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Judy

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  • 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
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    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 Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (349)

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "I love Bill Bryson"
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    This is a delightful listen. I enjoy Bryson's narration and the book is so funny. I highly recommend this book. I'm afraid it has given me a glimpse of what I'm in for in raising a boy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4367)
    Performance
    (3175)
    Story
    (3174)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Book club pick"
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    This was a book club pick and a very disappointing one. No one in the group thought too much of it and we ALL HATED the ending. Don't bother with this one. Not worth the time or credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire of the Sea Light

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edwidge Danticat
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Claire Limyè Lanmè - Claire of the Sea Light - is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life. But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears.

    FanB14 says: "Claire Shines, Other Characters Not So Much"
    "I didn't get it"
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    And I wasn't the only one. This was a pick in my book club. The stories were interesting and kept me listening but, in the end, I thought there would be a moral or big picture or larger meaning and there wasn't. It was good for some discussion and it was interesting how each of us perceived parts of the stories differently. None of us hated it just no one would recommend that anyone run out and read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (538)

    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
    "LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!"
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    I haven't been so thoroughly entertained by a book in quite some time. Part one is a little slow but once I got to part two, I couldn't stop listening. The narrator was fantastic. This book is well worth your time and the credit.

    0 of 0 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
    (2621)
    Performance
    (2355)
    Story
    (2354)

    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
    (1551)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1060)

    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
    (177)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    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
  • 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    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
  • The Sisters Brothers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (336)

    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

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