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Bethann

Denver, CO, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 151 titles in library
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  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (709)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Life is too short..."
    Overall

    Life is too short and there are too many good books to read. I am all for magical realism, I really am, but I forgot that you have to make an investment when you go for books like that. Maybe over the summer I will pick up the actual book and thumb through it again. There are a lot of worthy parts of this book, but as a whole it just didn't come together for me. I will definitely look through it again, but for now, I have 10 wish list pages of books to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Postmistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah Blake
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    Alternating between an America still cocooned in its inability to grasp the danger at hand and a Europe being torn apart by war, The Postmistress gives us two women who find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news yet afraid to hear it. Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how we bear the fact that war goes on around us while ordinary lives continue. Filled with stunning parallels to today, it is a remarkable novel.

    Babs says: "Reasonably enjoyable, but too full of stereotypes"
    "It was just ok"
    Overall

    I was into it enough to stick it out to the end, but I really thought there was going to be more to this story than what it was. I feel like the book is self-important, if you know what I mean. There was a lot of potential here, but in the end I think it kind of fell flat.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • UR

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (258)

    Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

    doG ma says: "BRAVO!"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    I haven't read Stephen King in a long time. This is a nice, quick short read about a timely subject. I have many friends who love their Kindle, but I just don't know. I loved King's almost satirical look at the device, and I love how he takes an ordinary object and makes it magical and mystical. Maybe some won't like the ending, but overall, it was a great short listen. Loved it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (460)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "Thought provoking & bittersweet"
    Overall

    I know some people had a problem with the narration, but honestly, I don't see why. Olive Kitteridge is an old woman with a New England accent. I felt that the narration was fitting.

    While some stories I didn't "get" or enjoy as much as other stories, overall, the picture the stories created was so touching. The best stories were the ones with Olive, for sure. I am excited to buy the hard copy of this book and reread it, and use it in my high school literature class. I think you might need to be a little bit older to appreciate the themes of this book, but the language is beautiful. Not to be missed!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4712)
    Performance
    (3934)
    Story
    (3953)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Second half better than the second"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, especially the end. There were a few times in the first half that I considered abandoning the book, but I am glad I didn't. It does move slow at first, but the tension definitely builds and the payoff is worth it. At least I thought so!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4079)
    Performance
    (2195)
    Story
    (2189)

    In this entry from Anthony Award winner Charlaine Harris' New York Times best-selling series, the gorgeous and feisty telepath hits the road to find her missing boyfriend, who may have run off with his former lover - a notorious vamp.

    Pamela M says: "Simply Fantastic"
    "Dracula meets Sex and the City"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but the second one fell a little flat for me. I found it confusing. This one, though, was awesome. I really enjoyed all the action, and I feel like Sookie's reactions to her undead boyfriend and all the problem he causes is very realistic - as realistic as it can get considering he is a vampire LOL. But unlike Twilight, which is all teen-angst love, this feels more like Dracula meets Sex and the City. And since I love them both, it is perfect for me! I can't wait for the next one to see what happens!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23664)
    Performance
    (10250)
    Story
    (10331)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "a slow start, strong finish"
    Overall

    I too struggled with the beginning part of the book. I almost abandoned it, but there were so many great reviews of it, I decided to stick with it. I told myself one more chapter and luckily that was the chapter that grabbed me. It isn't my most favorite book, but the characters definitely grabbed me and I loved the ending. I will absolutely give the next book a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kira Salak
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Marika Vecera, an accomplished war reporter, has dedicated her life to helping the world's oppressed and forgotten. When not on one of her dangerous assignments, she lives in Boston, exploring a new relationship with Seb, a psychologist who offers her glimpses of a better world. Returning from a harrowing assignment in Congo, where she was kidnapped by rebel soldiers, Marika learns that a man she has always admired from afar, Pulitzer-winning war correspondent Robert Lewis, has committed suicide.

    Terry Hope says: "vicarious adventures"
    "really 3 1/2 stars"
    Overall

    I really loved the parts of the story that detailed the journalist's experiences in other countries. I plan to use the book in both a journalism class I teach as well as a multicultural literature class I teach. However, the love story, which is a secondary plot, is cheesy, cliche and predictable; also the narrator's male voice for the boyfriend was terrible. Bostonians do NOT sound like that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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