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Sally

jersey city, NJ, USA

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  • 25 titles in library
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  • Fear Itself: A Fearless Jones Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Don Cheadle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Paris Minton is a man who would just as soon walk away from trouble as stand up to it. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble just comes and gets you. When one of L.A.'s wealthiest women hires Paris and his friend Fearless Jones to find a missing nephew, Paris steps into the a complex and terrifying corner of the black bourgeoisie, and wonders whom he should fear more - the people he's looking for or the people he's working for.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "One of the best"
    "This narrator is the best!"
    Overall

    The book is a good, satisfying, typical Mosely story. But the narrator is just fantastic. He is the first male narrator who isn't afraid to give his female characters individuality and depth instead of speaking in a silly falsetto. Don Cheadle must be a really good actor. All the characters are completely drawn through Mosely's clever details, and Cheadle's virtuoso performance. Very entertaining and somewhat thought provoking.
    Try it, you'll like it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6118)
    Performance
    (2289)
    Story
    (2312)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "This just might be the Great American Novel!"
    Overall

    What a beautiful, enjoyable book! Long as it was, I was sorry when it ended, though I hardly got a thing done while I was so engrossed with this story. Wonderful characters, great dialogue, A totally life-affirming story. I was afraid it would be too politically correct, or else kind of dumb and hateful. It's neither. It's a really smart, often hilarioius exploration of identity. Readers who remember the 60's and 70's will especially find Eugenides' take on the politics and fashions of the time interesting. Also people from Detroit! I can't imagine an American of any political stripe who wouldn't like reading this. Kind of like Great Expectations meets Confederacy of Dunces.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7964)
    Performance
    (3126)
    Story
    (3185)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Thoroughly entertaining"
    Overall

    Though not a regular fantasy reader, I found this book very enjoyable. The narrator was a big part of the pleasure-he gave the characters clearly defined personalities and voices without being too corny about it. The plot is engaging, and the writing is quite good. Eragon, the Dragon, and the other principal characters are well-drawn and complex. I will certainly buy the next book in the series when it comes out.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • My Dream of You

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nuala O'Faolain
    • Narrated By Dearbhla Molloy
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Nuala O'Faolain first entered the literary scene with her best selling memoir, Are You Somebody?. In her recently released first novel, My Dream of You, travel writer Kathleen de Burca returns to Ireland after a 30-year absence to investigate a true story about a scandalous affair during the potato famine. Hear an interview with author.

    Sally says: "Really Beautiful!"
    "Really Beautiful!"
    Overall

    This book was so gorgeous--great use of language, compelling plot, vivid characters---I couldn't get anything done 'til it was over!
    One of the most affecting books I've read. I've never been that fascinated by things Irish (including my ancestors), but after reading this, I felt I had to go see Ireland for myself.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Life of Dogs

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
    • Narrated By Swoosie Kurtz
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    How do dogs think? Do they fantasize? Do they dream? What do their barks, whines, and growls tell other dogs? How do they communicate in groups, and why do they form hierarchies? What do dogs want? Anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas attempts to answer these and other questions about a species that has been with mankind for over 20,000 years and still remains a mystery. Based on 30 years and hundreds of thousands of hours of research, this volume describes behavior every dog owner has seen thousands of times but will now understand for only the first time.

    Monica says: "Disappointing and dangerously incorrect"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I found this book completely compelling and Swoozie Kurtz did a great job narrating it. Although there was much I didn't agree with in the author's approach to raising dogs, the book was very informative and entertaining. I certainly saw my dogs in a whole new light!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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