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SIMI VALLEY, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

  • 19 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 472 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Wait for Part 2"

    I love Connie Willis, so I knew that I was going to read her book. I should have read the other reviews first, so I would be prepared for the fact that the book ends abruptly. Apparently part 2 comes out in November, and I would have liked to read it all the way through. I agree that the book is less about time travel than about how Brits made it through WWII, but I was fascinated with the storyline. The stories of various characters interweave with each other, so be prepared for abrupt shifts. I actually found this juxtaposition interesting. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the abrupt "non ending".

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    What disappointed you about What's So Funny??

    I love Tim Conway, thought the book would be funnier

    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?


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


    Any additional comments?

    I read the autobiographies of Carol Burnett & Penny Marshall and basically felt the same way-- dreary narrative, lots of name dropping. I think I'm through with this genre, not for me. On the other hand Janis Ian's autobiography was very interesting, lots of revealing the person behind the name (or voice). Here, not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Stay with it"
    What made the experience of listening to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    This book grew on me as more features of the protagonist's life are revealed. At first I thought it was ho-hum, but kept listening and became more and more fascinated.

    The author's droll wit, coupled with the reader's excellent rendition, made this an engrossing and fascinating read.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot itself is like nothing I've ever read before. A twist and turn in every chapter.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't want to spoil-- let's just say Sonia and the assassin

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

    If only I could. It's very long, which I see as a plus in this case.

    Any additional comments?

    I did not realize that this book was originally published in Swedish and that the story takes place mainly in Sweden. This would have ordinarily put me off because of the names, but that is not the case here. The main character is Alan Carlson (or whatever the Swedish spelling is), and the other names are easy to remember.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
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    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    What made the experience of listening to Brain on Fire the most enjoyable?

    This is a gripping true life story of a young woman who descended into madness and came out of it to tell the story. It is rare to find a first hand account of this sort. Well worth reading.

    What about Heather Henderson’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration, felt like she was living it and telling you what happened

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Not a fan of his, but....."
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The suspense, the sense of familiarity with the characters

    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    The Butterfly Effect because changing one thing in the past has unknowable repercussions in the present

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Running to stop Lee Harvey Oswald on the day of the shooting

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beware of what you wish for

    Any additional comments?

    I am NOT a Stephen King fan, but I was spellbound throughout this book. Rarely do you come across a book that is both character driven and plot driven to the same extent. King took his time fleshing out all the characters, even the minor ones.

    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

    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!"
    "Couldn't Stop Thinking About It"

    I listened to this book over 6 months ago and I still think about it. Beautifully written in the form of letters between characters, an ingenious way to present different points of view. The story of how this small island survived during German WWII occupation is intimate, sad and funny.

    You'll be glad you listened to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper: Griffin's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Ted Barker

    Griffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been. He knows that the men who killed his parents were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin has only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way.

    T. Holyoak says: "Definitely NOT for kids"

    An interesting story, but short on "whys". There was little character development, and the ending left me thinking that I had forgotten to download the rest of the book. This could had been so much more, as the author clearly has an excellent imagination and good story telling skills.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "I did not want this book to end"

    This is a complex historical/mystery novel, seamlessly winding three generations of women together. I never had any confusion following who was where, and I got to know the characters so well that when it ended I felt like I had lost a friend. This is going to be reread for me. If you are looking for something completely absorbing with rich detail and well rounded characters, this book is it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Demons in the Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joe Meno
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine

    Demons in the Spring is a collection of 20 short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned. In these stories, oddly modern moments occur in the most familiar of public places.

    Chris says: "Weird...very weird!"
    "I don't get it...."

    I have no idea why these stories were written or of what interest they would have to anyone. Each seems pointless. The next story starts immediately after the last, so you are in a story before you realize the last one is over. Maybe it gets better. I don't know: I decided I have better things to do with my time after the 3rd story.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"

    What a ride! All I can say is that I wish I had known Randy. I thought that this "last lecture" by a man who knew he was dying might be morbid, or that I'd walk into work with my mascara smeared after listening to it in the car, but it is uplifting and funny and makes you think about how you treat other people and what you are doing with your life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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