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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 2010

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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
    (910)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (819)

    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
  • Horton Hears a Who

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    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
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (684)

    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
    (34199)
    Performance
    (25356)
    Story
    (25699)

    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
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1113)

    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.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "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
    (2188)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (638)

    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").

    K. Giavelli 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
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2587)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1300)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    This book had me captivated for all 10 hrs and 4 minutes of the audio version. Since I have trouble reading with my eyes, I usually do not want to go through the book myself without it being audio, but this book was so good I have downloaded the digital copy for my Ipad (because the print can be blown up) so I can listen to the Narrator and read along.

    Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is a book about a young girl from Ohio who is born into a blended Yankee and southern family in the 1950's. CeeCee's mother is from Georgia, an ex pageant queen who on the surface seems like she has lost her nut, her father who is from Ohio is distant and travels so much his character is portrayed very little in the development of the story but has a large impact on the main character.

    When we begin this book, Ceecee is a loner who's only friend is an elderly neighbor (Mrs Odell) who has been her sitter since she was an infant. Ceecee has a lack of friends but plenty of onlookers to her life within her small town in Ohio, because of her mothers "eccentricities". But what we find out throughout the development of this plot is that maybe her mom isn't so crazy after all, maybe it is just a true case of being homesick for the south. There is an old saying, you can take the girl out of the south but you cant take the south out of the girl. In this book this saying is screamed from all the pages. It speaks of the southern culture and how the northern people are lacking in the community area of southern culture.

    This book has captured a culture better than any other "southern" genre that I have read thus far ever could.
    Jenna Lamia has captured the characters in this book in such an amazing way, she is quickly becoming my favorite Narrator for books with southern charm.

    This book is great for anyone looking for a light read that has laughter, tears, warm fuzziness, and a lesson in how it really does take a village to raise a child, as well as community is priceless.

    Happy reading folks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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