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  • 4 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014

  • Star Island

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet 22-year-old Cherry Pye (nee Cheryl Bunterman), a pop star since she was 14 - and about to attempt a comeback from her latest drug-and-alcohol disaster.Now meet Cherry again: in the person of her undercover stunt double, Ann DeLusia. Ann portrays Cherry whenever the singer is too indisposed - meaning wasted - to go out in public. And it is Ann-mistaken-for-Cherry who is kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by obsessed paparazzo Bang Abbott.

    Suzn F says: "Laugh Out Loud"
    "Hiaasen spoof of South Florida hits the mark again"

    No matter how outlandish the characters, Carl Hiaasen manages to create them in such a way that I see someone I know in every one.

    My one complaint with the narrator is that he did not research the pronounciation of the location names. Islamorada is pronounce like island not izzland.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The New Yorkers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cathleen Schine
    • Narrated By Nicole Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Walking her dog, Beatrice, Jody falls under the spell of Everett's bewitching smile. Everett begins to appreciate his post-divorce life only when he falls in love with Howdy, Polly's puppy. Polly lives with her brother, George, and wants him to fall in love. George isn't so much looking for a love life as for life direction, and Howdy leads him right to it. Doris hates the trash on her block, she hates the pee on her SUV's tires, and, above all, she hates dogs. That is, until she gets one of her own.

    Penelope Wisner says: "The New Yorkers"
    "Nothing Special"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This author (and therefore the characters) knew nothing about dogs. Even though the dogs were supporting characters, there is no reason to neglect the research needed to put out a credible book.

    I had a hard time developing any interest in the characters and really did not care what happened to them next.

    Would you recommend The New Yorkers to your friends? Why or why not?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"

    my MP3 player is my constant companion on the road to agility trials and while doing house and yard work. If I had read it, I would not have gotten anything done because this is one of those stories that you just can't put down.
    Through the generations the Sawtelle family has developed a unique bloodline of highly intelligent dogs, known simply as "Sawtelle Dogs" on their farm
    in the remote Wisconsin north woods. Edgar's story is told from his viewpoint, from the viewpoint of different family members and most important, from
    the viewpoint of the dog with which he was raised.
    Edgar was born with perfect hearing but without the ability to speak. Edgar grows up training their dogs using sign language and "the look" which seems
    close to telepathy. They do not place pups in new homes until they are 18 months old and fully trained. The book goes into depth about training
    methods without once becoming dry and technical. The dog training wisdom is mixed in with the personal story of this family and the whole thing is
    simply spellbinding. I was literally holding my breath while driving down the road while his beloved dog was narrating.
    The reader is perfect for this story and I will NOT be deleting this from my MP3 or my computer for years to come.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Get Streak back to Nawlins"

    As usual the reader was great, one of my favorite readers of all time, BUT these characters belong back on the bayou. I missed the atmosphere of the South that Dave Robicheaux occupies so naturally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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