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Love to travel, love to read and those two go well together! Audible has broadened my reading horizons and I enjoy finding new books.

Long Beach, CA, US | Member Since 2003

  • 8 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 462 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "DON'T DO IT!!"
    What would have made The Glass Castle better?

    I bought this book after just a cursory peek at reader's reviews. I should have read deeper. I hated the narration almost as much as the writer's style. Rather than a story, Jeannette merely recites facts. Rather than build the character's emotions, she merely tells you

    Would you recommend The Glass Castle to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeannette Walls’s performances?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the writer's story might be interesting, but the delivery left much to be desired.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "a slow start but loved it by the end"

    I have read other books by this author, loved one of them but didn't so much the others... this book started a little slow and I wondered if I could stick it out. Fortunately I stayed the course and really enjoyed everything about the book. At first I thought the author's reading was a little bit flat, but soon found she gave exactly the right tone to each character. Of course, they were her own invention!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "tough to get thru"

    I have read lots of books on tape and enjoyed most of them. I found this book really tough to get thru and finally tossed in the towel after the first half. The plot didn't grab me, I just didn't care about any of the characters, found the dialog boring and the reader irritating. This is one I won't even try to go back and finish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "a good western"

    I enjoyed the book, although you must get used to the pace of it. I would call it, for lack of a better description, a "western".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"

    I didn't even finish this book, I just didn't care enough about any of the characters. I have read this author before and liked her okay but realize now that she doesn't develop her characters well. She tells you "John was devastated" rather than use language to describe the gut wrenching emotion she is trying to convey. I suspect this is just a lack of sophistication by the author?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda.

    Carol T. Carr says: "Remarkable and Challenging"
    "I loved it"

    For anyone who enjoys reading a well written book by an author who knows how to turn a phrase to capture a scene, this book is for you. I laughed and cried but I was NEVER bored. This is not a quick read or light hearted fare, but it is certainly satisfying for those who tire of Oprah style books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "a well written book"

    I had read this years ago and loved it. Reading it again through an audio book brought back all the joy and pleasure I experienced the first time. A well written book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out to Canaan: The Mitford Years, Book 4

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Jan Karon

    Thousands of readers have come home to Mitford, the little town with the big heart, whose endearing and eccentric residents have become like family members. But now change is coming to the hamlet. Father Tim, the Episcopal rector, and his wife Cynthia are pondering retirement; a brash new mayoral candidate is calling for aggressive development; a suspicious realtor with plans for a health spa is eyeing the beloved house on the hill; and, worst of all, the Sweet Stuff Bakery may be closing.

    Vmcg says: "Boring!!"

    I couldn't get into this book! I tried, however, as I took it along on a long drive and had nothing else to listen to. Nothing memorable about it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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