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RiahWillow

One could say my tastes in books are nonsequators because I have no favorite author or genre. I hold over 300 books in my audible library

Thompsons Station, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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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
    (1087)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (981)

    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!"
    "Laughs, Loves, life and a few expletives"
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    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    Penny marshals candid way of telling her story of her mark on the world. This is a great "look whack you can do with a life when your are given a ball and run with it" type story. I have always been a fan of Penny's work yet never knew why I was drawn to her, now I know why.... My mother is crazy too and I'm thankful for all I learned through her crazy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Mother Was Nuts?

    When Penny was recounting John Balushi's death. I remember how the news hit me when I saw it on the evening news, yet I never knew him personally. I can only imagine the loss Penny and all his friends felt with his tragic passing. A brilliant comedic life lost in its prime.


    What about Penny Marshall’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING


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

    I laughed, cried, contemplated my own life and choices I have made through the years only to come to the end of the book and have the same conclusion Penny did. I love my life so why change it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not only worth the credit but it is even worth paying for if you are out of credits.

    10 of 10 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
    (3645)
    Performance
    (3258)
    Story
    (3265)

    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"
    "Always an amazing story, narration makes it better"
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    I have always loved this story, but the narrator made it come to life. I am an avid reader and my eyesight does not allow me to read any longer, but audible makes it where not only can I enjoy new books but also the classics. I got this book so I could re read it before the new book comes out. I was not disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Child

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Delores Phillips
    • Narrated By Cherise Boothe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Delores Phillips' heart-rending debut novel is set in 1950s Georgia where most of Rozelle Quinn's 10 children can pass as white. Her brightest child, Tangy Mae, however, has the darkest skin of them all, and she longs to continue her education. But Rozelle thinks it's time for 13-year-old Tangy Mae to follow in her own footsteps and earn money "cleaning for whites" and bedding men at the "Farmhouse."

    Alysia says: "Not really resolved!"
    "Great narration awesome story"
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    This story was hard at points and made me want to hate the mom but I found that I felt sorry for her more and more. The main character in this book made me jump for joy at the end and want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Knows My Name

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lawrence Hill
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (309)

    Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

    Ariela says: "Rich in history and moral messages"
    "Narration and story A+"
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    This is the first book that I have watched the movie/ mini series first and read the book second. I usually do not do that because they leave so much out or change details in the film version. This time I was not disappointed, sure they had changed a few things In the film but for the most part they stayed true to the story.

    The narrator for this was amazing, she transported me to every destination with all manner of emotions. The story was just detailed enough to paint a picture but not too detailed so I felt bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Victoria Aveyard
    • Narrated By Amanda Dolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (614)

    Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

    Paula M. Sylvie says: "good!"
    "Great story great narration"
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    This I am sure will be the next hunger games! Or Divergent! The story line is great and the narration is great, I wouldn't be surprised to see this made into a movie franchise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horton Hears a Who

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    Horton, the lovable elephant, tries to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust.

    RiahWillow says: "My Nine Month Old LOVES this!!"
    "My Nine Month Old LOVES this!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Horton Hears a Who to be better than the print version?

    DEFINITELY!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Mayor


    What about Dustin Hoffman’s performance did you like?

    The fact that there are so many voices from one person... one of the best narrations I have heard


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Horton Hears it Can you?


    Any additional comments?

    Best kids book I have gotten, my nine month old loves it and begs for my iPhone so he can listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (730)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "WORST NARRATION EVER"
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    What would have made Atlas Shrugged better?

    GET ANOTHER VERSION THIS NARRATION IS ANNOYING WITH SOME OTHER PEOPLE TALKING IN THE BACKGROUND


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get rid of people talking in the background


    Any additional comments?

    listen before you offer up for sale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37909)
    Performance
    (28624)
    Story
    (29032)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "The Harry Potter of this Generation!"
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    What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

    This book had me at the first chapter and did not let go, I was not disappointed, in fact I lost sleep from listening non stop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action, the love and the betrayal. (not saying more because I do not want to spoil it)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end of the games of course.


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

    If I tell it will spoil the book for another person but lets just say the undercurrent of determination to survive while falling in love was tremendous and speaks to the heart of anyone who is a survivor of anything.


    Any additional comments?

    READ THIS SERIES!!!
    The Narrator of the series is amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2390)
    Performance
    (1469)
    Story
    (1484)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Danica says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Less about slavery, more about where you come from"
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    What did you love best about Roots?

    How Alex Haley in the last few chapters tells how the story of his family history was orally passed down from generation to generation all the way from Africa to current day America. I am a genealogy buff and found myself envious of Mr Haley for having such a family that kept the history alive.

    Many people see this book as a book about slavery because of the movie that was derived from it, but it is more about knowing where you come from and being proud of your people no matter the struggle so that you can always strive to make them proud that they traveled through all they did so their ancestry can be successful and be proud of who they are as a family.

    THIS IS A BOOK ABOUT FAMILY!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roots?

    When the family was sitting outside in the rockers telling the old tales and Alex Haley was sitting on the ground listening.


    Which character – as performed by Avery Brooks – was your favorite?

    Kunta Kinte


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

    When Kunta and Bells daughter was dragged away to be sold never to be seen again, it reminded me of the moment in The color purple where the sisters are separated from each other. I was in tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not judge this book by the movie, the book has so much more substance than any movie ever could have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2363)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (794)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    Kelli G says: "How to Live"
    "Best advice from a father to the world!"
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    If you could sum up The Last Lecture in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, Introspective, LOVE


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Lecture?

    When the author was talking about how to leave behind something that would show his daughter how much she meant to him and how she melted his heart. Since I have a niece that lost a mother when she was 7 it made me think of her, and how it affected her even today, and how I could help her get through her grief. Not past it but through it.


    Have you listened to any of Erik Singer and Randy Pausch ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Last Lecture?

    To always reach above my dreams and be pleased when I reach not just my dreams but the star above.


    Any additional comments?

    Since I am a psychology student reaching for my PsyD/PHD This book will be my bible for my educational and life goals, so that I can not only reach my current goals but keep dreaming of new goals to reach for. I am inspired to never give up on my dreams in my life as a regular attitude but this book helped me to solidify my attitude as well as realize that I do not have to settle for what I believe I can do, I can believe I can do more and then go and do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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