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Marietta, GA, USA

  • 9 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 88 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "True Life in Africa"

    I only listened to this book because it was an Oprah book pick. I?m glad I did. The story weaves back and forth and really comes together at the end. You see the story of two families at opposing ends of the same situation and at opposite ends of South African societal privilege. It sounded like an older recording, but was still palatable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"

    Like the other reviewers, there were times in the beginning where my mind wandered, but stick with it. The ending gave me a huge one two punch I never expected nor did I see it coming. It's great and made me wish I had payed closer attention to all the details,since you will find out that they all matter so much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Two for the Dough

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty

    Stephanie Plum once again takes to the mean streets of Trenton, NJ, armed with attitude (not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, killer flashlights, and her untrustworthy .38) to find Kenny Mancuso, who recently left the army, inadvertently shot his best friend, and is on the run in violation of a bond.

    Susan says: "Fun Fun Fun"
    "Fun Fun Fun"

    I Love Janet Evanovich. I never read this type of ?lighthearted fiction? until I was stuck on a long flight and I ended up laughing lots along the way. A good time and I have fun visualizing the scenes. Stephanie Plum is a great character- her life and her family is an enjoyable mess.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Full of Honey"

    An ultimately sweet, sugary story that does have some minor holes my analytical mind can't help but pick up on, but is nonetheless very likable. The narrator was great in the role. However, her put-on Southern accent would have been fine except for the fact that she butchered some southern words like "kudzu". Any real southerner worth their grits would know how to say it properly- but a minor detail in an enjoyable, light book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "Ignorance isn't bliss"

    WoW! I had this title lurking in my "to download" box for longer than I should have. This is a great, informative listen. I use to just feel for the poor animals at slaughter, now it's the workers too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Go ahead and get it- the 20 hours will fly by"

    This story is extremely memorable. I probably will never forget the burning of Smyrna and the flying Caddy parts-ever! I started to tell a friend what a great audio book this is and she wanted to know about the story. I couldn?t do it justice and if you only heard a brief premise you might incorrectly assume that the book wasn?t for you. It humanizes a difficult situation and brings you as close as you can get to Cal?s current plight in life, which otherwise might be judged based on preconceived notions. Instead the author brings you face to face with Cal's world, his parent?s world and his grandparent?s world which explains where he is today. Absolutely wonderful story. Thanks to the author and reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."

    I?ll know to investigate a book and its genre further before buying and not just rely on the folks that give it stellar reviews. I only purchased this Audio download due to all the positive reviews. It?s very dark, weird and supernatural in a disturbing kind of way. I?ve made it to chapter 4 and now realize that I need to cut my losses, delete it and move on??

    5 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Lots of Fun - Thought provoking mystery"

    I wore headsets around the house for two days, instead of the normal car use, because I was so interested in the plot of this book. The folks who are giving it negative reviews are upset that what they have been told and believed all of their life may be called into question by some information presented in this work. Great story. The author clearly did his homework. It?s a #1 best seller for a reason.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Prescriptions

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Doreen Virtue
    • Narrated By Doreen Virtue

    Citing case studies and transcripts from her angel therapy sessions, Dr. Virtue shows that when the problems we face are too complex to be solved by counselors, friends, or even Dear Abby, there is another way, a divine way, to discover answers.

    Susan says: "Doreen is an Angel walking among us"
    "Doreen is an Angel walking among us"

    This audio recording is absolutely uplifting and teaches you how to connect to your angels. I love this information and have already seen results! Highly advisable to listen :) Susan McCoy

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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