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Carianti

Born in Detroit, Michigan, I now live in Southern Oregon on a small farm. Lots of furred and feathered friends and even some human types!

Member Since 2014

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  • The Wall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Marlen Haushofer
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    “I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead....” writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival but also self-renewal.

    Margaret says: "Haunting, yet unexpectedly realistic"
    "Introspective and a little hard to read/listen to"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wall the most enjoyable?

    I have always had a curiosity about survivor stories. What does one need to know to survive? What does one really need? Consequently I have read a whole lot of books of this ilk. But this one was different.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly enjoyed the introspective thoughts..."stream of consciousness" thoughts that constantly run through this woman's mind. Thoughts of her children and humanity in general. Concerns for her beloved animals. Thoughts of her inadequacies to create and maintain a relatively comfortable nitch for herself and her animals in circumstances that befall them all when she is cut off from what appears to have been a holocaust of death and destruction beyond imagination.

    For that is the book.....this lone woman finding herself in circumstances not planned for and in a very precarious position. The book is talk.....her thoughts......her sorrows.......her contemplations of what to do. Like I said, this one was different.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Ms Mazur's voice is somewhat solemn but under the circumstances, this fits somehow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was probably the first book I've listened to that took a good five days to complete. Reason was the sadness of it all.....also because the reader's voice was so depressed sounding. As for taking that much time, I consider this a "difficult read" as I am an enormous animal lover and the death of many such cut me to the core. I found myself getting too depressed if I listened to the story too long. I had to put it down for awhile and come back when I felt I was somewhat stronger. It is very sad. If you are seriously depressed already, you might want to look elsewhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book highly but with warning ahead of time.....animals die and are killed and the lady is beyond consolation with it all.

    A difficult read but oh how personal it was! This felt like a real WOMAN who "finds herself" only after she has to decide to go on and through all the losses and difficulties, she is still determined to win in this very precarious existence.

    I doubt that I could have done better with this subject or the situation. Bravo! You made me think!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pecan Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassie Dandridge Selleck
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (122)
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    (122)

    In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

    Delah says: "LOVED IT! Great story. Great narrator."
    "Comparable to Mockingbird"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent! Great story. Outstanding narration. Kept me spellbound.

    Somewhere someone said a "new Mockingbird." I have to agree.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life and Death: A Past-Life Interview with Titanic's Designer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
    • Narrated By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    By all accounts, Thomas Andrews, designer of the ill-fated Titanic, went down with the ship. How, then, could someone else know, not only the vivid and horrific details of what Andrews experienced that tragic night, but also, details of his entire life?

    Ryan says: "Facinating!!!"
    "Off the fence"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life and Death to be better than the print version?

    When I first began listening, I was not certain I would enjoy this audio book as the storyline appeared so questionable. We have also been bombarded with Titanic stories for years to the point of overload!

    Thankfully, however, I persevered and I am so grateful I did. The story presented and, in particular, the interviews afterwards, were so well done, my belief in reincarnation has been irreparably changed. I have been sitting on the fence about this for many years but this story definitely inched me off that fence.

    Bill's voice (heard as Tommy's) was so real and believable....the story so plausible. I was entranced throughout.

    The wheels are turning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Danced

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (116)

    If there’s been a theme in Justine Meade’s life, it’s loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, has always been Mack, her gray and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than 20 years away. Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog’s instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans.

    M. McClure says: "Great Road Trip Entertainment"
    "The choice!"
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    Where does The Dog Who Danced rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't write a lot of reviews so usually try to keep them for special books....those that really filled me with thoughtfulness and enjoyment. This one was one of those. It was certainly a winner. The author beautifully described the special bond we form with our animals and how they change us for the better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dog Who Danced?

    The end. Won't insert a spoiler but it must be said, "the choice" was there 'til the end.......


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend. Not only for "animal people" but for all of us who continue to grow and learn and love. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emory's Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    After 13-year-old Charlie Hall’s mother dies and his father retreats into the silence of grief, Charlie finds himself drifting lost and alone through the brutal halls of junior high school. But Charlie Hall is not entirely friendless. In the woods behind his house, Charlie is saved from a mountain lion by a grizzly bear, a species thought to be extinct in northern Idaho.And this very unusual bear will change Charlie’s life forever.

    Rebecca says: "Didn't want it to end"
    "Wanted to believe it was real"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Emory's Gift to be better than the print version?

    Once the story grabbed onto me, I was helpless to give it up. Every moment I could, I hooked up my ITouch to listen. Maybe it's just me but I wanted to believe this was not a book of fiction but had really happened. And so it goes.......

    The author did a wonderful job in narration.

    The only negative, perhaps a little heavy in the pre/adolescent angst but perhaps this was part of what made Charlie "grow" (mature) and lent more to the story and character development.

    Other than that, I totally enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's A Wonderful Afterlife Volume One: Further Adventures in the Flipside

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Martini
    • Narrated By Richard Martini
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    It's a Wonderful Afterlife: Further Adventures into the Flipside takes a quantum leap forward into the afterlife, includes interviews with scientists discussing the source of consciousness, compares near death experiences (NDE) with between life sessions (LBL), and includes interviews with people who claim to be speaking from the afterlife. There are new between life sessions with astounding claims of contact with the afterlife, with experiencing God and understanding life's journey.

