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Shirlene

East Grand Forks, MN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    At the center of Nemesis is a vigorous, dutiful 23-year-old playground director, Bucky Cantor, a javelin thrower and weightlifter, who is devoted to his charges and disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have excluded him from serving in the war alongside his contemporaries. Focusing on Cantors dilemmas as polio begins to ravage his playground and on the everyday realities he faces, Roth leads us through every inch of emotion such a pestilence can breed.

    Mirek says: "Without pathos about life..."
    "Very good read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nemesis the most enjoyable?

    I was born in 1939, so could really relate to the "fear" surrounding the threat of Polio, especially during the summer months. I had a classmate who was crippled with this disease, and her life leaves me with feelings of sadness , as does the main character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nemesis?

    When this man of talents and compassion gives up the most important things in his life, as he thinks best. Tho we the listeners do not.


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

    He really makes the listener feel that our main character is speaking.


    If you could take any character from Nemesis out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Perhaps the girlfriend. I really must persuade her to work harder on this relationship--even now.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read and listen to more by these two.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (587)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "It may be historical fiction, but it was real"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Influenza to be better than the print version?

    I've only experienced the audible version, but I think I may have been "bogged" down with some of the medical info had I read it in print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our main character as he struggles with his possible personal responsibility for spreading the influenza to the young boys in his care.


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

    I always enjoy Scott Brick very much. He helps the "sell" as I choose my audio books.


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

    The ending was very sad ( but plausible)


    Any additional comments?

    I am 73 so the great influenza was before my birth, but my grandmother would talk about her 2 young sisters who died in 1918 from the flu in Norway.Another grandmother had 7 siblings die before her birth of a different outbreak in the later 1800's in Wisconsin. Thus this book peaked my interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (850)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "A great look into North Dakota reservation life."
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    If you could sum up The Round House in three words, what would they be?

    Informative sadness compassion


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty of the story and characters. The positive and negative.


    What about Gary Farmer’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. I truly felt that he was the author and main character as he read.


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

    I grew up in N.Dak., and tho white, I am well aware of the problems on the reservations and the prejudice suffered by the Natives. Even tho I smiled at the antics of some of the characters, I was also terribly sad for them.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be anxious to read more by this author and listen to Gary Farmer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2853)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2460)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Kate Morton-a wonderful storyteller."
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    If you could sum up The Secret Keeper in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing tender mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laurel and Dorothy because of their relationship with each other


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Laurel with her mother{Dorothy} as they are questioned by the police, in the nursing home, and at Dorothy's deathbed.


    If you could take any character from The Secret Keeper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dorothy


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Kate Morton book, but definitely not my last. I really enjoyed the story setting and variety of character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1546)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1302)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Interesting Concept"
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    What did you like best about Listening Is an Act of Love? What did you like least?

    This is an interesting idea to record stories,thoughts, and history of families .


    If you’ve listened to books by Dave Isay before, how does this one compare?

    I have not


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No


    Did Listening Is an Act of Love inspire you to do anything?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't done the kind of recording talked about, but because our grandchildren lived a great distance from us, we would read books on tape for them. Now the grandchildren are much older, but still play and treasure the recordings of grandpa that passed away 7yrs ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2190)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1845)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Not Baldacci's Best"
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    What did you like best about The Forgotten? What did you like least?

    A good story, but a little far fetched? I did not like the sound effects.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As I said, a little far fetched. Great for those liking a lot of "action".


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Having male and female voices was good.


    Do you think The Forgotten needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for my liking. Two John Puller books are enough. In fairness, I don't care for books that use the same characters over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a David Baldacci's fan, so I will continue to get his books even if this one was not one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (631)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Very good read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. My granddaughter had this book as required reading , and she thought. I'd enjoy the story. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked this older book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Maybe not on the edge of my seat,but held my interest, and I was eager to keep reading.


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

    She has a very pleasant voice to listen to, and really makes you feel the character is telling the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The same


    Any additional comments?

    Discussing books and opinions is fun, and particularly
    with my granddaughters .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "First Time All 5 Stars!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Butterfly's Shadow the most enjoyable?

    This is a beautiful, sad, and very plausible story. The author brings us back and forth from Japan to the USA smoothly, and shows us the complex relationships that are formed with WW11 in the background.


    What other book might you compare Butterfly's Shadow to and why?

    I also enjoyed Shanghai Girls and The Last Train from Hiroshima. It reminds me some of Snow Falling on Cedars.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The son's return trip to Japan


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe this would make a good movie!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1121)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Interesting setting"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fallen Angel the most enjoyable?

    The setting at the Vatican gave a different spin to a murder mystery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel --his character is well developed


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

    He brings the characters alive.


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

    Not quite


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1553)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Definitely a teen read."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Delirium? What did you like least?

    I finished this book, and it was ok, but really not very interesting for an adult,



    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Probably just fine for young adults or teens.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sarah Drew?

    Narration was good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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