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Palm Harbor, FL, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 6 reviews
  • 153 ratings
  • 799 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "A guilty pleasure"

    I am usually kind of a literary snob, and I would probably be embarrassed to be caught listening to this book, but I really liked it a lot. Sometimes I lose my place and go back too far, and with this book I didn't mind listening to the same passages again. It's a good story, plainly. I am sure the blended old and new language and the historical portrayals and accents would be laughed out of the room by other snobs, but this audio book was so entertaining!
    The sex that some reviewers are complaining about is the easiest thing to defend about the book. Sex is such an important part of life; why shouldn't it be included in our stories? I didn't think it was too graphic and I found it pretty fresh and real, although I (unfortunately) don't "read" a lot of books that deal with this part of life.
    The end is clearly not the end, and I am going to buy the next installment. (I may hide the title while listening to it...)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Shallow and self-congratulatory"

    I have listened to hundreds of books and have never before written a negative review. I held my nose through the first two parts, thinking that surely she could not end up the same pathetic human she started out as (plus, I paid for this book and I was going to listen to it). She treats you to at least an hour (and then comes back to the subject several times) of why it's OK she doesn't want a baby. We're all HAPPY you're not having one, OK? Move on, already. She falls apart over the most minor, self-inflicted, personal problems, and treats listeners to repeated dissections of them. This is juxtaposed with limitless descriptions and examples of her otherwise fabulousness. I am almost to the end, and I quit listening when it struck me that she was not going to grow or change during the course of this book, even though that is supposed to be the point of her travels. It is, unfortunately, about a trivial and self-absorbed year in the life of a trivial and self-absorbed icky person.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Best book I've listened to in three years"

    I was so enthralled with this book that I really felt I had discovered something great myself. I love Bryson's humor, which consists of pointing out the truth and how strange that truth is. It's hard to imagine anyone tackling this subject and doing well by it, but he truly does. It's his best book to date.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "A pleasurable place to go for a while"

    The pain of the history and hatred exposed by this beautiful story are juxtaposed against humanity and wisdom. And bees. After listening to this story, every jar of honey has a little extra mystery and meaning.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stones from the River

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ursula Hegi
    • Narrated By Ursula Hegi

    Trudi Montag is a Zwerg - a dwarf - short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share, from her mother who flees into madness, to her friend Georg whose parents pretend he's a girl, to the Jews Trudi harbors in her cellar. Hegi's timeless story weaves together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.

    Victoria says: "unbearable"
    "A beautiful story"

    This is a beautiful story, beautifully read. At the end, I felt I had just listened to a work of art.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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