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Ann Marie

Rainsville, AL USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 466 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • Not Enough Indians

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Harry Shearer
    • Narrated By Harry Shearer
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Meet the residents of Gammage, New York, a town on the verge of declaring bankruptcy, when inspiration strikes. Why not go native, and open a casino? With Not Enough Indians, actor, writer, producer, and former Saturday Night Live cast member Harry Shearer joins the ranks of such comedian/authors as Steve Martin and Michael Palin with a brilliantly funny, whip-smart satire of greed, collusion, distrust, and betrayal in the halls of Washington and the casinos of Native America.

    Ml says: "Very smart and funny"
    "A cute and edgy book"
    Overall

    The book was a good listen. The characters held my interest. The plot was not tedious as might have happened. The idea that a town would resort to these measures to survive is hilarious. It made me smile and even occasionally laugh out loud...something I do not normally do. I liked the book and thought it was good but not great. I recommend it to others for satisfying reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6881)
    Performance
    (6230)
    Story
    (6230)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "This book was CAPTIVATING!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

    I will listen again since there are so many aspects to relive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realism, the plot and the way the story played out. The ending did not leave me wanting for more.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved to listen to the interpretation of dialects which were performed flawlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dale W. Cramer
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Author of Sutter's Cross, a Booklist Top Pick, W. Dale Cramer evokes the ambiance of a small Southern town in this inspiring novel. Jeremy's mother has passed away, leaving him with an odd request. He is to find his Uncle Aiden, a hardrock miner, and stay with him, regardless of Aiden's wishes. Jeremy's faith in God gives him the courage to find the humanity behind this tough-as-steel man.

    S Jones says: "good story- but a lot of mouth noise."
    "Good book"
    Overall

    I liked the book but was not always impressed with the author. I would recommend it for kids and adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Dream Anew: The Heirs of Montana Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Dianne and Cole Selby have worked hard to make the Diamond V Ranch a success. But when an aggressive rancher plans to buy up all the land surrounding his own spread, the Selby's beautiful Montana home is at the top of his list. Now Dianne must struggle to keep love in her heart and rely on her faith in God's power.

    Ann Marie says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I do not see how it can be rated any higher than 1 or 2 stars. It was so boring and repetitious that I had to take the ear phones off just to get away from the book. I finished it because I regreted spending my money on it. It is safe for kids.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Patrick McManus
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    With over two million copies of his works in print, Patrick McManus is an accomplished humor author. In The Bear in the Attic, he once again invites listeners to peek into his unique perspectives on life and his favorite topic, the great outdoors. Here listeners are treated to amazingly absurd tales of young male hijinks, camping mishaps and neighbor-eating bears! Norman Dietz adds another dimension to McManus' humor with his brilliant comic narration.

    Ruth says: "Simply the best"
    "Funny and interesting book good for young people."
    Overall

    I liked the characters in the book and enjoyed the humor of the author. It is a good book for young people who would find the antics of the characters quite amusing. There was no profanity that I remember.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (420)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Good solid read with interesting characters"
    Overall

    The book had good character descriptions. The plot was interesting but sometimes felt contrived. The ending was good. The emotions of the characters were well developed but sometimes not realistic. He seemed to be playing up to the alternative life style at times. Otherwise, it was as decent read. I would not recommend it for everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destry Rides Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Max Brand
    • Narrated By J. P. O'Shaughnessy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Harry Destry was a rough-and-tumble fighter who never lost a battle. But after six years in jail for a robbery he didn't commit, he comes back a changed man. The townsfolk believe he's beaten. They think all the fight's gone right out of him. And that's exactly what Destry wants them to think....

    Ann Marie says: "Great cowboy suspense novel for adults and kids"
    "Great cowboy suspense novel for adults and kids"
    Overall

    The characters were well developed. The plot was easy to follow. The suspense was expertly built and adroitly relieved with good endings. The book had one of the best finishes that I have seen in some time. I highly recommend this book for adults and young people alike.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Song

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Pepper Binkley
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him.

    Denise says: "Sparks Again...."
    "Nice clean book for young people in love."
    Overall

    The author was able to tell the story in an organized and understandable fashion. It is a little predictable due to the nature of the story but it kept my interest and it was easy listening. I am older but recommend it to those who are tired of negative, destructive and stressfilled books. I liked it and recommend it to others. It was relaxing. It had a good ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Wildflower in My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jamie Langston Turner
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    As manager of an elementary school cafeteria, middle-aged Margaret Tuttle is objective and self-contained. She has no interest in emotions or attachments to those around her. But when Birdie Freeman begins to work for Margaret, things begin to change. With her childlike, unselfish, Christian love, Birdie touches everyone she meets. Soon, Margaret's heart opens in spite of her resolve to remain aloof.

    Debra says: "This Author did it again!!!"
    "A book with a bad attitude"
    Overall

    This author appears to have a distain for men and anyone from the south. Her imitation of southern accents is demeaning to southerners. She has a selfish disregard for others I was frequently disgusted with her degrading portrail of others. I did finish the book but would not strongly recommend it to others.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13245)
    Performance
    (5578)
    Story
    (5622)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Just a Well Written Pornographic Romance Novel"
    Overall

    The book is technically well written and the author has much talent that should be commended. But, in his preface, the author states that he does not believe in God. Why did he have to say that? It had nothing to do with the likeability of the book. The book included too many graphic descriptions of sexual acts that were there only for the purpose of tittilating and arousing the reader. I would not recommend it as advisable reading for minors. Some people may like the book for the its excessive sexual content which detracts from the excellent historical research the author has done to write the book. This is one person's opinion. Others are welcome to theirs. He is not a Godly man.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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