
    "Sensitive, nonjudgemental, well written"
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    Well narrated, interestingly written. Journalist, Marya Mills respectfully, with humor and affection, shares her observations and the stories she gleans from Nell Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Nell's older sister, Alice -- in their 70's & 90's, respectively, when Mills meets and develops a close friendship with them. It is with their blessing that she documents their stories as well as those shared by friends and others from their Alabama hometown, with the intent that Harper Lee's life is truthfully told.

    I'm now going to read To Kill a Mockingbird again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stoner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Williams
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (566)

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

    Anton says: "A story of sadness and serenity"
    "Worth reading"
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    I started this book with doubt -- from description and reviews it sounded underwhelming; and it was banal for the first part of the book. While on the one hand Stoner seems to let life happen to him rather than at least making people and circumstances meet him halfway; he does make decisions that sometimes improve his life, that reflect his principles, that are sensitive to those arround him, that keep life on an even keel which seems to be his preference. In the grand scheme of things, his life did not leave much of a mark, but then, isn't that true for the majority. For at least the last half of the book, I was drawn to listening to the book whenever I could.

    The writing is exquisite and crisp. Stoner's inner thoughts, reactions, wishes, emotions were insightful and felt so real.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cristina Henríquez
    • Narrated By Various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Book of Re-Opening my Heart"
    "Well worth reading !"
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    Well written. Loved this book; loved the several narrators for the different characters. Spanish immigrants from from several western hemisphere countries come to Wilmington, Delaware and their stories unfold. Their dreams, feelings, goals were like anyone's so that ethnicity and education seemed irrelevant. I could "see" and feel their challenges of being immigrants,their hesitations and questions as they learned about a new country and culture, their successes & failures & frustrations & love & anger & despair. All of this is wrapped in the stories of 2 families who meet in their housing complex, of the son, Mayor, who befriend's the other family's teenage daughter who suffered brain damage after an accident, of the paths their lives take as half truths, events untold, and miscommunications lead to innocent and unintended outcomes.
    The author includes immigrants from several Spanish speaking countries-- some for only a chapter -- as a way to share the differences in origins and what it is like to be looked at "as all the same," with, in this case, Americans not trying to get to know and see each person as an individual. Personally, it put a possible identity to the person who delivers our newspaper every morning of the year. This is Maribel's story, too -- of her parents' love and concern since the accident that handicaps their seeing her as she now is and can be; of Mayor's acceptance and caring for who she is now, and the growth that this relationship fosters. Everyone gains insight, but not without cost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14744)
    Performance
    (13431)
    Story
    (13506)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Insightful and very well written"
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    3 1/2 stars, thus gave it a 4. Insightful, sensitive novel,told through teenager, Hazel, as she deals with incurable cancer, manages friendships and family relationships , falls in love, suffers what major and incurable diseases bring to her and those she loves. Hazel is a bright young woman who brings humor and perspective to those she's with, including an author she and her boyfriend travel to Europe to meet and find to be bitter and mean. The author treats all of the characters with respect and understanding of their perspectives, needs, and feelings. Interesting interview with the author at the end of the audio version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By Myself and Then Some

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lauren Bacall
    • Narrated By Lauren Bacall
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart, she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

    LB in Dallas says: "She has such a great voice! A great Listen."
    "Wish it had been unabridged"
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    Narrated with an engaging, friendly, bits of humor delivery by Ms. Bacall. Respectful of others, she shares what she admires and loves about others to the extent that they are part of her story. She tells of her humble beginnings in NYC, her loving & supportive mother, of following her passion for acting, traveling widely, meeting and working with what seems all of the greats in theater and movies over her lifetime, losing the love of her life too soon, loving being the mother of 3 children and a friend to many. The forthright style is who she is, I think, but I'm wondering if the nonabridged version might have felt less succinct -- thus the 3 rather than 4 stars for this version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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