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Judy

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  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Rebello
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Here is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker Psycho - and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking. First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it. Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock’s groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion.

    Molly says: ""Good Evening......"......soapy look at Hitchcock~"
    "Interesting but only if you are a Hitchcock fan"
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    I've always been a Hitchcock fan. I remember watching Psycho as a grade-schooler and then watching it again and again with my friends to scare them.

    I found this book started slowly. The history of how the film got off the ground was a bit boring but I'm glad I kept going. When we got into how the film was made I was fascinated. This was a great insight into a movie that, for its time, was so very shocking.

    I only recommend this to people who have seen the movie, more than once, and found it intriguing. If you aren't a Hitchcock fan, don't bother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2475)
    Performance
    (2224)
    Story
    (2224)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Great Choice for Book Club"
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    This was a selection for our book club and it was a hit with everyone. That happens very rarely.

    This was a fun and quick read yet there was quite a lot of discussion about the book at our meeting.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joshua Foer
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1022)

    Foer's unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives. On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget.

    Christopher says: "Got the Ball Rolling"
    "I now have my own memory palace"
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    I truly enjoyed this book. While it is not a how-to book on improving your memory, it is an enjoyable, humorous trip with the author to the memory championships.

    There are a few slow spots, especially in the beginning, but I'm glad I pushed through. I finished the book with my own memory palace, which is still furnished with the items on the to-do/shopping list the author got in the park and a smile on my face.

    Very interesting. A lot of fun. Well worth the time and the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time of My Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi
    • Narrated By Patrick Swayze
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    In a career spanning more than 30 years, the late Patrick Swayze made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he became one of our most beloved actors.

    Brenda says: "The Time of My Life"
    "You make me feel like dancing"
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    I was a little unobservant and did not realize until I finished the book that this is an abridged version. But it was fine. I think had it gone much longer or into more detail, I would have gotten bored.

    I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed that it was narrated by Patrick Swayze. He and his wife had a very touching love story. It was also interesting to read about someone with so much drive and determination. I also liked the details about his movies.

    If you are a Patrick Swayze fan, I believe you will enjoy this book. If you are looking for a little inspiration about working through tough times and continuing to follow your dreams, you may get some here.

    I generally steer away from abridged versions but with this book I'm happy with what I got.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Hainey
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family's back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael's father, was found alone near his car on Chicago's North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone.

    sheila kehoe says: "Son's Search for Father Brings on Self-knowledge"
    "Not book-worthy"
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    This was a selection for my book club. While most of the members mildly enjoyed it, I truly did not. I do not believe there was enough substance here for a book. If this had been a series of articles I may have found it somewhat interesting but there were just too many words, too many descriptions that didn't accomplish anything except boring me to tears.

    I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
    "Loved it! Good choice for a book club read."
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    This was a selection by my book club. It's a quirky, dark book and I absolutely loved it. I found it to be rather funny and quite entertaining. The narrator was perfect.

    It's not a tremendously deep book but everyone in the group had some questions and there were some conflicting responses which lead to some good discussion. One of our members found an interview with the author which answered some of the questions we had about the book.

    This is not your typical book club book but I thought it was a good choice and I enjoyed it as did the rest of the members of my group.

    Give it a try.







    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1071)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "The stories in this book are harsh. Indeed!"
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    Well, I agree with Stephen King. The stories in this book ARE harsh.

    It has been a long time since I've read anything by King. In the past I read a lot of his work, I liked his stories and for some reason, I was hesitant to branch out into other books. Eventually I discovered that Stephen King was not the only author I enjoyed. Now, a few years have gone by since I've read anything by him. I was disappointed. I remember page-turner afer page-turner and I had to struggle to get though this book. I wondered who had changed in all this time, him or me. I immediately followed this book up with The Shawshank Redemption and that has instantly become one of my favorite stories.

    I concluded that it is likely him that changed and he's just run out of ideas.

    I did think that Jessica Hecht did a great job narrating though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3219)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1393)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "One of my favorite audiobooks"
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    This is one of my favorite books. I've read it several times. As an audiobook, it is even better. The narrators are wonderful. I will likely listen to this again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nancy Pickard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains, here is a brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.

    Gretchen Lord Anderson says: "Really good book; poorly chosen narrator"
    "She won't win any awards..."
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    I listened to this for my book club. Our group agreed, it's a fine story, it kept us entertained, it had some good twists and turns. We also agreed that Nancy Pickard will not win any writing awards.

    I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, especially for book club. Just not enough to talk about.

    As for the narration, I was not a fan. I found the voice she used for the bad guy in the story irritating and I wanted her to shut up everytime she tried it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Encounters with Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Here are entertaining accounts of the courtships, wars, and characters of animals encountered in West Africa, South America, Greece, etc., including the stories of Sarah Huggersack, an orphaned baby giant anteater, and Pavlo, a marmoset from Guiana.

    Judy says: "Another wonderful book from Gerald Durrell"
    "Another wonderful book from Gerald Durrell"
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    I enjoyed this book tremendously. I listened to the audiobook and re-listened to the portion about Sarah the giant anteater a couple of times, grinning ear to ear each time.

    If you enjoy animal stories, try this book. It's quite delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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