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Fran

franlrc

Northridge, CA USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Open House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Berg
    • Narrated By Becky Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In this superb novel - an Oprah Book Club selection - a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house to strangers and her heart to the simple miracle of possibility.

    Iris says: "Open House"
    "Witty and Resourceful Survivor"
    Overall

    Samantha, the main character, goes through a metamorphasis with grace and humor, from pampered housewife to resourceful survivor. There were a lot of funny moments and absolutely no whinning or complaining even though this woman's husband of many years walked out without any warning and left her financially as well as emotionally strapped. Instead, she rebuilt her life bit by bit and opened herself as well as her home to new people. It was a fun read and the narrator was a good match for the tone of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shanghai Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By S. J. Rozan
    • Narrated By Samantha Quann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    In Shanghai, excavation has unearthed a cache of European jewelry dating back to World War II. The jewelry was immediately stolen by a Chinese official who fled to New York City. Hired by a lawyer specializing in the recovery of Holocaust assets, Chin and Pilarsky are to find any and all leads to the missing jewels. But Lydia soon learns that there is much more to the story than they've been told.

    Kathryn says: "Don't pass up this one!"
    "Plot Twists and Rich History"
    Overall

    I thought this was Rozan's best book ever. Worth waiting for. The narrator was very good except she has a few problems with pronunciation of a couple of not very obscure Yiddish words.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Up Till Now: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Shatner, David Fisher
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    After almost 60 years as an actor, William Shatner has become one of the most beloved entertainers in the world. It seems that Shatner is everywhere, and he was recently elected to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. In this touching and funny autobiography, he reveals the man behind his career, and explains how he's become the worldwide star and experienced actor he is today.

    William says: "Very enjoyable"
    "As Funny and Entertaining as You'd Expect"
    Overall

    Also pretty honest, Shatner hides little including the people who didn't like him and why. It's not deep but there's a lot of meat, including a lot of detail about the making of the shows and movies we love. If you liked the character he played in Boston Legal, you'll enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life So Far, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Fonda
    • Narrated By Jane Fonda
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

    Pamela says: "Plainly speaking Jane"
    "Honest, Probing, Funny, and Beautifully Written"
    Overall

    Ms. Fonda makes no excuses for herself whatsoever as she examines her early life, adult relationships, her career, her politics, her mistakes, and her soul. Her humor and humility shine through. This book is intelligent, literate and very well-written with vivid descriptions of things that border on the poetic. The anecdotes about Katherine Hepburn, Tom Hayden, Ted Turner and her father, Henry Fonda, bring them to life. There is nothing trivial or gossipy in this book. It a sheer pleasure to hear Ms. Fonda read it herself, demonstrating her talent while she bares her soul. If the ratings of this book continue to average below a 4, clearly some people who have not read it, are voting solely on a 30-plus years old grudge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • England, England: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Judy Geeson
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The sun always shines over England, England! With remarkable wit, acclaimed novelist Julian Barnes tells the story of an egotistical mogul and his vision of recreating all of England's attractions in one place. Now visitors can conveniently site-see everything from the Tower of London to Stonehenge in a single weekend. But what happens when fantasy and reality begin to blur?

    Sarah says: "Amusing and very familiar!"
    "Not for the Average Yank"
    Overall

    Unless you're a complete Anglophile, knowlegeable with Brittish slang, colloquialism, geography, culture, and comedic nuance, you will have a difficult time getting into this story. Half the time, I had no idea what they were talking about and I consider myself to be well above the literacy line. I could not force myself to hear more than two hours worth and that's rare for me since I love audiobooks. I found the narration one-dimensional and the voice of the narrator seemed to be a monotone.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5702)
    Performance
    (1917)
    Story
    (1935)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "A Masterpiece Exceptionally Narrated"
    Overall

    I did not want this to end, even though I wanted to know the fate of the main character. Not only was this book funny and touching, with vivid portrayals of all characters, but the historical and cultural backdrop in which the characters moved gave the book much depth and resonance. Having lived through some of the years portrayed in the book, I can vouch for the accuracy of the way that many events portrayed. It almost seemed as if I was reading an autobiography instead of fiction. There was nothing artificial or out of place. The dialogue was real; not a single instance of a wrong note or an anachronism. The narrator was incredible; I could not believe that there wasn't a cast of actors instead of one person. His narration enhanced the story and added much to the humorous portrayals. My only complaint, and that may be my fault, is that I never understood why the main character's brother was named "Chapter 11". I must have missed that detail while changing lanes. Enjoy! Oopah!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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