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Larry Tucker

Denver, CO, US | Member Since 2012

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  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 49 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2840)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1069)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Terrible, Hokey Narration!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The multiple narrators take away from the story. Almost stopped listening several times. Experienced sever vicarious embarrassment several times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Sister's Keeper?

    The ending.


    What didn’t you like about various’s performance?

    The narrator of "Sarah" has a terrible raspy, just smoked a pack of cigarettes, voice. All of the narrators overlay their own baby voices or male/female voices when narrating. The listener can hear studio sounds. This was the worst.


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  • Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amanda Knox
    • Narrated By Amanda Knox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

    Brock says: "A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!"
    "Horrible Circumstances and Exceptional Writing"
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    What did you love best about Waiting to Be Heard?

    I have been waiting to hear Amanda's story. I couldn't listen to the media coverage because it was so obviously twisted.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amanda, of course. Anyone who has gone to a foreign country alone as a young person can easily see how this very situation could have unfolded. It is a cautionary tale that I will remember when my own children are ready to study abroad.


    What does Amanda Knox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The raw emotion of it all is brought to life through Amanda's telling of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Amanda's obvious development into a serious and solemn woman in prison is both extraordinary and sad. She was entitled to live a few more years in that frivolous bubble before the real world stepped in. I don't know if my children will even know who Amanda Knox is when they get ready to study abroad themselves, but after listening to this book, I will bet that they will say, "Oh yes, Amanda Knox-- she's that writer."

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  • Townie: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

    Suzn F says: "More like a 3.25 star rating"
    "WOW!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Townie to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps, only because the author himself is narrating and it's his story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andre (III), of course. I loved following him along in his journey. I would like to hear from his youngest sister some day. I wonder if she saw things differently?


    Which character – as performed by Andre Dubus III – was your favorite?

    His father.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. What a triumph over terrible circumstances. This story is fascinating. I thought that it was going to be about boxing and I wasn't thrilled about that. Thank goodness I was wrong.


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  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (802)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Great Story, Great Narration."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Greater Journey to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily (I have both) simply because I love the photos in the book. But, it was so wonderful to take this book on a walk every morning. My advice--get both--it's THAT good.


    What other book might you compare The Greater Journey to and why?

    Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs or McCullough's Truman. All of these books provide an excellent glimpse into something unknown. So beautifully descriptive and truly captivating. A magnificent introduction to several characters and revelation of what makes them tick.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The lung under the hat...


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