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Linda Busby Parker

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Alabama | Member Since 2004

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  • 4 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 367 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (302)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Poorly written."
    Overall

    I purchased this book with great anticipation. I was looking forward to listening. It is a formula book of the worst kind. It has an interior formula--the structure of the book repeats the pattern over and over again. Man dies and goes to some kind of heaven, the colors change and someone gives him a cheap piece of philosopy or "advice" or "insight;" the colors change again and another person from his past steps forward with a new insight. It's kind of a repeat of the old "This is Your Life," but not as interesting. It simply bored me. So much was inaccurate--an 83 year old man would not be testing rides at an amusement park, for one thing. The philosophy was of the armchair variety. In short, I was disappointed!

    66 of 79 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "Can't Stop Listening"
    Overall

    This is an absolutely extraordinary story about children who become the parents at very tender ages. Jeannette is cooking beans at four years old. It's a dysfunctional family that somehow manages to remain a family against all odds. Some of the four children make it as successful adults. At least one is damaged significantly. An incredible read--listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (923)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "A Good Rad"
    Overall

    Jamie Ford's novel is a good read--or in this case, a good listen. The time is WWII and the 1980s; the place is the Pacific Coast. Not too many novels about this time/place. The book holds together nicely. The reader will remember the characters and the situations. A good first novel for Jamie Ford!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11002)
    Performance
    (6195)
    Story
    (6244)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Amazing book in its scope"
    Overall

    THE LIFE OF PI is a truly amazing book in its scope and depth. It explores philosophy, religion, various cultures, and the care and training of animals and the most amazing thing is that, while doing all these things, the author manages to tell a really good story. This is one of the best books I have read (heard) in years. There were many surprises! I loved the main character and his exploits. I can highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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