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Blythe

Longmont, CO, USA

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 96 titles in library
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  • The Other Side of the Story

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Literary agent Jojo Harvey combines Jessica Rabbit's body with a mind like a steel trap. As if watching her back on the corporate ladder and making million-dollar deals wasn't difficult enough, Jojo's having a relationship with her married boss.

    Laurie says: "Listen a Little Longer.."
    "Very silly"
    Overall

    The description is better written than this novel.. .I was very dismayed to find it a very silly story of a daughter and a mother both terminally devastated because they'd lost their men. I was attracted to the novel because the central character sounded like someone with a career and a novel to write. That was absolutely secondary and the novel became little more than a saga of women set adrift until they found new men. . .haven't we gotten beyond that in this day and age?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finishing School

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    College Sunrise is a vaguely disreputable finishing school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rowland Mahler and his wife, Nina, run the school as a way to support themselves while he works, somewhat falteringly, on his novel. Into his creative writing class comes 17-year-old Chris Wiley, a literary prodigy whose historical novel-in-progress, on Mary Queen of Scots and the murder of her husband Lord Darnley, has already excited the interest of publishers.

    Blythe says: "Short but Sweet"
    "Short but Sweet"
    Overall

    Murial Spark is a pro and she doesn't disappoint. An excellent study of interactions and dynamics and very well done. I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Emily Fox-Seton: The Making of a Marchioness and The Methods of Lady Walderhurst

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Emily Fox-Seton is a simple but good-hearted woman struggling to make ends meet while attempting to maintain the dignity of someone distantly related to the aristocracy. The Marquis of Walderhurst is an awkward but eligible bachelor being comically pursued by a pageant of unmarried ladies. When the Marquis surprises everyone by giving his attentions to Emily, he makes himself a fairy prince in her eyes. But marrying her prince is not the end of Emily's troubles.

    Joseph R says: "Cinderella and Her Almost Handsome Prince"
    "Great Fun!"
    Overall

    Not suprisingly, since this is Frances Hodges Burnette, there is a fairy tale element to this story. I have long been a fan of her children's books but had no idea she'd written a fairy tale for adults in effect! It is a fun and engaging narrative and, even though set over a hundred years ago, in Edwardian England, is suprisingly sophisticated in its psychological observations and "modern" elements in the drama. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    And I found the narration just fine. There are actually two separate narrators for the male and female voices and, while this can distract at times, it also works well at others. And I did find that the female narrator made a satisfactory distinction between the British female voices and the several American female characters. Well enough done, in my opinion to add to the story rather than detracting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Doris Lessing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carole Klein
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Doris Lessing broke the rules. Born in Iran and raised in Rhodesia, she moved to Britain with little more than an unpublished novel in her suitcase. Once an ardent Communist, she distanced herself from the movement long before it's attraction faded for others. Always prolific, Lessing continued to explore uncharted territory with her series of science-fiction novels. Based on numerous interviews and sources, this book is a timely portrait of a fascinating woman.

    Blythe says: "Fascinating!"
    "Fascinating!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this biography. One of those where you drive one more time around the block to hear a little more. . . It describes the rich and very unconventional life of Doris Lessing in full and well-chosen detail and the narrator is excellent. I found it particularly rich as a narrative of what it takes to live a fully creative life as a woman. I recommend it very highly.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Dogs of Babel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Carolyn Parkhurst
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. He abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate. Is this the project of a madman? Or does Lorelei really have something to tell him about the last afternoon of a woman he only thought he knew?

    Christopher says: "Back-story excellent, present story mediocre"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    I both loved and hated this book. The writing and narration are both superb, and the plot, overall, is compelling. I agree with the reader below, who feels that some events in the second half can stretch patience and credibility. And, by the time we get to the ending, it seems a little rushed and pat. Also, I'm with the dog lover below who found some scenes to be almost unbearably painful. But, all in all, I guess I recommend it. . .it does provide some fascinating observations of psychological dynamics, and it is compelling enough to keep one listening, even if with a bit of frustration at times. (How's that for a mixed feelings review. . .?)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Conversations and Journeys

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Victor Chan
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When Victor Chan first met the Dalai Lama in 1972, it was after a series of adventures, some harrowing, that had taken the young traveler from his native Hong Kong, across Asia, until he arrived at His Holiness's residence in Dharamsala. Chan worried that the Tibetan leader might receive him warily because of his Chinese heritage. Instead, the Dalai Lama was amused by Chan's black ankle-length Moroccan cap and long ponytail, and this first encounter quickly blossomed into a warm, enduring friendship.

    Lisa says: "Moving and Enlightening"
    "Knowing the Dalai Lama"
    Overall

    This is an enjoyable and interesting narrative and it provides a good view of the Dalai Lama and his life. I found, however, that it was at least as much about Victor Chan, the interviewer and narrator, as about the Dalai Lama--while this wasn't all bad, he and his life are very interesting as well, it left me feeling a little like my view of the Dalai Lama was a little peripheral. .. maybe that is just a reflection of Chan's relationship with the Dalai Lama. I still would recommend this book very highly. . .it is interesting and entertaining and provides many fascinating vignettes of the man and his life. . .but I was just left wanting a little more depth.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3358)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1343)

    To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

    annhere says: "AWE INSPIRING!"
    "Unexpectedly Life Changing"
    Overall

    Since I began a yoga practice almost a years ago, I have been looking for ways to extend the physical benefits to my mental practice. While I found the Autobiography of a Yogi very good, and also some of Deepak Chopra's writings, this book really crystallized what I have been intuitively moving toward with my mental and physical practice. It is so compelling I have now listened to it two times and am beginning the third. I cannot recommend it too highly. . .if you are ready. . . I don't think I would have been a year ago and without the foundation of the yoga practice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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