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Virginia

"Listening with my other ear"

Member Since 2015

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  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (944)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Wonderfully done"
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    Would you listen to My Mother Was Nuts again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again! I have to agree with the reviewer that said the beginning of the book felt a little rushed over and after reading the reviews of how great this was I began to hope I wouldn't end up regretting the purchase ( I didn't). Although the writing may not be Shakespeare and Penny's reading may seem a little elementary at first, I cant stress more, you need to be patient. Once she hits her stride, I actually found myself laughing out loud. The emotional way she speaks of her momma's death made Me cry along with her. She honestly brings you along for the ride, no holds barred. The book wouldn't have been as great if I read it for myself. The memories are enough for me alone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penny and the whole cast of characters.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    Her accent, the emotion she gives you.


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

    Yes, She honestly brings you along for the ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Just so as not shock the listener, there is a bit of coarse language and drug reference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (428)

    Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

    Joel says: "Haven't We Heard All of This Before?"
    "Makes Me Hungry"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a stupid fun perspective on food. Jim Gaffigan makes me laugh no matter what he is talking about. He takes us around the country to all the little dive restaurants the locals eat at while introducing us to all the regions most traditional dishes. There are things here about food I just took for granted. Things I never knew, never wanted to know, and still wish I didn't know:-) . To all you Kale-eating-vegetarian-gluten free nuts YOU"LL LOVE THIS ONE. Us meat eaters just devoured it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1665)

    A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

    Charles says: "Fantastic: 2.0"
    "Off to Atlantis....to be the Wizard!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Once again Luke Daniels knocks the narration out of the park. The writing quality of Scott Meyer is consistent with Off to be the Wizard, but I guess to me the story was lacking. I'm not really sure why I didn't care for this one as much as I loved the first book, I just didn't. Maybe it was the unneeded intimacy between some of the characters. I love a good love story and I wouldn't have minded here so much, but because of the narration and the last book I guess I just pictured the characters differently. But, on the other hand I love Mr.Meyer's writing and the way he thinks and I hope the next book in this series is as good as the first. But honestly it doesn't matter what I think because, my seventeen year-old son adores these books. He loves the computer jargon and the old video game reference ( some I missed ). We read them in our home school literature class along side the classic we have been reading and I have never seen him devour a book like he did these. He even went out and is buying an old Commodore computer. So, for those reasons I give this one, four stars anytime you find books that start a kids love of reading books or listening, I Say Kudos Sir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2986)
    Performance
    (2785)
    Story
    (2793)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "So That's What Really Happened!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this audio book. I think Luke Daniels's narrating was so good that I swear it sounded like ten different people. He is an incredible reader and I laughed all the way through it. I love time travel books and this is a really good one. I read a few reviewers that panned the story, one said that if you had the power to travel through time why not change things. Not to give away any of the story and create a spoiler, but apparently that review either didn't listen closely enough or they just didn't understand the story. Scott Meyer doesn't take himself too serious and I really appreciate that. The story is intelligent, funny and complete with no loose ends. If you are into this genre and you want to take a few hours ride back in time to the dark ages and have a good laugh, then you must down load this book. I would love to see the movie. For those who care, there is no bad language at all, and nothing you will feel the need to fast forward through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (510)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "I would like to read the corrected Corrections"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Franzen and/or George Guidall?

    I am not sure if I will ever listen to or read another Franzen work, but we shouldn't say never


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Franzen before, how does this one compare?

    nope


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I love Mr. Guidall's work, usually, and here as the voice of the older couple he is great (and even the younger men), but I just didn't care for his voice for the women. It was hard for me also because their are no chapter breaks in the audio book and because of this and the fact that Mr Guidall's voice really didn't show the changes, it was often confusing.


    Was The Corrections worth the listening time?

    eh


    Any additional comments?

    I think this gentleman is an incredible writer, but sometimes that isn't enough. I really hated the characters and everything about them, I would have loved just one person in which I could relate, but this whole family is perverted and sad! There wasn't one I rooted for except maybe the young book reader. I don't mind a few scenes of passion or whatever you would like to call them,or characters that are harsh with their language if the characters stay true to their form. But, good lord, I finally found myself saying out loud, "COME ON", "Geesh", Get A Room! When a writer is an incredible word smith but is self indulgent, for me, this can makes for a awkward read. Some things are better left to the reader's imagination. This kind of writing, to me, is like the gratuitously made movies in Hollywood today. A little go a long way. And that's my two cents worth

