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Kerry

Takoma Park MD | Member Since 2007

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 330 titles in library
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  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Martin Short
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (862)

    Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Ty Brady says: "This is what audio books were made for!"
    "Great show-biz bio"
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    I have always loved Martin Short...and share his fascination with old-time showbiz. Hearing him do his own characters, as well as imitate those who pop up in the book, is a real treat. Lots of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frances and Bernard

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Carlene Bauer
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil, Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    Bernard Elliot, a poet, and Frances Reardon, a fiction writer, meet at a writers' colony during the summer of 1957 and begin a friendship and correspondence. Bernard, well-born and Harvard-educated, is gregarious, reckless, and passionate; Frances, the precocious daughter of a middle-class Irish family, is circumspect, wry, and more than a little judgmental. What starts as an exploration of faith eventually becomes a romance, a development complicated by Bernard's fall into manic depression and Frances' struggle to decide whether she is strong enough to weather the illness with him for the long term.

    Margaret says: "Satisfying"
    "Intriguing, surprising"
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    I did not know when I listened that the book was somewhat based on the poet Robert Lowell and the writer Flannery O'Connor...but it also diverged quite a bit from their lives (O'Connor was certainly not a Philadelphian). I found the story-told-in-letters technique engaging and the story went in ways that I didn't expect. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
    • Narrated By Maria Cabezas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

    Courtney says: "A True House of Horrors!"
    "Hard to take"
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    Not an easy book to read, due to what she endured both before and after her kidnapping. I came away admiring her very much. Hope that she is doing well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Euphoria: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lily King
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (540)

    English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

    David says: "Anthropologists in Love"
    "Intriguing plot, great writing"
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    I didn't know when I listened to this that the characters were based on Margaret Mead, one of her husbands, and a colleague. I'm glad, because I could imagine them without models. Really enjoyed the depiction of Papua New Guinea long ago and the anthropologists' life. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
    • Narrated By Corey Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
    "Decent show-biz bio"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Really amazing how this kid was raised and the dearth of emotional ties with his family. He must have had talent; he got a lot of work. Great mimic of Michael Jackson and others in his life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1263)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Relentlessly depressing and without depth"
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    A very minimalist family drama; the characters are very ordinary. No emotional progress is made until the very end. I didn't find it worth the wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rielle Hunter
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    In What Really Happened, Rielle Hunter offers an extremely personal account of her relationship with John Edwards: the facts of how they actually met; how their accidental love started and escalated; what it was like to fall in love with a married man who decided to run for president; the surprise of becoming pregnant during the campaign; how the affair became public; the extensive coverup, and finally, what happened in the years after Edwards publicly admitted to being the father of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

    Shopper24 says: "Your jaw will drop! You'll puke in horror!"
    "What a character..."
    Overall
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    I know most people would be disgusted by this story--and so am I, of course (cough)--but I found it fascinating for a particular reason. I was a huge fan of "The Story of My Life" by Jay McInerney in the 1990s, which we found out later (as the John Edwards story broke) was based on Rielle Hunter in her 20s. What's amazing is how (apparently) true that novel was to her character, and to top it off, the narrator absolutely nails it. About 60% of the book is a mundane listing of the hotels they stayed at, the restaurants they ate at, and what they ate....but I also thoroughly enjoyed all that. Not for everyone, but for those of us with a sick fascination for people who can rationalize and justify just about any behavior...it's a guilty pleasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (457)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Premise is fascinating"
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    The premise of the book--time out of whack, living day for night and night for day, and "Circadia"--really stuck with me. I liked the narrator, and the narration, but sometimes wished I could hear another (more mature) perspective.

    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
    (29359)
    Performance
    (25904)
    Story
    (25975)

    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!"
    "Wonderfully horrible characters"
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    I really enjoyed the characters, who are completely unlikable people but very enjoyable in their interplay. Wonderful plot that kept unfolding. Miss it now that I'm done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Precious

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

    J. S. says: "A True Dose of Reality . . ."
    "Fantastic narration"
    Overall

    As soon as I listed to the sample I knew I had to download this. The narrator is stunningly talented and the book is gripping. Highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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