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Mariana Kramer

Avondale Estates, GA USA
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  • Sing You Home

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291

Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Realistic music quality please...or don't do it.

  • By Springfield Sis on 03-18-11

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Since I am 74 years old (and a full time working artist), my days of birthing and raising children are long over with. I thoroughly enjoyed that time of my life and I thoroughly enjoy my life now. Neither of my two kids wanted or have children so of course I have no grandchildren. My husband and I were lucky in that we had our natural children with almost no effort to become pregnant.
I was adopted at age 3 into a stressful and dramatic family of which I was the only child. My birth was the accident in the life of a clueless 17 year old and when I met her she all but told me that I ruined her life.
So I will admit that that was the background from which I was coming to this book. I really like Ms. Picoult’s books, but this one didn’t appeal to me for the following reasons: too long, too much emotion, and too many songs.
What I did like was the emphasis on lesbian marriage and some of it’s problems and the Christian Right imposing their beliefs on gay marriage and child raising.
I did like the ending and wonder whether the author had that ending in mind when she first thought of how she would write the book.
I thought the narrators did quite well with the various voices-especially Pastor Clive’s.

  • The Plot to Hack America

  • How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election
  • By: Malcolm Nance
  • Narrated by: Gregory Itzin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization's computer servers and conducted a theft that is best described as Watergate 2.0. In the weeks that followed, the nation's top computer security experts discovered that the cyber thieves had helped themselves to everything: sensitive documents, emails, donor information, even voice mails.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jag3 on 05-24-17

The Plot to hack America by Malcolm Nance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I love Malcolm Nance. I’ve seen him many times on MSNBC and I’m always glad to see him there because what he says is always so very interesting. When I heard that he had written this book I couldn’t wait to order it. The fact that it was on Audible made me doubly happy and sure enough has lived up to my expectations.
This fascinating author who himself was involved in the world of espionage and knows so much about Russia and Putin, has written a fascinating and frightening book about what happened during the 2016 election in the field of cyber attacks and Donald Trump. At the time of it’s writing, Trump had not been elected yet and makes the truths in this book even more frightening.
I highly recommend this book although I’m not totally fond of the reader’s voice. I wish Mr. Nance had read it himself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,619

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Even though I have followed the presidency of Trump every day since it began (with two weeks off over the end of year holidays), this book put it all in perspective for me.
Wolfe’s telling of this story through the eyes of Steve Bannon and juxtaposing Ivanka’s and Jarred’s fight with him for control over Trump was fascinating.
The reader did a wonderful job of making it all alive for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,628

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Behind Closed Doors

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-18

This is a beautifully crafted book. The reader is excellent and she uses very effective voices for the different characters. I would love to read something else by this writer.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Ella on 10-29-06

I loved this book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-16

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Holocaust history or history of World War Two. An amazing story of a woman who escaped the Final Solution, it is beautifully written and fabulously narrated. One of my absolute favorite books.

  • Jailhouse Doc: A Doctor in the County Jail

  • By: William Wright
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Dr. William Wright gave up a suburban practice as an ear surgeon to become the doctor at Colorado's maximum-security prison. After that, running a medical clinic at the county jail should be a snap, right? Oh, brother. Hoards of desperate people fresh from the streets, homeless addicts, illegal aliens, and gangbangers all ruled by a corrupt sheriff and his concubine sidekick made the supermax look almost pastoral.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beware the politics of corrections health care

  • By Jan on 11-15-15

Jailhouse Doc

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-16

I thoroughly enjoyed Jailhouse Doc. I like the author's sarcasm in describing his patients while caring for them as humanity in general. The chapter on illegals was fascinating. I have employed many Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants and love Hispanics in general. (I live part time in Mexico.) I employed them years ago and spent many a Sunday extracting them from whatever jail housed them for the weekend. Now I plan to read Dr. Wright's first book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

  • By: Leslie Kean
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, investigative reporter Leslie Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects - metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics - actually exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Books on UFOs That Is Out There

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 08-19-14

UFOs

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-15

If you could sum up UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record?

Finding out that John Podesta, President Jimmy Carter and a few other famous persons saw and/or are interested in revealing information to the American public about UFOs.

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

I kept imagining her as being the author herself.

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

Revealing the truth about UFOs to the American Public.

Any additional comments?

I wanted this book to go on and on. I hate it when a really good book ends.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • John

  • By: Cynthia Lennon
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide, she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero, and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, even if Paul was your favorite.

  • By Mick on 10-09-05

The story of John Lennon & his first wife, Cynthia

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-15

I very much liked this fascinating back story by John Lennon's first wife, Cynthia. I was only a few years younger than they were in the 60's and still in college when "Beatlemania" hit the U.S. I always wanted to know the true story of the Lennons and now I was able to hear it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Boy Kings of Texas

  • A Memoir
  • By: Domingo Martinez
  • Narrated by: Emilio Delgado
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive debut!

  • By Dahlia on 01-27-14

Fabulous, Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-15

I love this book. I alternately fell out laughing and wanting to cry. What a great read! Between the powerful writing and great narration, I thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,043

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Gripping

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-15

I enjoyed this book. I'm sure my husband would have figured out the end, but I didn't. It isn't fine literature, but a well thought out mystery.