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deborah

Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.

Saint Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1712)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1403)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Falling in Love never changes"
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    Would you listen to The Marriage Plot again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening once because it brought back memories from my college days. It reminded me of the love and learning as well as the conflicts we had. I guess they were not so unique and rather universal in nature. It is a good single listen but not a classic book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the development of the three characters and the trajectories that Eugenides traced. The use of 3 different voices was compelling and added depth.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job even with the women he portrayed.


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

    I wanted to drag this listen out because it over along like a good conversation with a friend and I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    If you went to college in the late 70's and early 80's this will have many reference points and memories of the times. I almost forgot about Semiotics. Oh my how could that be. Also he did a good job portraying Bipolar Disorder, especially the struggle between stability and the serious side effects of medications.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Yossi Klein Halevi
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (12)

    In Like Dreamers, acclaimed journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the history of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day War to the present. Following the lives of seven young members from the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade, the unit responsible for restoring Jewish sovereignty to Jerusalem, Halevi reveals how this band of brothers played pivotal roles in shaping Israel's destiny long after their historic victory.

    deborah says: "A Clearer Understanding of the Israel"
    "A Clearer Understanding of the Israel"
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    I listened to this book as I traveled to Israel. Immediately I grew to understand the history before my eyes in a more sophisticated manner that I had on my other two trips. Halevi does and excellent job weaving history and biography into a story that flows like fiction. It is a long listen but well worth the time. i was disappointed when it was over because the story was moving and the men were complex real figures that played a huge role in Israel's History.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Gracefully Done"
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    As a Jew the concept of Grace is not something we theologically discuss to any great extent. Thus, I hesitated at first because of the title and the beginning overtones of the book. I was rapidly engrossed in the story and wanted to get to know the characters better. The story line, one of loss and coming of age in the early 1960's in Minnesota hit close to home even though it involved a minister's family. The story one of great pain at times was rough to listen to because I identified with Frank and Jake and their parents' at through out the story. I appreciated Krueger's ability to work with the pain and the fall out from it and the quiet love of the family. It is the journey of acceptance and integrity and moving with the pain that I loved.

    It is hard to put down, well worth your time and your credits. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Mass: VI Warshawski, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (144)

    V. I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is the Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust. Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate, Kitty Saginor Binder. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who in turn summons V. I. to help. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan, and England to develop the first atomic bomb.

    S. Sarabasha says: "POWERFUL"
    "Flirting with Disaster"
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    Critical Mass is timely for both story line and show casing women in science. Ms Paretsky give us a tight plot with somewhat predictable twist. I was fascinated by the role of female physicist in Austria prior to WWII. It was a fun mystery and sent me searching for more information on women in physics. Science Friday has a nice interview about this with the author.

    The narrator was horrible. She overstates voices, uses inappropriate intonation and was irritating to listen to. She tried to do the characters' voices and ended up sounding angry most of the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neruda Case: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Roberto Ampuero
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Roberto Ampuero's novels starring the wonderfully roguish Cayetano Brulé are an international sensation. In The Neruda Case, listeners are introduced to Cayetano as he takes on his first case as a private eye. Set against the fraught political world of pre-Pinochet Chile, Castro's Cuba, and perilous behind-the-Wall East Berlin, this mystery spans countries, cultures, and political ideas, and features one of literature's most beloved figures-Pablo Neruda. Cayetano meets the poet at a party in Chile in the 1970s.

    Peregrine says: "OK combination of historical fiction & mystery"
    "A Simple Case of Going Nowhere"
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    A story rich in detail and short on plot. The author shared a descriptive picture of Chile, Cuba and East Germany in the early 1970's. It seemed as if the story was a device to share the description of a world the author knew well and loved. He gave us a glimpse of the political situation at that moment and a superficial biography of Neruda. I liked the narrators voice, calm and reassuring and good to listen to at the end of the day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5830)
    Performance
    (5305)
    Story
    (5317)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Calling You"
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    Cuckoo's Calling will keep calling you back to a good listen. It was what you would expect from a mystery. Predictable but a fun story line and likable characters. Of course all of JK Rowling's books are held up to the gold standard of the Harry Potter series and will never compare.

