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Marsha L. Woerner

Mother and catlover

Chicago area | Member Since 2005

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  • The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (68)

    Ralph is not like the other mice at Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for excitement! Now all of his adventures are here in one audio collection! Includes: Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph S. Mouse, and Runaway Ralph

    MomALH says: "Great series for kids!"
    "Fun!"
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    Where does The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection is a great fun collection. It ranks with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for quality amongst children's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course my favorite character was Ralph the mouse. His mood and temper was affected by circumstances, but he was able to learn. And I love the imagination that both the author and the mouse were able to play.


    Which character – as performed by B.D. Wong – was your favorite?

    He did extremely well with all characters. O


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that the books were played out of order. _Runaway Ralph_ should have been BEFORE _Ralph S. Mouse_. The motorcycle, after all, is destroyed in _Ralph S. Mouse_, but it's a vital part of _Runaway Ralph_.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Joe & What You Didn't Know: 177 Fascinating Questions About the Chemistry of Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. Joe Schwarcz
    • Narrated By Nick Hahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    From Beethoven's connection to plumbing to why rotten eggs smell like sulfur, the technical explanations included in this scientific primer tackle 99 chemistry-related questions and provide answers designed to inform and entertain. What jewelry metal is prohibited in some European countries? What does Miss Piggy have to do with the World Cup? How can a cockroach be removed from a human ear? The quirky information offered incorporates scientific savvy, practical advice, and amusing anecdotes.

    Marsha L. Woerner says: "Interesting facts, but the narrator's lacking"
    "Interesting facts, but the narrator's lacking"
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    What didn’t you like about Nick Hahn’s performance?

    His pronunciation of scientific words should have been researched! It's a little jarring to hear words pronounced as they are spelled as opposed to how they should be said! I have a bit more of a science background than average, and the mispronunciations spread misunderstanding and the belief that science is hard! (It's not)


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (546)

    Sophie Kinsella's debut is a romp through the perils of shopping and spending, spending, spending! Becky can't resist a sale, and she's only a little overdrawn on her VISA. Readers will laugh aloud at Becky's retail adventures as she finds new and creative ways to relieve her increasingly credit card debt. Emily Gray's narration bounces along with Becky and her buying whims, while delivering a humorous account of what happens when credit goes bad.

    Evelyn says: "Not so much!"
    "Cute"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Cute, but really somewhat predictable :-). It was enjoyable, but it wasn't gripping or enlightening... Easy read and silly


    Could you see Confessions of a Shopaholic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really, but I'm not much of a movie person…


    Any additional comments?

    Fun and easy: it was really just when I needed to relieve stress and not concentrate hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chosen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chaim Potok
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (320)

    Though they've lived their entire lives less than five blocks from each other, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders exist in very different worlds. Reuven blends easily into both his secular Jewish faith and his typical American teen life, while Danny's conservative Hasidic clothes and appearance make him stick out in any crowd. Their improbable friendship teaches them that the differences separating people through cultures and generations are never as great as they seem.

    connie says: "truly rates overused "classic" label"
    "GREAT BOOK! Entertaining and informative!"
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    If you could sum up The Chosen in three words, what would they be?

    LIFE, religion, personal-standards


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think my favorite character was the father of the main character. He combined reasoning with his religious beliefs, and he realized that one doesn't need to share your total set of beliefs and morals to be a good person and a personal asset.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    I don't know about my least favorite. There are aspects of the Hasidic Rabbi that I hated, but the performance did not suffer, and the character overall – as presented by Chaim Potok – was a good man. I personally don't have to like every aspect of him to understand where the character's coming from, whether or not I agree with you. I don't know that I had a least favorite…


    Any additional comments?

    As a JEWISH girl from a very nonreligious background, I found the descriptions and developments of Judaism overall and two main characters, both of whom will were Jewish, but neither of whom had backgrounds that I had any contact or familiarity with, educational, instructed, and entertaining. I loved the book: it did give me a more well-rounded familiarity with my religion and with different levels of beliefs. The book itself was fun, it wasn't just an "informational manual" or anything like that. Well done book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2589)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1107)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "A surpri (but satisfyin)story for a "retired" cop"
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    Any additional comments?

    Another suspenseful and fulfilling book by one of my favorite authors!
    Harry Bosch is retired, but a case just can't leave him alone, so he pursues the answers. Various departments surprisingly get involved, and there is a surprise ending which is actually fitting. Satisfying as I expect all Connelly books to be!

    0 of 0 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
    (563)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (525)

    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."
    "Brings government, economy, politics to people"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Fighting Chance the most enjoyable?

    She answered a lot of questions about bankruptcy and the banks on a human level


    What did you like best about this story?

    She's human, comes from a human background, and shares what it means to be human and care about people and the other aspects of life


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

    no


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

    Humans and the middle class first


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! Okay, I need a disclaimer: I like Warren and her positions, and I suppose that this could affect my review.
    This was an excellent book. Warren is very down to earth and gives a view of her life in Wasnigton from a human point of view. Her writing is engaging and captivating.
    She gives a view of politics and finance from the citizen's perspective. She appears to understand middle class views and desires. A lot of this is because of her foundation. Her parents were working people who did their best for their kids, but nothing was handed on the silver platter! Elizabeth Warren went to community college, for $50 a semester. She then used loans and scholarships to go to law school. She taught children, but then she taught law school. She became well respected because of her drive and determination for the people.
    Ms. Warren talks about the different committees on which she served, and she talks about how she got involved in the Senate race to start with, but she doesn't let the fact that "politics" was a big part of her life consume every other aspect of herself. She brings Washington and government to life, and she gives some history of the whole financial environment of the US. She points out that different programs and procedures, like bankruptcy, used to be not only a final option, but a helping hand. They were designed for people, not for the banks. The whole government and society appears to be changing, and Elizabeth Warren is doing her best to stick up for those who need support. Her point is that everyone should have, deserves, "A Fighting Chance", and they used to! We need to get back to the original GOALS of our country, because they seem to be slipping away.

