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Sherry

HOUSTON, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Sold

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (389)

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    AudioAddict says: "My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am 13."
    "A story that needs to be told."
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    I read a lot but seldom review a book because for the most part they are just entertainment,
    A thing you pick up for a few hours and forget in a couple of days. You will not forget this book. If you think this tale could only happen in a foreign country you are wrong. Human trafficking is happing in our country. It is not on the scale you would find in a third world country but it exist. I wish I could honestly say I have always spoken up when I saw a wrong committed. I only know that going forward I will try harder.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5454)
    Performance
    (4967)
    Story
    (4952)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "The power of one Southern Style"
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    I am drawn to books based on courageous people. The fact that the real Sara Grimke refused the gift of a slave at the age of 11 fore tales the woman she will become. The narrators did an excellent job of bringing this wonderful book to life. I frequently buy the written book and the audible copy for multiple reasons. This is one time I preferred the Audible copy. For me the audio version gave more depth to Hettie. I felt her longing and anger and visualized this spitball of a woman who never let her spirit be destroyed.
    Sara may make sacrifices but it is nothing compared to what Hettie survives.
    This is an amazing historical drama based on two sisters who blazed a trail for women's rights as well has racial equality. I look forward to Monk's next book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3475)
    Performance
    (2904)
    Story
    (2921)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Will not disappoint"
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    Will Robie is a professional killer working for an unnamed federal agency. Sounds familiar right, wrong. The story grabs you from the start and doesn't let go till the end. I became a reader of the author with his book "The Winner" but recently his story lines have been less than thrilling and his characters not so engrossing. The reader was good and the sound effects were not overwhelming. I have to admit that every once in a while I enjoy the distraction of a book with sound effects thrown in. It reminds me of the old radio shows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (904)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Loss and life."
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    Losing the most important person in your life can be very humbling, It fells like the end of the world. You find it difficult to make it through the day but if you are fortunate there is still something that keeps you going,
    You look for the small joys in life. If you are very lucky you finally stumble into a day that makes you glad you persisted. The sun shines again and you find yourself smiling and the world goes on.
    This story is not about the end of the world but rather about loss and survival.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (793)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Deserves to be a classic"
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    I listened to this book two years ago and I still think about it. I had the pleasure to live in Australia for a short time and for me this book captured the very spirt of the country. The narrator was excellent and the writer took me to another time and place. I saw the scenery imagined the smells and felt the emotions of the characters. This book will remain in my memory and someday in the future I will visit A Town Like Alice again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2502)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2291)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Could not bring myself to finish this book"
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    I tried, I really tried to finish this book but there was nothing about it that I enjoyed. The characters were petty and boring. I have a very vivid imagination and enjoy getting lost for hours in a good book. There was no getting lost here. The imagery was flat and just plain dull. Every time I tired to listen to this book all I imagined was black and white. I hate not to finish a book but I just refused to waste another minute on this sad little tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2979)
    Performance
    (2654)
    Story
    (2657)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Never Too Late"
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    It took awhile to warm up to this story. No heroes, just everyday people muddling through life. Fortunatly even everyday people have their moments in the sun. Poor Herold. I wasn't sure if I wanted to hug him or kick him at times. But isn't that how women feel about men in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13277)
    Performance
    (5707)
    Story
    (5779)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    I use these books to take my mind of exercising and this one was so good that I went way beyond the time I alloted. I found myself getting lost in the story, I could visualize the circus and all the characters.
    The old man's comments on life make you think about your own life, it's a bit scary sometimes. What makes one family care for thier elders' and another family drop thiers off in a nursing home? Does any one really want to live to be 90 or 93. The only part of the book I did not enjoy was the ending, really? Did I miss something? Should I listen again? Was he dreaming?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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