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Susan B. Katz

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  • Everything Matters!

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ron Currie
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Hillary Huber, Mark Deakins, and others
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    (146)
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    In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophecy: a comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question, "Does anything I do matter?"

    fred says: "Don't Give Up On This One"
    "Beautiful, thoughtfully written and well narrated"
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    Beautifully written. The characters are understandable, distinct, and grow over time. And just about the time I thought I had things figured out, something surprising would happen. I loved this book and did not want it to end. I downloaded this because it was the book chosen by all incoming Duke freshmen to read last year. This is, frankly, a book you would want your freshman child to read. It leaves you thinking about the importance of things long after the last sentence is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2337)
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    (1047)
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    (1055)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Lived completely up to its reputation"
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    Beautiful, layered book, beautifully read, which affirmed some things I already knew and taught me a fair bit I didn't. I did not want it to end. Highest praise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Double Time

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Corinna Clendenen
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Jay Snyder, Joan Esposito, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Could you use another life? This is the story of a woman who has the courage to reinvent herself. Heirs to the Jackson textile mill, designer Dani and her singer/songwriter twin Dylan feel free to follow the siren call of the music world - until they’re interrupted by a car accident. With Dani behind the wheel, her father ends up on a stretcher. Youthful free spirits cut short, Dani swaps her fringed jacket for a business suit, the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the Brandenburg concertos.

    Will says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "Listeners, beware"
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    I absolutely hate having to give a bad review to someone's work, but feel obliged to here, so that others can avoid stumbling into the trap I fell into. Please note that there is not one review of this book here from a legitimate book critic, and I suspect that the book is self published... for a reason, people.

    The writing is completely amateurish -- nothing happens from the beginning of a chapter to the end, there is no depth whatsoever in the story, and, when I finally gave up after two hours, I wanted my time (and my money) back. I cannot believe I wasted a credit on this. You can find it on Amazon for three dollars and change. Sorry. I always hope to like a book, but this one was awful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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