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Diane

Mount Vernon, NY, United States

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  • The Pact

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (284)

    The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

    Patti says: "Getting Repetitive"
    "The Pact"
    Overall

    To be honest, and it seems that is what this book is all about, this book is so repetive, too long, and even though I did FINALLY FINISH it, I am sorry, I cannot recommend it.
    I love George Guidell"s reading. He is a great narrater. I always look for his stories, they are usually great.
    However, this book was too long, really drawn out, over and over. I really could not get into it.
    I only bought this one because "My Sister's Keeper" turned out to be so good. My book club said, "I had to read it." They were right about that.
    I simply cannot read anymore of Jodi's books, even though she has a tough job. She takes on the worst of cases. They are just too long. After awhile, it becomes boring. Sorry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (548)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry"
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    I often turn to reviews from all of you. I am a great book lover and yes, I do listen to them. I would love to be guilt free enough to sit in my big old cushioned chair and read ... but I dust, do the dishes (try to avoid cooking) and I finish the laundry. I also drive between NYC and NH, those are the best four hours for listening to a good, solid book.

    I have been getting tired of all these genre books ... the ones with Black slaves being beaten by horrible white slave owners; the ones with Jewish people being tortured by white Germans; the ones with people hurting other people. Tired of it!

    This book, "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry," is a sweet, gentle book, just what I was looking for. The story was not boring, my attention never wandered, in fact, I did not even want to shut off the light and go to sleep. I totally enjoyed it. I gave it thought during the next day, I was sorry when it ended .

    So, if you are looking for "your next book," this is a good one. It sort of falls in the category of "Olive Kettridge" (sp? ) and the "Last stand of Major Petegrew" (sp?). I loved those too.

    My life is too busy to be bothered with people beating up other people. I am looking for soft and gentle, but not boring.

    Oh yes, very well written.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11673)
    Performance
    (10109)
    Story
    (10085)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Steve Jobs"
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    OMG. I walked into an Apple store the other day and saw it in a completely different way. Mind you, it is true, I love my iPOD, my MacBook and now my iPhone.

    I never met Steve Jobs, but I did feel sad when he died. This book made me realize why. He had a grasp on design. He was also the kind of person that brought out the best in people. He was probably hard to live with.

    Read it, you will enjoy it as well as appreciate all the thought and many hours that went into your "tools."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4151)
    Performance
    (2687)
    Story
    (2715)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
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    I was hesitant to listen to this book. I am not really into science and the workings of bodily functions. Cells have personally bored me.

    However, I could not help but notice the very positive reviews surrounding this book. The subject matter did not seem so appealing.

    I was wrong and am very glad to have listened to this book. Not only did I enjoy it and learn a lot ... my house is very clean. I stayed up late, listening as I cleaned. The book is totally engaging on many levels: culturally (not a pun ), personally, scientifically. It also brings great hope and an insight into how far we have grown as human beings.

    I recommend The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, very glad that Rebecca Skloot had the persistence and courage to write it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (657)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "Just Kids"
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    Well, thank you Patti Smith!!! I do think that we might have met way back then. Yes, this is a true love story and a true love story of the time. What a time that was! Thank you again for telling it. I will never forget that time. It did deeply impact those of us that moved to NYC (and actually did live in a loft.... without the benefit of a grocery store, pharmacy,or heat )

    Thanks, I did get much subsistence from Max's, that is for sure. That was my first time to eat Buffalo Wings. They were good. Wow, I loved this book and that it must have come from your journals.

    Thanks

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness"
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    I enjoyed Ms. Fuller's first book as well. Tales of an era gone by. How we do forget!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life Is So Good: One Man's Extraordinary Journey through the 20th Century and How He Learned to Read at Age 98

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By George Dawson, Richard Glaubman
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In Life Is So Good, read by Emmy Award nominee LeVar Burton, George Dawson shares his unique wisdom about survival, joy, people, and the hidden beauty of growing old.

    Kimberly says: "One of my favorites!"
    "Life is so good"
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    I enjoyed this book and the tales of wandering around the US by rail. Nice, light and very enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (438)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Emily and Einstein"
    Overall

    I very rarely write a review, I do however simply press the "review button."

    I never actually shed a tear......... no, never ..... except this time.

    What a great writer and what a great story.

    She did it all! Read it. Don't weep, it is good

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (429)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Glory says: "Incredible FICTION"
    "one thousand white women"
    Overall

    All I can say is that I am from those white women. I grew up in Nebraska. I was surprised there was no mention of the rattle snakes. They were always all over the place. It is such a rugged territory. Back then, just as the book says, it was "uncivilized". No porta-potties." anywhere to be seen.

    I am grateful to have spent my youth there. I am now 65 years old. This book did, indeed help me to know and understand , not only my own beginnings, but how the United States came to be. Not all of it swathed in honor.

    Thanks, a good book and a good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Cup of Friendship: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    From the author of the “bighearted . . . inspiring” (Vogue) memoir Kabul Beauty School comes a fiction debut as compelling as real life: the story of a remarkable coffee shop in the heart of Afghanistan, and the men and women who meet there - thrown together by circumstance, bonded by secrets, and united in an extraordinary friendship. A Cup of Friendship is the best kind of fiction - full of heart yet smart and thought-provoking.

    Diane says: "A cup of friendship"
    "A cup of friendship"
    Overall

    This is a lovely little book and easy to listen to. I also learned a lot about Afganastan and the Taliban. The story is fairly predictable, but told in a way that was interesting and held my attention ... yes, even while driving on the Interstate. Perfect summer book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (432)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "The Last Child"
    Overall

    OK, another "driveway" event. This book took many twists and turns. John Hart is one of those writers that can transport the experience of the story into the written word (or listen in this case). This was my first John Hart book, but I will now look for more. I totally enjoyed the book, in spite of the dubious theme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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