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Wendy

Middleville, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 16 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 283 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (100)

    Uncle Tom's Cabin opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them - Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza - to a slave trader.

    Steven says: "More on Richard Allen"
    "Richard Allen is Incredible!"
    Overall

    The book is engaging in itself, but Richard Allen does an unbelievably great job at narration. He excellently reads male, female, young, old, white, black, and he sings!! This has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I'm so glad I picked this version to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Katy Butler
    • Narrated By Katy Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    Like so many of us, award-winning writer Katy Butler always assumed her aging parents would experience healthy, active retirements before dying peacefully at home. Then her father suffered a stroke that left him incapable of easily finishing a sentence or showering without assistance. Her mother was thrust into full-time caregiving, and Katy became one of the 24 million Americans who help care for aging parents. In an effort to correct a minor and non - life threatening heart arrhythmia, doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker.

    Clyde A. Warden Jr. says: "Very relevant story that could be executed better"
    "The most important book I've read in recent memory"
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    There aren't enough stars for this incredibly timely book. THANKFULLY this journey, as it relates to my parents, is in my rear view mirror. But as it relates to me - we Americans have work to do. I'm going to shout this book's message from the rooftops. We need to re-think our "modern medicine's" approach to the last years/months/weeks/days of our lives, and this book lays out a difficult, but important intellectual game change in how we approach dying. A thousand stars to Katy Butler, for living through her parents deaths, and for so eloquently discussing how we can change OUR experiences moving forward.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1482)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (772)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Not my cup of tea."
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    I REALLY want to like Hemingway, but there were too many "thees," "thous," and "obscenities" in this to make it enjoyable for me. I muscled through it, but was very glad to see it end.
    Sorry Hemingway! I'm now "reading" The Sun Also Rises and LOVING the narration by William Hurt. Maybe all is not lost between me and Hemingway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18322)
    Performance
    (12459)
    Story
    (12356)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Oddly enough - I really liked this!"
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    I'm not one for romance or time travel books, but I found Outlander a compelling read, and I'll be reading the sequels in the near future. It's light and entertaining. Davina Porter is a FABULOUS narrator! I found myself thinking with a Scottish accent after many hours of listening. :-)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (724)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "Like listening to the reading of a family tree."
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    I can't imagine a worse book to listen too....... Maybe it's better if read on paper, but this honestly was like listening to the reading of a family tree. The names went on and on, and it was virtually impossible to keep track of who's who.
    CRAZY boring, and only the second Audible book I've ever quit listening to before finishing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6604)
    Performance
    (5877)
    Story
    (5877)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Maybe I just don't like fantasy............"
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    REALLY didn't like this book. So many people had recommended it that I had to read it. I know I'm not a fan of fantasy, and I should have known that I wouldn't be a fan of this book either. Note to self: Don't read fantasy - You'll hate it and feel like you completely wasted valuable time!

    0 of 0 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
    (3512)
    Performance
    (2802)
    Story
    (2792)

    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"
    "Ok............"
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    I liked it in a People Magazine kindof way. I'm glad it was so short - I grew weary of it about half way through. Rob Lowe is a surprisingly good story teller and narrator, but I wish I would have spent the time on something more meaty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6166)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5333)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Wasn't as good as I'd hoped........."
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    This book was just OK for me. The narration was excellent, but the story content left me feeling like I should have spent my time elsewhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6198)
    Performance
    (2359)
    Story
    (2385)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "My Favorite narration yet."
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    Middlesex is a fabulous read, but what makes this even better is the performance of Kristoffer Tabori. He does an incredible job of differentiating all the characters, and he makes the Greek women adorable. I loved every minute of this book, and now I'm searching for other titles read by Kristoffer Tabori.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1051)
    Story
    (1057)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Not as great as I'd hoped"
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    This book really dragged for me in the middle sections: too many details belaboring the conditions in N. Korea. I was very thankful for the iPhone's 3X speed on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2807)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2383)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "What an awesome book and I learned ALOT!!"
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    It's not every day that I say that I couldn't put a book down. But this one is that good. I learned so much about WWII and the politics of the world at that time. It was clandestine learning......... it happened while I was engrossed in a great story. Excellent read, and I just bought War and Rememberance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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