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Marsha

Tierra Verde, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 35 reviews
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  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Time for the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (361)

    Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

    Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

    DJM says: "My First Heinlein"
    "Too rushed at the end"
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    The reader was great and I love classic science fiction, so I would recommend this to a friend. I was disappointed that all the plot and character development that seemed so important in the middle of the story line seemed to rush to a finish. It may be a style of that time or the genre at that time, but I wished the strength of the tale and the people in it had kept that momentum till the end. Maybe it's the author's comment on all of us and our lives - we just sort of drizzle out and stop?

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  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Simple, but compelling story line"
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    This is a great book for commuting. The story moves forward quickly. There are few characters to keep track of and the voicing is very clear for each one. It is not great literature, but it's sort of what I like when I'm decompressing from work on a busy drive home.

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  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Terri Blackstock
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction: staging an intervention. But when 18-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment and her interventionist is found dead at the airport where she was last seen, Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

    JlN says: "Great read"
    "She grabs me every time"
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    I love Terri Blackstock books in general. Every time I start a new one, I think "Well, you know she always gets you hooked in the first chapter," so I immediately begin to try to guess what she will use this time. Once again, I thought I had it all figured out, at least down to a "one or the other" sort of guess, but she did something I never thought of. I think is particularly challenging when she writes as an openly Christian author. You sort of know you're not going to have evil win, or soft porn love scenes, or gruesome death throes - and yet I was captivated by how she kept the characters moving as real, believable human beings. One of my favorite Audibles so far.

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  • Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

    Gerald W. Riley says: "Outstanding and Scary"
    "I'm not buying that teenagers are all that hopeles"
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    Where does Tricks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    MIddle of the road. Distracting enough for the commute, but too depressing and too anxious to prove to us how awful life is for me to recommend to anyone else.


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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10773)
    Performance
    (6803)
    Story
    (6833)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A lot to take in"
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    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    I almost never listen to a book again, so that's not a fair way to assess the book's qualities


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The details that the author retained of his time on the boat and as a POW are stark and brilliant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Getting the full circle of what happened to the main prison guard was gratifying.


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

    Cry. I work at the V.A. hospital as an RN and the guys so rarely speak very much of their time other than in vary vague generalities. It took a patient and generous spirit for the author to believe it would make a difference if he shared himself.


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  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (229)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "A little predictable, but a fun read"
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    Would you listen to Emily and Einstein again? Why?

    Hmm, no I would not listen again because the story drove the listening and now, well, I know the story. But I loved the dog angle. Just because it's a "fun" read, and not a great literary work, doesn't mean it wasn't a great distraction for long commutes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's perfectly "enjoyable." Just not deep, but I knew that going in.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The performances were actually really great - even to the mimicking of one another's sub-characters. So, if Tatiana sounded one way as interpreted by Cassandra, she sounded similar as interpreted by Dan. Good trick. There are actually several places where editing failed and the same line was read over again. Not the readers' faults though.


    If you could rename Emily and Einstein, what would you call it?

    Good title.


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  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2045)
    Performance
    (1856)
    Story
    (1872)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Different, but great insight"
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    What did you love best about Orange is the New Black?

    Well, I kind of loved that it was not a TV show about outlandish lesbian sex fiends. The sex on the show is pretty over the top, both in its desperation and in its execution. (And I'm a lesbian with a perfectly normal sex drive.) The book was much clearer about the longing for human contact - both emotional and physical, but not necessarily or primarily sexual. The very realism of the book drew me in.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Her insights into the needs and fulfillment that most of us, at least most of us reading this book in our mainstream society, take for granted every day. Her descriptions of the loss of power she felt were sometimes overwhelming in their simplicity.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The reader was great. She had just the right touch of upper class accent in her voice to be absolutely believable reading in the first person. A touch of "ah" sound in any short "a" words and so on. Fluent, clear. Good reader.


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

    I'm not good at avoiding spoilers, so I would have a hard time answering that. But I love Larry.


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  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4923)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2029)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "ugh, way too much work"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you can remember 127 characters (and their first names, last names, code names and initials), 17 accents, 38 names of bars, parks or meeting places, and 13 acronyms, then you can probably play three-dimensional chess, learn Chinese in your spare time, and enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Littell’s story?

    I understand that the author is brilliant. Kudos to him. This is not entertainment. It is overwhelming to follow. If he even kept calling the same person by the same name, that would help, but nope: we get the first name, the last name, the code name from being an agent, the code name from being a double agent, and the code name for if he becomes a triple agent.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I'm not sure there's any way to keep the characters clear in a narration. You'd really have to have multiple narrators.


    What character would you cut from The Company?

    120 of the 127. Seven characters I could follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope I can get another book. The first three hours of this one was tedium and wasn't worth trying any further.

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  • Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Donovan
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (793)

    Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

    Erin - Audible says: "Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
    "Not My Cup of Humor"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Hmmm, it's a tough balance to write insults that are funnier than they are insulting. This pretty much erred on the insulting side to me without being clever enough to really make me laugh.


    Was Not a Match worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it. I got it as a freebie or twofer or something.


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  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dean Koontz
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did....

    Amazon Customer says: "A very good read"
    "An Unapologetic Anthropomorphizer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend it to all my dog-lover friends. It's definitely a book for those of us who know that our dogs are the only perfect kids we'll have.


    Have you listened to any of Dean Koontz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other books which Dean Koontz has read himself. Generally, I am disappointed in books read by the authors (with the bright exception of Alice Walker reading Possessing the Secret of Joy, which Audible really ought to offer, but I digress). I was not disappointed in this. Not only is Mr. Koontz obviously brilliant, but this was really a singularly personal book and hearing him read it made it even more sincere and touching.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. I wanted to savor it more than that. It was so rich that I loved listening to it on my commutes a chapter at a time. I rewound it frequently to make it last.


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  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (283)

    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    Niall says: "a Wanna-be fiction writer avoids the subject"
    "Missed the mark for her audience"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book was clear and well-written, but if she was writing for education experts, it was not scholarly enough - not enough number crunching or tangible outcomes. If she was writing for the lay person, say, with a couple of kids in public school, there was not enough interest and too few entertaining anecdotes. If she was writing for rich people, who can pay for the very best education for their kids and had spaces saved in preppy daycare from the moment their home-pregnancy stick turned colors (which seems to be the group she aimed the closest to), there was not nearly enough specificity. She does suggest visiting the classrooms and watching the children rather than reading the bulletin boards, but that seems a pretty vague outcome for all the studies she was quoting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There is no real ending. The disappointment was that the "answer" to educating your children (or "our" children) well, is sort of a shot in the dark - pay some attention, but not too much attention; some things work in some societies but not in others. It comes down to choosing a lesser of evils. That's sad.


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