    3 of 5 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
    (13691)
    Performance
    (6079)
    Story
    (6159)

    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!!"
    "It's a wonderful book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Water for Elephants the most enjoyable?

    It was very relatable, in an odd sort of way (I've never worked in the circus :-)). But the reader could get the feelings and emotions of the characters, and the mixed feeling of good and bad from the overall story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, the main character (was then I don't recall) was my favorite. And the elephant. It was nice to feel that he got his due in the end!


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

    When the elephant stomped on his tormentor


    Any additional comments?

    it's been a long time since I actually read this, and writing the review reminds be that I really needed to read it again. I don't remember details, but I remember that I absolutely love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (473)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Chris says: "Don't myth these adventures!"
    "What a fun book!"
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    Where does Another Fine Myth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good; top 1/3


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ok


    Which character – as performed by Noah Michael Levine – was your favorite?

    Aahz


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I actually was first introduced to the Robert Asprin books when I was in graduate school. I read the first 10 or so, and as recently as two or three years ago, I was hoping to find an audio or e-book copy. Apparently, as of April this year they are now available on audio! The narrator is absolutely priceless! He adds depth and character in a way that's so appropriate for the book that I am totally blown away! Often, when one listens to a book after having read it, the particular narrator is so far off in tone from the way you imagined him/her, that it seems totally off. Mr. Levine is NOT in that category. He's really perfect :-). The story itself is fun, although the plot, though it has its points, is sort of ho-hum. As I recall, the plot in this one is the weakest! I look forward to listening to the rest with my 13-year-old son, who also enjoys it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Rethinking Our Past: Recognizing Facts, Fictions, and Lies in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Nationalist history by textbook authors and the descendants or biographers of the famous and infamous have given history students a very skewed vision of our true history - indeed, the true history of mankind. This course is designed to enlighten and encourage you to consider the factual basis of many of our most-cherished yet glossed-over stories and the real-life characters who populate them.

    Nicholas says: "More than a retelling of history"
    "New insights to consider"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Wow! I have never been much of a history buff, which may be why I really appreciate this book; I think I learned more about history here that I learned all the way through grade school and high school (in college there was no particular reason that I should have learned anything about history)(although I have learned more about history since then…). The standard things about Native Americans and the way our history is skewed when it comes to "American Indians" was pretty much expected, but there were a lot of details. And it was interesting to learn how many things with "learned about" that really never wore. And in the end, learning then thought "historical sites" nationwide for the most part are a farce! Unfortunately, to verify most of it, I need to read a lot more – which I will admit I am not inclined to do :-), but it is really interesting what one person can determine about our texts and curriculum through high school! If nothing else, it opens up a lot of questions!


    Any additional comments?

    As I said, I'm not much of a history person, but I think that I will eventually read/listen to "Lies My Teacher Told Me Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" by the same author, for which I do already have the audio. But again, it will be "eventually", when I'm ready to steep myself in history some more :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cater Street Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate. He finds a world ruled by strict manners and social customs, where the inhabitants of the Ellison's neighborhood appear to be more outraged by the thought of scandal than they are by murder. Inspector Pitt finds a most unlikely ally in Charlotte, the Ellison's spirited daughter. But as the murders continue, Charlotte and Pitt find themselves drawn together by more than the investigation.

    Jean says: "Victorian England Mystery"
    "Fun, and unexpected"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Cater Street Hangman the most enjoyable?

    I like the genre, and the elder had been recommended by my mother-in-law :-) (always good to impress the mother-in-law :-)). It was nice that the inspector went back and forth through the possibilities before making a conclusion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was Charlotte. I think it was SUPPOSED to be Charlotte. She was sensible but human


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

    I don't know; nothing stands out…


    Any additional comments?

    It was fun :-)
    I'm not sure how good the representation of high society life in (that time era; not indicated what the time era is…), but tHe conclusion is surprising! I must have read/listened to this book previously, because aspects were recognized, but it must either been to recently, because I really didn't remember any of the details or even some of the main points! Clearly, it had been worth saving simply listening to it again was not unenjoyable :-). I bought the book in 2010, and I probably listed to it then, but I just finished revisiting it. It's still fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dave Goldberg, Jeff Blomquist
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    This is an indispensable guide to physics that offers readers an overview of the most popular physics topics written in an accessible, irreverent, and engaging manner while still maintaining a tone of wry skepticism. Even the novice will be able to follow along, as the topics are addressed using plain English and (almost) no equations. Veterans of popular physics will also find their nagging questions addressed, like whether the universe can expand faster than light.

    Paul says: "Physics even I can understand"
    "Not a good venue for audiobook!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I only made it half-way through! Between the form of the book and the narrator, it was a TERRIBLY yedious and BORING listen! Reading through charts and tables is NOT good entertainment or even education!


    What didn’t you like about Mark F. Smith’s performance?

    Boring and colorless! I would like to hear him with a different work; I'd like to ne able to say that it was primarily the subject.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    None. Boredom. Not even curiosity...


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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