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Elizabeth

Albuquerque, NM, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 160 titles in library
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  • The Enchantress of Florence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    In the imperial capital of the Mughal Empire, a traveler arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar. The traveler, Mogor dell'Amore, has a tale to tell, and as the words flow out of him, the tale's rich tapestry of power and desire begins to take on a life of its own.

    jimr says: "An absolute delight"
    "Rushdie: GGMarquez Wannabe"
    Overall

    What a lame load of signature male fantasy! More or less like Marquez, Rushdie goes far to demonstrate how deeply the fantasy of a silent, obedient, sexually available automaton is the sine qua non of his imagination. This basic datum is moved from one exotic locale through time and space, but never progresses to anything worth reading. Pathological.

    13 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (859)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Who wrote this?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sadly, the unlikeable characters and their disturbing and unending stories make for a tough go.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Amy Tan again?

    I was curious about what new material Amy Tan could mine. I persisted in reading simply to see if she could turn around this unlikeable set of characters and conditions into an interesting and plausible story. Alas, it was not to be.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This was a very disappointing production in comparison to the great work she has done previously.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Generation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation. America's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values- duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself.

    Don Lance says: "Why we appreciate this generation"
    "Yes, they were that great"
    Overall

    Having been parented by two of the greatest generation, I enjoyed learning more about what they went through. All too often, they refuse to talk about what happened to them during their amazingly challenging lifetimes, WWI, the great depression, WW2. They have suppressed their experiences or allowed their reflections to fade from their memories. There is still much for us to learn from our parents. I thank Brokaw for helping to reveal some of their stories to us.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1113)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Real comedy history"
    Overall

    I like to read about extraordinary things that have really happened, and this is what Steve Martin's bio reveals--the development of his unique comedic style that became a hallmark of the last quarter of the 20th century. Quite enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Mirron E. Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family, a boy who is surrounded by boisterous characters and yet deeply alone.

    William says: "Not Science Fiction, but fantastic story"
    "Lots-o-plots"
    Overall

    It sometimes seems that Mr. Card has a somewhat mechanical method to his writing: slice up a dictionary, toss the pieces in the air, pull out a few random entries and see what kind of unlikely drama he can cobble from them. Yes, Shakespeare is forced into the black box this time along with "I just been to L.A.". All this in Card's consistently strident, argumentative tone, signature since Ender's Game (I haven't read many of his earliest works). Magic Street is not among his best efforts. I have truly enjoyed a number of his other works, but I hope not to see any more of this derivative kind of stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Peter Schickele
    • Narrated By Peter Schickele
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Printed books are all well and good, but, let's face it, it's a whole lot easier to let somebody else do the reading. P.D.Q. Bach was probably the most passive composer who ever allegedly lived, so the less effort you put into learning about him, the more you carry on his ideals.

    reggie p says: "enjoyable and informative"
    "Dumb, as usual"
    Overall

    Peter Schikele has a consistent sense of humor-broad, slapstick, wah-wah-wah. Should've known better.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (357)

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Moan, moan, moan."
    Overall

    Yes, the world will soon have no more to give to mankind. Yes, it's wonderful that the author was able to live a year of sustainability. Thanks for alerting the rest of us to options to reduce our ever-destructive impact on the world. I am so glad that your turkeys now know how to mate. I am so sad that petroleum based transportation systems hold us all in their ghastly grip. Oh, for another era . . .

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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