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Marijane

Milton, DE, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1825)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1631)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Best book I've heard in awhile"
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    Hands down, the best book I've listened to this year in this genre. The narrator deserves the Oscar for this performance. The author and narrator are spot on with Bee's precociousness, Bernadette's quirkiness, Elgin's confusion and the snarkiness of of Bee's friend's parents. I found out I need a personal assistant in India. Who knew? I smiled through the whole thing. I think this is probably a better listen than read thanks to Kathleen Wilhoite.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (351)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    Susie says: "New favorite!"
    "Best listened to than read"
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    I haven't had so much fun since Where's You Go Bernadette! I grew up in Philadelphia, full of ethnicity. We had Polish, Hispanic, Italian, Jewish, Chinese, Irish. After we got married, we moved to the suburbs near a naval air station and our little cul-de-sac would have a party every month with cookouts in the summer and progressive dinners in the winter. We got to know the traditions and foods of the world. In the blink of an eye, we were transferred to a small town in Alabama and everything is just so "white bread". No pirogues, no braciole,no keugel and almost no Catholics. So, when Sookie finds out she is both Polish and Catholic and not even "suthun" it particularly struck my funny bone. I thought Ms. Flagg did a great job narrating. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you won't want the book to end. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Evening Mists

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tan Twan Eng
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp.

    Susan says: "The best"
    "Captivating. Well worth the listen."
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    Apparently, I snoozed through history when I was in school. I had no idea of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia. The story is told by Teoh Yun Ling who was a prisoner of war in a work camp where she was the sole survivor and where her sister died. Yun Lingh studies the law in England and when she returns, as a prosecutor for the Malayan government in the trials of captured Japanese Army soldiers. As the book opens, she is retiring unexpectedly early from the Supreme Court to return to the highlands countryside in hopes to honor her sister's memory by planting a garden.

    The book bounces seamlessly over time between the 1940s and 1980s and Yun Lingh's relationships with her neighbors who are colonists as they live through communist guerrilla attacks but mostly her relationship with Aritomo, the former chief gardener to Emperor Hirohito of Japan. She works as his apprentice, helping him to rebuild his own garden while learns the art of Japanese gardening from him.

    This book is not gripping but is a page turner. The writing is beautifully lyrical and the narration was wonderful. If you liked Cutting From Stone, I think you will like this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9759)
    Performance
    (8863)
    Story
    (8875)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "The Literary Version of Lost"
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    Could have been so great but lost me when it went off the rails and turned Sci-Fi. I thought it would just be creepy, haunted or something. Seven miles underground was too far for my imagination to go. The narrator was a little dull also. Thankfully, I didn't waste a credit on this,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13553)
    Performance
    (11027)
    Story
    (11658)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Teen romance with pain."
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    Is it just me? Am I the only one that didn't swoon over Fifty Shades, Hunger Games and just don't get the writing style of Wolf Hall/Bringing Up the Bodies? I feel like I'm off the loop. Basically, young girl, older guy, she can't believe he likes he, does he really like her or is he really impressed with the hardware store where she works and he does he need so many chains................I didn't make it through the first book. Oh well, I guess I'm officially old.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13825)
    Performance
    (12200)
    Story
    (12228)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
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    The first third of the book, I thought was good but not up to the hype. Then I got to the second third and it was a roller coaster ride after that. The last third, I never would have guessed. I was listening while shopping and would occasionally gasp and get strange looks from my fellow shoppers in produce. What a fun ride this book was.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5797)
    Performance
    (4168)
    Story
    (4189)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Loved it!"
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    The first third of the book, I thought was good but not up to the hype. Then I got to the second third and it was a roller coaster ride after that. The last third, I never would have guessed. I was listening while shopping and would occasionally gasp and get strange looks from my fellow shoppers in produce. What a fun ride this book was.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (828)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Not as great as the hype."
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    After all the hype, I was expecting more "gripping". The one thing that really didn't ring true was the neighbor that happened to be a psychologist well versed in OCD and that, with all the girls in London he could have dated, he falls for one with so many problems? The last few chapters were semi gripping but I thought the story itself took too long to tell.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julie Klam
    • Narrated By Julie Klam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Julie Klam writes about dogs with a rollicking wit and a radiating warmth-as no other writer can. In her bestselling memoir You Had Me at Woof, she shared the secrets of happiness she learned as an occasionally frazzled but always devoted owner of Boston terriers. Now, with the same enchanting, pop culture-infused amalgam of humor and poignancy that reached the New York Times and the Today show and won the hearts of readers across the country, she returns....

    Erin says: "Wonderful!"
    "So adorable."
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    Okay, so I've saved countless dogs and support many rescue groups so, perhaps, I'm not the best person but this was right up there with The Art of Racing in the Rain. I can totally relate and was a very enjoyable listen. I loved the story and the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Goodbye: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Meghan O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Meghan O'Rourke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of 55, Meghan O'Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow. In the first anguished days, she began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief - an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond.

    glamazon says: "Really great. Loved it."
    "Why do authors insist on narrating?"
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    Very good story. I just happened to listen to this after Wild, both about women losing their mother at a young age. As an aside, both lost their marriages which escapes me. The mother daughter relationship is so complicated and I thought this book captured this well and I wish I could have been so eloquent with my feelings. Would have been better with another narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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