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Patricia

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 21 reviews
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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
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    (135)
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    (131)

    A literary icon sometimes seen as a bridge between the Beat Generation and the hippies, Ken Kesey scored an unexpected hit with his first novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His successful follow-up, Sometimes a Great Notion, was also transformed into a major motion picture, directed by and starring Paul Newman. Here, Oregon’s Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

    Forrest says: "My Favorite Book"
    "Great Epic Piece"
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    So glad I discovered this "sleeper" of an epic story...had never read it but found the character and area descriptions very thorough...especially liked the ending...quite different for a novel from the 60's. This author is a masterful story teller and should be much better known in his field than he is...it is indeed a classic. Started to watch the movie based on this but it was bland compared to the book and I didn't finish it...the book says it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
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    (106)
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    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Annie M. says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "The narrator ruined it for me."
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    I have enjoyed all of Alice McDermott's previous books but I need to look out for this narrator...she really ruined it for me....her droning, sing-song voice grated on my nerves and I can't really evaluate the story as I am SO irritated with that voice! I will have to buy the physical novel because I can't tolerate hearing it....such a waste.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3161)
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    (2922)
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    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Sounds Like a Young Adult Book"
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    This book would probably be fine for someone in middle or high school...it as much too simple and tame for me, not what I expect from Stephen King. It was difficult to hear the narrator sometimes, as his voice stayed very low and almost sounded like he just woke up. Also, he kept saying "dident, shouldent, couldent" for didn't, shouldn't and couldn't which also made it sound sophomoric and was irritating. Obviously not one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (555)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Was sorry when this recording was over"
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    This is a wonderful take on Anne Morrow Lindberg and her life being married to someone always in the spotlight. The narrator for this is perfect, and sounds like I would imagine Mrs. Lindberg to sound...couldn't be better. When it was over, I missed being in on Anne's thoughts and observations...wish I had known her. This is also the story of any woman married to someone bigger than life and trying to not get lost in it in the hype surrounding them. Highly recommend. Good book club book too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3267)
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    (2850)
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    (2861)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Jodi Picoult does it again."
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    I have read and listened to many books about the Holocaust...this one includes so many different facets...the granddaughter of a woman who survived the camps, the holocaust survivor herself, and one of the camp officials and his background. Listened to this obsessively to see how it ended; also, it gave some insight on how Germans were recruited to participate in "the final solution." Chilling, gripping.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1474)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1325)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Denial is not just a river in Egypt"
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    Kept me interested throughout. Unreliable narrator, my favorite kind.
    Hildy is an interesting flawed character, just trying to slog through life and grab a little relief when she can but she is over her head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1150)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "This would be a better read than a listen."
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    I listen to most of my books but the narrator/audio controller in this one truly frustrated me...this needs to be re-recorded so a listener can actually HEAR all that is said...the narrator speaks and sometimes appears to mumble or speak so low and soft that I could not get what he said. I suppose his bleak performance reflected the bleak atmosphere and story but really, one needs to hear all that is said! I would have to turn the volume up so loud that I would get humming, then Lucy would speak and it would hurt my ears. So frustrating....such an excellent story. I finally borrowed a copy of the book from a friend so I could finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (749)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Piece of racial history seldom referred to."
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    Fasincating description of the "migration" of blacks from the South after the Civil War until the 1970's (!) to escape Jim Crow laws that continued way past the time they were outlawed.
    The story is told by the daughter of one of the "immigrants" and follows at least 3 families, their reasons for leaving the South, and how their lives unfolded in NYC, Chicago and Los Angeles. as well as what happened to family members who didn't make the move. This situation is seldom heard about or described and is very well done and immensely readable....highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And When She Was Good

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (430)

    Heloise considers it a blessing to be a person who seldom attracts attention. In her suburb, she's just a mom, the young widow with the forgettable job, who somehow never misses a soccer game. In the state capital, she's the redheaded lobbyist with a good cause and a mediocre track record. But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the area, she's the woman of your dreams - if you can afford the hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise believed she was safe, managing to keep up this rigidly compartmentalized life. But her secret life is under siege. One county over, another so-called suburban madam has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide.

    kate says: "Thank goodness for Heloise and excellent narration"
    "Neither she nor the book were that good."
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    Could not identify in any way with Heloise...totally unsympathtic character, whined about the choices she made. She ran a highly successful escort service and then whined through the book about not getting any respect! Just annoying. I have read and enjoyed other Laura Lippman's books but not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Knows My Name

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lawrence Hill
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    Aminata Diallo is the beguiling heroine of Lawrence Hill's Someone Knows My Name. In it, Hill exquisitely imagines the tale of an 18th-century woman's life, spanning six decades and three continents. The fascinating story that Hill tells is a work of the soul and the imagination. Aminata is a character who will stir listeners, from her kidnapping from Africa through her journeys back and forth across the ocean.

    Ariela says: "Rich in history and moral messages"
    "A Classic"
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    This book should be listed as a classic, along the lines of The Grapes of Wrath, etc. Really riveting and well done. Highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (1378)
    Story
    (1386)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "What a great storyteller...."
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    Had never slogged through this book before...looked pretty grim. But I was totally caught up in the audio version...it's a transforming book....most of us never experience anything like this, but at least this gives us an idea of what it must have been like for these migrant workers (and still is to some extent). Don't miss this experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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