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Sunshine7

knitting keeps me sane.

Dayton, OH United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 692 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Mists of Avalon

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Marion Zimmer Bradley
    • Narrated By Natasha Richardson
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    More than just a retelling of the legend of King Arthur, this tale is seen through the eyes of the women who wielded power behind the throne. First there is the beautiful Queen Gwynhefar, torn between duty to her king and passion for the dashing Lancelot. Then there is Morgaine, Arthur's half sister and high priestess in the enchanted land of Avalon. Morgaine's one wish is to wrest Britain away from Christianity and restore worship of the Mother Goddess. Both women struggle, suffer, and - in their own ways - triumph.

    Rochelle says: "The Mists Of Avalon"
    "It cannot be done in 3 hours"
    Overall

    I have read this book, and I love it. I have listened to the abridged version, and I was very disappointed. The book (around 900 pages) is a beautiful reimaging of the Arthurian legion, spanning the lives of 3 generation of women. Wait for the unabridged audio ( I know it exists) or sit down and read it. This seems butchered.

    72 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • The Measure of the Magic: Legends of Shannara

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (401)

    For 500 years, the survivors of the Great Wars lived peacefully in a valley sanctuary shielded by powerful magic from the blighted and dangerous outside world. But the enchanted barriers have crumbled, the borders have been breached by predators, and the threat of annihilation looms large once more. Sider Ament, bearer of the last black staff and its profound power, devoted his life to protecting the valley and its inhabitants - and, in his final moments, gave stewardship of the black staff to the young Tracker Panterra Qu.

    Darren says: "Wished for More"
    "snozer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read Terry Brooks when I was little. It was my first intro to fantasy, and I loved it. I tried again as an adult, and I found the slow and a bit dull. When the Hawke books came out, I gave them a try and liked them. I've been following that branch and enjoying the books. . . until this one. We are back to very detailed descriptions of gardens and very little action for huge sections of the book.

    Now that YA books like the Hunger Games are so popular, I think the distinction is becoming based dullness. These books could be labeled YA. The characters are YA. However, the YA crowd expects faster moving books with better character developments. Please, make sure the story deserves all the pages you give a book. more editting, please.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (2840)
    Story
    (2829)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Dreamy, all grown up."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved this book. Rob was pretty open about his own mistakes without trash talking his friends too much. I could have listened to a whole book on the making of the Outsiders. Being from Dayton, the mentions were fun, and his dad is still a lawyer here. Allison Janey and the Sheens are also from Dayton, and they all come back for politic stuff sometimes. Mostly, it was dreamy to have Rob Lowe read to me. ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (291)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "fantabulous"
    Overall

    First, this book is very funny. It is very dark but very funny.

    More than that, it is book about people in pain. Some just have crap lives while others have mental illness and addiction issues. Their pain is the only thing they have in common, but it is enough for wonderful relationships, some character growth, and a bit of healing.

    I am a fan of most of Nick Hornby's books, but overall, he doesn't make my top 10 list. This book does. It you or someone you know has suffered Major Depression or Attempted Suicide, you will find this book even funnier. Isn't that an odd thing to say?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Not Me?

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Joseph Lieberman made history when he became the first person of Jewish faith to be included on a major-party ticket. But he wasn't the first one to think of it. Not by a long shot. Last year, Al Franken asked the question, Why Not Me? in his audiobook of the same name...

    Sunshine7 says: "best of al's books."
    "best of al's books."
    Overall

    I think this is the funniest of Franken's books. It spoofs all campaigns and politicians of recent years, but mostly it makes fun of the public. Who but American voters would consider a candidate based on a one issue platform: Rid the world of ATM fees. Having Al read the book makes it even better. I highly recommend.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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