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Babette

Loveland, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (372)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "Makes My Lifetime Top Three!"
    Overall

    If you give me a line from any of Frank McCourt's books, I can probably give you the next line. I have listened to his three memoirs so many times, I feel I know him better than the people in my own family.

    He is an amazing story teller. He is amazingly generous in what he shares.

    This book is the best. Don't hesitate!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore’s Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone....

    Babette says: "Listen to it More Than Once"
    "Listen to it More Than Once"
    Overall

    The first time I listened to this book, I really didn't like it. I thought the story was weak but the characters were interesting. The second time I listened, I discovered that the characters are the story and I actually found the book quite enjoyable. Anne Tyler is a great storyteller. I enjoy her folksy and flawed characters. I do wish there would have been more of a "story" but its still a good book that I'll keep in my permanent collection.

    2 of 2 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
    (3561)
    Performance
    (2847)
    Story
    (2838)

    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"
    "Juicy Its Not"
    Overall

    Since I listened to this interesting book, I've read several reviews that talk about what a juicy tell-all it is. It is not. Its a well-written and interesting story of someone who has been through Hollywood's trenches and emerged as a pretty normal guy. I loved hearing about his early friendships and found stories about movie-making to be really interesting. I would recommend this book. Its an easy and enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19084)
    Performance
    (14846)
    Story
    (14796)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    I needed an easy listen and this hit the spot. Its funny, warm, smart, enjoyable. I wasn't aware of Tina Fey or her work before I read this; I'm not much of a TV person, but I loved it. I've listened to it a couple of times now and it makes me smile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Fish from Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Twelve American tourists join an art expedition that begins in the Himalayan foothills of China - dubbed the true Shangri-La - and heads south into the jungles of Burma. But after the mysterious death of their tour leader, the carefully laid plans fall apart, and disharmony breaks out among the pleasure-seekers.

    bulldoglady says: "one of my favorites"
    "I Love Amy Tan"
    Overall

    I couldn't wait to start listening to this book. I am a huge Amy Tan fan. It was a good book but I didn't like it as much as her other novels. I found the characters to be a little boring and I didn't really understand the psychic interpretation, but its worth a credit. I recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7113)
    Performance
    (5055)
    Story
    (5044)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Worth a First and Second Listen"
    Overall

    This book is not charming; its tragic. The narration is good, with the exception of Lavinia whose accent goes from strong to non-existent throughout the story. The story is well-crafted though and interesting from a historical standpoint. I would recommend this book, although it isn't an easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3481)
    Performance
    (2256)
    Story
    (2274)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "This is a masterpiece!"
    Overall

    I have read and listened to this masterful book more times than I can count. I disagree with the criticism of the narrator. I think she is superb! This would have been better if read by multiple talents as "The Help" was, but I thought that the narrator did an admirable job.

    This book has so many layers and as a lay missionary, I can so relate to the characters and their struggles-- especially when it comes to the daughters of Nathan Price.

    This book makes my lifetime top ten. In fact, it ties for number one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27656)
    Performance
    (14244)
    Story
    (14297)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "What An Amazing Book"
    Overall

    I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the narration. This is a really good book. Listen ten times and you'll get something new out of it each time. I LOVED it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (317)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Interesting but Not THAT Interesting"
    Overall

    This book reads a little like a made for TV movie screen play. In fact, I think I saw a movie or read something else with a similar plot. But I did find the story compelling and the characters interesting. Its light reading--- one of those books you "wait on" until the end and then its over. I actually listened to it twice and found I liked it the second time more than I did the first.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2301)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (556)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "I wanted to love this book"
    Overall

    I had been told to read this book by a couple of people. As someone who has spent a lot of time in the mission field, I expected to find it very interesting. I tried three or four times, but never got past the first two hours. It literally put me to sleep. I'll try again because I just can't stand wasting the credit on a book I haven't read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
    "I love this book!"
    Overall

    I loved the book and also the readers. Because I married in to an Asian American family, I always enjoy the insight into the culture.

    It is a little sad, and the back story should be the main story, but still it makes my lifetime top 20.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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