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Marilyn

Petaluma, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (161)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "You Get More That One Credit's Worth!"
    Overall

    I long for REAL horse stories and was surprised to find this one so superbly bound together with the myriad of human experiences from the tween years to middle age to dying and death. I cannot fathom a world without my horses.

    I admire the complexity of characters, plotting, and settings in which this author deftly weaves together. Though at times, it seems that too much incidental description is included, then comes the comes the moment this book needs it all so that it may be stitched back together for a satisfying conclusion.

    The only down side for me was the pacing of the reader, and that is simply a cultural difference. After the first hour, I was finding it a simply elegant rendering of a very satisfying book. Well worth the credit!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3352)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1100)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Good Grief ..."
    Overall

    Grisham has made a enormous name for himself with legal thrillers, fascinating characters, and plot twists that make your head spin.

    You will not find much of this in his latest book, The Confession. I reread the 4 and 5 star ratings and wondered how those readers felt good about this book. I expect to be entertained, and treated like the intelligent reader that I am. I wasted a credit and am very sorry to all the others who feel the same way. What else can you do?

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • All Tomorrow's Parties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. His job has him convinced that his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

    Laura says: "Worth several listenings."
    "Dan is Right ... It's an overblown character study"
    Overall

    Someone kept telling the author he could write. Yes, and writing includes story which is hard to find. Too bad there isn't much of a story that is compelling to keep the character "study" going. Tries to be cool but it is so cold, it freezes the reader out; alone, asking yourself why are you listen to this?

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Light on Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The events of a December afternoon, during which a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow, forever alter the 11-year-old girl's understanding of the world and the adults who inhabit it: a father who has taken great pains to remove himself from society in order to put an unthinkable tragedy behind him; a young woman who must live with the consequences of the terrible choices she has made; and a detective whose cleverness is exceeded only by his sense of justice.

    A User says: "Intriguing Story and Characters"
    "Nice, Interesting, Easy Read"
    Overall

    This is the 4th or 5th A. Shreve novel I have listened to/or read. Her few characters are interesting and easy to handle. The issues brought up are presented from several points-of-view. This is rarely handled as well as Ms. Shreve did within this book. It is what I consider "light and easy," reading, yet there is substance in this audio book so you are not left as though you had just consumed marsh mellows.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bag Lady Papers: The Priceless Experience of Losing It All

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alexandra Penney
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Throughout her life, Alexandra Penney's worst fear was becoming a bag lady. Even as she worked several jobs while raising a son as a single mother, wrote a multimillion-dollar best-selling advice book, and became editor in chief of Self magazine, she was haunted by the image of herself alone, bankrupt, and living on the street. And then, one day, that's exactly what happened.

    Mary says: "Brie with that Whine?"
    "Unbelievably Trite"
    Overall

    This book could have been good and should have been ... and it isn't! The author/protagonist is shallow, and is incapable of getting what significant profound moment that happened to herself and all the other Maddoff "victims." I have a hard time for those who invested with him and lost so "everything." They need to redefine and get a REAL grip on what is truly important.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joe Eszterhas
    • Narrated By Grainger Hines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Joe Eszterhas knows a lot about darkness. A writer of sinister, sexually graphic, violent films like Basic Instinct and Jagged Edge, he awoke one hellishly hot day in 2001 and found God. Or, rather, God found him. Crossbearer is the powerful, poignant story of how a streetwise, cynical man found faith in some of the most mundane places: a game of baseball, a child's photo of a cloud, a dying mother's dying roses.

    Kathy says: "Foul Language"
    "Do Not Waste Your Time or Credit"
    Overall

    Not anything close to an inspirational book here! I am so sorry I wasted the time and credit on this book! Don't reward this character who thinks he is "little God" with this awful litany of his torrid lifestyle that he misguidedly thought was research ... he still hasn't gotten through what it is to live a good and decent life, though for over 50 years he lived a life that was detestable and immoral and says he is now "saved" by writing and doing a few of the correct things. He isn't very far along the road to be held up as an example of a person who has made it back to an ethically moral life. A long way to go yet, bud!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (582)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "This gives you insight into the REAL Last Lecture"
    Overall

    What I liked after listening to the 1.40 hour Last Lecture on You Tube; is that you received a lot of back-story to all the reasons why certain stories were told and others omitted. Only those who have faced the certainty of immanent death can truly comment on why Randy faced death with such joie de vive. Rest in peace, Randy. PS I am glad that you saw the light and got a Macintosh computer, too.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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