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Nancy

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  • The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    The Sweet Potato Queens like men. They like them so much that they have devoted an absolutely inordinate amount of time to the pursuit of men, marriage, and great sex. And then, when that doesn't work out, they've devoted an inordinate amount of time to divorce, getting another man, and having great sex with him instead.

    Kaeli says: "Can't live with 'em, might as well laugh"
    "This what I like about the South!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 1/4


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The encouragement to women to feel self worth and have strength to stop being a victim.


    What does Jill Conner Browne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection and speech patterns can never be fully realized on paper.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Not sure that there is just one. I read Jill Conner Browne to enjoy her twisted point of view and the creative way she describes her life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is light escapism reading. As a woman from East Texas, I identify in a many parts of the book the way I am and the way I would like to be. Sorry, Jill. Mississippi is more like Texas than you might want to admit.

    The recipes are fun, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parable of the Talents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Patricia R. Floyd, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sisi Aisha Johnson
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying depravity. Assault, theft, sexual abuse, slavery, and murder are commonplace. And a zealous, bigoted tyrant has won his way into the White House. Directly opposed is Lauren Olamina, founder of Earthseed - a new faith that teaches "God Is Change". Persecuted for "heathen" beliefs as much as for having a black female leader, Earthseed's followers face a life-and-death struggle to preserve their vision.

    David says: "Powerful, dark sequel that stands on its own"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    I kept thinking this book would get better. It didn't. Let's see -- charismatic, fundamentalist white Christians (from Texas, no less) oppress a multi-racial communal settlement in a sparcely settled part of California. Add to that, endless platitudes written by the 24-year-old founder of the commune. The platitudes sound like a caricature of '50s Beat poetry, except the Earthseed wisdom isn't nearly as profound as the worst of the Beat genre poems. The whole of premise of white a Christian fundamentalist church lawlessly "converting" the unsavory members of the population isn't credible sci-fi OR fantasy.

    Ms. Butler's characters are not developed and, for the most, unremarkable. The dialogue and journal entries that are the heart of the book reveal the main character to be shallow, self-centered, unrealistic, and worst of all, uninspiring. And the endless platitudes -- for example,"God is change. Change is God." -- get more rediculous as the book drags on. Run away quickly and save yourself from this waste of time and money.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Parade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    The New York Times best-selling author and master of the modern mystery returns with a fierce and poignant new novel featuring his acclaimed killer-for-hire, Keller. John Keller is everyone's favorite hit man. He's cool. Reliable. A real pro: the hit man's hit man. The inconvenient wife, the business partner, the retiree with a substantial legacy. He's taken care of them all, quietly and efficiently.

    Mark says: "Not as good as the original"
    "Narration Ruins the Book"
    Overall

    This book is an excellent reason why authors should not read their books. As a narrator, Mr. Block exhibits no voice modulation abilities nor is his voice particularly pleasant to listen to.

    The narration ruins this book -- I don't think that I'll be able to complete the book because it is just so difficult to figure out who is speaking.

    What a shame . . .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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