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Noreen

WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6847)
    Performance
    (6202)
    Story
    (6201)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Fly Away with Invention of Wings"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Invention of Wings to be better than the print version?

    Always! The performances always enhances the story.


    What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

    Don't compare it to anything. It is brilliant all by itself. Obviously there are many books that share the story of slavery but this is a wonderful one. Sisters, slavery, survival.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the sisters don't back down to the male abolitionists, "Get your foot off my neck."


    If you could take any character from The Invention of Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Handful. She deserves to be taken to dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    Sue Monk Kidd lights a fire and we fly away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1251)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Texas Game of Thrones"
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    What did you love best about The Son?

    The themes of sex, greed and power, expertly told.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning to live like Indians.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he finally gets away from "women's work" and has the kids teach him hunting.


    If you could take any character from The Son out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I wouldn't take any of them out to dinner. They are all way too larger than life to take to dinner.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the most realistic stories of the ol' West. Super!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "As You Wish"
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    If you could sum up As You Wish in three words, what would they be?

    Movie Magic Again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob Reiner. He was the sweetest director, a sincere and caring person, who's perfect vision of The Princess Bride was lovingly made. Thank you Rob.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They are all my favorite.


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

    The last kiss.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great behind the scenes look at one of my all time favorite movies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Winton Porter
    • Narrated By Jones Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings the characters who show up are no fictional creations. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that’s enough), and some appear again and again. But all are united by two things: the author’s story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

    Pamela M. says: "Well Worth it!"
    "Just Passin' Thru"
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    What made the experience of listening to Just Passin' Thru the most enjoyable?

    The characters that come across the trail.


    What other book might you compare Just Passin' Thru to and why?

    It is not like Wyld, but it is about hiking one of the US's big trails, and the people who do that.


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

    Can't compare. FIrst listen to him. Very nice.


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

    An adventure in meeting hikers on the Appalachian Trail.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed his caring concern with hikers and their safety and the mistakes hikers make.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of the Water: Saratoga Woods, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A mysterious girl who won’t speak, a coal-black seal named Nera that returns to the same place every year, a bitter feud of unknown origin - strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather, Becca is living in a hidden location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can’t be allowed to know her whereabouts.

    Noreen says: "Edge of the Water"
    "Edge of the Water"
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth George and/or Amy McFadden?

    Yes, one more chance.


    What could Elizabeth George have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Because I got so bored with it and didn't finish it, I wished she was able to convince me of wanting to know her different characters so that I cared about any of them. They were all very two dimensional.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy McFadden?

    She was fine.


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

    Bored. I didn't care enough about the characters to keep reading.


    Any additional comments?

    A disappointment.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1775)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "The Rosie Project"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It took a little too long to decide if he was a jerk or not. Once we finally met Rosie, I thought there was hope. It did improve much after that.


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

    Loved it, of course!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    New York at the baseball game.


    Did The Rosie Project inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (712)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry"
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    Would you listen to The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry again? Why?

    Yes. Such great development of characters and fun dialog. Plus the constant book references was like going through a friend's book case, meeting all your favorite friends, and then coming across some new ones. Loved the repeating themes. SO well done! Bravo!


    What other book might you compare The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry to and why?

    Everyone says Silas Marner, but only because of the child comes into his life. It's not the same.


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

    Wonderful expressions with the characters.


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

    Yes. Such a treat to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorites of the summer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3214)
    Story
    (3232)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Me Before You"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Me Before You to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the different voices for the different narrations is always a treat. The main reader is fantastic!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    When Will said, "No."


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

    Pretty much. Fascinating plot. Was hooked early and couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to discussing this with my book club. So many themes to talk about.

    0 of 0 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
    (9420)
    Performance
    (8485)
    Story
    (8492)

    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)"
    "Bravo John Grisham"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Michael Beck is so fantastic! The story is fantastic! I couldn't stop listening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Judge. Of course I loved Letty and our hero attorney, noble and idealistic. The Judge wanted to use his power to heal the families and make things speedy and right.


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

    Oh yes! He is always a treat!


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

    A marvelous mystery, history, family drama.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1198)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Fallen Angel Crashes"
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    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or George Guidall?

    Not if they are all like this one. George is a wonderful reader. I have heard him on other books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something funny, plausible, bio, but no more ridiculous combinations of terrorists, church type back drops and of course a murder where our hero saves the world. OMG!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Yes, he is a pro!


    What character would you cut from The Fallen Angel?

    The stupid terrorist who thinks he can tunnel under the Dome of the Rock, just to blow it up. INSANE!


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the TRUE facts at the end of the story. But come on! Either tell the true story, or just take ONE aspect and make up a good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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