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Cynthia

Mother of 2 teens, alternate between reading for educational enrichment and pure pleasure. Like to run, bike, hike, and dance.

Grass Lake, MI, United States

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  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (124)

    Perhaps James Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus. Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth.

    Tad Davis says: "Good, but a little rushed"
    "Weird anti-cliffhanger classic"
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    What would have made A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man better?

    A little more about his life later


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

    Scottish or Irish accent


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting for some big revelation that never came.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (486)

    It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward.

    Henry says: "A Must Listen"
    "entertaining western thriller"
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    Would you listen to The Wrecker again? Why?

    no, it wasn't THAT good. I only listen to books a second time if there is something integral to the story that I missed. I don't think I missed anything.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the Wrecker, unpredictable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the castle


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    good western, a little predictable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (583)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Blackmac says: "quick easy listen"
    "a good action packed thriller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Chase to be better than the print version?

    didn't read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isaac Bell, he is in every scene


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

    It sounded like a western cowboy was reading it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I feel bad but Brick gets on my nerves a little bit with his 'good ol' boy' reading style, but it might be the content, too. I listen to Cussler because my Mom and Sister listen to his series but I am not the biggest fan of traditional roles of men being the superhero saviors of everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2947)
    Performance
    (2586)
    Story
    (2590)

    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"
    "a great book for any adventurer"
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    What did you love best about Wild?

    the brutal honesty of her experiences that lead her to this journey, and the experiences while on the trail. It renewed my faith that I could hike the Appalachian Trail alone, without worrying about dragging an unwilling friend or family member along. I cried like a baby during the horse scene.


    What other book might you compare Wild to and why?

    Confessions of Shopaholic because of its female lead who was honest about her faults.


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

    no


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

    One woman's journey through grief into adulthood


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (843)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Loved! Renewed my desire for classics!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition] the most enjoyable?

    Loved the story of a young girl who overcame odds and was somewhat of a feminist in an age when it wasn't cool.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]?

    When she visits after a year's absence.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Jane


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

    true love between kindred spirits, thou shall overcome!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (740)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "Long"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    no


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    anticlimactic


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when they all meet and find out that they all had a run in with Dartainel sp.


    Was The Three Musketeers worth the listening time?

    yes because it was a 'classic' but i didn't enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1137)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Hated this book"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was expecting a big cliffhanger at the end, something to shock me and although the performance was good the book was 3 hours too long.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Start


    How could the performance have been better?

    Kenneth Brannagh did a great job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like i need to finish the books that I start so I thought this would be a quick listen and cure my burnout from a recent 24 hour listen. I hated it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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