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Marianne

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LONG BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 49 ratings
  • 81 titles in library
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  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (248)

    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

    Kestrel says: "Don't make me get out of the car..."
    "Witty and dry humor"
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    If you want to better enjoy this book, speed up to 1 and and half for the listening speed. I think that's her true reading speed, but her voice was slowed down to disguise that this book is extremely short.
    I still felt it was worth purchasing. The story about her being perhaps the only White House intern who failed to attract JFK's sexual interest because of her bad perm is priceless...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfume Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathleen Tessaro
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (143)

    London, 1955: Grace Monroe is a fortunate young woman. Despite her sheltered upbringing in Oxford, her recent marriage has thrust her into the heart of London's most refined and ambitious social circles. Then one evening a letter arrives from France that will change everything. Grace has received an inheritance. There's only one problem: she has never heard of her benefactor, the mysterious Eva d'Orsey. Told by invoking the three distinctive perfumes she inspired, Eva d'Orsey's story weaves through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London.

    Violin 2 Lover says: "I Loved It"
    "A wonderful book!"
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    This is a terrific read, especially if you're interested in vintage perfume. The story revolves around so much more than perfume, though. It's got interesting plot twists, well drawn characters, and a real sense of someone finding out about who they are as a person and discovering personal freedom. The writer also has a knack for capturing the mannerisms and little nuances of people in a past time. I never discovered a dull stretch or unbelievable plot line in the entire book, and it was so easy to get through. I actually looked forward to getting on the bus for my daily listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Scents

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By JoAnne Bassett
    • Narrated By Heidi Paek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Did you ever wonder why you are attracted to certain scents? Why you walk right up to someone to ask what they are wearing? This book will help you get a better idea why we use our nose and not our brain when choosing fragrance. We have smell memories and we are able to discern fragrances that we have encountered before.This favorable scent will unlock mysteries and keys to our growth and understanding of ourselves. Are you intrigued? Dive deeper into the world of fragrance as JoAnne takes you on an aromatic journey of the senses.

    Marianne says: "Just a commercial"
    "Just a commercial"
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    What disappointed you about Sacred Scents?

    This was not really about perfume but more of a commercial for JoAnne Bassett perfumes.


    What was most disappointing about JoAnne Bassett’s story?

    I learned about how Ms. Bassett got interested in her perfume business and what some of her perfumes are like, but I learned almost nothing about perfume in general


    What three words best describe Heidi Paek’s voice?

    Pleasant, warm, cheerful


    What character would you cut from Sacred Scents?

    There were no characters!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Tourist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Meet Macon Leary--a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.

    Mark says: "Slow to start but great second half"
    "Unfortunate narrator"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

    No! He made the main female character, Muriel, sound like Jerry Lewis in one of his comedies. I can't imagine any man finding this woman alluring with the interpretation he gives her. Geena Davis did a far better performance in the film.


    Any additional comments?

    It's interesting that Muriel was portrayed much more sympathetically in the film and Kathleen Turner came off badly. In the book she's a bit more likable, and the book also fleshes out a lot of Macon's feelings (such as they are.) I would recommend the film over a reading of the novel, however. It's still a fine story with amusing characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1281)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Really slogged through it and tried to like it"
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    This book just became tedious to listen to, and I would have to force myself to finish it. Not one likable character out of the three major ones, and the only interesting character was Eli, the original patriarch of the Texas family. The characters were not well-rounded, and I found it difficult to even care what happened to any of them.
    The violence and lack of any sort of warmth or affection was also a severe turn-off. Even one character's love affair with a woman seemed more based on guilt and obsession than anything real.
    The only reason I even awarded it two stars was because some historical research seemed to have been done for the book, and it was interesting reading about some of the history of the times in this area.
    The final ending was an unrealistic bore, sounding phony and contrived, as though the author was trying a little too hard for "poetic justice." His theme, "the chickens will come home to roost," was beaten over your head just a little too much.
    The narrators were all great, and I awarded them 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4527)
    Performance
    (3904)
    Story
    (3883)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Suffered as it went along"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this would be more of a research study oriented book. It began with referencing a number of scientific studies and psychological aspects of introversion that I found really interesting. But then it deteriorated into sort of a homespun self-help guide with advice and too many personal anecdotes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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