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Susan'sEarbuds

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  • Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.

    Jeffrey says: "Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!"
    "What is Better Than Real Life?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't think the performance was that good. I didn't think "overall" should be rated more than mediocre. But what is better than real life told by someone who participated in it? Whether or not it is all true or unbiased, it is a slice of several people's lives and I wanted to hear about it. I wept, I sighed, I cringed, and thought to myself, why isn't life more fair and all children be loved and cherished? I skipped some parts because they were repetitive, but more than not, I listened to enlarge my compassion. No one's life is easy. Some are a lot harder than most. Love is what all of us want. I liked this real life story because it taught me that love is hard to find.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Making Toast: A Family Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.

    Diana - Audible says: "A little gem of a book"
    "Time heals wounded hearts"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a tenderly written story that chronicles a period of mourning in a family's--and father's--life. It's personal without being too personal, but maybe that is what it's lacking. I skipped over some of the narrative when the author seemed stuck on recounting every last detail, but then that's what happens when we mourn. This is a good example of mourning with dignity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.

    Angelia Chisolm says: "The best of Stephen Kings books, and to think he a"
    "Go for the chills!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Chills up the spine. Real characters that you can "feel their pain" as ostracized, wounded, and hyper-sensitive personalities looking to even the score against the popular crowd. You want them to win even as you are horrified. It's one thing to not care about characters when bad things are happening; it's quite another when the story draws you in and the battle becomes your own. Great listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2626)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1146)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "I loved the side trip out of my everyday life!"
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    Would you listen to The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency again? Why?

    and provides a nice escape from the starbucks on the corner world I live in. Mid-twentieth century Botswana, early in its post-colonial existence, is the setting for this series. The title character is a strappy Botswanian daughter-of-a-diamond-miner who finds a vocation for herself as a lady detective. What I found surprising and absorbing was her ruminations on the status quo versus her aspirations to be self-determining, the entrenched Africian male psyche, and the feminine--and often the ancient African--mystic that outwits them both. I've been to southern Africa. This book took me back to that world and I loved the side trip out of my everyday life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

    William says: "Life Changing Once You Are Ready"
    "One who seeks wisdom...should ask for it."
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    What did you love best about Falling Upward?

    The New Testament Book of James encourages readers to seek wisdom by asking God for it and God will grant the seeker what s/he is longing for. Richard Rohr's book provides insights into just how God goes about this process and how the seeker can join in to the inner work required. There is no required age for this kind of work; nor is there a time when the work is over. Richard Rohr brings his own hard work to the text and shows us the possibilities of the 'second half' of life, that is, the life beyond struggles with identity, ego, and angst. I am convinced that he has provided his readers with a more than adequate guide to this life, particularly because he addresses the difficult questions of suffering, meaninglessness, and loss of hope that first half of life leaves with many of us. This text joins some other well-worn books and scriptures that are 'go-to' texts for my journey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    In the tradition of the New York Times best-seller The Blind Side, The Invisible Thread tells of the unlikely friendship between a busy executive and a disadvantage young boy, and how both of their lives changed forever

    Linda says: "Amazing but painful"
    "Strength and Love = Hope"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Invisible Thread the most enjoyable?

    This is a true story that takes place in NYC where two very different people and circumstances dwell a couple of city blocks apart. It's a book I will listen to again because of its honesty about aspects of life that most of us would rather keep hidden. The story shows us that strength and love have a way of prevailing in unexpected places and most of the time without words. Hope is the result. This is a fine real life example that will keep you thinking about long after you've finished it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6790)
    Performance
    (6296)
    Story
    (6314)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Chilling Complexity Keeps You Hooked"
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    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    if you took a shining to The Shining, Dr. Sleep will please any desire you have to reconnect with the bizarre world of the hotel and Dan--the kid who survives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    There are many, many scenes that I remember but here is one that happens early on. It's actually also a remembering of a scene lived within a stupor but recalled the next day. We are taken through what are awakenings and realizations but are the to Dan, but are they only that? Let's say that time is rather plastic in that scene and the listener only realizes it later in the book.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Will Patton is a fabulous performer of the whole range of chilling personalities in the book. His narration intensifies the chilling and tragic edginess of the conflict in the story.


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

    Dan. He'd become a true friend, indeed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (290)

    Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

    L. Gutman says: "Required reading for humans"
    "Begin with the End in Mind"
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    What did you love best about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock?

    One of the authors that has stuck with me is the late Stephen Covey, hence the headline of my review. Why quote Covey for the headline of this review? Because the quote points to the healing process available to the young man--yes man--who is the title character. He doesn't know it, but he has grown up in spite of his parents and himself. Bravo! We were pulling for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My heart pounded through most of the book and not because I was walking around the block fifteen times to get my exercise in for the day. The author captured the vacated, self-centered suburban emotional landscape of many teenager's lives--too old to be latch-key kids but too emotionally unstable to root themselves into a healthy rhythm of self-discovery and respect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's one scene where there's an intersection between the young and vulnerable and the old and cynical. Which wins out? I'll only say that they both had the adage "begin with the end in mind." I was surprised by both the teenager's and the infirmed old man's response to what was a life-threatening situation.


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

    Tagline for a movie of this book: Why it was foolishly ignorant for the city of Philadelphia--and the state of California and so many other cities and town--to lay off school counselors as if we don't need them for kids who are emotionally abandoned.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (2043)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (519)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "A fresh take on macabre"
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    Where does Assassination Vacation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Kudos to Sarah Vowel for creating a fresh take on the darker side of American history and the public's unexamined fascination with the relics of the famous, whether or not they were etched in history as traitors, heroes, or fanatics. I think this book ranks up there in my top 5% of books I've listened to this year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I enjoyed about this book was the combination of the narrator's sincerity, wry sense of humor, and cynicism conveyed through her voice, and of course, the story. I was surprised often by the direction of the story--surprised because I thought I knew history and found out that there's a subplot to everything. Who would have thought of an "assassination vacation?" Loved it.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The author herself was my favorite character. She was the one who conceived of the idea of vacationing through the lens of history and making more than a few connections to past and present events, with hints of conspiracy theories and disease born insanities.












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

    A point in the book that was particularly moving was the narrator's walk from Penn Station in NYC through neighborhoods and past various statues of dead and sometimes forgotten politicians and actors and relatives of assassinated leaders. You get the distinct feeling that she sees more than most of us would taking the same walk. But she shares with us what she's thinking so we can see it, too, and wonder at what else history can teach us, even the macabre parts. This is a worthwhile listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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