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happy98

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  • 9 reviews
  • 64 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
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  • Black River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

    Arlea says: "I liked it!"
    "Good Short story"
    Overall

    Black River is more of a short story vs a novel. As someone else mentioned it was like an episode of the twilight zone. The narrator sounded a lot like the guy that plays Frazier Crane on Cheers which took a little getting used to. Also there isn't a lot of dialogue, the majority is a narrative. Having said all of that I found it to be enjoyable and think the screenplay the main character discusses within the story would make an excellent novel! I also think this short story could have been developed much like Knontz's Intensity novel and made into a very good novel, shame he didn't go that route. Good to download for story you can finish in a one or two day commute or short airplane trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27116)
    Performance
    (13737)
    Story
    (13783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "It holds you..."
    Overall

    Its a good listen, the character voices are done wonderfully. A must listen before seeing the movie. Or if you see the movie first, listen to this to get all the parts that were left out or changed. There is one part that doesn't add up... don't want to give anything away so I won't mention it, but other than that it was an awesome listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Manning Marable
    • Narrated By G. Valmont Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (174)

    Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

    connie says: "invites further reading on Malcolm X"
    "Doubts"
    Overall

    I'm sorry, I know the author has passed away and feel strange questioning his work as he can't answer for himself. But as I listened to parts of this I did question some of the research and wonder if it was just added for shock value and to sell books. I won't name items as I don't want to ruin the book for others but will warn, unless you can or is willing to validate some of the claims made by the author than take them with a grain of salt. Other than that the book was well organized, a bit long in places but a good tool for anyone doing scholarly research into the life of Malcolm X or the NOI / FOI / MGT. I just couldn't give it 4 stars with so many questions lingering in my head.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The English Major

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Harrison
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Newly divorced and robbed of his farm by his real-estate shark of an ex-wife, 60-something Cliff is off on a road trip across America, on a mission to rename all the states and state birds and redeem them from the banal names men have given them.Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high-school teaching days 20-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and into the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer.

    Scott says: "A picaresque novel for baby boomers"
    "Just get ready to laugh"
    Overall

    I'm not sure if it was the writer's dry wit or the narrator excellence in delivering it, but this story just made me laugh. Its sad at points and your heart goes out for the main character at times, but his unique way at looking at life is refreshing and funny. I almost gave it 4 stars because the ending didn't quite live up to the rest of the book, but after thinking about the fact that I listened to it twice (something I rarely do) I went ahead and gave it 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weekend Warriors: Revenge of the Sisterhood #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (150)

    On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. The Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead...or you can get up fighting...

    happy98 says: "Likeable"
    "Likeable"
    Overall

    Sometimes it was a bit corny in spots, but it was a likeable enough chick lit adventure book where I will purchase the next one in the series to see what happens next.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Good Grief

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lolly Winston
    • Narrated By Amanda Foreman
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    When 36-year-old Sophie Stanton's husband dies, she desperately wants to be a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Adding her job and her waistline to her list of things lost, she moves from L.A. to Oregon, prepared to defy the dismal weather and be rescued by Sam Shepard's twin. Instead, she finds a job as Salad Girl at the local French restaurant and an alarmingly cute actor who Sophie wished she didn't quite trust so much.

    Karan says: "Sophie is real"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I lost my father in June 2008, this book accurately described what both my mother and I have been going through emotionally but in a manner that made me both laugh and cry. I would have given it 5 stars if had been unabridged. Her description of grief counseling is exactly the way I saw the group experience also. Nice to see someone else with the same "out there" crazy feelings, really lifted my down spirits. The interview with the author at the end is very good. Just really wish audible had the unabridged version, this is a book where you want to hear all of the author's descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (555)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Thinking novel"
    Overall

    This is one you need to think about as you listen.. that is okay when you are in the mood for it. I didn't care for the ending, but I didn't care for the ending of Remains of the Day either. Its not as good as that novel, but good if you are looking for a slow paced thinking person's novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3454)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1143)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "The antagonist's voice.."
    Overall

    ..was enough to drive you batty, I can't believe I made it through this book... gosh why didnt they just hire a woman for the female part?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    Overall
    (4125)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Becky says: "Excellent book"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    This is the best title I have purchased from audible. Normally I listen on long drives or to go to sleep at night, but this book was so good I listened to it through out the day. The action and such towards the end was appropriate for us Rubes. :) I would love to see a sequel, Jacob at 103!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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