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disudds

SLC, UT | Member Since 2012

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  • Prayers for Sale

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just 17 and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale".

    Kathy says: "Great book"
    "Loved it"
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    Prayers for Sale was one of my favorite listens so far, in part because I absolutely loved the story, but also because the performance was done so well. While I listened to the book, I felt like I was listening in on friends as they chatted and gossipped. It was like, I too, was a member of the quilting group getting to know the women and their stories. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 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
    (6878)
    Performance
    (6228)
    Story
    (6228)

    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!"
    "Real people I never knew about"
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    I was surprised to find out when I was half way through that Sarah Grimke was actually an historical figure. That really added to my enjoyment of the book. I didn't find the book particularly deep, but did appreciate the different perspective of slavery in Charleston.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5896)
    Performance
    (4523)
    Story
    (4500)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.

    James says: "Pick up the coin?"
    "Another fun read"
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    Another fun Harry Dresden book. This one had so much going on that it was hard to follow all the story lines or believe it could all be tidied up by the end, but in tru Butcher fashion, Harry prevails and the only loose ends are those that want to make you read the next book. Michael is back, so is Susan, and the new characters are all welcome additions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freeman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Leonard Pitts
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam - a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army - decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged".

    Chrissie says: "After the Civil War"
    "A different view"
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    Freeman was an unexpectedly good book, with quality writing and a solid plot. The first years after the Civil War are rarely dealt with in fiction and the braided story of Sam, Tilda, and Prudence did so beautifully. Pitts doesn't turn away from the trials and horrors of the post-Civil War Era, nor does he glorify the North in his treatment of his characters. All are flawed and all are beautiful. In addition, the story was well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (876)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "Moving and well written"
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    What an incredible book! I've seen the movie and pieces of the movie several times and have always been fascinated by the story, but as usual, the book offers so much more inight. Paul Edgecomb is one of the most complex characters I've read in a long time and living through his journey for a few short months in 1932 is an experience not to be missed. Furthermore, reading the book gave me increased appreciation for the fine job the movie did of capturing the important essence and message of the book.

    The narration was perfectly done, with just the right amount of acting and voice-changing to capture characters and feelings without every being annoying. (How sad to read the narrator has since passed away!)

    Originally written as a series of stories, the way King weaves the sections together is masterful and actually adds to the wonder rather than being annoyingly repetitious. I've not really been drawn to King in the past, not being a fan of horror, but the fine writing of the Green Mile has me reconsidering that decision.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Marra
    • Narrated By Colette Whitaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (271)

    Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

    Ryan says: "A bleak, beautiful debut"
    "Powerful"
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    This is a powerful book, sometimes disturbing, sometimes hopeful. As the two doctors, Sonja and Akhmed, save Havaa, a young girl caught in the horrors of the Chechnyan wars after her father is abducted, we learn to love and hate the characters around her, while also recognizing that they are all caught in their own nightmares. The characters are complex and none of them is always what we expect, thus making the book continually interesting to read, not always to know what comes next (although that's important too) but also to learn what came before.

    Marra uses foreshadowing to help reassure us that some characters will actually outlive the horror, thus making the unspeakable realities of the war somewhat easier to read. Nevertheless, the descriptions of what takes place at "the Landfill" are horrific and disturbing. How can people treat each other this way? Can this be real? How do people face such horror and live? What is life?

    But live, they do, and interact. They eat and play and make love and survive. They build on their past and build towards a future. In the end, there is triumph and we are reminded that Life--a constellation of vital pheonomena--carries for all of us happiness and sadness, birth and death.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3628)
    Performance
    (3143)
    Story
    (3146)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Well, that was different"
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    I knew agent to the stars had aliens in it. I knew it had a sci-fi twist. But it turned out to be much more different than I would have expected. Unfortunately, the part of the story I found most interesting was the part that took place solidly on earth without any aliens. I would have enjoyed the book much more without the distraction of Joshua and his space ship. Even so, the book was a fun change of pace and I can't say I'm sorry I took the time to listen. The performance was voice-rich without any truely annoying voices although sometimes I wondered if the reader was trying to channel certain celebrities. Funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2373)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2123)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "The same and yet different"
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    The Wizard of Oz is just enough the same as the movie to be comfortable and familiar, but it's most interesting to hear the parts that are different...the land of the Winkies, the journey to the Witch's castle, the characters that aren't in the movie. The story is surprisingly violent in places, in a black humor sort of way, so it might not be appropriate for very young children, but it certainly gave us a pleasant car trip with a fair amount of giggling throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7219)
    Performance
    (5417)
    Story
    (5411)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Another great adventure with Harry"
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    I enjoyed this book at least as much, if not more that the previous two. Harry continues to develop as a character, as do those around him. Although there isn't much of Murphy in this book, Susan gets a lot more page time, and the new characters of Michael and Thomas add some interesting elements to the story. Towards the end, I was getting ready for things to wrap up, but I enjoyed the book enough to download the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Eleanor Herman, Peggielene Bartels
    • Narrated By J. Karen Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins.

    phillip says: "Long Live the King!"
    "Amazing story"
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    The whole time I was listening to this book I kept asking myself why I never heard this story before. King Peggy is inspirational both as a book and a person. Peggy Bartels became a Ghanaian King at the death of her beloved uncle and the story of her taking the stool, ruling as king, and burying her uncle in the royal manner is a ride through the unbelievable in contemporary Africa. Peggy's dealings with her elders are hilarious and her insistance that she is a "man" make some of the funniest parts of the book. Her natural ability to lead as she puts her people first is inspiring to leaders who also desire to improve their environment. How anyone could read this book and not be won over by Peggy is beyond me.

    The performance is very well done with the perfect mix of changing voices and nice African accents. J. Karen Thomas brought me right into the village and didn't let me out until the story ended with me wanting to listen to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    For the first time, best-selling author and brain expert Dr. Daniel G. Amen offers insight on the unique characteristics and needs of the female brain and a practical, prescriptive program targeted specifically for women to help them thrive. In this breakthrough guide based on research from his clinical practice, Dr. Amen addresses the issues women ask about the most including fertility, pregnancy, menopause, weight, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and relationships.

    disudds says: "Not a book for audio"
    "Not a book for audio"
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    The book is really interesting and gave me several things to work on. My life and brain health have already changed due to the adjustments I've made and the new habits I'm working on. The book itself is powerful.

    Dr. Amen makes a powerful case with substantial evidence for making changes that range from getting more exercise to taking supplements. Furthermore, he does a wonderful job of describing the role of hormones in brain health, not just in the reproductive cycle. His advice is sensible and attainable.

    That said, this is NOT a book for an audio experience. There are too many lists and too much technical information to be able to absorb it auditorally. I wish I had bought the real book so I could use it more as a reference, something that just doesn't work with the audio version. If I had read the book, I think I would have given it a much higher rating. My advice is to buy the real book and leave the audio experience for other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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