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Cheryl

Palm Springs, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Conquistadora

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Esmeralda Santiago
    • Narrated By Esmeralda Santiago
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    As a young girl growing up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully drawn to Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de León. And in handsome twin brothers Ramón and Inocente - both in love with Ana - she finds a way to get there. She marries Ramón, and in 1844, just 18, she travels across the ocean to a remote sugar plantation the brothers have inherited on the island. Ana faces unrelenting heat, disease and isolation, and the dangers of the untamed countryside....

    janice says: "Conquuistadora"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    I managed to hang in there through the entire story, but more through determination than enjoyment. It dragged on with, what I felt was, too much minutia. Show me, don't tell me...at times it felt like a text book with dialog. And speaking of the dialog, it was unreallistic and contrived...used solely for the purpose of "instructing" the listener some more (just in case the author hadn't explained herself enough in her labored narrative.) I didn't care about any of the characters. I was grateful when it ended. No way can this be compared to GWTW.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Discovering the Philosopher in You: The Big Questons in Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Colin McGinn
    • Narrated By Colin McGinn
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Everyone has their own inner philosopher - a voice within that asks, oh so insistently, philosophical questions. Everyone wants to know what the ultimate nature of the world is, what the self is, whether we have free will, how our minds relate to our bodies, whether we can really know anything, where ethical truth comes from, what the meaning of life is, and whether or not there is a God.

    Sergio says: "Recommended"
    "BLAH, BLAH, BLAH"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Actually making a point without belaboring it. I agree with L.R. Lindsay: "Droning." I will probably finish it since I only have about another 1 1/2 hours to go (incredible that the audio book is less than 8 hours....it seemed so much longer). But really...is this the sort of stuff that occupies the minds of great thinkers?


    Has The Modern Scholar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. The subject matter is interesting to me, but I'd prefer to have the topics delivered as if the author assumed I possessef some analytical capabilities.


    What didn’t you like about Colin McGinn’s performance?

    Not much.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Modern Scholar?

    Wouldn't cut any...I'd just prefer that the topics not be beaten to death.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3925)
    Performance
    (3427)
    Story
    (3395)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "OMG just shoot me and get it over with"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made 1Q84 better?

    If it were condensed down to about 7 hours. And if the female narrator woke up... she sounds drugged.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female narrator was way too slow.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1Q84?

    About 75% of the dialogue. I know writers are supposed to show and not tell, and that is often achieved through dialogue...but come on. Blah, blah, blah, blah. Conversations about minutia.


    Any additional comments?

    I only made it through the first part before deciding I couldn't endure the pain any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (541)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Good Story but annoying songs"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story and found the characters to be believable and sympathetic but the songs drove me up the wall. Goofy lyrics and nails-on-chalk-board singing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Walked In

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Marisa de los Santos
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos crafts an irresistibly touching debut novel. Love Walked In is a contemporary tale, steeped in nostalgic, cinematic charm, of love in all its forms. Unapologetically idealistic about love, Cornelia Brown appears to catch the break of a lifetime when the dashing Martin Grace, her own personal Cary Grant, comes strolling into her life. But it is Martin's connection to 11-year-old Clare Hobbes that touches Cornelia's heart in ways she never imagined.

    C. Maurer says: "REALLY good!!"
    "The Author should stick to poetry."
    Overall

    This is probably the worst book that I've downloaded. I had to refer back to the beginning to verify that Cornelia, one of the main characters, was in fact 31 years old. A case of arrested development. Also, the voice used for Cornelia makes her sound as if she is 12. The other main character, Clair, who is in fact a child, thinks and sounds like a middle aged woman. I think the author should stick to poetry...her story telling is too hyperbolic. Actually, the story is "too" everything...too much explaining, too much head talk, and too unbelievable. The author tells instead of shows. I managed to slog through all 11 1/2 hours of this mindless prattle but only because of sheer determination.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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