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Mary

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  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1459)
    Story
    (1466)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Very readable, but sad."
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    What did you love best about Heft?

    The characters were really fleshed out and real, but so melancholy. So many missed opportunities for each of them. They could have changed each other's lives but didn't have the courage.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was interested enough in what was going to happen next that I was drawn back to listen when I had other things to do. But I wished someone got their happiness in the end.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (1131)
    Story
    (1121)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "This one will stay with me"
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    I thought I already knew Scientology having watched TV programs about it and read a few articles. But it is far more sinister than I realized. I was glued to this audiobook. The story was layed out beautifully and the picture painted is shocking. I watched a documentary obout the Catholic church covering up for pediphile priests at the same time I was listening to this book and I was struck by the similarity, organized religions so corrupt and dangerous. It is so important in this life to be an imdependent thinker and not look fopr some group to validate your existence because soon they will be doing just the opposite.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anya Seton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets - Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II - who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine.

    Patricia says: "Wonderful the 2nd time around, forty years later!"
    "Made me feel like a love struck teenager"
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    I read this book when I was 15 and then read it again and again and again. I was curious if it would have the same effect on me 40 years later and it did! I was glued to the story, though I knew it by heart, rooting for Katherine, John and the children. And fascinated by what life was like back then. And strangely enough, I am not otherwise a fan of historical fiction. This is a rare gem, to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1388)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "I couldn't finish it."
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    I have loved every book by Barbara Kingsolver, but I was half way through this one still waiting to love it. I couldn't stand the main character and her endless whining about her life. It all seemed to trite. And the names of the characters were so absurd it made me feel like the author was making fun of the poor, that they would name their children such stupid things. I just felt angry listening to the book and not at the book "bad guys." Every character was either good or bad, ignorant or brilliant .One dimensional. I gave up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Dicks
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (238)

    Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.

    Taryn says: "A Brilliant Book"
    "What an imagination this writer has!"
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    I loved this book. It was so fresh. Like nothing I had read before. I was so attached to the characters, on the edge of my seat about the ending and always wondering how anyone has the imagination to think of what "life" would be like for an imaginary friend. The mark of a great book is I miss the characters now that they are gone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Natalia Payne, Louis Changchien, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (947)

    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"
    "Errors in medical information distract"
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    It was a compelling family drama but a pivitol point happening in an ICU couldn't happen. The phrase "pulling the plug" on a critically ill patient is just a figure of speech. All the equipment has battery back up built in, plus any nurse or therapist could tale over manually. It made me mistrust other "facts" legal facts and about the wolves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brady Udall
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

    FanB14 says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Can't figure out why I loved it but I did."
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    What did you love best about The Lonely Polygamist?

    The characters are all weird, The story takes some completely unexpected turns. But for some reason, I loved everyone and couldn't wait to see what happened tp them next. There was humor with the shocks and sadness. What an imagination this author has!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the surprise twists and turns.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have, I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    I am recommending it to everyone.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Andrea Gallo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    A sequel to the best-selling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan's intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of vists by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change.

    John S. says: "Examination of a mundane existence"
    "Lots of insights and truths about aging"
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    What did you love best about Emily, Alone?

    I identified with Emily, for better or worse, because I am getting up there myself. It seemed an accurate description of life at the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insights


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were times when it made me angry because she was a good person, but forgotten by most people. It was true to life as you get old.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if younger readers would get it, or care, but anyone approaching or living in old age would be pleased to read about an everyday woman at this stage of life who is not boring or feeling sorry for herself but speaking the truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5784)
    Performance
    (3716)
    Story
    (3729)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Beautifully written, great story, full of insights"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    My goodness, there were so many. The whole book was memorable with characters to love and root for, a difficult story and lessons learned as seen through the eyes of a dog. I thought that aspect who be weird but it wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I was sad when it ended. I felt like I knew the characters and would miss them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Memory of Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Russell Banks
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Suspended in a strangely modern-day version of limbo, the young man at the center of Russell Banks’s uncompromising and morally complex new novel must create a life for himself in the wake of incarceration. Known in his new identity only as the Kid, and on probation after doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, he is shackled to a GPS monitoring device and forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. With nowhere else to go, the Kid takes up residence under a south Florida causeway, in a makeshift encampment with other convicted sex offenders.

    Ellen says: "Amazing "Must Read" Tale of (In)Justice in America"
    "Beautifully written, changed my point of view."
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    Would you listen to Lost Memory of Skin again? Why?

    I never listen to the same book twice but I could see making an exception. This is the kind of book that a book club should read and then REALLY talk about it. Russell Banks is so good at showing you the heart of someone whose heart you didn't think you wanted to see. Until you did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, THE KID, of course.


    What about Scott Shepherd’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of it, subtle changes for different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was great as far as making you rethink your opinions, but it was also full of mystery, trying to figure out who the PROFFESSOR really was and what motivated him. I think it was right up there with RULE OF THE BONE, one of Bank's earlier books that I have given as a gift a dozen times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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