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Marie

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3695)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3274)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Story interesting; the writing dull"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the reading is so monotone. The story is interesting, but the writing is so dull.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cheryl Strayed? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4021)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Outstanding"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! So full of new information and very entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abe.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    It was natural and funny.


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

    I wish there was another one. I had to read Killing Kennedy immediately afterward and then I still wanted more. I love his writing style.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (211)

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "Too much Obama, not enough Navy Seals"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Peter L. Bergen and/or Mark Deakins?

    Yes, but I wish they would lose the bias.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Peter L. Bergen? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Deakins?

    Yes


    Was Manhunt worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If the title talks about the 10 year search, then I would like to hear more about all the efforts in this and not just Obama as a hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Narrated By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

    Naturalbohemian says: "Everything is disturbing about this book..."
    "Worth the read"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The End of Normal to be better than the print version?

    There is nothing better than to hear the author read her own story.


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

    Living with greed and its effect on mental health.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4070)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1752)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Amazing performance"
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    Where does The Shack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked the story. As a Christian, it was very allegorical and I could understand it. It was different than other stories I read and so I liked that. I can't rank it as it is so different, but I'm glad I listened to it and I read the book as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was very good at using different voices.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene where God was portrayed as a black woman making food.


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

    An allegory to understand the love and justice of God.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ann Voskamp
    • Narrated By Ann Voskamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted... a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved - by God.

    Cara says: "Absolute Must Read"
    "Nice story, but too wordy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I like the initial story, but the detail on every day things is just redundant. I would recommend it for someone who wanted to meditate on thankfulness,but the rest of it seems like a great short story or blog post. Great message. . . .but too much.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The best part of the story was her initial experience as a child and how she translated gratefulness out of that into every part of her life.
    The least interesting was every last detail of mundane things in her life.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ann Voskamp?

    Probably not unless I heard that it was less wordy.


    Could you see One Thousand Gifts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah Coulter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Wendell Berry
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    "Ignorant boys killing each other," is just about all Nathan Coulter would tell his wife about the Battle of Okinawa in the spring of 1945. Life carried on for the community of Port William, Kentucky, as some boys returned from the war while the lives of others were mourned. In her seventies, Nathan's wife, Hannah, now has time to tell of the years since the war.

    Marie says: "Very sweet story!"
    "Very sweet story!"
    Overall
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    Where does Hannah Coulter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very enjoyable. The story flowed. It made me want to live on the land with a community or as they would say, become a


    What other book might you compare Hannah Coulter to and why?

    It reminded me of Mrs. Mike in how a young girl moves to a new place and finds love and a sense of community.


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

    She has the beautiful older woman voice that reminds you of a full life.


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

    It did evoke emotion. The war was very sad, but the family had such a sense of togetherness that it was heartwarming. Grandmam was such a loving character for an abandoned girl that it was heartwarming as well.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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