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Marv

Lowell, MI, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Schindler's List

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

    Dona says: "Abridged books just don't cut it!"
    "Powerful book, powerless audio book"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this one as well, knowing the towering achievement of a movie based on this book. However, the reader, Ben Kingsley, should stick to acting and leave the audio books to someone who cares more about what he's doing. Simply put, I thought he did a terrible job reading this book. No vocal inflection to indicate changing moods and themes, very little personalization of individual characters, no vocal anything, just one monotone. I had to shut it off because it was making me so sleepy. I cannot recommend this audio book unless as a cure for insomnia.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ford County: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By John Grisham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.

    Wendy S. Ohl says: "Good story, hard to listen to"
    "Avoid!"
    Overall

    Pointless stories, ending abruptly. It's like being left out on the side of the interstate and being told to find my way home. The stories are also fatally weakened by the author's horribly inept reading. There's no feeling or emotion, very juvenile mid sentence pauses; he should leave the reading to those who know what they're doing. I agree with another reviewer, Grisham's been mailing it in for some time now and this hits a new low. Avoid this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Painted House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By David Lansbury
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    In a departure from the legal thriller genre, John Grisham's latest novel draws inspiration from his own rural childhood in Arkansas. Listen and enjoy this moving tale about a 7-year-old boy and the dose of reality that comes, one autumn during the harvest, to take away his innocence. Also available abridged.

    Janelle Carter says: "Bittersweet way of life of time past...."
    "a good story"
    Overall

    This is a story about a family trying to eke out a living raising cotton in rural 1952 Arkansas as told from the perspective of the seven year old son. It's a good story, capably read. After some of the stuff he's turned in lately, it's nice to go back and be reminded how good Grisham once was.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (17)

    A stunningly brilliant psychopathic killer who has skillfully eluded the police from London to Paris to New York. A beautiful woman journalist suddenly in grave danger. An unorthodox New York detective whose motive for stopping the killer couldn't be more personal or emotional. With his latest release, the best selling author of When the Wind Blows and Cat and Mouse, turns 1999 into the Summer of St. Germain. You'll listen in terror as New York Cop John Stefanovich pursues Alexandre St. Germain, the most deadly and powerful member of the secret society of criminals known as the Midnight Club.

    Marv says: "Skip it!"
    "Skip it!"
    Overall

    Drab yarn about global organized crime, not helped at all by a very poor, one note performance by the reader. Not one of Patterson's better efforts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (Abridged)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Gardner
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    At the age of 20, Chris Gardner arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. However, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm, Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him part of the city's working homeless with his toddler son.

    Steve James says: "Book Better"
    "Pursuit of Self - Gratification!"
    Overall

    Tough to feel sympathy for someone from a broken home doing little more than pursuing their loins desires upon reaching adulthood. The movie covers the last few periods of the book when the author and his young son (fathered by a stripper) try to put their lives back together one last time. I sure hope the movie is better than this was!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hope's Boy: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Andrew Bridge
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    When Andrew Bridge was seven years old, he and his mother - a mentally unstable woman who loved her child more than she could care for him - slid deeper and deeper into poverty, until they were reduced to scavenging for food in trash bins. Welfare officials did little more than threaten to take Andrew away, until a social worker arrived with a police escort and did just that while his mother screamed on the sidewalk.

    Marv says: "Needs focus and passion"
    "Needs focus and passion"
    Overall

    Is this book a plea for help for the homeless? the mentally ill? kids lanquishing in the foster care system? Yes, the author didn't have a pleasant upbringing. It didn't really stir anything one way or another, due to no real plea for anything as this book could have (and should have) been. Bottom line: missed opportunity with a mediocre offering.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Who's on First

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    • Narrated By Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    One of the most famous baseball comedy acts ever was this humorous exchange between Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

    Marv says: "Beware!"
    "Beware!"
    Overall

    While a version of the classic title A & C comedy routine is on this download, it's only about 4 minutes of material at the very beginning, the rest is one of their old radio shows. This isn't mentioned in the program detail. While the presentation is still funny, I was expecting quite a bit more of the title routine.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Must Love Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Cook
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Life after divorce for Sarah Hurlihy consists of juggling her job as a preschool teacher and the demands of her interfering family. Then her bossy big sister decides to place a personal ad for her, and the unexpected becomes a daily event. Everybody wants Sarah to put the past behind her and take a bold step towards a fresh start.

    Angie says: "must love the movie"
    "Boring fluff!"
    Overall

    This is the story of a woman trying to get on with her life after a divorce prior to when the story begins. It tries to be topical and contemporary, but after a while one realizes who cares? It tries to be funny, doesn't work. Should it appeal to women rather than men? Maybe. Bottom line: don't give this dust bunny very high priority!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (1001)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "a masterpiece!"
    Overall

    This is the story of a humble Chinese peasant farmer struggling to eke out a living in rural China around the turn of the last century. He also struggles to rise above his humble beginnings, an odd stroke of good fortune amidst disaster aiding in the effort. He never forgets that his roots and heritage lie in the land he amasses and with limited success instills that in his family. This story is so magnificently written, each character is so perfectly drawn, the descriptions so vivid, one obtains a clear unadulterated concept of the way of life the Chinese farmer had then. It feels as though the author gives deep thought to each and every word she puts on paper, how each sentence is built and how each subplot is played out, it is written that well. The reader, too, is up to the challenge of such a task. He's simply superb in the difficult vocalizations of the cast of characters ranging from the elderly Chinese to the young of both sexes. It's not often I can say this but this is one of the best I've ever listened to or read. This is highly deserving of its Pulitzer prize (1932) and is a true masterpiece of American literature.

    39 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Flags of Our Fathers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Bradley, Ron Powers
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick, James Bradley
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima - and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak and raised a flag. Now the son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in a moment that will live forever.

    Doug says: "Flags of Our Fathers"
    "a superb story"
    Overall

    This is the story behind the marines who raised the American flag (in the famous photo) during the WWII battle for Iwo Jima. It details their backgrounds, helps us to get to know them a bit better and why they crossed paths during one of the worst battles of the war. It really put a human face on something I'd only read about in history books. It helped to really deepen my respect for the character of those who fought and died so that those of us now could live in freedom today. It also helped give me a better understanding of the depraved culture the Allies fought against and why it needed to be stopped. This a gripping, riveting listen, masterfully read and comes with my strong recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue, & Return to Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tina Zahn, Wanda Dyson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    If I could make it to the bridge, the pain would stop. I just had to make it to the bridge, and the hopelessness would end. It became a refrain, running over and over in my head as I raced down the highway. Make it to the bridge, and the pain will end. It's hopeless. Just wanna die. Make it to the bridge.

    A User says: "Very Honest!"
    "Helped me understand"
    Overall

    This is the intense, harrowing story of the author's struggle with depression and her personal demons that triggered it. The story is exceptionally well written and equally well read. It helped me to better understand and empathize with issues I normally wouldn't be able to. I found the author's utilization of her faith and support group in coming to terms with her demons and subsequent recovery especially moving. I strongly recommend this book for an understanding of the pain of depression and child abuse. Kudos to the author as well for sharing her story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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