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Karen

I've just gotten hooked on audio book this last year & I love them. Now I can "read" a book & do other things like walk or hobbies.

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  • 37 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5697)
    Performance
    (4929)
    Story
    (4923)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Clever and hard to stop listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    Narrator is excellent but the book is so interesting, it just keeps you interested all the way to the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    it was the Italian young man who became the old man. I don't know how to spell his name.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Same, he just did the best job!!!! made him seem so humble.


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

    yes, if I could have!


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was awesome!Book was awesome.I hate cursing in books and there was just way too much in this one, so if that had been left out, I think it would have been a five for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "I could not believe when they changed the narrator"
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    Would you listen to The Shoemaker's Wife again? Why?

    No! I would if the narrator had not changed because it is a pretty decent story, a sweet romance with lots of twists and turns, but I could never listen to the narrator again.
    The first narrator was excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enza because she was strong


    What didn’t you like about Annabella Sciorra and Adriana Trigiani ’s performance?

    nothing about Adrian because she should not have narrated
    Annabella was great!


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

    could have


    Any additional comments?

    a nice diversion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (310)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Seamstress to be better than the print version?

    yes, because the narrator was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and she could read it better to me than I could ever read it to myself!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seamstress?

    I guess it would be the end of the war right before the rescue


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    her great voice and enthusiasm and expression
    she gives the main character a personality and spunk


    Any additional comments?

    This book was published after the author died and I just wish she knew how many peoples lives she has touched with her writing. She had so much hope and endurance and positive attitude in the middle of a nightmare. She also went on and didn't dwell on her nightmare. She actually had a good life afterwards.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pearl S Buck
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    To the Chinese the dragon is not an evil creature, but is a god and the friend of men who worship him. He "holds in his power prosperity and peace." Ruling the waters and the winds, he sends the good rain, is hence the symbol of fecundity. In the Hsia dynasty two dragons fought a great duel until both disappeared, leaving only a fertile foam from which were born the descendants of the Hsia. Thus, the dragons came to be looked upon as the ancestors of a race of heroes. This is the story of China at War.

    Robert says: "More Relevant Today than Ever"
    "Adam Verner is the key to making this book great"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, because Pearl S. Buck is amazing and so is Adam Verner the narrator.


    What other book might you compare Dragon Seed to and why?

    The Good Earth and Pavilion of Women because they are also Pearl S. Buck books and she does an excellent job of conveying history and personalities and culture to you. Adam Verner also narrates Pavilion of Women and he is just so good to listen to.


    What about Adam Verner’s performance did you like?

    His is just amazing.


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

    I didn't know what this book was going to be about except for an Asian family and the culture, I had a reaction to the war and the takeover and all the hardship this one family endured by the "enemy".


    Any additional comments?

    I think Pearl S. Buck is an amazing author and I can't get over how well she wrote back in the 30's and 40's. It's like poetry reading her descriptives of just about everything she writes about from a summer night to someone's face.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jung Chang
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (214)

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

    Mike says: "A real shocker!"
    "Eye opening"
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    Where does Wild Swans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    long...and very educational


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Swans?

    cultural revolution


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

    no


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

    the tea room got to me with the od man


    Any additional comments?

    hard book to listen to for me. started out really interesting but i got a little bored with it. there was a little bit too much detail about some things. but overall i feel very educated now about communist china. it was a great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (153)

    When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

    Joan says: "Very Disappointing, Terrible Narration"
    "Excellent book"
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    What did you love best about The Zookeeper's Wife?

    The guts of the characters


    What other book might you compare The Zookeeper's Wife to and why?

    ?


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the accent was amazing


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

    when the son and mother thought they were going to be shot


    Any additional comments?

    It was one more point of view about the Holocaust that helps me to see more into a nightmare. I liked seeing it from a Polish perspective.
    I loved seeing it through the eyes of the zoo and the animals.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (536)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    FanB14 says: "Beachy Fare"
    "Captivated me"
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    Would you listen to Firefly Lane again? Why?

    doubt it


    What other book might you compare Firefly Lane to and why?

    Forrest Gump


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    ?


    Who was the most memorable character of Firefly Lane and why?

    Cloud, because she was so broken


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing about this book was that at the end I felt all of the fears of Kate would be realized once she was gone. The fear of Tully and Kate's husband getting together. i don't know, somehow it didn't seem fair. I felt Tully was getting everything at the end and Kate ended up with nothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elyse Schein, Paula Bernstein
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo, Effie Johnson
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    This is the astonishing true story of Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, who shared a personal history for more than three decades - and didn't know it. In her mid-30s, Schein finally decided to call an adoption agency to learn about her biological mother. Not expecting much, she instead got the surprise of her life. Her identical twin sister, Bernstein, lived just minutes away.

    Barry says: "Heartwarming story"
    "Very intriguing book"
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    Would you try another book from Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein and/or Alma Cuervo and Effie Johnson ?

    probably not


    Would you be willing to try another book from Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein ? Why or why not?

    I doubt they could write another story as interesting as this one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked having two narrators.


    Did Identical Strangers inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I just really appreciated the honesty of these two girls.
    And I liked the way they told the story in a no nonsense sort of way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (364)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Unforgettable and heart wrenching"
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    Where does Tattoos on the Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tattoos on the Heart?

    Love the sense of humor in light of painful situations


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books by far.
    I won't forget this book or the message.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1100)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Loved it, love him!"
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    Would you listen to Born Standing Up again? Why?

    yes, coz he's so funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Born Standing Up?

    I just realized I am vain and there's a song about me, ha ha.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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