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Scubacat

Kailua Kona, HI, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Songs Without Words

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother when the girls were just 16. In the decades that followed - through Liz's marriage and Sarabeth's attempts to make a happy life for herself - their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women's friendship are revealed.

    Dianne says: "Depression dissected"
    "drawn out agony....."
    Overall

    I have a little over an hour left on this book and I am only listening to the end because I keep thinking that something interesting has to happen at some point!! The characters are all difficult to like, self centered and depressing - I find it hard to have any compassion for any of them. The book is excruciatingly slow moving....I expected so much more from this author. I think the narrator is fine, she just doesn't have much to work with on this one.
    The book deals with suicide and I have to say that at several points I was hoping that ALL of the characters would commit suicide and put this listener out of her misery!!!
    Don't bother with this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Inner Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Nepo
    • Narrated By Mark Nepo
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Mark Nepo is a beloved teacher, poet, and storyteller. In this book he invites us to live from our inner core in ways small and large, every day. That is all we can do in life, and all we need for our lives to bear witness and contribute, to make the world a better place. To listen to the stories in this book is to find our own place of courage and peace.

    Scubacat says: "Really?"
    "Really?"
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    I tried to like this. I listened to it from beginning to end, wanting to like it. The whole book felt like the author was trying desperately to find some deep message in everything that happens in life. It felt forced and not at all inspiring. When he related a dream where a 10 year old boy was thrilled to get a desk drawer to play with as a dollhouse and used paper clips as dolls, I gave up any hope that there was a point or message in this book....On the upside, the author did a nice job with the reading. But I will never waste my time with another of his books....

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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