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Sharon

Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.

West Monroe, LA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Robinson
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”. They lie and steal and smoke cigars. They even burned down Fred Shoemaker’s old toolhouse. Now they’re taking over the Christmas pageant. The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and they don’t know anything about shepherds or Wise Men. When Imogene hears about the swaddling clothes, she demands to know why anyone would tie up a baby and put him in a feedbox.

    Sharon says: "Wonderful Story from My Childhood"
    "Wonderful Story from My Childhood"
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    Enjoyed revisiting this story from my childhood. Definitely a great listen for the whole family on a road trip or during the holiday season.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Far Away: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Meg Mitchell Moore
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents' ugly divorce, and from the vicious cyber-bullying of her former best friend. Adrift, confused, she is a girl trying to find her way in a world that seems to either neglect or despise her. Her salvation arrives in an unlikely form: Bridget O'Connell, an Irish maid working for a wealthy Boston family. The catch? Bridget lives only in the pages of a dusty old 1920s diary Natalie unearthed in her mother's basement.

    Sharon says: "A story on bullying. But it is just meh..."
    "A story on bullying. But it is just meh..."
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    It is important to address the problem of bullying amongst young adults in this age of smartphones and social media and I like that authors are tackling this subject. But I just could not get into this story's characters. I didn't hate the book, I just didn't care for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    The orphaned heroine Ruth, apprenticed to a dressmaker, is seduced and then abandoned by wealthy Henry Bellingham. Shamed in the eyes of society by her illegitimate son, and yet rejecting the opportunity to marry her seducer, Ruth finds a path that affirms we are not bound to repeat our mistakes.

    Cariola says: "A Novel of Respectability"
    "Good Story, but a bit too predictable"
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    I enjoy Gaskell's work, espeically her social conscious. When this book was written, to be compassionate towards an unwed mother was very unlikely so I am thankful she tried to be a voice to many young women who were ignorant of sex and had no caring guardians and therefore often ended up pregnant and abandoned. The story is good, but predictable. However, sometimes one needs a happy ending. We hear of too many unhappy endings for unwed mothers and their children in the "good old days"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wives and Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

    Sandra says: "It's not about the ending!"
    "Wonderful Story well Narrated"
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    I love Elizabeth Gaskell's books. Wives and Daughters was my first introduction to Gaskell many years ago. I have enjoyed "re-reading" her books in audio format as the narrator's voice and emphasis have brought passages I had forgotten or overlooked to life. I wish she had written more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Equal of the Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    Iran in 1576 is a place of peace, wealth, and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah's daughter and closest adviser, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess's maneuvers to instill order after her father's sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her trusted servant, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry....

    Maureen McDaniel says: "Loving it!"
    "O.K. story saved by the setting"
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    The story was rather blah, but I enjoyed the period detail and information about a culture and time that I did not know much about. I enjoyed this author's other book set in Persia better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (326)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

    Nelson Mostow says: "True classic"
    "Finally "read" Crusoe and it was worth it!"
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    This is one of those books I have always been meaning to read but never have. In America's public education system, we are not required to do much reading anymore so this one was never assigned and therefore I never had the discipline to set aside time and read it on my own. I am so glad I was able to purchase the audio version. The story lends itself well to audiobook and, while the prose is definitely from another era, it is still very understandable and the themes of the book are timeless. I think even older children would enjoy listening to this one on family car trips this summer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (901)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Enjoyable, though could have been more throrough"
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    I enjoyed this course. The professor was very informative and related the information in a clear and enthusiastic manner. It touched briefly on the Persian Empire, focusing mainly on the development of civilization through the Greek, Roman and then Medieval Europe world. It would have been nice to hear about Daily Life in the Ancient Far East and more from Persia and the Steppes, but I suppose they would have needed to make it two different courses. It will definitely stop your grousing and make you thankful for the precious things we have and overlook everyday in the constant race for more and better.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rachel Urquhart
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer, Peter Ganim, Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    In this exquisite, transporting debut, 15-year-old Polly Kimball sets fire to the family farm, killing her abusive father. She and her young brother find shelter in a Massachusetts Shaker community called The City of Hope. It is the Era of Manifestations, when young girls in Shaker enclaves all across the Northeast are experiencing extraordinary mystical visions, earning them the honorific of "Visionist" and bringing renown to their settlements.

    Suzn F says: "Insight into the Stark World of the Shakers"
    "Interesting Story set in a Shaker Village"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed listening to this book for all of its Shaker life information. I found the main characters to be believable. I do wish the book had continued a bit longer to fully flesh out the main male character and to hear from Polly one last time.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful.

    Sharon says: "Wait, What? The story disintegrates 3/4 way in."
    "Wait, What? The story disintegrates 3/4 way in."
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    Listening to this in the beginning, I was thinking what a great story it was - honest and with a wonderful main female character. But then 3/4 the way through she does something so out of line from her character that it left me frustrated and wondering if the book was finished by another author. I wasn't expecting a rosy ending to the story or a neat finish, since life is rarely that tidy, but I expected an ending that respected the great characters that were created in the beginning of the story. It could have been one of my favorites. Very disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Men and the Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joanna Trollope
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lifelong friends, now in their sixties, James, a teacher, and Hugh, a TV personality, both live with attractive women 25 years their junior. But the age difference is a time bomb, ticking away at the heart of both relationships. Kate's hunger for a life more in keeping with her own age threatens to bring her eight years with James to an end. And how is Julia to cope when her own career begins to blossom while Hugh's is withering before their eyes? The arrival of Miss Beatrice Bachelor, a razor-sharp Oxford spinster, fuels the discontent in both girls.

    Sharon says: "Wish there had been at least one more chapter"
    "Wish there had been at least one more chapter"
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    I had listened to this title many years ago and decided to purchase it on Audible since I enjoy Trollope's cozy reads. It was as enjoyable the second go around but I forgot how abruptly it ends. I wish there had been one more chapter, a little bit more neatness of tying up loose ends, but maybe that is because I was so involved in the characters. I did think that the girlfriend made awful relationship choices and life decisions, but I like that Trollope reveals the consequences to her choices without preaching or being predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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