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40-something with a mind that still believes I'm 20 something but a body screaming otherwise! I enjoy listening to Audible books to break the monotony of grading papers and writing exams, care plans, and other various academic baloney. It's a way to escape into another place, another time, and another life. I appreciate the availability of this platform.

Fresno, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 188 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "A timeless tale..."
    Where does The Cider House Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I had seen the movie long ago, but it was only memorable to the extent that I recognized a few key actors; otherwise it meant very little to me. Once I began listening to the book, I found the story to be so eerily similar to social issues we face today. Not to mention it was engaging and very beautifully written.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was by far Homer. I felt his genuineness and the complex internal struggle that he had for what he wanted to do versus what he was innately called to do.

    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I loved how engaged he kept me.

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

    Both! I laughed and cried.

    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would gladly read another John Irving novel anytime, as this was my first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Never disappointed!"
    Where does Edge of Eternity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    mid 30's

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Edge of Eternity?

    The description of Lyndon Johnson

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

    Yes, I have. Very comparable

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

    The scene in which George moves to save a small girl from the water cannons

    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to the two previous books and was so incredibly drawn into the historical elements of the story. The rich characterizations of the time periods, places and people became so vividly imprinted in my mind that I could hardly wait for this book to be released. And once again, Mr. Follett delivers an expansive story that spans years, continents and characters. I loved it!

    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

    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!"
    "Wonderfully elegant; hauntingly engaging..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Invention of Wings to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version

    What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

    The Help... the stories are not similar in their structure or the stories that are told. However, I couldn't help but relate the struggles of Heddie and Charlotte to those of some of the main characters in the Help. Perhaps that it is due solely to the content matter and less about the characters themselves.

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

    The voices... Listening to a book that is narrated by multiple readers brings inflection and emotion to the words; transforming them into something far more personal and meaningful.

    If you could take any character from The Invention of Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Charlotte... I find her heroism to be so profound and it really touched me.

    Any additional comments?

    As I listened to this book, I found myself grieving for the characters in the book; and grieving for the acts perpetuated upon them. I also found myself feeling quite ashamed of being white and knowing that these times were so incredibly different to ours, but ashamed nonetheless for the brutality so often visited upon people who had no rights or repercussions to bring justice upon those whites who were so cruel and ignorant. In the end, I cried at the reunion of the beloved friends, in part because it was people like Sarah & Nina who paved the way for both the cause of abolitionism, but more so because they all took their lives into their own hands in order to be free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"

    This book was the most fantastic I've read/heard since A thousand splendid suns. So, so good. I recommend it highly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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