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Caryl

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  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (830)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "Not a fan"
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    Sorry, Jeannette. I know this was your life, but I read/listen for enjoyment (not necessarily fun, just fulfillment) and did not find it here. I downloaded this book because my sister said it was a great read (she actually read the book in a day). I quickly downloaded the audiobook and started on the journey that I anticipated based on my sister's review. Granted this was real life, but I found the story revolting and far from enjoyable. Because I will always complete a book, I listened intently to the whole story. Did not like Jeannette's voice. Not sure a different talent would have improved the experience. Yes, I get the overall lesson that one can persevere through horrible life events and become successful. The abomination of how a father abused his family and how a mother allowed it is beyond me. Not a life I know. I can certainly learn from others' experiences. Just not sure what I learned here other than that CPS (Child Protective Services) was absent when desperately needed. I am sorry for the experiences you endured, Jeannette. Good for you that you have become the author that you are. But didn't the story begin with you being ashamed to see your mother on the street? Still so much shame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Howie Carr
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    This fresh account of Massachusetts' infamous Bulger brothers unveils a stunning criminal alliance, and with its dual biography format, goes deeper than the New York Times best-selling Black Mass. For the first time, journalist Howie Carr reveals the real story behind the infamous Bulgers, two brothers from South Boston who grew up to control a state.

    Tory says: "ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz"
    "Learn more than you need to know about the Bulgers"
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    For what it is, a factual account of the Bulgers, this was a good story. I only read this book because Whitey was arrested recently and I wanted to learn more about the Bulgers. It is always insightful to see how the "network" works. Always disappointing to see how supposed Catholics behave (yes, I am Catholic) in the infamous Massachusetts subculture. The narrator reminded me of the Laugh-in radio announcer character played by Gary Owens. I'd love to add an image here, but cannot. For those old enough to recall, this announcer was the over the top, take yourself just a little too serious announcer. Anyway, I finished the book, but it was not enjoyable, just informational.

    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
    Overall
    (27348)
    Performance
    (13957)
    Story
    (14004)

    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!"
    "Wow...wow...wow..."
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    I started this audiobook with amazement at the flavor added to the rich storyline due to the narration by multiple talents. What a gift to us "readers". Due to some technical difficulties, I ended up seeing the movie before I could complete the audiobook. The movie was fabulous and moving. However, getting the opportunity to listen to this audiobook in full production left me humbled and motivated to be as brave and selfless as Skeeter. I will definitely listen to this full-bodied story again. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (525)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Compelling and Heartbreaking"
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    Read it because I saw the movie trailer. Enjoyed the storyline - represented actual growth of individuals from college age to adulthood. Not everyone leads a stellar life. Thought this would be predictable. While it was to a degree, the end of the book will stay with me (no spoilers here).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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