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Lucy

Wimberley, TX, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    A User says: "bravo!!!"
    "So satisfying"
    Overall

    Plenty of insider experiences vault this life story over more hurdles than most Hollywood stars face on or off the screen. Sidney Poitier's childhood and early life would make a decent movie but even Superman as director couldn't reveal the steel in this man's soul. Poitier's rich voice delivers one of the best autobiographies to come along in ages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "Worth trying to sort it out"
    Overall

    The narration of this book weaves between so many different realities that the reader senses first-hand what chaos the time traveler and his wife must experience on a regular basis. At first, it was a challenge to sort out what was happening, to whom and when. But a few pages into the book, I just relaxed and let it roll. I won't give away the plot. It is much too fine a book for that. I'll just say it is a bittersweet tale of enduring love that also contains surprise, humor and insight. The book lingered in my mind for weeks, which is my own way of determining whether a piece of writing is excellent or just another quick literary fix. After you put "The Time Traveler's Wife" down, you may have very different views on recent genetic experiments.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (327)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "Slow start gets better but too late."
    Overall

    The first quarter is slow going with two-dimensional characters brought out in bewildering numbers, only to provide background for a plot too quickly revealed. It gets better and provides some insight into the Holocaust and current events in Europe and the Middle East. But hey, this is supposed to be a spy thriller. On that ground, it wobbles slightly then peters out. Better than some on the market but can't hold a candle to Le Carre' or many of the other tried and true.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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