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Jim

argyle, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sissy Spacek
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    In her delightful and moving memoir, Sissy Spacek writes about her idyllic, barefoot childhood in a small East Texas town, with the clarity and wisdom that comes from never losing sight of her roots. Descended from industrious Czech immigrants and threadbare southern gentility, she grew up a tomboy, tagging along with two older brothers and absorbing grace and grit from her remarkable parents, who taught her that she could do anything.

    DCHank says: "Charming and lovable"
    "Growing up Texan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up My Extraordinary Ordinary Life in three words, what would they be?

    Fun and uplifting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The upbeat, happy tone of it.


    What about Sissy Spacek’s performance did you like?

    Listening to Sissy, it's easy to see her in your mind's eye, growing up in Texas.


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

    The younger days growing up in Quitman. I'm a Texan and grew up in a small town, as well. Her stories brought back alot of good memories for me that I had forgotten.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is baby boomer heaven. I could listen to Sissy's lovely, soothing voice and funny stories all day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11506)
    Performance
    (7486)
    Story
    (7521)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Do yourself a favor and get this"
    Overall

    I don't think I took a breath the entire time I listened to this book. Never a dull moment. Louis Zamperini is an inspiration for everyone. Whenever I think I have it bad, I'll think back to what this man went through during WW2. Also, this is a fabulous history lesson, I learned things I should have learned in school but don't remember it ever being taught. Thank you, all veterans, for your service!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2590)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, lots of interesting information on genetic research and the legal issues surrounding it. I must say, though, that other than Henrietta's sister, the entire Lacks family is totally unlikeable. The narration is top notch. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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