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Jill

Books-I stash them like I stash my yarn or my fabric. I used to have piles of books. Now they go where I go-in my back pocket--on the ipod

Forest Lake, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 371 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (291)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Jacqueline says: "Better Than Therapy"
    "The way this book moved me..."
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    I love this series. From the first sentence in the first book "Still Life" to the last sentence in this book has been a journey that was worth every step and the hours of listening. Each book digs deeper and deeper into the humaness of each character, their joy and their pain. Penny's artistry is in her ability to breathe life into each character throughout the series. When you find a little of yourself in Gamache, Jean-Guy, Clara, Reine-Marie, or Myrna. But these are only some of the myriad of characters that leap off the page, or materialize in from of your face. Louise Penny helps you understand yourself a little bit more. Ralph Cosham, is nothing short of brilliant in his ability to tell a great story. Listen to each book. If this is your first introduction to Inspector Gamache, begin with Still Life--you will not regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (197)
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    For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

    Julia says: "A few real surprises"
    "I found my self arguing during the commute."
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    I typically like books that focus on how to improve corporate cultures, and leadership skills. However, this book fell flat. Not even one bounce. As I listened, I found that I was arguing with the author during my commute-mostly about how I have known many givers in my personal and professional lives. But they, like everyone, gives and takes in this world. It is almost like a "currency" of sorts. The goal is to have a sustainable amount in your "bank" account, not too much, not too little. A healthy balance. It was a challenging listen in the fact that despite the statistics that were presented, I wasn't that impressed how the author states that if you practice giving, your career, relationships at work, etc will improve. Read the book, don't read the book. It is one of those choices. Kind of like be a giver, or be a taker. Once again-a choice, and what I find in the end it should be a zero sum game.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10634)
    Performance
    (9901)
    Story
    (9905)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Past, Present, Future"
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    Ready Player One is by far one of my favorite books! Listening to this book walks you through the 1980's culture where you remember in large towns it was the pizza joints with the video game room, the small town cafe with video games--where kids connected, played music, and were introduced to technology. At the same time you are transported to 2044, faced with economic and environmental crisis, it is easier for humans to live inside a game, than to face the real world. And yet, as the reader you are stuck in the present--full of nostalgia and a little fear of what our world could look like in 30 years. You come to love the characters, hate the villains, and as the plot twists and turns, you find yourself at the end of the book wanting more, but not needing more. Check out the websites, book trailers , to see the culture around this book.

    The only downside to the book was the slam towards religion. The book would be just as good had he not even broached the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (119)
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    When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with one another.... For Samantha, Claire, Brooke - and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings - it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life's hardest moments - all of it reflected in the unfolding drama of Downton Abbey.

    Jean says: "Orlagh Cassidy makes this story a joyful read."
    "Great book for commuting or vacation"
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    As a fan of Downton Abbey, the title intrigued me. It was a nice light listen, and the narrator is spot on for the characters. Some books are one time listens, others like this one, you can listen to again and again. It is like a bubble bath, the story takes you away from the hectic barrage of life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4782)
    Performance
    (4419)
    Story
    (4430)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Gaiman Does It Again!"
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    The Graveyard Book-hooked me, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane has reeled me in. It is a book that you should bring with on a camping trip and don't forget the portable speaker so Gaiman can do his magic around the campfire--you will become 7 years old again, and your world transforms. It tugs at you to recall your perspective of adults at that age, the belief in magical beings, and ponds that become oceans. It is a tale you will treasure over and over again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
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    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "It is like listening to a friend...."
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    If you want to listen to a book that tugs not only at your heart, but is like listening to a new friend tell you their story--then get this book. While some may get frustrated with the back and forth between childhood and adulthood, just remember no life story is ever told chronological. It is told piece by piece-memory by memory. Beth Hoffman is a great story weaver--as story teller does not capture the essence of her talent.
    Jenna's performance provides your imagination an opportunity to make the movie in your head. It is 3D without the hype. She adds dimension to each character, right down to all creatures great and small. And if you haven't listened to Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, then add it to your list. Both are books that I could listen to over and over again. In fact, I have listened to Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt about four times in the last year. It is like watching your favorite movie, you never tire of the characters, the story, the way it moves your soul. Looking For Me is right there along side Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. If audiobooks could ever look tattered, dog-eared, and tear-stained...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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