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Carol

Anacortes, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1332)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "So informative......"
    Overall

    I'm a sucker for any book that rates as one of the best books of the year. So, I gave this one a shot. It's very interesting and so well written. I learned a lot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1252)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Thank You!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Listening Is an Act of Love in three words, what would they be?

    From the heart.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Listening Is an Act of Love?

    I turned to this audio production as it was on my IPod and I had neglected to download the second part of my book. I was bummed not to have a book but after one story, I was hooked. One moment? They were all thought provoking and beautiful.


    What about Dave Isay’s performance did you like?

    I liked his great speaking voice.


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

    It made me cry actually. Very moving indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for this special Christmas present Audible!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Debra Messing
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    From the award-winning New York Times best-selling author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life. Two women, each cast adrift by unforseen events in their lives, meet by accident on a Nantucket beach and are drawn into a friendship.

    Judith says: "Not what I expected."
    "So Well Written/Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Love Anthony the most enjoyable?

    Deborah Messing does a superb job of narrating this book. It's very well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how this author really connected me with Anthony. I feel I understand this terrible disease a bit more now.


    Which character – as performed by Debra Messing – was your favorite?

    She read them all wonderfully.


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

    I loved the ending. It was incredibly powerful


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very moving story and a great listen, especially if you work with kids in any way or have a chlld with special needs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5852)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5375)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "Very well written."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    This is a beautiful little book about love and life. A little gem.


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

    I loved her voice as the main character.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (410)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Tim says: "Couldn't put this book down!"
    "Very intriguing plot!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audio book as the reader is great and the story line really keeps your attention. It's a very interesting discussion that centers around who a person can trust.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the pace of the story plus the reader. She did a great job.


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

    Have not.


    If you could take any character from Before I Go to Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Dr. Nash to dinner. This is a fascinating premise and based on a true condition I think. How would one cope I wonder?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Reading Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Pat Conroy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

    Howard says: "Conroy shares his storytelling"
    "Loved this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up My Reading Life in three words, what would they be?

    A fascinating read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Since I have read many of Conroy's books, this gave me insight into his writings.


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

    He brings his own voice.....always a plus from any author.


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

    No, I could easily put it down but wanted to go back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read and enjoyed Conroy's book, this book will interest you. It gives background to his characters, his life and the people who have influenced him. He also mentions many books that have influenced his writings. A great book club selection!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (548)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Great Sequel"
    Overall

    A great sequel to Shanghai Girls. Took a while to really get into this one and had problems with the narrator at first. But the second half of the novel really took off and the narrator's voice seemed more appropriate. Ended up exercising more than I intended just to get back to it! I also learned a lot about the reform movement in China. Well done all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2141)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1537)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "Interesting listen but slow moving."
    Overall

    I only really appreciated this book after I fnished listening to it. For the first half of the book, I kept thinking.....is there a book in here? The second part gets more interesting until finally at the end you relalize the importance of the author's work and the purspose in writing the book.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4750)
    Performance
    (2582)
    Story
    (2614)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    This is a good family saga with a great mystery too. Well read I thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cleopatra: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (311)

    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.

    Evans says: "Very captivating."
    "Not a good listen"
    Overall

    I walk when I listen to books and this one just didn't make it for me. The listening is very intense. If my mind wandered at all, I missed someone being murdered or some emperor taking over a country. Have a history buff friend who read the book and she loved it but said yes, she was going to her dictionary on a regular basis with this one. Not a good audible one for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2754)
    Performance
    (1471)
    Story
    (1491)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "A great listen"
    Overall

    This was much more fun listening to than reading it in college. Who can remember it all back then anyway? And boy, I appreciate the author's writing so much more now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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