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Deborah

MARSHFIELD, MA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 28 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 145 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (678)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "True History! Great Story!!!"
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    I love historical fiction when it is done right. This novel was great in that way. True historical events happen to and around the fictional characters. I hear a deep and complex story of interwoven families; live and grow with them. All the while, they are impacted by the current events around them. The impending Civil War. I like to learn a little bit while I am being entertained!! I only left off a star because there was no one particular character that I fell in love with.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (339)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    A User says: "Gonzo Lives!"
    "Will they find the American Dream?"
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    Well, I listened to this book and it was only a bit over six hours long. Just as well. Nothing happened. I was about 3 hours in when I realized that the story was not going to be about anything, just a look inside the mind of a completely wasted, paranoid drug addict!

    Now, this does not mean that I hated it! On the contrary, I laughed out loud in many spots! I found the digressive monologues involving what could happen if Raoul Duke is actually apprehended by the police to be very funny - crazy paranoid - but with enough truth to understand the grounds for his insane paranoia!

    I did not know much about Hunter S. Thompson before reading this and had only passively heard of Gonzo Journalism. But now I am interested.

    I also watched the movie with my husband after finishing the book. (one of my favorite things to do in the world!) I must say that I think it was done superbly! So spot on with the book! The dialogue between Mr. Duke and his attorney was taken directly from the book as well as many of the descriptive acid trippy scenes.

    Fear and Loathing is not for everyone. I liked it enough and found Raoul Duke and his attorney's journey to discover their American dream in 1971 amusing. It certainly has me thinking about how I envision my American dream in 2014.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Andrew Sean Greer
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in different eras. During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and alternate lives in 1918, where she is a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, which transforms her into a devoted mother and wife. As her final treatment looms, questions arise: What will happen once each Greta learns how to remain in one of the other worlds?

    Melinda says: "Time Travel via Electroconvulsive Therapy"
    "Intricate, but not Complicated - 5 stars EASY!"
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    Another easy 5 stars!! I have read a few this year! What a story (or stories)! I only wish the book was longer, it was relatively short. I would read this entire book again from the point of view of a different Greta, I liked it so much.

    Greta sees (and lives) her life in 3 different time periods. 1918, 1941 and 1985. We follow the Greta from 1985. It goes like this: The three Gretas all begin electro-shock therapy for depression when they are 31 years old then proceed to jump between each other's lives. There is a version of all the main players in each life. Each life has positive and negative circumstances that influence the personality and behaviors of all the players, even Greta herself. This was a thought provoking way to have the reader think about nature vs nurture. Would I be the same if I grew up right at the turn of the 20th century? My values and ideals? But, I'm still me, right?

    I pondered how the book would end. How can this possibly be wrapped up to satisfy a reader like myself?! Maybe I am the only one, but I did not predict the ending. I am, however, VERY satisfied with the ending and the entire novel. This one will be remembered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (266)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Time Traveling Teens!"
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    I would have LOVED this book as a teen! I say that often with the young adult novels I read these days. I feel like there was not such emphasis on this genre when these books would have been appropriate for me!

    Anyway, the time travel element is what drew me to the book, along with a beautiful add of a woman in a red gown I came across in an issue of Bookpages.

    This was a quick read, but I am certain I will read the whole series to see what happens. It had just enough time travel rules and paradoxes to satisfy my whims as well as excellent tension build up with our heroine, Gwyn trying to determine who she can trust.

    Frankly, the epilogue and prologue are what sealed the deal for me! You will just have to read to see what I mean!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4753)
    Performance
    (4407)
    Story
    (4418)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Danny - Where is He Now?!"
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    What fun I had with this book! Having re-read The Shining recently, I was fresh and in tune with all of the references. Danny turned out realistically, and satisfyingly how I may have imagined him.

