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Mary

Sunland, CA, United States

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  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1327)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "A great opportunity wasted."
    Overall

    While historically interesting, the over-consumption of alcohol seemed to be more the focus of this novel than the characters themselves. The concept of this novel was such a good opportunity to build upon the complexities of Hemmingway's personality and all the odd-ball characters that he surrounded himself with but every character (including Hemmingway's) seemed one dimensional and lifeless. And, the narrator's depiction of Hadley was awful - it was just not believable that she was a stupid, blind fool on one hand yet a confident socially astute woman on the other. The narrator made her sound like a whiny & whimpering child. The one thing this novel did inspire in me is a desire to learn more about Hemmingway --- he certainly couldn't have been as flat and boring in real life as he was characterized in this novel. The beginning of this novel was so promising, the middle so boring and the end so predictable. . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (539)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Couldn't shut it off!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really good book -- I knew very little about the Lindberghs so it was a wonderful journey to learn about Charles and Anne. Very well written -- will look for other books by this author now. My only complaint was the narrator -- she seemed just plain old tired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (451)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Awful - WAY too much scene setting in this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like stories that take a very, very long time to develop, then, by all means, choose this book! It was not easy to do but I forced myself to hang in there but by mid-point of the book I just had to give up and call it a bad choice. The story just never took off --- a very, very slow read and way too much inconsequential narrative and detail. I really did not like the narration either --- it was as if she too was reading the book for the first time.

    I have been a member of Audible for a couple of years but my last two book choices have been the worst! I received a credit refund last time and chose this book as my next choice. I'm on a losing streak!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Presenting an aspect of American history that has never been fully told, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become, only five years later, the preeminent economic and military power in the world. Using diaries, interviews, and White House records, Goodwin paints an intimate, detailed portrait not only of the presidency during wartime but also of Franklin and Eleanor themselves.

    Kathryn Kienholz says: "Good enough that I wish it were unabridged."
    "Really good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator (Edward Herrmann) of this book is THE best -- I purchased this book because I had listened to him narrate three other books and his performance here was not disappointing. I find Doris Kearns Goodwin a simply remarkable historian --- she knows how to make it real and interesting without making it too "just the facts". She weaves it all together so it is more of a novel than a biography. A truly great experience and time very well spent. More from both the author and the narrator would be GREAT!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17967)
    Performance
    (15976)
    Story
    (15935)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Interesting but WAY toooooooo long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found the story interesting and the trip through history to be thought provoking but there was just too many sideline stories that were irrelevant to the main story. Eventually all the deviations from the main story became a bore and waste of time. In fact, I skipped a big portion of part 2 and, in the end, found that I really didn't miss a thing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Yes, I like Stephen King but I do find that his books generally contain much more detail than is necessary. It's almost as if he spends a lot of time researching and then has to include every bit of it in his books rather than just that which is relevant.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Unlike other reviewers, I wasn't wild about the narrator either ---- he just sounded like he was completely exhausted. Made for a tiring listen!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, interesting story line/concept and enjoyed the trip thru history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (228)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "Good but doesn't qualify as a classic in my book"
    Overall

    It was good but not a "hard to put down" book. Perhaps a better book for teenage set

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12031)
    Performance
    (7982)
    Story
    (8017)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "GREAT book!"
    Overall

    This is an unbelievably well written, engrossing book - a real home run. I listen to books as I commute and absolutely couldn't wait to get back to the story each day -- it definitely made my L.A. area commute more tolerable; even a pleasure. I normally don't like war stories but this was a very human story that happened to have occurred during WWII - wow, did I learn a lot. This is a book that is very well written with excellent narration---HIGHLY recommend. By far, this is the best book I've purchased on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2685)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1399)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Descent book for pre-teen girls"
    Overall

    It is mystifying how this book received such high praise in the reviews as it is simply a book that *might* appeal to girls under the age of 8 ---- definitely not a book for adults. While Beth Hoffman seems to be a fairly talented writer, she certainly wrote a boring story this time--- a very forgettable book. Couldn't wait for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "Couldn't wait for it to be over"
    Overall

    How in the world can this one be called "classic"?! For a character that seemed not to be a bible believer at all, there was certainly a lot of bible thumbing in this one -- WAY too much for my taste. Although determined to stick with it in hopes that it would eventually become the engaging novel I had heard so much about, it turned out to be a disappointed from start to finish -- I've never been so glad to reach the end! .

    3 of 4 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
    Overall
    (6938)
    Performance
    (4901)
    Story
    (4890)

    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"
    "Well written, engrossing story - HIGHLY recommend."
    Overall

    If you like historical novels, this is as good as it gets. I listen to audio books when commuting and I could not wait to get back to the story --- I've nver enjoyed commuting so much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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