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Shelly

Silver Spring, MD, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • White Oleander

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Janet Fitch
    • Narrated By Oprah Winfrey
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery-but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes.

    Lorena says: "Excellent piece of literature"
    "Wonderful book performed by Oprah, need I say more"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of White Oleander to be better than the print version?

    This production is lovingly read by Orpah. I really enjoyed the presentation.


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

    I didn't want to turn this book off. It was just so beautifully written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves.

    Michele says: "Compelling story for the kid in each of us!"
    "Repetitive"
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    What disappointed you about Seconds Away?

    it was exactly the same as the 1st book


    Has Seconds Away turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seconds Away?

    The whole thing


    Any additional comments?

    I think it must be an error. It was the same as the first book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (880)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "A great listen"
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    What did you love best about The Charm School?

    I found this book gripping from the moment it started. It is a bit of a throwback to Cold War times but it is easy enough to get past that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Charm School?

    Hard to chose


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
    "What a waste of time and money"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Canterbury Tales better?

    The story was still difficult to understand. I think that the fault was really the way it was written rather than the performance


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Canterbury Tales?

    i couldn't finish it


    Any additional comments?

    disappointing

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (478)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Highly recommend this book."
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    Would you listen to Catherine the Great again? Why?

    Yes. Interesting information, well presented. Before reading this book I had no idea hat her impact on Russia was. Now I see that she was indeed a great leader no doubt, but also as a real, vulnerable and very human persona.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1689)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Pretty much what you expect from Stephanie Plum"
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    Would you listen to Explosive Eighteen again? Why?

    I enjoyed the book. It is not great but reading it was like wearing a comfortable shoe. Humorous light, predictable. I am pleased that Stephanie seems to be almost ready to chose between Ranger and Morelli. We'll see..


    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich? Why or why not?

    Yes. Although I like Stephanie's character


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed her verbal interpretation of the characters-Lula, Grandma,..everyone.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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