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Tara

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  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (871)
    Story
    (873)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Listen up - not to be read!"
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    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    I loved listening to Penny Marshall for over 8 hours - I wish it could have been longer!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Mother Was Nuts?

    Too many to remember, it is such a great memoir.


    Which character – as performed by Penny Marshall – was your favorite?

    Her own. She does a good impression of herself!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed more with this book than any other I've listened to. Without a doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a book to be read - it MUST be listened to. Penny's voice makes her own life story so much more real & visual.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Venom: Elemental Assassin, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1066)

    "It's hard to be a badass assassin when a giant is beating the crap out of you. Luckily, I never let pride get in the way of my work. My current mission is personal: annihilate Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who murdered my family, which means protecting my identity, even if I have to conceal my powerful Stone and Ice magic when I need it most."

    Teresa says: "Getting better...."
    "Series is getting better"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've made it through 3 of these books now and, for me, they are getting better with each book. I'm happy to hear in this book much less of the erotica that has been in the other two, erotica that was a little blatently crass, in my opinion. I'm hoping future books continue to focus on the evolving storyline, shaping the characters, and furthering the relationships between all the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11809)
    Performance
    (10831)
    Story
    (10894)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Unbelievably beautiful"
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    Any additional comments?

    I haven't listened to an audible book that has moved me as much as this one. It slowly pulls you in until you just can't stop listening & can't wait to get back to listening to the story to see what happens next. I was moved to tears by the ending and that never happens! A truly must-read book that is about so much more than kids with cancer. The narrator was absolutely fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (786)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Olwyn says: "Gasp! Freeze! Repeat. Gasp! Freeze! Repeat."
    "Oh, the angst of it all!"
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    Maybe I missed it, but nowhere did I read that this was one of those historical romance novels...just set in the future. Personally, I found the writing to be over the top in lyrical prose & romance descriptions...ie, "..his fingers press me up against the wall...his lips, his lips,his lips, his lips, his lips...my eyes are fighting not to flutter, my legs have won the right to tremble, my skin is scorched everywhere he's not touching me, his lips are so close to my ear I'm water and nothing and everything and melting into a wanting so desperate it burns as I swallow it down." I've read that the book gets better, but I don't believe I'll make it through. And yes, the scratching bits of noise & endless reiteration of words/phrases that can go with it are really annoying - I kept thinking the download was corrupted! I'm disappointed in my choice but I suppose it will be excellent for followers of romance novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (419)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "More, please!"
    Overall

    I didn't properly understand how this book progressed. I thought it was all about Olive Kitteridge. Sometimes it is but sometimes it isn't. It's as if the book is made up of short stories that could all stand on their own. However, in every chapter she is present in some way even if she's not the main character. By the end of the book, she's become more accepting, more able to view life in its fullness and to see herself more clearly. It was a remarkable journey through another person's eyes and one I was sad to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoli

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Nigel Carrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Zoli Novotna, a young woman raised in the travelling Gypsy tradition, is a poet by accident as much as by desire. As fascism spreads over 1930s Czechoslovakia, Zoli and her grandfather flee to join a clan of fellow Romanian harpists. Sharpened and inspired by reading books, Zoli becomes the symbol of a supposedly brave new world of tolerance in the Soviet Union. But as her fame grows and her skills deepen, the ruling Communists begin to use her for their own purposes.

    Heimo says: "sombre artfulness"
    "Needs a female voice."
    Overall

    I wanted to get through this book. I was really looking forward to finally listening to it. But this is the first audio book I don't think I'll get through. It's not that it's bad - I keep seeing the words in my head and I know it would be good reading material but somehow it falls flat when listening to it. It would be helpful if they had included a female voice for Zoli's sections of the book. I just could not stay interested in listening. The premise of the book is intriguing but it is hard slogging to get through it. I wish it wasn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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