    Yet this is a fun and engaging story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (605)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "A Smooth Passage"
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    Grover Gardner provided an intimate narration of Robert Caro's book The Passage of Power. I knew little of the transition from Kennedy to Johnson and the truly remarkable job Johnson did with it. In fact it seemed almost too smooth. It seems obvious if it were not for Johnson's consummate knowledge of the how to pass legislation and how to work people to his advantage, the civil right's legislation of 1964 and 1965 would never have made it through with Kennedy.

    This was a book I could not put down and it made me want to read the preceding books on Johnson and the next one to come.

    You will be surprised and will perhaps wonder how Johnson managed all he did that first year. It is a bit eerie too thinking about the possibilities of conspiracy. None which seem to amount to anything.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3932)
    Performance
    (3434)
    Story
    (3402)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "CHRISTIAN OVERTONES?"
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    What did you love best about 1Q84?

    The story brought the reader back and forth between alternate universes. The sense of time shifting kept me engaged and curious about how they tied together. It was like switching from one language to another for a new speaker of a language.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was intrigued by the Christian themes of rebirth, immaculate conception and naive faith. I remain curious about these aspects of the book and continue to mull them over in my mind well after reading the book. I find it odd for Murakami and I am intrigued by it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    At first the narrators drove me nuts but they became endearing to me as I became pulled further and further into their lives.


    If you could take any character from 1Q84 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would find it difficult to eat with any of them for fear of being swept away into another reality.


    Any additional comments?

    Be patient as it takes a bit to get pulled into this book but once the magnet gets you it is difficult to let go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Nathan Englander
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Kirbey Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    The title story, inspired by Raymond Carver’s masterpiece, is a provocative portrait of two marriages in which the Holocaust is played out as a devastating parlor game. In the outlandishly dark “Camp Sundown” vigilante justice is undertaken by a group of geriatric campers in a bucolic summer enclave. “Free Fruit for Young Widows” is a small, sharp study in evil, lovingly told by a father to a son. “Sister Hills” chronicles the history of Israel’s settlements from the eve of the Yom Kippur War through the present, a political fable constructed around the tale of two mothers who strike a terrible bargain to save a child.

    Avi says: "Englander at his best!"
    "What I Talk about When I Talk About This Book"
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    If you could sum up What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Ambiguous, Touching


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each story was both specific to being Jewish and universal in the tale it had to tell. Although the characters were strangers I was sure I had met them somewhere in life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the first story the four characters get drunk and high together in a very unexpected situation. It felt very real to me and I had to play it over because I laughed so hard in parts.


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

    The book made me laugh and cry. It was moving and sad in many parts. The story The Reader left me feeling empty and longing for the past.


    Any additional comments?

    This book moves at rapid pace and each story is just the right length for a workout or a car ride home. You will not want to stop listening even if your workout is over or if you have arched your destination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Joby Warrick
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    In December 2009, a group of the CIA’s top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double-agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised to help the CIA assassinate Osama bin Laden’s top deputy. Instead, as he stepped from his car, he detonated a 30-pound bomb strapped to his chest, instantly killing seven CIA operatives....

    Melissa says: "Great modern history story"
    "Triple Great Listen"
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    If you could sum up The Triple Agent in three words, what would they be?

    CIA messed up even after 911


    What other book might you compare The Triple Agent to and why?

    It read like a thriller: John le Carre novel or a Daniel Silva novel


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The CIA was incredibly naive and the making of a terrorist is complex and simple in its equation


    Any additional comments?

    I was driving across the country for a vacation and I didn't want to stop because I was enjoying the book so much. Very easy to listen to and is a page turner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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