    There were some plot lines that turned out a bit anti-climactic, but that does not surprise me with Stephen King. I swear I almost never remember how the evil is erased in any of his books! Like, the details, I mean. The climax never makes much impression on me. However, I can't think of a King book that did not take me for a wild ride and keep me captivated while the characters work things out!!!! This book was no exception and embracing Danny came very easily for me, as The Shining was one of my first SK novels and it holds a very dear place in my minds bookshelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1662)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (966)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Dogs, Monsters, Murderers, Oh My!"
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    I liked it. Nothing about it really moved me but, there were a few boring parts paired with a few exciting parts. Not sure why it seems to have such high ratings by most people.

    I enjoyed the old lawyer the most and his quest for excitement, although he was just a side character. I also liked the dog, but was distracted by the weirdness of having such a human-like sentient dog around all the time. I think most people would be very embarrassed if their pets could communicate all the embarrassing things one does when home alone....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "Fantastical Realism"
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    This is the kind of story that I love. The characters were all very three dimensional and real. There was a a bit of supernatural in a very natural world and an intriguing amount of mystery. I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (369)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Lawbreaking Beauty!"
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    I have never seen any of The Godfather movies.

    Actually 4.5 stars, I wish we could half stars, but I decided to round it up instead of down.

    I think I read this book right at the right time. I had many favorite characters. Michael stands out the most. I truly enjoyed the scene that was ultimately the catalyst for his transformation. Then following him through his change.

    I liked hearing about Johnny Fontaine and the Hollywood life of the 1940s. It also blows my mind that everyone seems to beat their wife and this is acceptable by EVERYONE!! Seriously.

    Now to the Don. He was so smooth and I had complete confidence in him. Despite the terrible things he did in his life to take the law into his own hands, the short part in the novel where his early life was described was my favorite part of the whole book, I think. The explanations for his actions and how he became a man of such morals and values was plausible and therefore very interesting for a patriotic, law abiding citizen like myself!

    I will watch the movie asap. Can't wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (575)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Dina says: "An Educational and Epic Oddity"
    "Overall good, but ENTIRELY too long"
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    Hmmmm, this book is very difficult to some up. In short, it was entirely too long - not all that much happened - the main character, Alma Whittaker, is mostly lonely and deprived her whole life. BUMMER!

    However, that all being true and being said, I loved Alma. I needed to follow her on this journey. Giving up on the book, never crossed my mind. I cheered for her small victories and reveled in her achievements. I was also with her for the misery and loneliness, too. All in all, I recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (322)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "Listen in the DARK!"
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    Oh my!! I listened to the 40th anniversary edition read by Mr. Blatty himself. His voice was EXCELLENT for the demon! There was a night when I had to walk to the end of my dark suburban side street to get my mail and it was right at a part where Caris was listening to a recording of the demon and playing it backward. I sort of ran the same way I use to run up our basement stairs when the furnace kicked on!

    There are some books that deserve to be listened to as the author intends!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (387)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Jeanette says: "Love and Adventure"
    "Soap Opera of 1793"
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    3.5 stars. I liked this book. I think I may have liked it more if I was not already so in love with the Gabaldon Outlanderseries. There are soooo many comparisons. Unfortunately, I read many of the comparisons before I read this book. It was hard to not frequently draw lines between the similar stories. Claire has a HUGE advantage over Elizabeth, however, by being a medical woman. The medical scenes in the Outlander novels were some of my favorites.

    Anyway, I absolutely love books where a "lady" of wealth or status is not interested in
    acting as such. Elizabeth, in Into the Wilderness, learns the ways of her Native American brethren and earns their respect. But this is not the life that her father, the Judge of the small town would have wanted for her.
    There was also a colorful array of supporting characters. Many I found more interesting that Elizabeth, herself. Like the Scottish backwoodsman, Robbie MacLaughlin, the sly, ambiguous Julian and little reformed Liam Kirby.

    I also found myself making comparisons to a novel called The Legend of the Bloodstone where an unlikely woman chooses to make her home with the Indians and learn from them. I liked Legend better, also. Not sure if I will read the rest in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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