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Mama C

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  • 109 ratings
  • 515 titles in library
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  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (5318)
    Performance
    (4575)
    Story
    (4555)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Cute Story, Weak Mystery"
    Overall

    The premise of a penniless royal becoming a detective to solve a mystery was intriguing, but the mystery was fairly predictable. However, if you are looking for a light read, try it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Tranquil Light: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bo Caldwell
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war.

    Annette Rowe says: "What We're Here For"
    "Encouraging Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fictional story about missionaries to China in the early 20th century, the story starts out slowly. As Will matures and faces bigger challenges to his beliefs, the storyline picks up. I found Will and Katherine to be realistic characters, expressing their joys and sorrows in very true-to-life ways. The book contains the same encouragement for me that I receive from non-fictional missionary stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lucy Maude Montgomery
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (178)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends - and much trouble - her way.

    Julia says: "Fabulous narration of a classic"
    "There's No One Like Anne"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hadn't reread this classic in years, but it's as good as ever. The narrator just didn't do justice to the characters. I think this is one book that should be read in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1616)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1432)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story is okay, but what makes the book fun for literature lovers are the many literary references throughout. This is a "Silas Marner" story, but despite a mention of Eliot's novel on a reading list, the author never points this out.

    Narrator does fine, but his women's voices aren't strong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (382)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story of Saroo was interesting, and I enjoyed the way he unwound his story for his readers. The book almost feels like a mystery or detective story. With Saroo's story you get a unique POV. He came from a very poor home and was uneducated, but grew up in a western home, so he can communicate to his readers the Indian life so we can understand it. It was worth reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in Austenland

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    In this follow-up to Austenland, Charlotte Kinder is eager to escape the numbness she feels after her divorce. Deciding to get away, she visits the Regency-themed Pembrook Park resort in England, where talented actors set the perfect scene. But with everyone playing a role, it’s hard to distinguish reality from fantasy. So when Charlotte’s heart stirs, she wonders if she’s simply caught up in the experience - or if her ability to feel is finally returning.

    Jennifer says: "Charlotte talks to herself way too much!"
    "Disappointing Sequel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed "Austenland." It was fun and charming. "Midnight in Austenland" felt as though Hale was uninspired and trying too hard to create a sequel for her fans. The narrator's voice is pleasant enough, but she sounded too young for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (578)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "Uninspiring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Teachers are always looking for inspiration. Maybe someone can find it in this book, but I quit reading it after it about 90 minutes because it was more about Danza fulfilling a desire in front of a camera than about teaching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (543)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "I Dare You Not to Cry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gregory Boyle, or "G" as the gang members he works with call him, is a wonderful story teller. In "Tattoos on the Heart" he's taken the stories he's collected from many years of working as a priest with gang members and their families in East L.A. and shared them with us. No other narrator could have read them as well as he has, with the dialects and intonations and experience of retelling these stories. But I'll warn you, it's hard to get through the stories without shedding tears. Boyle has buried nearly 200 people over the years due to gang violence. His dedication and selflessness is lovely to see. Don't get me wrong--he's not tooting his own horn, but merely relating his experiences of trying to get through to these young men and women. There are successes, but many failures. I found the book a wonderful encouragement and will most likely read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (658)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "Not a Winner"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this book because the review in the newspaper included great job advice, and I figured the creator of Dilbert would have interesting stories about the various jobs he'd held. The problem is that the review contained the most interesting stories. When I got to the chapter with a--h---- in the title and found it was repeated over and over, I decided I'd had enough. If you are a big Dilbert fan and find vulgar language amusing, this might be the book for you. I'm moving on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ethan Frome

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (142)

    Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer, is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena.When Zeena's young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie's warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage.

    Anne says: "A time capsule not to be missed"
    "A Classic for a Reason"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "Ethan Frome" is a little gem! Short enough to be read in a day, I confess it took me longer as I stopped from time to time to think about the story. Wharton has written a passionate book hidden behind the austere exteriors of her New England characters. The melancholy beauty of it took my breath away! This is not a book to read and move on; she leaves her readers considering her setting, characters, and conflict and knowing there is more depth than a single reading can reveal. The narrator seemed to capture the tone and only added to the story. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Ozma, Jim Brozina (foreword)
    • Narrated By Alice Ozma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    When Alice Ozma was in fourth grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak". Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

    Daryl says: "For anyone who loves books"
    "A Love Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was immediately attracted to this book by its title and subject. It was, after all, a book about a parent reading to his child; something I loved doing with my children. After reading the mixed reviews I started the book wondering whether it would hold my attention. To be honest, there was a point at which I almost stopped. Alice goes into details about her life that didn't seem relevant. But I stuck with it and it grew on me to the point where I was sorry when it was over.
    "The Reading Promise" is a coming-of-age story, but it's also a love story to a single dad, as well as a warning cry to all who value reading that it's time to make our voices heard in the schools before reading and books are removed to make room for technology.
    Alice does a great job reading. If anyone wants proof that reading to your children is worth the time, read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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