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david

Clermont, GA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jill McCorkle
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

    Sherry says: "Too Bad"
    "Has the the theme of "Our Town" for the aged."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life After Life to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print. I listened to the audiobook twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Many realistic characters, Touchingly well described.


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

    Emotional story of life as we age. Touching for an aging child of elderly parents from a small town.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book if you enjoy an ensemble, character driven story. Wonderfully read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into Thin Air

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jon Krakauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (709)

    The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

    David says: "Being There"
    "Excellent story of endurance and obsessive risk"
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    Unbelievable story of masochistic risk high altitude climbers and climbing novices endure to summit Mt. Everest. I appreciate the authors honesty and personal reflection in his account of the perilous events he lived through while several of his climbing contemporaries died on the mountain or as a result of this particular climbing expedition.
    I will read it again..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (496)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Exciting, life death adventure."
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    Reminds me of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance. Incredible true story of deep sea divers, their devotion to a death defying profession and their commitment to solving an international mystery involving secret uboat missions. Excellent narration and nice bonus at end of audio with interview of Chatterton and Kohler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4265)
    Performance
    (3899)
    Story
    (3900)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Long-winded fiction novel"
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    Narrator is very good and story line very good, but listening to this reminds me why I am not into fictional novels. Editors could have proofed manuscript better. Young Theo speaks almost to eloquently and small details bothered me, such as, after a terrorist bombing in a high profile New York City museum and his mother is missing, Theo turns on TV and all he remembers is the commercials?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Julie Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "Heart wrenching, emotional, touching, loving"
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    Very well performed audio, great narrator. Beautiful true story about one man's life journey to root his self identity with his birth mother and birth place. Not a happy ending but life and love affirming. One more reason to distrust the Catholic Church.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paul Farmer, Jonathan Weigel (editor), Bill Clinton (foreword)
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, David Ledoux, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Paul Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer's vision in a single, accessible volume.

    Susie says: "Resist the Impoverishment of Aspiration"
    "Exceptional documentary"
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    I teach an undergraduate course, BA223, Principles of Leadership, and introduced this book, Paul Farmer and the Partner's in Health team / task force to my students. This type of civic engagement, grass roots, community based leadership is humanity driven and surpasses all egocentric government systems and politically strangulated agencies, in their activism and critical thinking. Humanity would implode if NGOs like Partner's in Health did not exist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5203)
    Performance
    (3182)
    Story
    (3184)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Emotionally real and down to earth"
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    Absolutely well done, I'm still thinking about it, for all dog lovers. Laugh, cry, get angry, sentimental, life affirming. Enzo and Matt define best friends and their life together is a journey of peaks and valleys. The end is superb. I was having a crappy week at work and listening to this story put me in a better place..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diana Copland
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

    Christine says: "Skin Crawling"
    "I am hooked."
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    Very well written and narrated. A reason to believe is a perfect title and couldn't wait for daily commute to hear more. Story line reminded me of actual event that occurred about the murder of a little beauty pageant queen. And it would be great it Kieran and Matt returned to solve more murders or cold cases.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Gun: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin St. Germain
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    In the tradition of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a stunning memoir of a mother-son relationship that is also the searing, unflinching account of a murder and its aftermath... Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001: Debbie St. Germain’s death, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity. "A real-life old West murder mystery", the local TV announcers intone, while barroom gossips snicker cruelly. But for her 20-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after.

    david says: "Not the most compelling memoir unless"
    "Not the most compelling memoir unless"
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    If you've experienced a similar, traumatic death by gun violence, then this memoir might be cathartic but the writing was not as compelling as I hoped. I enjoy getting into a characters psyche, but this book did not do this for me..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (705)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Humorously clinical analysis of digestive system"
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    What did you like best about Gulp? What did you like least?

    Narration is very good and Roach describes, using detailed research and graphic but appropriate language, a clinical context that is fasinating to anyone in the medical field or with interest in the digestive system.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Giovanni's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

    Mike Sauerman says: "Great Classic - Can't Go Wrong!"
    "Classic Baldwin language, powerfully emotive"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will recommend it to people fascinated by relationships with others and with one's self


    What other book might you compare Giovanni's Room to and why?

    Another Country is another beautiful story of human relationships and emotional connections


    Which character – as performed by Dan Butler – was your favorite?

    David and Giovanni


    If you could take any character from Giovanni's Room out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Giovanni if I was allowed to fall in love with him


    Any additional comments?

    Must read for open minded romantics

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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