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Marilyn

CHERRY HILL, NJ, United States

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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"
    "Interesting subject matter."
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    I am interested in the culture of Afghanistan since we are at war in their country. This book provided a nice inside view of the people, particularly the women. I do recommend this book, however the author includes personal information about herself that I found uninteresting and boring. That was my reason for giving it 4* instead of 5. Another book on the same subject is The Bookseller of Kabul, which I liked more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Role Models

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    Role Models is filmmaker John Waters's self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities---some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road.

    Nanci says: "Smutty But Funny"
    "I loved this book"
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    This is a very funny book. I think it is for people who already know John Waters, so they will not be shocked by his stories. It was so honest and believable even with the crazy people depicted in it. My only fault was that for some reason, my audio download did not have the ending of the book downloaded on it. I plan to call customer service because I could listen to John Waters all day. I suggest you be sure to listen to the sample before buying, because his humor may be offensive to some readers. I however loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Alexander Scourby
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age.

    Gary says: "the right girl"
    "Not as good as expected"
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    This is such a famous book, and is considered a literary masterpiece, so I went into it with high expectations. I'm sorry to say I was let down. I'm not sure why, maybe because I have seen the movie and therefore already knew the story, but it kind of bored me. I didn't become attached to any of the characters, so that could be another reason. I'm assuming most people liked the book, so I would say that you should try it for yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glorious

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bernice L. McFadden
    • Narrated By Alfre Woodard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

    Cheryl says: "Good Book - Entertaning and Educational"
    "Gruesome violence"
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    I love Alfre Woodard and that was the reason why I chose this book. The subject matter also appealed to me. Unfortunately, near the beginning of the book there was a description of a pregnant woman's lynching that was so explicit and gruesome that I could not shake it from my mind. I have always been extra sensitive to any depiction of torture, so this may not deter other readers. I have put the book down, but do plan to try it again in a little more time..

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Marilyn says: "A Classic"
    "A Classic"
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    I read this book a long time ago and loved it. Listening to the audio reminded me just how great this book is. Hearing only the first chapter is a tease and makes me want to listen to the entire book. Audible would create a new way to appreciate this great book. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1004)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Inspiring"
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    This was my very first audio book and I'm glad to say I had a good experiance with it. For some reason I missed this story on the news, so I went into it with no knowledge of what happened to the author. Needless to say it was shocking. But the true message this book gives is how mentally healthy a person can be after such an ordeal. I have great admiration for how she handled herself both during and after her experience. She is a great model for how a person can go on with life, and thrive, after enduring a terrible experience. I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4139)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2969)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "A Let Down"
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    I love this author and have been reading her books for years. I thought her last one, Bel Canto, was magnificent and thus was very much looking forward to this one. What a disappointment. I thought the story line here started out as quite interesting, but as the book went on I felt like it was getting more and more silly. I initially liked the charactors but I gradually lost interest in them. I still love this author and will read her next book. I thought she missed the mark with this one. Sad to say I do not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13097)
    Performance
    (5543)
    Story
    (5609)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Enthralling"
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    I had this book on my book shelf for a long time but circuses just didn't look interesting to me. I don't know why but I decided to give it a shot on audio and am so glad I did. I immediately fell in love with the charactors and thought the story line was excellent. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this world I am a picky reader and am very happy to have found such a gem. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6722)
    Performance
    (4700)
    Story
    (4685)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Could have been better."
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    I think this is a very important part of the American story. It is important and a subject I want to know more about. Therefore I was highly looking forward to listening to this book and felt so let down when I was finished. I thought the depiction of slavery was not believable. I feel this book is an insult to the people who lived and died through slavery. The author had a real opportunity to give enligtenment to this subject and didn't come close. I would strongly not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10360)
    Performance
    (5625)
    Story
    (5657)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Mixed Feelings"
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    I thought I was going to love this book, especially with all the great reviews it has received. My final feeling is mixed. I very much liked the main character plus it had a good story line. The narrator was good. But even with all these good points, it just didn't live up to my expectations. My primary disappointment was that even with all these positives the book was boring.

    Both the beginning and the end were great, but I slugged through the middle. I know this is a very mixed review. My bottom line is that I would give it an A for the begining and end and a D for the middle. Maybe I need to listen to it again, but I don't want to spend more time with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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