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Tana

Harrison, AR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3774)
    Performance
    (3408)
    Story
    (3429)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Great narration"
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    This classic tale was wonderfully narrated by Claire Danes. Unfortunately for me, the storyline just didn't hold up against more modern tales such as "The Hunger Games". Still a great classic done extremely well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (766)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Heartbreaking - well written and narrated"
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    This is another heartbreaking cult saga. Jenna Miscavige Hill writes a moving narrative from the point of a 3rd generation Scientologist and confirms our fears about what this 'non-profit' organization is really about. With so many famous believers and contributors, it has been easy to be skeptical of my own doubts of the so-called religion based on Ron L. Hubbard's writings. Now my skeptism more clearly lies on the intelligence of those high-powered followers who publicize this cult with their association further empowering the leadership of this organization and the hold they have on those in the lower ranks to provide a lifestyle so clearly monetary and self indulgent in its purpose. With so many accounts of Scientology coming to light, can the Tom Cruises, John Travoltas, Lisa Marie Presleys and other high-powered names associated within its ranks continue to look the other way as young children are being seperated from their families, married couples being seperated and sent to live on seperate continents all the while being brain-washed that there is some overall world good they are achieving in so doing? This account is well written and narrated, easy and compelling to listen to. It's one of those books I'd find myself sitting in the driveway listening to after arriving at my destination. My heart goes out to Ms. Hill and the courage and strength she had to rise above the strict indoctrination she had received from the young age of 6 (which is where the story begins) and probably even before that age. I strongly recommend that you read/hear this book and share it with others.

    0 of 1 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
    (3098)
    Performance
    (2762)
    Story
    (2768)

    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"
    "Cute story."
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    This book finally grabbed me (for a bit) after about the mid-way point but was hard to get through. The story was intriguing, but much like the character, Harold Fry, it just seemed to plod along without alot of enthusiasm. I got through it, and it was a charming story in the end, but I can't really recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (872)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Entertaining as always !"
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    Penny Marshall's autobiography was thoroughly entertaining. I enjoy listening to her and am somewhat surprised that her strong NY accent doesn't drive me nuts! In spite of that she just makes me smile and laugh out loud as she pokes fun at herself and opens up about working, partying, and just living through the 60's and 70's and beyond. She comes across as open, honest, and fun-loving and I enjoyed listening to the book from beginning to end :->

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2447)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Awesome!"
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    Best use of credits in a long time. Hated to finsih this 20+ hour read. Excellent narration to accompany a saga that pulls you in right from the beginning. This is a great story about the lives of 3 innertwinned from young adults over the next several decades. I've found some Bryce Courtenay material slow and tedious but this book kept me wanting more from the very beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet.

    Miranda says: "Not her best work"
    "Funny and light"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted read. It was easy to listen to and made me smile. Not a whole lot to sink your teeth into but the narration was excellent and the characters classic in typical Fannie Flagg style. This is a 'feel good' book - and a good one at that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1072)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "Epic"
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    This was a great story. The depth of each character was rich and absorbing and was probably the most enjoyable part of the book for me. This said, it was also slow and rambling. I found a few portions of the story compelling but more often it was plodding and tedious. What Steinbeck did so well in his character development was lacking in plot and/or action for the characters. I think the story would make (and I understand was made into) a great 8-10 hour mini-series as opposed to a 25.5 hour book. I have to say I think the narration was EXCELLENT. I don't know if I would have made it through without such great narration. I'm glad to have listened to it because I know it's a classic but as for its entertainment value, it falls a little short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2909)
    Performance
    (1709)
    Story
    (1717)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Epic Story"
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    While I enjoyed this epic story about the life of this boy from childhood to young adult, I found it slow and hard to listen to. It lacked the enthusiasm that keeps me wanting to come back to a book. I did however make it through the entire book and think perhaps this might be an instance where the movie might have done a better job telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27570)
    Performance
    (21374)
    Story
    (21582)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Wow!"
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    Wow is all I can say after reading this trilogy. What a different take on the human condition. Well written and captivating, I put all other books on hold to get through all three. Can't wait for the movie, but can't imagine it being as compelling as the books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Gary Beaty
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live.

    David says: "Success Formula in Story Format"
    "A Must Read"
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    This is a simple, powerful book with principles that will change your life if applied. Beware this is not for passive listening. I immediately went out and bought a hard copy of the workbook for putting these principles at work in my life and bought 4 copies for family members. Andy Andrews has a powerful message for us all - he's also a great speaker - go see him if you get the opportunity. Give yourself a gift of listening to this great story and take the message to heart!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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