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SJ

tybee island, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5002)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2405)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Good at first, but gets VERY boring fast"
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    What disappointed you about Cutting for Stone?

    The story got too complicated and at some points it was impossible to keep up with who was who...also, it got so technical about half way through that it turned me off and I stopped listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shirley Jones: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Shirley Jones
    • Narrated By Shirley Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    For those who only think of Shirley Jones as the prim and proper Marion the librarian or the chaste and demure Mrs. Partridge, a massive surprise is in store. In this hilarious and heartwarming, shocking and intimate memoir, Shirley dishes the raw truth about her own highly charged sexuality, her two husbands - the charismatic and deeply troubled Broadway star Jack Cassidy and the wacky TV comic Marty Ingels - her legendary Hollywood costars, and her interactions with the cast of The Partridge Family, including her rock star stepson David Cassidy.

    Jeffrey says: "A Rare Gem!"
    "Too much information"
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    What would have made Shirley Jones better?

    Not telling every embarrassing detail about her family


    Would you ever listen to anything by Shirley Jones again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Shirley Jones’s performance?

    Too much detail. I feel sorry for her family.


    What character would you cut from Shirley Jones?

    Shirley Jones.


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't need the details about her stepson and husband's genitals among other gory specifics. She seems rather sleazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Crocus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laila Ibrahim
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

    SJ says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    If you could sum up Yellow Crocus in three words, what would they be?

    People were horrible


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending


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

    Don't know; first one.


    Who was the most memorable character of Yellow Crocus and why?

    Mattie


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Kitchen House or The Invention of Wings, you'll like this too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (468)

    Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

    Lynn says: "Insightful and touching"
    "Maya was a great writer; not so much reader"
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    What did you like best about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings? What did you like least?

    It was hard to get through as the author was a TERRIBLE reader. She ruined her story with her dreadful performance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Maya Angelou? Why or why not?

    Not with her reading it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Maya Angelou’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    Great example of stick to what you're good at.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1549)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Great book"
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    Would you listen to The Lost Wife again? Why?

    No; it was a great story, awful to think things like this happened and hope they will never happen like that in the future


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    Many good moments; many sad moments


    What about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    They were both good with their character voices


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

    No; it was good to take in pieces


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely well worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (6858)
    Performance
    (6211)
    Story
    (6209)

    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!"
    "Excellent...hated to see the story end"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Invention of Wings in three words, what would they be?

    Sad but inspiring


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invention of Wings?

    There were many; liked the ending


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the end


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

    Any of the main 3 women in the story


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 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
    (3558)
    Performance
    (3225)
    Story
    (3243)

    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?"
    "Enjoyed it"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good characters; although some of the outcome is predictable, it was definitely worth listening to it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good character development


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good performances by all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "Good story, but he's a wimp"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Wild Tales the most enjoyable?

    Story of how music was made at that time


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story overall, but found him rather annoying...it seems as though he often mooched off of his women, always moving in with them and sponging. He also was such a sycophant to David Crosby, a man who by his own account, was a pig toward women and total egomaniac. Those parts were rather revolting to hear about, especially since he reads them like they were no big deal without seeing how disgusting they were.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3483)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3178)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting. The main character is annoying as it seems she views herself as a real rebel, street wise person; instead she seems to be an over indulged, spoiled brat with an uptown education. And although she occasionally takes responsibility, she also seems to blame the system for being too hard on people who do crimes like hers. I found her unlikeable in many ways but it was a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kent Hartman
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew - whether you knew it or not. On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves as the driving sound of pop music - sometimes over the objection of actual band members....

    Lee says: "Familiar names to any 70's rock fan"
    "Great listen...hate that it's over!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Wrecking Crew in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, interesting, excellent


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrecking Crew?

    Too many to pick from


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

    Lots of them.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like music from the sixties and seventies and enjoy history, you will LOVE this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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