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Alysia

Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

Redondo Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 65 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 140 titles in library
  • 35 purchased in 2014
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  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (591)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Amazon Customer says: "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!"
    "The Story is a Slow Start"
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    If this book was not a selection from my book club for the month of September, I don't think I would have ever read it. I never heard of it until it was nominated.
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the story of a young girl, Frances Nolan growing up in Brooklyn, New York at the turn of the century. The story takes a glimpse into a poor family of four surviving on the income of the mother and alcoholic father. What they lacked in money they make up for in pride, dignity, imagination and love. This is a wonderfully written story that takes the American Dream and shows us what it meant to this family.
    I thought the book started off kind off slow and I really did not get into the characters until they were older, half way through the book. I had a small connection to Frances when she goes to the public library and the reader gets to find out why she loves it so much. I had the same feeling about Redondo Beach Public Library when I was a kid. But there was something about the book that just did not click with me until the end.
    The book highlights the negative relationship women had with each other. Women were out to take men from each other, to brand other women whores, fight over jobs and at jobs, belittle the children, and they are always out for themselves until the midwife is called. Then they all come circling the wagons and help out in the bringing of a new child into the world. It was odd the amount off dislike, hate and fighting going on in this book. The kids are fighting with each other at school and in the streets. It is a constant fight for the highest rank in the lowest ranked neighborhood. I think that is the only thing that had me not 100% engulfed in the book.
    I loved the new things I learned. Mostly, I learned about real life in the 1900's about the way people really lived and thought, about the clothing the poor men wore and the food they ate. As I was reading the book, I had to get a cup of coffee a few times and had to fight the urge to buy a sugar bun. Ahh! Just thinking about it now is making my mouth water.
    The ending was perfect and just the way a great story should end. Don't worry I won't tell.

    Audiobook: 15 hours and 2 minutes
    Kate Burton (Narrator)
    The narrator for this audiobook, Kate Burton did an excellent job and really pulled it off. She nailed the various accents in the small Brooklyn neighborhood. She had to perform the German, Jewish, Irish and New York Brooklyn accent (male and female) and keep France's voice age appropriate for the right age in the book. I think she did a great job of narrating this book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (313)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "Interesting Story"
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    I got a copy of this book from the author/publisher at BEA13. Yes I know! That was one month shy of a year ago and I am just now getting to it. Well the audiobook at least.
    The story of all stories starts with a little boy found in the rice paddies of China being returned to his family in the states. The story twist, the OMG of it all is that this boy has been not missing but dead for 40 years and he is the same age as when he died. Eight year old Jacob remembers nothing of the time he has been gone, only waking up in China. To him no time has passed and nothing unusual has happened. Jacob is not the only one. There are hundreds of people just waking up in the most random places with no memory of what has happened to them. They all say they just woke up. The dead or coming back and they all are trying to get back to their loved one.
    I love this story idea. I have said it before I am a sucker for an original story idea. This is not a "Night of the Living Dead" book at all. It is more like people just reconnecting with the ones they love(d). There are several storylines and families in this book but Jacob's parents -Harold and Lucille are the main focus. I love the way their love and reconnection of their family builds and grows as Jacob's life touches them both in completely different ways. No absent YA parents here. They have been married forever.
    Could you image seeing your son after he has been dead and buried for more than 40 years? You have worked as much as you could through the grieving process. You have moved forward with your life and WHAM!! He's back and looks the same as when you saw him last.
    I really like this book but it was not a solid like until I got to the author's notes at the end. The book does not give a explanation as to why this is happening all over the world. The reactions of the population I can see really happening but I needed a bit more. The author's notes give the reader an answer to the why? But the question is ...What made him write this novel? What a touching answer.
    Please read the prequels before jumping into this novel. The prequels are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Book - 'The Free'

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Willy Vlautin
    • Narrated By Willy Vlautin
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    In his novel The Free, author Willy Vlautin captures the experiences of three memorable characters who are looking for meaning in distressing times. Vlautin addresses issues that transform ordinary people's lives - the cost of healthcare, the lack of economic opportunity, and the devastating scars of war - and celebrates the resiliency of the human heart. Here, Vlautin reads excerpts from The Free, discusses the inspiration for the book, and shares his own thoughts on its main characters, offering a behind-the-scenes look at this unforgettable novel.

