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Marie-Elizabeth Finamore


Member Since 2006

  • 30 reviews
  • 110 ratings
  • 352 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2014

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Phillip says: "Most Informative Book on the AT"
    "vicarious thrills!"
    What made the experience of listening to AWOL on the Appalachian Trail the most enjoyable?

    it has been a dream of mine to hike the entire trail... i appreciated being able to experience it through another hiker's writing. the good, the tough, the ugly.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the author~ he is carries the story

    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    the author~ he is carries the story

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

    you can't fool mother nature!

    Any additional comments?

    if you're an avid outdoors person, or dream of being one, this book is a wonderful read :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

    James says: "Dry and Hilarious"
    "just a gem!"

    had first listened to this wonderful book in a distracted manner... only realizing how great it was toward the end ... so i listened to it again "straight away", as the Brits would say~
    although the references to "the bustle of the 19th century" sound quaint, it really brings home how "the more things change, the more they stay the same"... Jerome's witty stories illustrating human nature are so funny and so right on, i laughed out loud. the historical notes along their travelogue down the Thames are also wonderful, as the 3 young men take a boat outing one summer. just a wonderful treat~ i recommend it highly! (it does help to understand British English).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "enjoyed the heck out of it"

    had seen the movie years ago, and couldn't make heads or tails of it. finally got around to listening to the audio book recently, and REALLY enjoyed it~ Wolfe has real knack for the characters internal dialogue, and, being a NYer, found the book to be an often humorous look at the vanities of everyone, regardless of social strata.
    Narration, overall, was spectacular. only minor criticism was the voices of children in the book... a little too much Alvin and the Chipmunks inflection, otherwise flawless.
    thanks for putting it on sale, Audible :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

    Parusski says: "Happily surprised"
    "Guilty Pleasure"

    i'm a big fan of a romance novel to cleanse the emotional palate between heavy non-fictions or grisly mystery/thrillers, which i love. the suspense of the mystery here was great, and the romance made the presentation light and engaging... i was, above all, happy that the very obvious "set up" between the male and female leads did not end as predictability would have had it.
    enjoyed it so much, i wanted more... and bought the next in the series, Silent in the Sanctuary, LOL!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Through a Glass, Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    On a spring day in Venice, Commissario Brunetti and his assistant, Vianello, play hooky to help Vianello's friend Marco Ripetti, arrested during an environmental protest. They secure his release, only to be faced with the fury of the man's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, who has made violent threats against Ripetti. Brunetti's curiousity is peaked, and he finds himself drawn to investigate. Is De Cal the type of man to carry out his threats?

    Dyer says: "Another terrific book by Donna Leon."
    "and then?"

    loved the characters, the setting, the writing. maybe i've read too many of the longer crime novels... we follow the story as the perpetrator is discovered/revealed... and that's the end! i always enjoy the "thrill of the chase"... this book ends with no chase, just the knowledge of who did it.
    Guess that means i didn't want it to end? :D

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "enjoyed it very much~"

    chose this book, liking Ferguson's humor,and feeling that seeing the USA from the point of view of someone who is American by choice might be helpful during this election season. Ferguson is candid and funny~ many comedians' memoirs are not funny! Ferguson's humor is often self-deprecating; he avoids the narcissistic navel gazing that can plague memoirs of any sort. anything else i would say would be cliched~ suffice it to say it is an entertaining and thought provoking read. i respect the guy tremendously, in addition to enjoying his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Angel: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer

    Dave Robicheaux, New Orleans detective, is puzzled when street hustler Sonny Boy Marsallus slips a Vietnam war diary into his hand. Soon old debts and ancient burial sites create a web of intrigue linking Iberia Parish to more dangerous territory than Dave can handle.

    Joseph says: "Good Burke novel, good narration."
    "great story, spectacular narration"

    this was my 2nd Dave Robicheaux novel~ and the story was a real "page turner"~ always enjoy this author. however, the narration by Mike Hammer was SO much better than the other one i listened... he really captured the Cajun dialect perfectly,and that really added to my enjoyment of the story.
    thank you Mike! thank you, James!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letters of a Woman Homesteader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elinore Pruitt Stewart
    • Narrated By Rebecca Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader presents an outstanding first-person account of life on the American frontier. Elinore Pruitt Stewart took up homesteading in Burnt Fork, Wyoming, in 1909, to prove that a woman could ranch. Her captivating letters reveal the isolation, the beauty, and the joy of working the prairie.

    Claire says: "Interesting but not riveting"
    "Feminist by demonstration"

    Elinor Pruitt set out to prove that women could escape a life of misery and poverty in the cities by homesteading... these letters chronicle her ultimate success over a period from 1909 thru 1913. Truly a woman after my own heart, her spunk and independence in these days before women even had the vote is remarkable, inspiring... and brought me to tears. if you, or anyone you know, could use a little inspiration from a woman who is "the real deal", i highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"
    "mostly spectacular"

    the story and the reading were great... film noir, lots of suspense, early 20th century style. those who feel the characters, especially the women, were overacted are not familiar w/the genre... all women in detective stories of this era were somewhat melodramatic by today's standards. lighten up... it's fun!
    my only complaint is why weren't the "end of Disc 1; beginning of Disc 2" notices edited out?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "worth the time"

    primarily a publication of primary source historical documents, the first 1/3 or so of the book seemed a bit repetitious and dry. i actually dropped it for a while and listened to some trashy and exciting fiction.
    however, as an avid history buff who grew up in NY, i gave it a second try, and i'm very glad i did~ the flow of information, while still based on a relatively unknown cache of primary historical documents, eventually took on more of the flow of a story, and the characters fascinating players in a grand historical drama. i had no idea that the Dutch were the radical progressives of their day, and it was they that were the Europeans who brought the ideas of self-determined democratic government and pluralistic diverse society to our shores! i know the NY Native tribes, some of them, also had this type of government in their own style, and most of the Dutch honored their treaties w/Native Nations. And more! as i said, worth the time~

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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