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Ray, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 288 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Wonderful story"

    Ms. Binchey is sneaky. She begins telling this story including you in all the little details of Ria Lynch's life. At times you want her to get to the point, but then, when disaster hits Ria's life, you begin to understand why Ms. Binchey wrote the way she did. Your heart ache's for Ria and the hurt she is feeling. I realized I was completely sucked into this story caring about all the characters as if they were real. This book is a treat and I loved every minute of it. My only criticism is the sound quality. Another reviewer said it sounded like others were in the same room as the narrator reading stories as well. I agree. It was distracting at times, but the story is so beautifully written, it is easily forgivable.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Chains

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Madison Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for 13-year-old Isabel the word holds a different meaning, especially after the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the freedom promised, she and her sister are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy New York family. In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence.

    Gail says: "Stunning Book"
    "Read me a story....."
    Any additional comments?

    I was not aware that this was a book intended more for young people. It is the story of Isabelle who is a slave and the (un)realistic ways in which she aids the rebels in the Revolutionary War. There is a small amount of physical violence, but nothing that would haunt a young listener. The problem I had with the book was the narrator. She reads the book as one would read it to a child. Her inflections are the same kind we parents used to keep our children engaged in a story. At times when she reads happy or humorous parts of the book, you can hear the smile in her voice. When I listen to a book, I want the narrator to take me in and then disappear. This narrator is always present in the book and I was keenly aware someone was reading me a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "What a story!"

    I love a good story and this book tells a good story and then some. The only thing that makes a good story better is spot-on perfect narration. Joe Barrett fits the bill perfectly. Every character has a different voice. He does an amazing job. I don't have to go into detail about the book, there are plenty of reviews that already do that. Just get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Geneen Roth
    • Narrated By Geneen Roth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all. Geneen Roth's masterwork, Women, Food and God explores the relationship between how we eat and how we see ourselves in the world.

    Annie M. says: "Couldn't put it down!!!"

    This books has too many stories about women who feel terrible about themselves. Story after story.....I was done with the book about half way through, but I pressed on. The author never really gives you anything concrete in this book. I kept waiting for the point or the instruction. The author also narrates this book and she shouldn't have!

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "What a wonderful book!"

    I have listened so many good books on Audible. Middlesex, Bonfire of the Vanities, Cutting for Stone, and now the Book Thief. This story will stay with you long after you've finished it. The writing is beautiful and the narration excellent. I highly recommend going on this journey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tortilla Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T. C. Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacker lead an ordered, sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: He is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine.

    William says: "Thought-provoking, enthralling"
    "Too little too late"

    I found this book to be quite tedious. The narrator did not appeal to me at all. But even worse, I kept waiting for the two story lines in this book to intersect. They finally do. Unfortunately I had to wait until the very last minute of the book for this to happen. I was disappointed.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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