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Elizabeth L. Clark

Libby Clark

Bowie, Md | Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 649 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • On the Come Up

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hannah Weyer
    • Narrated By Yolonda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Written in an urban vernacular that’s electrifying and intimate, On the Come Up introduces a heroine whose voice is irrepressible, dynamic, and unstintingly honest. Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a school for pregnant teens, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she’s due to give birth - she lands a lead role.

    Suzn F says: "Modern Relevant Inner-City Coming of Age Story"
    "Too bad. This book could have been a classic"

    Much like the movie, 'Our Song', that was it's inspiration, this book starts out with great promise but then meanders to an unsatisfying ending. The last chapter was frenetic, with the author focusing on all the chaotic personal relationships of the main character sacrificing a cohesive story. The plot falls apart, leaving the ending in shambles. The inspiring story of AnnMarie deserved a more deft hand at concluding the reader's journey with such a complex character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Mind numbingly boring; I want my credit back!"

    I don't read romance novels because I simply don't enjoy them. So when I get one disguised as a suspense novel, I feel cheated and very annoyed. The lovesick character's illogical actions and the never ending passages professing his undying love had me skipping through the whole book until the last hour when I just couldn't take it any more and deleted the audio off my iphone. I had zero interest in finding out whodunnit and why.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "Narrator made boring story unbearable"

    1. Listen to the book at 1.5 times normal speed if you have any hope of being able to tolerate the narrator's abnormally slow paced reading and odd pauses mid sentence.
    2. Lower your expectations for any type of suspense, drama or originality in the plot. "Twists and turns" are clumsily telegraphed way before the story catches up.
    3. Prepare to hate the protagonist. You will wish for his capture or torturous death. Or both.
    4. Seriously question Audible's recommendations from now on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Yes, it is obvious this book is decades old."

    The best thing about this book? The narration, pure, plain and simple. The way Will Patton bends the timbre of his voice around the words of the story almost steals your attention away from the novel. The overall story is also excellent. Well paced with just the right amount of tension, poignant moments and even romance; it was a very easy listen. In today's world of terrorist suicide bombs and chemical/germ warfare, the Russian Nuclear Threat storyline seems almost quaint.

    The only real issue I had with this book and why I say it is very obvious it was written in the 50s is the role the Henry family plays in the story. As the only black family represented in the book, they are viewed in an extremely paternalistic way by the main character. Also, their only reason for existing seems to be to provide for the main character and his adopted family. In a world suddenly plunged into starvation and deprivation , water, chickens, hogs, vegetables and even a life is given by/taken from the Henrys to accommodate Randy Bragg. He seems to expect these sacrifices as his due.

    Still, overall, this book is definitely a riveting listen that I would recommend with no reservation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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