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Marlie Stroud

Riverside, CA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 211 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1284)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "A Poor Example of DeMille"
    Overall

    This book, while very violent, didn't have any of the 'fear factor' I noted in the Lion's Game, one of my favorite books ever. John Corey seems bullyish, and a foolish risk taker. Maybe it's better when reading; this narrator tried to imitate John Wayne and is very annoying. Toward the end I began to root for the bad guys just to get it over. Sorry but I really disliked this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (520)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Amy says: "Great Book. Great Narration."
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Elizabeth Warren is a true leader for the people, the middle class. She's a brilliant and astute humanitarian. She writes very well and I will miss her voice when I walk my dogs in the morning


    What other book might you compare A Fighting Chance to and why?

    Any of the biographies of FDR.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Warren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's way too long. But it hold together when listened in shorter periods.


    Any additional comments?

    I really love her attitude, sensitivity and general feeling for the people in this country. I look forward to watching her career in the Senate if not the White House. She represents the 'power of the people'.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10541)
    Performance
    (5429)
    Story
    (5471)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Not great."
    Overall

    I agree with "Dan" in his Nov. '09 review. At the end I was relieved it was over. Pointless vulgarity and horror. Usually I love King but this was way too much.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (934)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "Very engaging"
    Overall

    I found this book fascinating, and learned some historical information. The charachters were realistic. All in all, a very good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4995)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2398)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "One of my favorite books EVER!"
    Overall

    I bought this after reading excellent recviews on this site, and I couldn't be more happy! The reader's voice is so gentle and lyrical, and the story is powerful and unique. I never will forget these characters. And the modern history of the area (Ethopia and environs) was enlightening. I did not want it to end. Clearly worth 2 units!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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