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Joyce

Montrose, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "This book delivers an intriguing, satisfying read!"
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    As you are introduced to the characters in this book they became real and you start to pull for their success. The three women are each memorable in their own way but then so are the men. I found the ethereal characters who also inhabit the pages of this book to be endearing as well.

    It is intriguing that a male author delivers such a funny, touching novel that honestly deals with the universal types of challenges and twists that women face. I would love to hear him explain how he developed the characters and fine-tuned his plot line.

    He delivers a story that depicts both the pain and humor of lives fully lived. It was an absorbing and delightful read. The narration was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7236)
    Performance
    (6343)
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    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "Wonderfully written and performed!"
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    One of my favorite books of this past year. It showcased the humanity of both sides as well as the tragic consequences of war! I'll recommend it to my book club for sure. No happily ever after - but touching reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6086)
    Performance
    (5166)
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    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "A Must read for Follett and History fans!"
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    This was a great read and an educational experience as well.

    The narrator, John Lee does a superb job always

    I’ll gladly read this book again when I have another 32 hours to devote to it. You don't want to miss any of the story and characters. I will recommend it to my book club.

    I have read all of Ken Follett’s latest books (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and Fall of Giants) and they are all epic, educational and wonderful. I can't think of anyone else who writes on this scale and keeps you totally immersed and totally entertained. I was a history major in college, yet I have learned so much with each of these reading experiences. Winter of the World covers pretty much the expanse of time I have been alive through WWII, and I still discovered things I didn’t know.

    The depiction of multiple atrocities committed by soldiers and fellow citizens in the guise of love of country were chilling. It makes the point that it can happen anywhere, and we can never take our freedom and liberties for granted. I especially enjoyed the dialogue Valodja and Zoya had while discussing the Sears Catalog he brought back from America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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