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Sherrie

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  • 23 reviews
  • 141 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Nick Pauling, Jessica Almasy, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Dancer is the erotically charged story of the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev as told through the cast of those who knew him: there is Anna Vasileva, Rudi's first ballet teacher, who rescues her protege from the stunted life of his provincial town; Yulia, whose sexual and artistic ambitions are thwarted by her Soviet-sanctioned marriage; and Victor, the Venezuelan street hustler, who reveals the lurid underside of the gay celebrity set.

    Chrissie says: "Amazing prose and narration"
    "Loved It"
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    I love listening to McCann's books. His words are a visual delight and listening to them is an absolute treat. The book is not light but it is wonderful. If you want to sit and listen to something that will transport you to another world this book is for you. The narrators were fantastic and I loved how they masterfully wove together the different characters. McCann does not hold his punches when it comes to his characters but the end result felt like I was able to peek into a life and how it is seen not just by the person living it, but by those around them as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Moments That Did Not Add Up To Greatness"
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    This novel could potentially have worked if this had been book four and not book three. I did laugh out loud a couple of times. I really really really wanted to love this book. I was even willing to look past the horrific aspect of a book without Mark. In the end I just could not. Too much was glossed over between book 2 and book 3 and I felt this book was struggling to give us the old magic while at the same time struggling to recreate the magic with new love interests.

    Bond was also a poor choice for Bridget. She would have been fine if Bridget had been in her 80's rather than 50's. I gave her three stars as she was a decent narrator, just way older sounding. (Except for the voices she used for the children, which made me wince each and every time).

    I am glad I read it, even if it was to experience the disappointment first hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love with a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Torre DeRoche
    • Narrated By Candice Moll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    City girl Torre DeRoche isn’t looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He’s just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that’s as exhilarating as it is terrifying.

    Sherrie says: "Great Fun & A Fantastic Adventure"
    "Great Fun & A Fantastic Adventure"
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    I loved this book! As I'm thinking about taking up sailing I decided to do a search for good books on sailing. What I loved about the description on this book was that unlike all the others Torre was not keen on the idea at all. As someone who is also being told by her partner how great sailing is I was ecstatic to find a book written by someone who was coming at the whole adventure from my viewpoint: sailing is scary and so is the ocean!

    The book is laugh out loud funny while at the same time giving an honest account of both the highs and lows of travel, sailing and doing so with your partner.

    I can only highly recommend this book for anyone interested in sailing or long term adventure with your partner! (Be that of the armchair or actual variety!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (917)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "If You Enjoy YA Fiction You Will Enjoy This"
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    I really enjoyed this book. There were times when I cringed at some of the word choices (like she was vulnerable and invincible at the same time), but the plot hooked me and it was a fun book overall. It is young adult fiction, Lu does not go into details sometimes, but neither should she. She was not writing for an adult audience. The book may not change your world, but it will make for an entertaining 8 hours or so.

    I was disappointed by the narration though. Most of the time I found Stern and Kaplan to be fine for Day and June. Although there were a couple of points where the only thing they did to bring across emotion was to speak louder - completely flat, but loud. But their portrayal of some of the adult characters made me glad that the book is mostly done in June and Day's voices.

    I liked it enough to want to read (or even listen) to the next book in the series, although it will not be entering my fav books of all time list (YA or otherwise).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2271)
    Performance
    (2036)
    Story
    (2035)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "I Should Have Read Rather Than Listened"
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    The book is great fun, so much so that I did not give up early thanks to the narrator's characterization of Bee. I had heard so many great things that I did not preview the sample and just bought it. The narrator does a great job giving each character a distinct voice, but every time Bee came on I wanted to scream. And Bee comes on a lot. However like others, I was blown away by Wilhoite's singing, My recommendation is try the sample. Bee's voice is always high pitched and annoying, not just when she is dancing around because she is getting what she wants for graduation. If you can handle it I do not think you will be disappointed in the audio version of the book. If you are then buy this one to read. Because it is a great story worth discovering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's Eating You?: People and Parasites

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eugene H. Kaplan
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (67)

    In What's Eating You? Eugene Kaplan recounts the true and harrowing tales of his adventures with parasites, and in the process introduces readers to the intimately interwoven lives of host and parasite.

    Karin W. says: "Squirm-inducing, horribly fascinating stories"
    "Fun & Quirky"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Both the author and the writer seemed to be truly passionate about the topic of parasites and I loved that style. That is the reason I gave them 5 stars overall despite agreeing with one reviewer who stated that it would appear the professor was stuck in the 50's. There were a couple of comments that walked the sexist line, but it was not blatant enough to turn me off from the book.

    The book is for anyone who has ever traveled and wondered what you could have picked up. I don't recommend it for anyone who finds themselves with the symptoms they read about.

    In the end this book is not going to help you pass any Biology exams, but if you're looking for a quirky entertaining and still educating read, try this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ronin's Mistress: A Novel of Feudal Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Joh Rowland
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge—but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason they should not immediately be ordered to commit ritual suicide? Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his old post as Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has mere days to solve the greatest mystery of samurai legend—while his own fortunes hang in the balance.

    Sherrie says: "A Great Listen"
    "A Great Listen"
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    I thought this book was great, I was a little apprehensive as it is the first book in the series that I have listened to (or read) and I was not sure if I was going to jump into the middle of a story. But you do not need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. Any details you need are quickly filled in, and the story is stand alone for the most part. Anyone who has an interest in the 47 Ronin will enjoy this book. I found the narrator to be mostly excellent, although there were one or two voices I cringed at. Otherwise I would have given her 5 instead of 4 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11394)
    Performance
    (9092)
    Story
    (9199)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "It Took Awhile To Get Going"
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    I ended up loving this book, but if it was not for the glowing reviews I am not overly sure I would have made it past the first 2 - 3 hours. After they were over I was sucked into the story, and I listened in 3 days to 15 hours. It took me a week to get through the first 3 hours and I almost gave up. It is true there is a lot of background story, and at times it does wander, but once the story gets to the university the backstory is great and you understand the character. The problem is that it takes so long to get there that many may give up too soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15786)
    Performance
    (14002)
    Story
    (14040)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Perfection!"
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    I loved this book. The writing, the pacing and the narrators were as close to perfect as humanly possible. I did not want to stop listening, I devoured it in about 3 days. This is one book worth the hype!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (425)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    Melinda says: "A Little Prickly--But Yummy"
    "I Loved This Book"
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    Although at first I felt that the book would have been better with a professional narrator, by the end of the book I was glad that Hamilton had done it herself. She does an adequate job at first and an excellent one by the end. What I particularity loved about this book was that I felt like I was drawn into a person's life - the good, the bad and the ugly. Hamilton can write, and once she has you she does not let you go. Food dominates, but it is tied up with love, work, community and commitment. There is no part of her life that Hamilton shies away from and the result is a book that is brutally honest and just plain wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (915)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "Always Interesting To Read or Listen To Him"
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    If you like Gladwell you will enjoy this collection. My only real complaint is that although Gladwell did an adequate job narrating the collection, it was not superior. I found myself enjoying the narrator from his articles on the New Yorker much more and often comparing the two in my head. Still, that is not enough to keep me from recommending the book or having enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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