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Debbie

Lakeside, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 123 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (795)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Poetry"
    Overall

    This audio was short but beautiful. I can't imagine a better choice of narrator. Perfect match.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4663)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2460)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "What fun!"
    Overall

    I don't know how much of this story actually took place but I don't care. I feel like I learned something and I'm totally inspired. One of my favorite audio books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

    Brent says: "Most inpirational!"
    "Not what I was looking for"
    Overall

    After listening to one of my favorite audio books "Born to Run", I was hoping to find another great story about running. This was not it. Very dry. More like a 'normal' sports book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Terminal Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson's computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.

    David says: "Incredible"
    "zzzzzzzzzzzzz"
    Overall

    In all fairness, I didn't give this book much of a chance. Just did't like the writing style or the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Parusski says: "Perfect narrator for one of the best classics."
    "Yikes"
    Overall

    Very slow and wordy and, sorry, BORING. At least with a book you can skim. Did not finish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (474)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "Beautiful, Sad"
    Overall

    Loved the prose. Enjoyed the narrator for the most part, a little funky on the accents, but not too distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright of the Sky: The Entire and the Rose, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kay Kenyon
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    In a landlocked galaxy that tunnels through our own, the Entire is a bizarre and seductive mix of long-lied quasi-human and alien beings gathered under a sky of fire, called the "bright". A land of wonders, the Entire is sustained by monumental storm walls and an exotic, never-ending river. Over all, the elegant and cruel Tarig rule supreme. Into this rich milieu is thrust Titus Quinn, former star pilot.

    Ethan M. says: "8 hours in, and going no further"
    "A lot of fun"
    Overall

    Enjoyed this entire series. Not the character depth that I would have liked, but a good story and characters you can root for. I'm always looking for a sci fi/fantasy book that hits the right note. It's not the best book I've ever read/listened to but it filled a need. If you go into it with the right expectations then you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (921)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "I liked it???"
    Overall

    Learned some interesting things but, WOW, hard to get through. Still working on it, actually. I keep this one around when I want to engage my inner brainy nerd self.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1070)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Carol says: "Wonderful"
    "Uhhhh....I don't get it"
    Overall

    Maybe if I understood British humor. Very slow moving in my opinion.Tried to finish but couldn't.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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