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Nancy

LA GRANDE, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (399)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Great Story, Well Narrated"
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    This was a entertaining and heart-felt true story that came to life through the excellent narration by Bronson Pinchot. His style never detracts from the drama. Horse lovers will greatly enjoy this story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Italian Phase 1, Unit 01-05: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (39)

    Each lesson of Italian Phase 1, Units 1-5 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

    Annmarie says: "Best audio for learning Italian"
    "Fun and Fast Moving"
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    I've only done 10 units of Pimsleur's Digital Italian but I've enjoyed it because it's fast moving and makes more sense than something like Rosetta Stone's Italian version which often takes too big of a leap between one lesson to the next for the student to fully grasp the meaning of words and grammar. In Pimsleur's there is a good variety of new words and phrases introduced with each unit, interspersed with a review of ones already learned in a logical sequence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Shade of Sweden

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John-Henri Holmberg
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Scott Brick, Adam Grupper, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.

    Alcairha says: "Very uneven collection with some gems (see below)"
    "A Mediocre Collection of Boring"
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    I kept listening to this assortment of dull crime stories, hoping that one would actually be good. My hope was never realized. The only interesting part was my cat's reaction to the 'mysterious' music that was played in between each story; it scared the heck out of her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8920)
    Performance
    (8179)
    Story
    (8184)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Too Much Book for Too Little Story"
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    After all the great reviews I've read about this book I was surprised at how little it really had to offer. It's a lengthy listen and I kept hanging in there with it, hoping that something incredible was about to happen that would live up to all the hype this book has received, but alas, it just continues on and on as the main character, Theo, continues the same pattern of drug addiction and uncertainty without any perceptible goals.

    In a way it's about a person who never lives up to his potential although what that potential might be, I really don't know because he never seems too interested in much of anything. He does have a manic attachment to The Goldfinch painting, which he absconds with after an explosion in a museum that kills his mother. He hides it away for fear that it will be discovered by someone and basically spends a lot of time fretting over it and wasting it's beauty and depriving everyone of seeing it by wrapping it up tightly and keeping it taped behind his bed or in a storage unit for years, a place he eventually becomes too paranoid to even visit. It is also way too long for the story it has to tell.

    David Pittu's narration is good, freaky good with voices he gives to some characters, but a little annoying in how he portrays others. He covers alot of voices though, and you can't win 'em all.

    I don't think I would recommend the book because it just wasn't that interesting. It could have been half as long and perhaps that would have helped.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3110)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2802)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "I Enjoyed This"
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    Great narration by Ben Stiller of a fun little story. A nice diversion and a pleasant escape.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (389)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "As Chilling As It Ever Was"
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    William Peter Blatty did a great job of narrating this chilling, and may I say, very real account of demonic possession. He included the humanity, the questioning of Faith and in the end the regaining of belief. I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8545)
    Performance
    (6669)
    Story
    (6698)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Great Story and Narration"
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    Allan Corduner gives an excellent narration throughout as he gives life to each character in the book. His quirky and sometimes wistful voice of 'Death' making his sad journey through ravaged Germany nearing the end of WWII, is very good. He even makes the Book Thief herself, little Lisel Meminger, vividly come to life with the cadence and innocence of his expression. I thought the story was a very good one about human tragedy and resilience with the players facing each event that comes their way with humor, courage and often sadness. Better than the movie and alot more satisfying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8784)
    Performance
    (7922)
    Story
    (7928)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Excellent Narration to an Otherwise Dull Story"
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    The narrator did a great job using a variety of Southern accents (it was amusing that one sounded like an Andy Griffith immitation and another Bill Clinton, though I must say he came up with alot of different character voices) but the story was very dull throughout. I kept thinking, when is this thing going to be over? How can John Grisham write so much about so little? The big shocker ending was anything but and easily figured out about half way through the novel. I would not recommend this limited, though lengthy, book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1540)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "I Liked Billy Alot More Before I Read His Book"
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    What's sad about reading Billy Crystal's book is that I liked him alot more before I read it. He is a pretty big narcissist and, in the end, that's not very interesting. A few of his stories (like the ones about him losing his virginity) were just huge turn offs. A limited number of his tales were very funny, but there weren't enough of them. He should have traded his over abundance of 'old age' jokes for some actual insights and lost the vanity. That would have helped alot..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Pope Benedict XVI
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (48)

    In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus”. Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary.

    Nancy says: "An Insightful Book from a Great Theologian"
    "An Insightful Book from a Great Theologian"
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    I truly enjoyed the audio book by Pope Benedict XVI which is nicely narrated by Dan Woren. The Holy Father's intelligence shines through but in a most understandable way that is not above the head of the average reader (like me). The media has misrepresented some passages of the book by accusing the Pope of attacking certain aspects of Christmas as if what he reveals is a shocking revelation. The Holy Father is simply recording what appears in the Gospels and what does not (that perhaps angels spoke rather than sang and that no specific animals are recorded in the Gospels as actually being present at Jesus' birth), none of which makes a difference to Church Teaching, but are possibly just traditions we have come to believe although they are not recorded in the Gospels. The Pope is not speaking from a Magisterial perspective but is writing down, as he says, what he has discovered in his own personal search for the Face of the Lord. We are certainly not bound to believe them if we don't want to. At the very least he gives us good food for thought and much to meditate on. It is always enjoyable hearing what an intelligent mind has to say, particularly a theologian of Pope Benedict's caliber.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (392)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "With the Compassionate Heart of a Priest"
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    I throughly enjoyed this collection of stories written and narrated by Fr. Gregory Boyle. His writing and narration was heartbreaking at times as well as humorous in how he described the people he has met through his years of working with gang members. In the midst of violence and poverty, Father saw the best (as well as the funniest) parts of each human person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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