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Maeci

Bryan, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (1830)
    Story
    (1845)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Cultural Education"
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    This is a very popular book, and the majority of it is very well written. Kingsolver does and amazing job outlining the wildlife and bush around the Congo, and it paints a picture about as near to the real thing as you can get. I would have liked to see further development of some of the characters, the mother and father especially. These two pillars of the story bring a lot of emotional baggage with them, and while the consequences of their actions are very clear, I would have liked to be provided with better picture of their motives. A more developed back story for these two characters would have made me appreciate their impact more.
    Overall, the author leaves the reader with a palatable understanding of the complexity and emotional toll that American missionaries, especially those in equatorial Africa, face on a day-to-day basis. Kingsolver describes the cultural, language, and general everyday living differences between American and Congolese people with extraordinary clarity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4193)
    Performance
    (2362)
    Story
    (2363)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Bravo"
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    I really appreciated this book, and if you have a bit of firsthand knowledge about the military, you will love this intense, gritty, and elaborate story. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7556)
    Performance
    (6611)
    Story
    (6618)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Definately Memorable"
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    This was, by far, the best book of the Fifty Shades Series. While Becca Battoe was not my favorite narrator for the characters in the books, she seems much too immature and therefore off-putting for some of these explicit scenes, my ears and mind adapted to her voice over time. This final book allows the two main characters to mature in your head more than the first two, and I really started to feel their stories by the end. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing sappy about this book, and if you are looking for some educational scenes, it will not disappoint, but I didn't feel like FFF was as raunchy as the first two books. If you have already started the series, I encourage you to make it through to this one because it does get better in the end, and, overall, I wasn't disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17330)
    Performance
    (15396)
    Story
    (15348)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "One of the best!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top two


    Any additional comments?

    This is a phenomenal, original story. A must read for any Texan, especially if you want to see what DFW was like in "63. You will not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (1966)
    Story
    (1996)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "WOW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone with the Wind the most enjoyable?

    This book far exceeded my expectations! The accents from Linda Stephens gave the story more depth and brought characters to life with their deep southern tone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This love story is truly classic. There are so many parts that are relatable to many relationships.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17225)
    Performance
    (13114)
    Story
    (13056)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "So Funny!"
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    This was such a refreshing summer book. The fact that Tina is the narrator makes it even more funny!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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