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Marianna

Albion, IN, United States

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 307 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (531)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Inspiring story of immigrant success."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Beloved World to be better than the print version?

    I wish all of my high school students would read this amazing story of a young girl who saw something better for herself, set high goals for herself and managed through hard work, great mentors and her own intelligence to achieve them.


    What other book might you compare My Beloved World to and why?

    The themes in this book are echoed in Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was especially moved by the family support Sonya had.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1135)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "LOVED IT"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any baby boomer who loved summer camp for sure, for sure for sure. This book took me back in time to the wonderful summers I spent learning about life and people.


    What other book might you compare The Interestings to and why?

    I could compare it to Gone Girl because I absolutely did not want either of these books to end. Now I'll have to settle for a while because I know how hard it is to find just right books like these.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (738)

    It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them - not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain.

    C. ALLINGER says: "Stiefvater does it again!"
    "Amazing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Raven Boys the most enjoyable?

    The narration of this book is JUST right. The story is JUST right. It's a simply superb mix of fantasy, historical fiction, and mystery. I really don't know how the author keeps all the threads from tangling into a big ball and running the reader over but she does, she really does. Hah! BTW, That last sentence is an insider for the folks who have read the novel. . The character development is terrific as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Raven Boys?

    I think what I liked best is when Blue forgives Gansy for being an Aglionby boy and comes to terms with the fact that he may indeed be her true love. I suspect a bit of Romeo and Juliette to develop in the coming novels because yes, this is yet another trilogy in the making and I do so HATE that I'll have to wait so long for the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel was categorized as YA but it's one of those great stories for the ages. Read it with or without your teen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21077)
    Performance
    (18900)
    Story
    (18970)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "LOVED IT!"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say this is one of the best audio books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all the twists and turns. A mystery all wrapped up in social commentary. Not sure whether nobody wins or if most everybody wins in the end of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This one keeps you on edge until almost the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    From the London pop scene, to the opera stages of Europe; from a tiny Greek island, to a stifling manor house full of secrets and deceptions; from the sun-drenched Queensland coast, to the silent outback; Angela and Ellie are two women both looking for something. One in search of her identity and her memory; the other in search of the love that she had and lost; theirs is a duet whose last note will not be sung until the heart-stopping climax, when a shadow from the past returns to claim them both.

    A User says: "Gosh that was a great story!"
    "Great Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story for anyone who loves a romantic mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Duet?

    I really enjoyed how the author brought all the characters together in a satisfying ending.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Caroline Lee did a great job of bringing the heroine Ellie to life.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

    David P. McGivern says: "Great for any age"
    "Amazing! So sad I've finished it."
    Overall

    I'm a high school librarian and I've already started book talking this book to students and teachers. The title Revolution refers to the French Revolution and it is a wonderful combination of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and mystery with a touch of romance thrown in. I think this one will appeal to both boys and girls. Musical references are woven into the story and now I feel compelled to visit itunes to check out the composers the main character loves.

    I'm currently searching madly for another title that might fill that void I always feel when I've finished a really wonderful title. This is the best book I've read since finishing Life of Pi! Thank you so much Jennifer Donnelly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23687)
    Performance
    (10272)
    Story
    (10354)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Not a big fan of mystery"
    Overall

    I don't usually choose mysteries or adventure, I'm more of a historical fiction lover but I really did enjoy this one. Larsson does a great job with his characters. I'll be looking for more books by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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