    Carianti says: "The narration was a turn-off"
    "The narration was a turn-off"
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    What did you like best about It's A Wonderful Afterlife Volume One? What did you like least?

    I really wanted to enjoy this book. Indeed, I am interested in all "out of body" experiences and have been for many decades. By the description, this book checked all the boxes and I looked forward to listening to it.

    Alas, the narration was a total turn-off! Mr Martini speaks so rapidly and with such a staccato delivery, I simply could not bear it. Perhaps this is due to the fact I live in a rural community and have learned to slooooooww down....! Used to be a city girl but after many years in a more relaxed and laid-back environment, I have learned to appreciate the language and certainly my own speech, by necessity, has slowed down. This may not be a problem for more urban listeners who still go at such a rapid pace, but for me, it was so distracting I was not able to listen to the end. Maybe I'll get the book.....don't know yet.

    Would have enjoyed it more had there been a trained narrator who could read the book at a better cadence.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (449)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    Joe Crescenzi says: "What a fantastic story... a real treat!"
    "Great writing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Did not really expect to be so impressed with this book but was so pleased and surprised as it kept me spellbound! Terrific writing. Perfect narration. A thriller but also major characters were dealt with perfection. Definitely intend to look for more from this author and narrator. Highly recommend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (3100)
    Story
    (3120)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Kept me up 'til 2 am!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not usually attracted to Stephen King's books anymore, mostly because I am older (late 60's) and don't really like to scare myself silly anymore! That being said, I had read the reviews for Revival and decided to give it a go based on other's opinions that this was not going to be gory. I am so glad I did and thank the reviewers appreciably!

    The story was more characterization, as others said, and I totally enjoy such writing. King is a marvel when it comes to digging down deep into a person and what drives them. I liked the main character immensely, despite his flaws, and appreciated his maturity and sensitive nature.

    The ending was a bit flawed--thus the 5 for storyline--but still, the writing was so enthralling, I was unable to put down the book until much later than I usually go to bed. How's about 2 am! Yipe!

    Yes.....the ending.....not what I was expecting and could have had a different twist but acceptable in the long run.

    I recommend this heartily for good writing, interesting and believable characters and an enjoyable journey beyond reality.


    Have you listened to any of David Morse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I absolutely loved David Morse's performance! His voice is both soft yet masculine, somewhat world-weary but sensitive. Perfect for this assignment. I intend to research other audio books he has narrated. Excellent choice for expression of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (568)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Beautful in every way"
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    Any additional comments?

    It is not often that I am struck almost speechless by a story or a book but this one stood out. In the writing, one can detect the writer's love of the subject matter. Ms. Letts captured the story of a man, his dreams and his love for a horse that led him down a path no one could have imagined. I will definitely be seeking further works by this talented writer.

    The narrator, Bronson Pinchot, was absolutely perfect as the narrator. His inflections and sensitive rendering of the writing was beyond description. At the end, when Snowman is looking towards the Rainbow Bridge, one could detect a bit of a muffled sadness to his voice which I judged as his own......I respect that. He wasn't just reading, he was feeling and was sad himself.

    I recommend this book without hesitation. The story is wonderful and the fact it is nonfiction and really happened, adds even more admiration for the piece. One of my most favored books ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (657)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "Phenomenal writing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray the most enjoyable?

    I first read this when I was in my early 20's and at that age, the significance and quality of writing didn't impress. Now that I am in my late 60's, I was stunned to find this book so captivating, it was difficult to put it down. Oscar Wilde wrote brilliantly and so captured the withering of Dorian Grays life as well as those experiences that change us. Admiration indeed for such a wonderful writer!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Prebble was the perfect narrator for this piece. His maturity, inflections and capacity to express the varied emotions of the characters was just right. I will be seeking other works by this talented narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend this book for both the content and the storytelling. Lessons are abundant and despite its 1891 writing, much of what is presented can be compared to life today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-wise Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Bowen
    • Narrated By Kristopher Milnes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Since Bob has appeared, I've made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I was a homeless drug addict. I was lost to the world and had forgotten what was important in life. Now I've got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I'm still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still need help in the right direction. Bob is always there to offer guidance and friendship.' James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together

    Carianti says: "From the heart"
    "From the heart"
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    What did you love best about The World According to Bob?

    If you are interested in reading something that has a little bit of everything, I would highly recommend this as it contains them all: Love of animals, a powerful treatment on life on the streets, understanding one's self and just a little bit of the mystic and wonder of the Universe. That may be overkill but I have to say, I found all these things in this little book. Sometimes it was a trek listening as James Bowen endured many hardships during his life but somehow managed to turn his life around and continue on. I am so glad he did and that I finished listening. But even more so, I am so glad Bob appeared in his life to be both a companion and a teacher, a protector and the glue that held it all together until James got a firm foothold on his own.


    Have you listened to any of Kristopher Milnes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator, Kristopher Milnes, performs James' voice in such a way that I fully believed I was listening to the writer. Bravo!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending was perfect. Touching and complete at this point of their lives. We all face struggle, pain and adversity and James and Bob had their fill of this. But their relationship and the goodness that resulted gave me hope for us all. Love, gentleness, patience and perhaps just a bit of guidance from I know not where, can just pop out and change everything.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to any future books about James and Bob. I would love continue to travel alongside them on this journey called life.......

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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