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S. Friday

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  • The Fraternity of the Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Drew Maclane was a star agent - until the day the killing had to stop. He withdrew, and for six years lived the life of a hermit in a monastery. But someone has tracked him down, leaving a trail of corpses...someone who knows all about him, who knows how to draw him back into that electrifying world where no one is as he seems, and where life's most horrifying and harrowing game is played.

    Michael says: "Painful to listen to"
    "Finished listening, but made me nuts!"
    Overall

    This book's plot got odder and odder and less believable as it plodded on to the finish. The different characters' voices surprised me each time they came on. I was really relieved when the book was over.

    1 of 2 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
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1781)
    Story
    (1774)

    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 J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Didn't fool me a bit! Great book!"
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    I loved this book! Billy Crystal has a funny story about everything, even where poignancy is involved. There were clips from his comedy shows as well, which were "earthy" in places, but funny, funny, funny. He made me realize that aging is something we all do, but we have to look at it with a twinkle in our eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "Such a gentle book."
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    This book was such a joy to listen to! Mr. Ali, Mrs. Ali, and Aruna were such endearing characters and I wanted everything to go well for them. I enjoyed hearing about customs and cultures regarding modern-day India and arranged marriages. The narration was wonderful, with the accents transporting the listener to India. For those of you who are Alexander McCall Smith fans (#1 Ladies' Detecive Agency), this book might interest you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (331)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "How did the world not listen to this man?"
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    I cannot understand how Churchill managed to keep his dignity throughout his "banishment". He was clearly a genius, but most folks didn't realize this. Granted, he had his quirks--which I learned about in this book. I admired him in that he worked his tail off to keep his family fed and housed and going on extended trips.....but that was how the upper class lived. And I found that interesting, as was realizing that Hitler understood what a genius Churchill was and that he was going to be Hitler's greatest challenge among the allies. The book is long. Very long. But the narrator did a good job and the material kept me listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (651)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Complicated, but interesting"
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    Please understand that I teach at the elementary level in a specialized field and am not completely focused on scientific "stuff". I'm a history buff. So on the one hand, I really enjoyed listening about the era when the flu epidemic hit. Learning about how the flu spread as fast as it did and how it can affect our population in this day and time was interesting and scary. The scientists of that era were dedicated people and I did not realize how much technology was available to them at that time. I didn't realize that the Wilson administration was in kind of a "witch hunt" mode and how much information was suppressed--as well as how many people were (think McCarthyism). But the technical information was too much for me. Try as I might, I tended to drift off during those times. But the book was interesting. I got something out of it, so that's worth it to me.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (359)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "Kept me finding excuses to keep listening!"
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    Oh my goodness, this was a great spy story! There were so many twists and turns and I kept reconsidering who was good and who was bad in the story. The narration was quite good to keep all the characters believable. The plot.....ex-CIA, the FBI, a secretive husband, cyber theft, banking (sort of).....it had it all. I highly recommend this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3254)
    Performance
    (2475)
    Story
    (2495)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Maybe I'm too old...."
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    I had high hopes for this book, after reading so many good reviews about it. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and thought that this would be a magical world for grown ups. Well, it is, nearly. The kids start out taking an entrance exam to a magical college. The book races them through college and then you end up with a bunch of angst-ridden whiners who can't seem to get it together. They end up traveling to Fillory, a magical place from a book (think Naria, sort of). By then, I quit. I just couldn't manage to listen any more. I know lots of folks really enjoyed the book, but I'm not one of them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Illustrious Dead: Napoleon, Typhus, and the Dream of World Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times best-selling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world.

    Joshua Kim says: "Captivating"
    "Combines Napolean's war in Russia with Typhus"
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    So this was an interesting listen. I learned a lot about warfare and the military in 1812, and about Napolean and his Russian campaign in general. Typhus and how it devastated armies was kind of the headliner here, but it was also amazing to hear about logistics, planning, and how a Russian Winter could affect everything. Oh yes--let's not forget a megalomanic general in the mix, too! I learned more about amputations from that era than I ever want to learn again and wonder if people 200 years from now will look at our medical practices of today and think we were barbaric! I would recommend this book to anyone with a general interest in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (227)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Great listen with history thrown in"
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    I've never read any of Michelle Moran's books, but I think I'll try some of her others. This one was fascinating. I know that much of the story is based on fact and one can see how much research went into this book. The story of Paris during the French Revolution became more and more horrifying to me as the story went on and I could imagine how terrifying it must have been for ordinary French citizens during that time. No one was safe. The Royal Family did too little too late, Robespierre ended up with too much power, and citizens had to adapt to the changing winds at the drop of a hat (or a head...). Something interesting about this book was the epilogue, where the listener was able to find out about the characters' fates at the end of the Revolution. Definitely worth the credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (796)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Snarky main character makes for a fun listen!"
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    This was a fun listen! The dialog was witty, the plot was twisty and turny enough to keep me guessing, and the story had believable characters. I enjoyed the way the narrator portrayed character's voices and accents. My credit was well used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss New India

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bharati Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Farah Bala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (87)

    Anjali Bose is Miss New India. Born into a traditional lower-middle-class family and living in a backwater town with an arranged marriage on the horizon, Anjali's prospects dont look great. But her ambition and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to other powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny.

    Ember says: "Worth the credit, and your ears!"
    "A mixed bag for me"
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    My take on the book--I liked listening about modern day India. I liked all the characters EXCEPT the main character! I know that not all main characters are commanding, take-charge types, but she made me nuts with her inability to make some decent choices independently! I loved the people around her who helped, though. The story itself was decent, basically one about a sheltered small town girl moving to the big city and how confusing it can be. It was worth a listen, but I think I bought it on sale, so I don't feel like a credit was wasted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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