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  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2984)
    Performance
    (2618)
    Story
    (2623)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Nothing WILD about it."
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    Would you try another book from Cheryl Strayed and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    Don't think so. Narration was pretty good. I've read over 200 titles in audible and I've read and heard better.


    What could Cheryl Strayed have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Detailed her experiences on the trail rather than focusing on the background crap. I anticipated a woman hiking alone in the back country for the first time to have more to share about her solitude and her wilderness experiences. It seems like poor planning is the crux of this tale.


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

    Nothing really.


    Do you think Wild needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. She pretty much lets us know who and what she is. Pretty shallow personality and not especially interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Recently, I hear Oprah is raving about this book. Interestingly enough I'm not surprised by this. I have found many of Oprahs fav's strange and disturbing, or keenly off kilter. Her endorsement is certain to lift this author in to the stratosphere in terms of book sales. Pretty lucky, actually, because for the most part I was pretty disappointed with the content, the plot, and the follow-through. I was expecting more. I found it underwhelming. I think she might have been better off taking the bus to Oregon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1870)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "A very enjoyable, easy read."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great piece about social change and the coming of age of women.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cora. I could relate to her background and social expectations. Social standards of that time period are what kept things in check. Today there are no standards to uphold and it's a social free-for-all out there with people doing what they want, when they want, how they want regardless of who it hurts or damages, knows about it or the consequence.

    Sadly, today there doesn't seem to be ANY consequence for bad, inappropriate behavior. I will site NY Mayoral candidate Anthony Wiener and former North Carolina Governor Mark Sanford , as the example for today.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she walks in on Allen.


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

    Deciding to lead an extremely unconventional lifestyle to "keep the peace" and not raise eyebrows in her community.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2236)
    Performance
    (1985)
    Story
    (1970)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "A challenging, enthralling read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoyed The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns or even Three Cups of Tea this book is for you. Great additional insight and understanding into the struggles for generations of one family in Afghanistan. The conditions and circumstances they must endure. The great lengths and sacrifices they must go through to educate and keep their children safe in a country that is going to shreds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Parris.


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

    I don't think so. But I enjoyed all of the narrators for this production. Their accents and english pronunciations made the book credible.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    From the writer who brought you The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns comes And The Mountains Echoed. The incredible multi-generational story of two Afghanistan siblings separated at an early age who, having been thrust into very different paths in life, trust that they will somehow reunite.

    And The Mountains Echoed - in theaters soon!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "MUCH MORE than just a love story!!!"
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    Where does Girl in Translation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks up there with other stories I've read recently depicting typical and devastating life situations and circumstances of ordinary people just struggling to survive. I've read several books about Asian women both historical and contemporary in their homelands and as immigrants to the United States.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This books gives great insight into life as a garment worker and as a non-english speaking immigrant. The conditions many are forced to cope with while they attempt to successfully assimilate into a casual US culture so very different from their own. The standards to which these culture rich people aspire to, ones I grew up with, but sadly reflecting just how standards have degraded in this country and modern society today. Especially white, anglo saxon America.


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

    The superb capability of giving the listener great insight into the cadence of language as spoken by Asians.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Welcome to America, you are on your own.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (810)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "This is a bit of stretch."
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    What did you like best about The Harbinger? What did you like least?

    The facts seem intriguing and it could have been an interesting read but the dialog between the prophet and the witness is dull and frustrating. Americans are NOT Gods chosen people, Israel has and always will have that status. To associate one with the other is a bit of a stretch but not at all out of line with the arrogance of American thinking and bravado.

    The pontification towards the end sounds more like an alter call than anything else. The question, after question and never ending dialog with non-answers became very tedious.

    The only people talking about this book seem to be Christians. This might have been a valuable bit of information for anyone and everyone to read and understand but it's heavy handed pontifications are repulsive and off putting, even to intelligent, well read Christians.

    Too bad the author didn't take alienating people into consideration while crafting this book. The intriguing factoids and coincidences are interesting enough to stand on their own, without the sermon from the pulpit.


    Has The Harbinger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The holier than thou delivery. But I haven't read many.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The author is the narrator, and not very good at all. His attitude is arrogant, condescending, heavy handed and the tone doomed filled. He is unable to change from one character to the other effectively so it's difficult to determine who is speaking, combined with the very poor dialog, and it becomes very tiresome.


    Could you see The Harbinger being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO - absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book a bore. It put me to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11591)
    Performance
    (10090)
    Story
    (10128)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Tiresome and Tedious"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    After struggling through the first four books, I am now almost finished with the fifth. Sad to say it's just more the same.

    It is my opinion the majority of what is contained in all five books is outrageous violence and descriptive filler.

    Example Book 5/Chapter 3: Aria is in the cellar with all the faces on the wall...

    "a thousand faces were gazing down on her, they hung upon the walls before her and behind her, high and low everywhere she looked, every where she turned. She saw old faces and young faces, pale faces and dark faces, smooth faces and wrinkled faces, freckled faces and scared faces, handsome faces and homely faces, men and women, boys and girls, even babes, smiling faces, frowning faces, faces full of greed and rage, and lust, bald faces and faces bristling with hair.

    I found myself shouting "OH COME ON!"

    The author spends entirely too much in describing how food was cooked, looked, or tasted. What clothing they were wearing, how it looked, the condition of it, the color of it, how it fit, where it came from, Endless, mindless descriptions going on and endlessly on until I just have to turn it off!

    Overall, I find the plot lines through-out the series dirge like and depressing with little or no redeeming value. It's just one horrific situation after another, too many characters and factious locations to follow and just more of the same page after boring page. There's very little action to speak of, and lots and lots of vulgar, cruel, debauch behavior appealing to the lowest common denominator in humanity.


    Has A Dance with Dragons turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Overly long and boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator brilliantly has a plethora of character voice to draw from but it gets old after awhile.


    Could you see A Dance with Dragons being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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