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OrangeWisteria

Wife, Mother, 1965,

El Paso, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 124 ratings
  • 309 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "This was a Wonderful read!"
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    I enjoy clean language narratives that are clever and layered without reverting to off color themes and descriptions! I will invest in other Heyer books!

    The reason I gave it only 3 stars and not 4 is because it was memorably tedious in places. That being said I adored the story wholistically; the time period, characters, story line, conflict, and ending! Glad to discover Heyer!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3150)
    Performance
    (2607)
    Story
    (2620)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "I don't ascribe to her values..."
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    so, her story did not resonate with me.

    It is always interesting to have an author's person revealed, sometimes disappointing.

    Just because one can turn a word doesn't make their word laudable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6537)
    Performance
    (5658)
    Story
    (5649)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "This book was not epic, it wasn't even great."
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    I selected this book because it was promoted as the next "The Help". Not even close! This book was not epic, it wasn't even great. A good read, maybe.

    To be fair, it just was not my style. It is a bit raw and crude for my taste. I tend to find this in male writers.

    The complexity of the plot and characters was average. The end was somewhat redeeming in that it resolved in a satisfying way, but not worth the journey. I don't regret the time spent but I will not recommend it and probably won't remember the story in time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (634)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Charming!"
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    I enjoyed this story. Not an epic read but fun and enjoyable. No regrets.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2552)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1445)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Samantha says: "Touching Story of Resilience"
    "Humbling!"
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    Thank you Mr. Frankl for sharing your innermost pain and shame using your expert literary, philological and theological talents. I am encouraged, strengthened and guided to higher plains through your transparency. Indebted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3176)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1961)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Wow! Larger Than Life!"
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    I loved this read! The adept storytelling, the grand improbable scenarios and the descriptive settings gripped me! I was reminded of Forrest Gump, however, instead of a learning disability, our central character is acuminous.

    So enjoyable! Bryce Courtenay could have taken me anywhere with his mesmerizing pen! I could not stop thinking of this wild tale long after it was told. Bravo!

    Expertly narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Wattle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (99)

    In fear for their lives after the sudden death of their mother, Adéla and Klára must flee Prague to find refuge with their uncle in Australia. Later, Adéla becomes a film director at a time when the local industry is starting to feel the competition from Hollywood. But even while success is imminent, the issues of family and an impossible love are never far away.

    Paddington says: "a really terrific read"
    "Groan, Snore and Wince!"
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    This novel is like a rag rug, pieces of other people’s masters. Alexandra tries to create an interesting and complex fiction but ultimately bores with too many conflicts, characters and ideologies!

    Silver Wattle’s conflicts journey along; murder, mental illness, polio, tuberculosis/consumption, high risk pregnancy of twins, murder AGAIN, and (I jest not) a snakebite. Besides the protagonist, characters comprise in part of, sister, mother, father, step father, step father’s girl friend, aunt, uncle, uncle’s wife, nephew, landlord, boyfriend, husband, lover, sister’s husband, landlord, camera man… and sooo many more. Everyone is proficient! There is a prodigy piano player, renowned interior designer, expert doctors, brilliant photographer, successful scriptwriter, movie producer, biologist, entrepreneur... REALLY! I wished there had been an accomplished author.

    The locations that are expounded on are Checkesolvokia and too many places in Australia to care. We encounter a castle, a shanty, a shack, a cinema, a mansion, a cottage... are you beginning to feel the groan?

    We visit social concerns like animal cruelty & vegetarianism, racism & discrimination, woman’s liberation, high society, philantropy & poverty, greedy Americans & altruistic Europeans, Catholicism & spiritualism (complete with ghost and apparition), wincing yet?

    The inappropriate lover vs. husband tension is simply resolved by the death of one them. Writer’s copout! Which brings me to the lack of strength and morality of the protagonist, perpetrating such betrayal and dishonor on her husband. Albeit, she would never have acted that way towards an animal!

    Lewd writing was minimal but that “rag” was in there too. A descriptive scene of touching a naked body part cheapened the read, in my opinion, to porn.

    In conclusion, Narrator Caroline Lee did a good job except for the fact I could hear her eyes rolling to the back of her head. Too many words, no respect for words and certainly not a master of them! Avoid at all cost.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • I Am the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Marc Aden Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

    Dr. says: "Initially engaging, but ultimately not satisfying"
    "Mardus Zusak, a most talented writer!"
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    I read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and was touched by the profound richness of the story! He brilliantly interweaves characters in a historical time, encapsulating it all with a stick to your soul love for humanity, life and its challenges. Have I said brilliant?!

    Alas, I Am The Messenger, though smart writing, pales . . . The story however entertaining was not deep, profound or memorable. I found the ending a predictable writers copout.

    The language of curse word after curse word cheapened the story. Simply I don't want such garbage in my mind. Sure it may paint the picture of poor, uneducated, simple people but I feel it lacks ingenuity from the writer.

    There are no long detailed graphic pornographic sex scenes, thankfully! However, the main character has an obsession with sex. He is not getting enough sex, being bad at it, not getting it with the one he loves, and other details and descriptions than I care to read about... Not for your teens and well, those who are virtuous.

    I would recommend this book to a 26 year old, never married male who is home from work because of a herpes flare up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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