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INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 6 reviews
  • 258 ratings
  • 582 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2015

  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "If you have ever loved a dog..."

    This book digs at my heart, much like "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle." Susan Wilson truly understands the bond between dogs and humans--at least from this human's point of view. I love dogs, I love this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky
    • Narrated By Robin Eller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude - but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

    Marie says: "Modern Slavery - who knew?"
    "The Whining Was Agonizing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really don't k now.

    Has Hidden Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily.

    What aspect of Robin Eller’s performance would you have changed?

    She wasn't the problem.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I just got tired of the "poor me, I worked so hard, poor me, poor me, poor me." Once would have been enough.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Eva Gannon says: "A Disappointing Bodice Ripper"
    "It's a Freaking Soap Opera!"
    What did you like best about The Valley of Amazement? What did you like least?

    I have loved Amy Tan's books in the past but this one is not one that I would recommend to anyone, I almost stopped listening several times. The plot is totally predictable, the women characters flighty, impulsive and down right stupid! The storytelling was problematic, the shift in timeline three-quarters of the way through the book was very confusing, keeping the tale running in a straight line might have helped keep all the characters straight. And what in the world ever became of Teddy?

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Steven King's new book.

    Which scene was your favorite?


    Did The Valley of Amazement inspire you to do anything?

    I am inspired to take Amy Tan off of my list of favorite authors.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Salinger

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Shields, Shane Salerno
    • Narrated By Peter Friedman, January LaVoy, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last 56 years of Salinger’s life: a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers. Provided unprecedented access to diaries, letters, legal records, and secret documents, listeners will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.

    Richard Seeley says: "Good biographical details marred by over analysis"
    "Obviously I Do Not Get It!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Only if it had been a different experience all together. This book was like diving into a fishbowl of snippets and reading them one by one. Am I the only one who found this audiobook disconcerting? A collage, yes, certainly. Difficult to hear and really difficult to try and put the pieces together, you bet. I thought I wanted to know more about JDS, but not like this. All over the map, it's 1948, then 1953, then 1972, then 1948. Very, very disappointed. The collage was too much for me.

    Would you ever listen to anything by David Shields and Shane Salerno again?

    I don't know, probably not.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. My granddaughter was named Esme after the character in "To Esme with Love and Squalor." Her dad was in Afghanistan when she was born. Therefore I am very interested in the life and times of JDS. Too difficult to try and decipher.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Stick With Underage Wizzards!"
    Would you try another book from J. K. Rowling and/or Tom Hollander?

    I would not try another book from J.K. Rowling. I read and enjoyed every Harry Potter book but her attempt at adult literature is so dark and depressing, not to mention it drags and drags. I don't know where it was going and I don't care! I gave up after listeniing to the first (of three) downloads.

    What was most disappointing about J. K. Rowling’s story?

    I found it hard to stay interested in the characters or their acativities. Several characters are called by a couple of names and my interest was not enough that I even cared to keep track.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was wonderful, he just had some difficult material, in my opinion.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did not like anything about this book. Not one thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    Rebecca says: "I'd expect nothing less..."
    "Such a bummer..."

    I have never heard a more depressing book. Half of the time Wallander is moaning about being 60 like he was at the brink of death! I'm glad Mankell finally put him out of his misery--even if it felt like an afterthought. I wouldn't listen to any more blubbering from Kurt Wallander even if it were available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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