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Adele Beeman

Culver City, CA, US | Member Since 2013

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  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2471)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (708)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "LAUGH RIGHT OUT LOUD"
    Overall

    Absolutely NOT dull and NOT unpredictable. This author is so dry wittingly clever I had to rewind and write down some of his one liners. One of the most 'lighten me up' and 'take away my stress' books I've read in a long time. He appeals to my funny bone as do Al Franken, Anne Lamott and David Sedaris. Goodie, I have another good writer to add to my list.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6294)
    Performance
    (2845)
    Story
    (2881)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Incredibly Great"
    Overall

    Absolutely one of the best books I have read. McCarthy's writing style alone just blows me away....so unique and simple. When I was watching the movie 'No country for old men' I did not know it was from one of his books but I kept thinking to myself..."I love the dialogue in this movie"...it is so different...I love the flow of the movie...and then of course when I read the credits...there he was again. Love Love Love this author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You're 80 and Beyond

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge
    • Narrated By Don Leslie, Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    Younger Next Year is about how to turn back your biological clock. How to become functionally younger every year for the next five to 10 years, and continue to live with vitality and grace into your 80s and beyond.

    A. Stephens says: "Excellent information"
    "SO MOTIVATING!!!"
    Overall

    And Funny too! I am a 54 year old woman. I've been working out about 6 days a week .. every week since I was 21....so as the book says I don't look 54. But I have been suffering from burn out the last few years. Over 30 years of going to the gym...can't I catch a break? This book got me excited again. It provided me with reasons to keep going and I loved his naration. I found it well written, funny, and I intend to listen to it again as soon as I finish.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (7057)
    Performance
    (2331)
    Story
    (2355)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    P. C..S. says: "A Worhty Read"
    "WOW"
    Overall

    I don't need to go on and on. Just know that this is a MUST read. It is profound on so many levels. Some plot turns took my breath away and some made me cry. Moving and exceptional...what a gift.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Known World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor, William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart.

    Rachel says: "wonderful and highly recommended"
    "I tried...I really tried..."
    Overall

    But I just couldn't grab hold of this story. The author has a wonderful unique way of writing and I certainly appreciated that, but oh goodness... too elongated for me...at least for now. I lasted 2 hours and had to move on to something more contemporary. I will come back to this book because I realize it is a worth while read. But for now I favor stories that are so compelling I just want to lie in bed, close my eyes, and do nothing else but listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4476)
    Performance
    (2150)
    Story
    (2170)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "DITO DITO DITO 5 STARS"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book. So simple, so entertaining, so well presented. A read (listen) for all ages and all interests.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Swann's Way is the first part of Marcel Proust's monumental seven volume Remembrance of Things Past. Here, Proust's vision, psychological understanding and vivid powers of description combine to create one of the most poetic and magical works in all literature.

    Bob says: "Every moment comes alive"
    "YES, YES, YES!"
    Overall

    I could not keep the smile off of my face while listening to this book. The narrator WAS THE BEST. He reminded me of when I was a child and watched the wonderful black and white classics on TV that you just don't see today. This was the most innovative, entertaining, and refreshingly old style listen I have had so far. But the way it lifted my spirit was what impressed me the most.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (133)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Brett says: "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    "I like to finish what I start"
    Overall

    I had to laugh at myself many times for going the distance with these books. I listened to all 3 and liked the last one the best. I was smart to listen while I did other things like data entry and such so I could turn off when it came to the unbelievable self indulgence of her (are you on drugs?) long winded, meandering speeches. No editor would ever let a writer get away with so much unnecessary 'filler' these days...And yet, now that I am through with the ..what? over 60 hours of listening...I really miss her and all her characters. Perhaps it's proof that we can get use to anything if we hear it long enough ...hense the popularity of pop stars today.

    I wouldn't have missed the experience for the world but I would suggest destracting yourself until a solid twist in the plot perks your ears to listen. It helps those of us who just MUST finish what they start.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2622)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (369)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Do Not Pass GO until you experience this book"
    Overall

    I could not put this down. A triple threat with wonderful original story,Sue Monk Kidd's words and the cherry on top is Jenna Lamia's voice and interpretation. I finished days ago and I still cannot erase the images they so vividly inculcated in my minds imagination. Don't miss this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2623)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (394)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "DON'T MISS THIS READ!"
    Overall

    Oh,my what an incredibly wonderful love story. Fresh, smart, funny & sad all wrapped in one magnificent ORIGINAL package. The narrators were perfect with just the right touch of passion and glibness. Get this book!!! Not for 1 second will you regret it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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