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Corpus Christi, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

  • 10 reviews
  • 131 ratings
  • 346 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • A Gate at the Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lorrie Moore
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In her dazzling new novel--her first in more than a decade--Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love.

    Wendy says: "Great Writing - Not Great Book"
    "Narrator's voice is fingernails on chalkboard"

    I am 3 CDs into the book and must give up. The piercing, screechy voice stabs ice picks through my ear drums. I will just need to read the book because I cannot stand to listen to another minute of this narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Homer & Langley

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World's Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work. Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers - the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War.

    Kris says: "Good On So Many Levels"
    "Loved the book and the performance."

    If you are looking for a lot of action, this is not the book for you. However, if you enjoy insightful character analyes and touching stories, this is your book. Doctorow and Morey humanize these quirky Collyer fellows in a great way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Excellent story and history lesson"

    Excellent story and history lesson. Engrossing characters.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Will Save Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By A. M. Homes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard Novak is a modern-day Everyman, a middle-aged divorce trading stocks out of his home. He has done such a good job getting his life under control that he needs no one, except his trainer, nutritionist, and housekeeper. He is functionally dead and doesn't even notice until two incidents (an attack of intense pain that lands him in the emergency room and the discovery of an expanding sinkhole outside his house) conspire to hurl him back into the world.

    Patrick OBrien says: "Fun entertaining read/listen"
    "really will save your life"

    This book shows you how to get your own life back by giving of yourself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Home at the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Blair Brown, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael Cunningham's celebrated novel is the story of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child.

    David says: "Great book, excellent recording."
    "ended too soon"

    I loved these characters. They draw the listener in and they become real. Cunningham received raves for The Hours, but this story and these characters are much more accessible and endearing.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"
    "Says nothing"

    I don't believe we needed this author to point out that first impressions are sometimes correct. I was hoping for something more practical - how to capitalize on those sudden moments of insight would have been good. Save your money.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Wonderful narrators"

    The full cast with their distinctive voices really add to this book. It's a complex book, but definitely worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Julia Gibson, Jim Jenner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jodi Picoult, the New York Times best-selling author of Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper, is a master at crafting powerful stories that are filled with suspense. In Vanishing Acts this acclaimed author delivers the gripping tale of a woman caught between her forgotten past and her uncertain future.

    Cindy Carson says: "One of the Best!"
    "Loved it"

    My Sister's Keeper is still my favorite from this author, but Vanishing Acts is a close second. The characters are realistic, and the plot is engrossing and thought provoking. The full cast reading is a huge bonus too -- far superior to one reader attempting voice variation to represent different characters.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "similes like a pillow over my head"

    I had great hopes for this title because I enjoyed Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper" so much. I've not been able to finish listening because of the over use of figurative language that bogs down the story(memories that rise like mermaids from the ocean, fear like crows on a highline wire, etc.). The plot and characters seem interesting, but unless you're willing to hear every event and emotion related figuratively, pass on this title. I'm not kidding. Some sentences have 2 or 3 similes or metaphors to express a single thought or event. After the first 100 or so similes, each additional one felt like a firecracker exploding in my head and my jaw tightened like a vice and my teeth ground together like grindstones pulverizing the last of the season's wheat crop. Sorry. You get the point.

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Though provoking, engrossing"

    This book raises compelling questions of medical ethics mixed with the challenges of parenting. The characters could be the people next door, complex and very real.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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