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Maureen

dublin, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
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    (162)
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    (158)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "Be still my heart...delightful!"
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    Full disclosure...I've been a besotted fan of Frank Langella forever and to hear him read this honest and extraordinary memoir in his own voice was heavenly! He shows great courage in revealing exactly how he feels about the great actors he's worked with...much of this is surprising and even shocking at times although it must be said that he is just as hard on himself! His recollections of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Mel Brooks, Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor and so many others are amazing! We share having grown up in Bayonne, New Jersey and to think that he was able to rise above his humble beginnings to become the great actor makes this a truly fascinating bildungsroman!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3803)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3148)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Amazing thriller with lovable warrior protagonist!"
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    Stumbled on this one by lucky accident and now I'm hooked for the whole series. Wonderfully researched, terrific pacing with original chapter structures and very scary evil bad guys (and girls!). I fell in love with Joe Ledger but the carefully constructed and extremely convincing terrorist plot was full of SF level bioscience and medical doomsday scenario....much better than I had expected it would be. My expectations were not high..just wanted a Zombie apocalyptic thriller to take me through cleaning out the garage and I was delighted at how good the novel was. Highly recommend and thank you Jonathan Maberry as I order #2 in the series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4224)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3043)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Terrific novel of the heart and mind!"
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    I purchased this not expecting much but was blown away by the quality of the writing and the richness of plot, characters and theme. Medicine, science, romance, suspense and beautifully painted characters...a total winner! I will go on to get all of Ann Patchett!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (226)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    Tamara says: "Monotone narration"
    "Classic SF and Kim Stanley Robinson fantastic!"
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    For hard core SF fans really- great detective story..terraforming...AI ...problems with the help..ha..ha..extraordinary characters and political intrigue...great love story too..get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2836)
    Performance
    (2505)
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    (2504)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Superb sequel to The Passage"
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    Fantastic...fulfills the promise of the first novel and the writing is excellent. Cronin is a master of narrative construction and each character is so compelling...even the vampiric monsters are uniquely horrific. I HATED to complete the book because nothing else in my library is anywhere near as good. Thank you Mr. Cronin and get number three done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6958)
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    (3322)
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    (3326)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Perfection...great writing fantastic characters!"
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    Justin Cronin is amazing and every bit as good as Stephen King if not better! I couldn't stop listening and fell in love with the characters who are fighting to survive a vampire viral apocalypse in the near future. This is a suspenseful novel but rarely do you find this quality of literary fiction in this genre. Write MORE Justin Cronin ...we await your next installment! Amy must prevail!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3476)
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    (3135)
    Story
    (3155)

    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....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Perfection of novel and performance...go Claire!"
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    Atwood is a master and The Handmaid's Tale is a masterwork. I teach it every year in my AP Lit class and in IB English and it never disappoints and now I love having the audio available to play clips and engage the students who won't read conventionally. Thank you Audible for this wonderful production of a dystopian classic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • March in Country: The Vampire Earth, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, E. E. Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (143)

    The race is on to claim the area between the Ohio River and Tennessee. What's left of the resistance is hiding out in the tangle of central Kentucky hills - leaving the powerful, well-organized Kurian vampires the opportunity to fill the void. Major David Valentine knows there's only one way for them to find help before the Kurians settle in: a desperate dash by hijacked rail, followed by a harrowing river journey. Valentine unites friends old and new in the effort - but the Kurian Order won't easily yield.

    bobby says: "march in country"
    "Know when to hold and when to fold Mr. Knight!"
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    I enjoyed the earlier books in the Vampire Earth series and got this one just to see what happens to Valentine and Blake...not much! Seems Knight is just trying to keep the series in play rather than creating a new and engaging novel. Each installment has gotten weaker in every area- plot, theme, characterization, writing.. Too bad because I do love the characters who were developed beautifully in the first few books. I'm done now until he get to the final chapter and then I would consider listening if the reviews are excellent.
    Authors have to know when to "hold 'em and when to fold 'em"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Feldman
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (283)

    In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

    Ella says: "A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world"
    "Excellent and engaging expose of a horrid cult"
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    I used to live near Lakewood NJ and watched the Hasidic women dragging their endless broods of insulated children around the grocery store but never realized just how badly they were treated in the name of "faith" - what a nightmare. The oppression of women in this cult reminded me of the renegade Mormon cults in Texas and Utah; hard to believe this kind of crap still exists in 2012...but lo and beyond...these kinds of cults abound and they ALL forbid birth control so they can populate the country with their particular brand of CRAZY! Well God Bless Deborah Feldman for her courage in breaking away and revealing the truth about the cult she was raised in and let's hope they don't try to hurt her physically. Thank you Deborah Feldman and may your book encourage other women to break away and be FREE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11821)
    Performance
    (9486)
    Story
    (9602)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Extremely slow...nothing new here..average at best"
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    Matthew Poirette's review is the most accurate I've read on this slow, overly long and frequently boring novel which begins with an extremely exciting event and then NOTHING MUCH HAPPENS and the characters are not engaging either. I listened all the way until the end figuring the good reviews couldn't ALL be this off....and yet...they are. The subtitle Day 1 should have tipped me off. To compare this author with George Martin is totally ridiculous...they just are not in the same league at all. Don't get the fuss over Rothfuss at all!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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