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R. Crank

Oregon | Member Since 2013

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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1070)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Great book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Round House to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure if the audio version is better. It was nice hearing it read by a Native American, but I felt his inflection was off at times. I would still highly recommend it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Joe. He provided great insight into the mind of a kid.


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

    It was a book about Native American culture, so it was nice hearing it with the correct narrative voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Round House and why?

    Geraldine... she was so sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen this book all over the place and have had many people recommend it. I work with Native people in Oregon and I found the book to be both entertaining and educational.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Essence of Self-Realization: The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Swami Kriyananda
    • Narrated By Swami Kriyananda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The Essence of Self-Realization, nearly 300 sayings rich with spiritual wisdom, is the fruit of that labor of love. The scope of this book is vast - it offers as complete an explanation of life's true purpose, and the way to achieve that purpose, as may be found anywhere. Filled with lessons and stories that Yogananda shared only with his closest disciples, this volume offers one of the most insightful and engaging glimpses into the life and lessons of a great sage.

    Carpe Diem says: "A worthy effort"
    "Bad all around"
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    What would have made The Essence of Self-Realization better?

    This is a man reading from a piece of paper - it is kind of in list form. Not inspiring


    Has The Essence of Self-Realization turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    YES!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Essence of Self-Realization?

    All


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (7215)
    Performance
    (6040)
    Story
    (6070)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "OMG! I love Gillian Flynn's writing style"
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    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    This was a great book to listen to because there were three people narrating it. I read Gone Girl in print and worried that this Gillian Flynn book would not be as well thought out and interesting as it was an earlier book than that one. This book was every bit as good. Gillian's style of writing is so real it sucks you into the story from the beginning. It is gruesome and hard to get through at times, but worth continuing to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot kept me to the edge of my seat until the very last chapter!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the narrators did a wonderful job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Gillian Flynn is a masterful writer! Thank you to audiobooks for putting this out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29047)
    Performance
    (25641)
    Story
    (25714)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "One of the best books EVER!"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing plot twists


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy. Because she is amazing.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They were some of the best narrators I have heard. They are perfect for the tone of the novel.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES!! I can't wait to have the opportunity to listen - it consumes you.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like dark books, you will love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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