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Mary

kansas city, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • On the Night You Were Born

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Nancy Tillman
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Here is a book that celebrates you. It is meant to be carried wherever life takes you, over all the roads, through all the years. This debut audiobook by Nancy Tillman has already touched the hearts of readers of all ages, from the youngest to new mothers to grandparents. A New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling book, On the Night You Were Born is sure to also be a beloved addition to family listening libraries.

    Mary says: "Every Newborn should be gifted with this book!"
    "Every Newborn should be gifted with this book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely ! It doesn't matter if you have childern or not, if you want to make any child feel SPECIAL..then give this book to the parents and child. Nancy Tillman writes to celebrate how wonderful each little soul truely is


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The child"s name I substituted for the part "the wind whispered your name" Christopher,Christopher (my little grandson)


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

    This particular performance was perfect tone,to the point of melodious, I played it again and again.


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

    Yes, and again and again. Whenever I had a challenging day at work or I wish to just feel happy, I listen to this book and speak along with Oriagh Cassidy's voice. It works every time and I go home feeling happy.


    Any additional comments?

    you will want to memorize this book, just as I have memorized all the Mother Goose rhymes as a child. This book is that kind.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5303)
    Performance
    (2892)
    Story
    (2933)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Better than I thought it would be:"
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    Where does The Host rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Light entertainment reading, definitely for a snowy day or a beach day. The development of the story was done well with no areas of "waiting". I found myself really enjoying the main character, Wanderer "Wanda".


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Allow Wanda actual intimacy with Ian. All these people in this unique cave, living as a community and there is no hint of intimacy to the degree that someone could have become pregnant. Nor is there any explanation as to why, the women did not concieve. The only one with childern actually came to the community with those childern


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

    no I haven't @ this time


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

    No extreme feelings other than enjoyment


    Any additional comments?

    The author now needs to write a second book..just don't leave Wanda in that small body of a young girl without developing her so she will eventually become Ian's wife or mate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talulla Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    The woman is Talulla Demetriou. She's grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake's child in secret. The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over - until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun.

    ZenMuppet says: "Worst. Narration. Ever."
    "Not the best book I have read lately"
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    What would have made Talulla Rising better?

    Stop using so much of the "F" words and other similar profanities. It cheapens the character and prevents development of a multi-faceted main character. It has been my experience, when a person or writer resorts to gross, profane and nasty explainitives in order to get a shock factor response...well that is not intelligent use of pros.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Glen Duncan again?

    yes, as long as it is not similar to the format used in Tululla Rising


    What does Penelope Rawlins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It really helps to visualize in one's mind what Tululla might look like and what to lesser characters might be like physically,


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1102)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Poignant and almost bleak"
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    Would you try another book from Adam Johnson and/or the narrators?

    I think Adam Johnson writes with a clear eye and able to use words well to convey the starkness of the life of a young man in North Korea. At times I had to turn off the book and wait serveral days to resume it. It made my chest hurt. I will have to see what he writes about next before I will get another book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The absolute


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

    no


    Was The Orphan Master's Son worth the listening time?

    Not for me. My skin is not tough enough


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (672)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    Melinda says: "No Olive Branch"
    "Amazing historically -based fiction"
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    Would you listen to The Dovekeepers again? Why?

    Yes ! actually that is what I am doing now..so many historical gems of the harsh life in the life of this young girl, I am finding new ones that I missed with the first time I listened to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The infusion of evidence- based history in this story, gives the listener a view of what it might have been like living in the fortress of Masada before and during its siege.The strength of those 4 women as their separate lives began to intertwine each other in their sufferings and joys...they became stronger as the men seem to remain stagnant in the face of such adversity and cruelty..


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator


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

    When Yael helped the slave- man from the North to escape and actually gave him her talisman of protection.: I believed they grew to love each other for a time. Also, the supernatural, releasing of the lion kept by the Roman


    Any additional comments?

    I would even recommend this book to high school students, male and female. Otherwise, this book can be enjoyed by an adult that loves biblical history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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