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Shari

whittier, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (332)

    Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family - the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?

    Kristin says: "I can't believe this book was rated so highly"
    "Austen meets Harlequin"
    Overall

    Predictable, but enjoyable little romp through the English countryside and court. A little lust, a bit of snobbery and love conquers all.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (179)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Great escape..."
    Overall

    Great escape on a number of levels, age, time, place and attitude. The protaganist here is a somewhat unlikeable 17 year old; smart, angry, a bit redundant but fascinating. (Like many of us if we look back honestly). I got a feel for revolutionary France and the perspective from the "Royal's" point of view. Was reminded just how much a 17 year old knows and feels. Good narration with a couple accent slips but easy to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • She Got Up Off the Couch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Haven Kimmel
    • Narrated By Haven Kimmel
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    When we last saw Zippy, she was oblivious to the storm that was brewing in her home. Her mother, Delonda, had literally just gotten up off the couch and ridden her rickety bicycle down the road. Her dad was off somewhere, gambling or "working." And Zippy was lost in her own fabulous world of exploring the fringes of Moorland, Indiana.

    Kim says: "Great fun !!"
    "Just plain entertaining,,"
    Overall

    This was like reminiscing with an old friend about the stuff you did and thought when you were a kid. I listen to books while I excercise and I found myself ruining my pace several times because I was giggling. Nothing heavy here, but surprisingly thought provoking and nostalgic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Exercise and Health

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Gina Kolata, science reporter to The New York Times, takes a fascinating journey into the fads, fictions and genuine innovations that have defined the world of physical fitness.

    Laura says: "What a waste"
    "Pretty casual, but informative"
    Overall

    This is more like listening to an exercise fanatic discuss her regime than a scientific expose. As a fellow fanatic, her questions made sense as did her search for perfect workouts. I really enjoyed the listen, but can understand where some might be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3607)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2599)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Good storyline, but loses something in narration"
    Overall

    It's a bit Avatar-esque and the protaganist is charming but redundant. (just like an old guy) The "he said, she said" interjections get old and are unnecessary as the narrator does a decent job of identifying the speakers. Enjoyed the story and looked forward to the next chapters

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Thumb

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By K. Anderson Yancy, Adapted From The Short Story written by John Gregory Betancourt
    • Narrated By Sandy J. Hotchkiss, Kevin Yancy, K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A competition between two neighbors to win the town award for the most beautiful flower garden takes a nightmarish turn when one of them discovers a mythical seed.

    Sandra says: "Painful"
    "Great story-over-produced"
    Overall

    This is a fun little, memorable, short story, but the voice changes and "special effects" are inconsistent and over the top. All in all, worth the time and money if you can get through the weird recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chandler Burr
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances.

    Roy says: "A Thoughtful Book"
    "Escape into a new world.."
    Overall

    I finished this book and wanted to run out and create "the perfect scent". This book touches on various areas, both human and commercial within the perfume industry. Simultanously objectively investigative and lovingly "inside" the business makes for an educational, but fun listen. There's some science, some business, and some "People Magazine" aspects that kept my interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (122)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Chronic state of hope despite reality"
    Overall

    Protaganist was simultaneously pitiful and hopeful. The human spirit is displayed in a painful, yet oddly humorous fashion. The narrator captures the attitude and personalities of the charactors perfectly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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