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (2227)
    Story
    (2243)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "It's like butter!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Sissy Spacek has always been one of my favorites and To Kill A Mockingbird one of my favorite books, and this combination of reader and author is a match made in heaven. Mrs. Spacek doesn't self-indulge,or act as though she is trying to win an award. She doesn't have false voices; except for a few accent she doesn't change her voice at all. She just effortlessly slips in and out of the characters,and by being a true actress, a great actress, she takes you on a journey of life set in the 1930's and 40's in everywhere small town-America, a journey of innocence,adventure, love, hate, prejudiced and even murder, through the eyes of a preteen adolescent.The book, itself is absolutely amazing, Harper Lee is wonderful writer she is able to transport you easily and believably to another era and is able to teach lessons in a way that isn't preachy but you know in your heart what she is saying. I honestly couldn't stop listening, It felt like my Grandma was telling me a story from her childhood. Do yourself a favor and listen to this one. Just lean back, relax and enjoy. It's like butter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Typist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Suzanne Rindell
    • Narrated By Gretchen Mol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies.

    Pamela says: "Intriguing, Original Story"
    "Proactively Picturesque Writing, Great twist"
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    What did you love best about The Other Typist?

    The setting and the on the edge of your seat-because you THINK you know what is coming up, writing.


    What other book might you compare The Other Typist to and why?

    The Great Gatsby or the old detective dramas of the 60's. I would mention others but it would mess up the ending.


    What does Gretchen Mol bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She did a fine job.


    If you could take any character from The Other Typist out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I wouldn't trust any of them. Maybe Rose just to interrogate he.


    Any additional comments?

    Some may not like or get the ending of this book, but you will be talking about and debating it for days after you are finished. Then, you will listen to it again. Bring on the movie is all I can say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wuthering Heights

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Emily Bronte
    • Narrated By Emma Messenger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    Famous, all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them. Today considered a classic of English literature, Wuthering Heights was met with mixed reviews when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty.

    Christoph Marti says: "Five stars for the wonderful Emma Messenger"
    "Oh The Language!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have been on a classic book kick lately. I LOVE the language, the rhythm, and the detail to event, the thought process, intelligence, and above all; I love never having to worry about the gratuitous vulgar language. Yes, today's culture has evolved and the language has changed, but the classic struggled to love and to be love hasn't changed at all. Of course this is a classic for the ages and most know the story even if only through legends, but while reading "Wuthering Heights" keep in mind the day and time it was written. Women were seen almost as property, as well as the children, and the struggle to find and true love was ridiculously hard and really considered trivial. Emily Brontë's writing compels us to pity, loathe, and cry for these characters. I for one love this book, sometimes the narrative is hard to understand because the language is so different, but who care listen twice. The more I read these classic stories the more I can see how much of today's so-called original works were influenced. So now it is on to the next classic.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9861)
    Performance
    (7855)
    Story
    (7892)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Life Changing!"
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    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The Characters.


    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    The Hiding Place


    What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His passion for the characters and the emotions he gives them.


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

    absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Some books you read (listen to) and you are changed. Something changes you, maybe you see yourself in the characters, maybe the story. Sometimes I read a book and I am so haunted that I can't read another one without thinking of the previous book, this is that book. (I listened twice back to back.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1365)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Very VERY Unique"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this is great ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continuity of the lives.


    Have you listened to any of Fenella Woolgar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death due to the wife abuser. Anymore details will spoil the book


    Any additional comments?

    Almost everyone has wished at one time or another that he or she could change a time or event in history, may it be one of your own or a historical tragedy. But, this novel shows the good and bad that these changes could bring. This is not a book for everyone. You have to pay close attention to the small details. The changes in the plot always effect the reader more than the characters. I believe that Kate Atkinson is a genius. The intertwining of the lives is amazing. I found myself actually relieved after couple of times when the death occurred and a new life began.There was a few events that happened that I wish would had been more clearly explained, but I got it. And, I believe that is it, you either get it or you don't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2564)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1425)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Amazingly honest"
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    What made the experience of listening to On Writing the most enjoyable?

    Having it read in Stephen's own word by him.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Bag of Bones. It is hard to compare Fiction to Non-fiction.


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

    I loved how he was so honest about his addictions and the accident he was in. And when he talked about his mother I had to smile a bit because from just the few things he said I would have loved that woman.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much. It could have been longer and I certainly wouldn't have minded. I learned so much by listening to his experiences and writing technique. I suggest if you are a King fan, a writer, or just a fan of writers you really need to read or preferable listen to this one it is a winner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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