    Alysia says: "Just a Sample"
    "Just a Sample"
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    The free version of The Free Audiobook is not a complete version. Just a sampler. I think the story is interesting and a bit dark. I might get the full version based off of this sample.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Miss Moppet

    • UNABRIDGED (1 min)
    • By Beatrix Potter
    • Narrated By Gale Van Cott
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (109)

    The Story of Miss Moppet is a children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The story tells of a cat who captures a mouse, and toys with him until he escapes. This version is published in the Audible Enhanced audiobook format.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very Beatrix Potter"
    "There Were Pictures"
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    Cute audiobook. The pictures on the screen change as the story goes along. Cute!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Agatha Christie
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (113)

    Back in print in an all-new edition is the engaging and illuminating chronicle of the life of the "Queen of Mystery". Fans of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and readers of John Curran’s fascinating biographies Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making will be spellbound by the compelling, authoritative account of one of the world’s most influential and fascinating novelists, told in her own words and inimitable style - and here in her own voice. These audio excerpts were dictated by Agatha Christie herself.

    Duane Bolton says: "Authentic recording"
    "I Didn't Finish It"
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    I didn't finish this audiobook at all. I had a hard time hearing and understanding what she was saying. This recording is old and scratchy with a her voice sounding far away from the microphone. I had to just stop and give up half way in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3508)
    Performance
    (3132)
    Story
    (3163)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Just a Taste"
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    I didn't see the movie and after listening to this incredibly short story I am not inclined to see it now. Ben Stiller did a great job reading the story but this short story was not interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Glenn Gers
    • Narrated By Damian Lewis
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (581)

    Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

    elise says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "A Lot in a Short Story"
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    29 minutes of a story that feels like The Bourne series and I was dropped in the middle of it all. Just ok. Wish there was more to the story but not enough to watch the show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Manson
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (598)

    Everyone knows confidence when they see it; but seemingly no one can actually describe what goes into it or how to get it. The Nerd's Guide to Being Confident is an unconventional way of looking at one of the most basic and obvious human traits and what one can do to gain a little more of it without feeling like a phony. Laughter included.

    Ken says: "Don't buy this book OR his ideas"
    "Cute Nerdishness"
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    This was a cute and at times funny little guide to help the nerdy and confident deficient with dating advise that's basic and easy to do. All in good humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marissa Walsh
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (435)

    Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate.

    Caryn says: "I could not finish!"
    "Behind the Lenes?"
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    I haven't been a GWG (girl with glasses) and I thought this would be a look behind the lenses but nope. I didn't any unique or different perspective on being a woman growing up wearing glasses and how the world response to you. I got the history of frames and frame picks. What is the point?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Mishka Shubaly
    • Narrated By Mishka Shubaly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (440)

    Two-time best-selling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is back with a dark, intimate, fascinating story of love, hope, and human connection... gone horribly, horribly awry.

    Amazon Customer says: "found a new author"
    "WOW! No Way!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What a crazy story? Wow! I didn't see the ending coming at all. I thought the writing was good and the story was interesting. The narrator did a good job but I have to say there was something missing for me. The story was just a shocker and there was a bit of substance missing. But a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (412)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Critical Thinking?"
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    Why would you create a book to talk down to people about their religious beliefs and call it "Critical Thinking"? This was a waste and I am not happy about the audiobook itself, the time I wasted on it and I am a bit upset about the nonsense of it all. Thank God it was FREE! Otherwise Audible.com would be refunding me a credit. I really disliked this audiobook and I finished it only to tell you...don't do it! There is no wisdom in this book at all just chatter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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