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Brody's mom

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  • Farnham's Freehold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (282)

    Hugh Farnham is a practical, self-made man, and when he sees the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he builds a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. But when the apocalypse comes, something happens that he did not expect. A thermonuclear blast tears apart the fabric of time and hurls his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

    Lisa says: "Heinlein of his time..."
    "Back to the Past"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book, with qualifications. It was written quite a long time ago and much of the book takes place at a time when there was much anxiety over nuclear war. this is important to the story line. But suspending reality, the book was good. It had an interesting story line and made a statement.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert A. Heinlein before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other Heinlein, but have read some. I enjoy the humanity he brings to his Sci Fi books; the stories could be any where about any one and they still are believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really don't have a favorite scene.


    Do you think Farnham’s Freehold needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up is necessary, it was a complete story with a pretty final ending. That said, if he wanted to do a follow up, there was room for one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2753)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2107)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Divorce in a small town"
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    Would you listen to And One Last Thing... again? Why?

    I enjoyed the story, although it was predictable. I might listen to it again if I waited for a few months. It was not the kind of book that would become a classic.


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

    The ending was predictable. Still, there are times I really enjoy a book like that.


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

    NO, I have not heard her before. She did a decent job with this book.


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

    I liked the idea of living off in a cabin with not alot of people around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4827)
    Performance
    (2233)
    Story
    (2242)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Health Care in Ethiopia"
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    What did you love best about Cutting for Stone?

    This was a wonderful story about commitment to healing and providing the best possible care under less than best circumstances. The characters are colorful and distinct and provide a picture of caring and concern for one another and the communities. When the story moves to the U.S. the contrast in care and facilities from Boston and Ethiopia are astounding. Then the contrast between the "White" hospitals and the poor hospitals in the US is equally appalling. The relationship between Marion and his twin brother Shiva is woven into the story in a compelling manner, with the shadow of their missing birth father hanging over the story line.


    What about Sunil Malhotra’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed listing to Mr. Malhotra's accent as he performed the different characters. It heightened the African feel of the story. He reading was clear and concise and easy to understand, even with the acceint.


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

    This was a book that I might have enjoyed listening to in one sitting, but it was long enough to keep me engaged for quite a while. I listen to these stories as I drive back and forth to work and make a point of not listening in between times (even if I want to!).


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the color and character of this book and would definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys stories about foreign countries and/or medical stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5085)
    Performance
    (2876)
    Story
    (2914)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Book about tracing family roots!"
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    This is a complicated story line that was worthy of a second look. The story kept me coming back for more. A second go round would surely prIovide even more insight into the story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Cassandra as a character, because of her devotion to her grandmother and her perseverence to discovering the truth. She also showed growth because of her challenges. Second best would have to be Eliza, she too, seemed to grow through the story and met her challenges face on. I believe it is a tie between which I would have liked best!


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee made the story seem real. While listening to this, I did not have to think about who was speaking or remember that it was a story being read. She managed to make the story alive while she read it.


    If you could rename The Forgotten Garden, what would you call it?

    Complicated Family Ties


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book so well, that I forgot we had picked it for the book club and after reading it, recommennded it back to the book club!! There were so many facets to the story that it just held me transfixed from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4012)
    Performance
    (3505)
    Story
    (3471)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Cult activity in Japan"
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    Would you listen to 1Q84 again? Why?

    Eventually, It is a long tale and I would have to wait a year or two before I would listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it slowly unfolds. You start with one image of what is happening and it gets unwrapped like the layers of an onion


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where obedamat goes down the emergency stairs from the highway and comes out in a different world.


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

    Absolutely Not! This takes time and consideration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (682)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Tension in Hawaii"
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    Would you listen to The Descendants again? Why?

    I would listen to it again if enough time passed after the first time. It was an interesting story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the daughter's boyfriend. He started out as a jerk and as you got to know him, it changed your opinion. He really was a help to the entire family without really trying to be.


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

    No, I have not


    If you could rename The Descendants, what would you call it?

    Following the roots of family


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book and I intend to recommend it to my book club. Thanks for the chance to talk about it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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