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Mia

Silver Spring, MD, USA

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  • 52 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
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  • Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kate Jacobs
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Knit the Season is a loving, moving, laugh-out-loud celebration of special times with friends and family. The story begins a year after the end of Knit Two, with Dakota Walker's trip to spend the Christmas holidays with her Gran in Scotland, accompanied by her father, her grandparents, and her mother's best friend, Catherine. Together, they share a trove of happy memories about past Christmases.

    Jennifer says: "Warm and Entertaining"
    "just okay"
    Overall

    I enjoy these characters but there is too much reliance on Georgia's character in the story's plot. The characters are strong enough and interesting enough that Georgia is more distracting. I want to hear about the other characters lives more. This was okay but not an essential read in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3589)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (925)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Stunning-I couldn't stop listening"
    Overall

    I was immediately drawn into the wonderful, gripping story!! It was so real, so vividly written, and beautifully narrated. The story line is compelling and the written is so descriptive. It is a great novel -- I loved this book. It is the best book I have listened to or read in a long time.
    I also have to say that it is incredible that a man wrote this book. What a great story. I got totally lost in it. You are tempted to believe it is an actual memoir, then have to remind yourself it is a work of fiction. Amazing!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Gwen Ifill
    • Narrated By Gwen Ifill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Drawing on interviews with power brokers like Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Vernon Jordan, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many others, as well as her own razor-sharp observations and analysis, Gwen Ifill shows why now is a pivotal moment in American history.

    Mia says: "Very Interesting"
    "Very Interesting"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating account of the modern incarnation of African American politics. I enjoyed hearing about the tensions between old and new generation politics, the interviews with African American political families, and Ms Ifill's thorough analysis of it all. Who knew there were so many trailblazers all around the country?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Magnolia

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Norma L. Jarrett
    • Narrated By Sharon Washington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Although Summer and Misa secretly share the same family curse, each handles it differently. And then, one rainy night at a family reunion, an argument and an accident trigger a chain reaction that unravels years of family secrets and misunderstandings. Norma L. Jarrett pens this inspirational Essence Book Club Pick about two feuding sisters who struggle to reconcile differences and renew their faith in God.

    Dominique says: "Great Book - Inspirational"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get used to the narrator's style, but once I did, I really got into the book. The story line is interesting and the characters are well-drawn. I found myself chuckling at certain parts of the book and my heart warmed in others. A great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his failing Seattle restaurant, The Waterfront. He can afford to hire the best in town, the only problem is that the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson.

    Aryn says: "Delicious: not to my taste"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    This was a delightful book to listen to. I listened to it over the holidays. It was a romantic, heartwarming escape. I also enjoyed the narrator. She gave the characters distinctive voices that added to the listening experience. I'll be downloading other books by this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

    Rhonda says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "Entertaining, yet sad"
    Overall

    This is a witty, well-written story that provides a peek into life of well-to-do families and how differently parenting is handled by these families. The narration is great, making it a book I really enjoyed listening to. At the same time, it is a sad story. As a child psychologist and a mother, I really felt for the children in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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