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Betty B.

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SJC, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • 74 Seaside Avenue: Cedar Cove, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Dear Listener: Do you remember Teri Miller? She works at Get Nailed, the beauty salon here in town. Well, Teri got married a little while ago—to Bobby Polgar, the famous chess champion. They've moved into a beautiful house, 74 Seaside Avenue, which has a spectacular view of Puget Sound.

    Betty B. says: "Waste of time!"
    "Waste of time!"
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    This was a particularly lame book of Ms. Macomber's. Not only was the story predictable, it wasn't believable nor were the characters engaging. I'm sorry I listened!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (843)

    Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

    Josh says: "But No...."
    "Awful waste of time"
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    Patrick Rothfuss' protestations aside, why would anyone want to waste their time listening to or reading about a crazy person? To make matters worse, there is no story and Rothfuss tries too hard. His endless analogies were boring and contrived....really??!!?? This is what is taking away from Rothfuss finishing his edits on Day 3 Door of Stone? If the Kingkiller Chronicles weren't so well-written I would almost not read Day 3 when it finally comes out in protest. Enough said - don't waste your time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11582)
    Performance
    (9779)
    Story
    (9864)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "WOW! I'm hooked"
    Overall
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    Incredible series - I can hardly wait for Day 3! The story is fabulous, the narrator is perfect...amazing book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (814)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Melodramatic!"
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    What disappointed you about City of Thieves?

    The basic story line was ridiculous consisting of a bunch of hyperbolic, melodramatic, predictably written ridiculous scenes strung together and punctuated by unnecessarily crude comments.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Benioff again?

    Really? Why would I?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Perlman’s performances?

    Perhaps, it's not his fault Benioff wrote a dumb book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not worth my time...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "What a disappointment!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps more scholarly, unemotional readers.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Actually his British accent made the story seem even more impersonal


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hare with Amber Eyes?

    I was intrigued by the Netsuke and thought the story could have been told in a much more interesting fashion. I would have scraped so much I don't know where to begin...


    Any additional comments?

    There was little to relate to, no one to root for and a jagged story line to follow. The author veered so often into unnecessary territory it angered me! I found myself thinking this story could have been great - his portrayal of the characters made them so removed and aloof from others and their heritage. I wanted to like the characters and wanted to know more about how they felt! Although there was a great deal of Jewish history that I was unaware of and sickened by, it didn't do enough for me to keep me engaged. I was ashamed of these Jews who tried so hard to become Austrians and disavow themselves of their Jewishness - I couldn't understand them! The author writes well but with little humanity!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Azar Nafisi
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (169)

    For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families; others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail.

    Jayne says: "A wonderful story"
    "Twice Disappointed"
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    What would have made Reading Lolita in Tehran better?

    I tried reading this book long ago and could never finish. Somehow I thought having it read to me would make a difference


    What was most disappointing about Azar Nafisi’s story?

    It was too self-involved and truly not "about" her girls.


    What didn’t you like about Lisette Lecat’s performance?

    Her performance was fine ~ she needs a better, less self-righteous story to read.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Reading Lolita in Tehran?

    Most of the scenes about the author and demanded more about "her girls!"


    Any additional comments?

    The first few chapters were very misleading. It was not a story about the girls who came to her house to read ~ nor was it about Lolita. Additionally, how can anyone find anything good about Lolita's relationship with "captor?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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