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Aiden Hovde

Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 154 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2391)
    Performance
    (1649)
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    (1681)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Fantastic story, even for us "grups!""
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    I'm in my 50's and find it hard to find a compelling story that is not based on crime/violence. They are out there, of course, but I go through them quickly, so I'm always searching, searching... I decided to try the Newbery Medal winners. This was the first such story. Fantastic! An incredibly delightful surprise. It really held my attention and made me think deeply about all kinds of things we take for granted, like the ability to see color and to make choices. I'd love to talk to young people about how they understand and relate to the story. Wonderful, wonderful work, Lois Lowry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. Soon the project backfires, though, leaving Brian with a wounded partner and a long river to navigate. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport the injured man a hundred miles downstream to a trading post - if the map he has is accurate.

    Pam says: "Love Gary Paulsen"
    "Another inspiring story..."
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    I really like receiving good information in story form; it sticks better. I've gotten a lot of good survival pointers from Hatchet and The River. The best one, of course, is never, ever, ever give up. Like Hatchet, there is way too much dramatic music in the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hatchet

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Peter Coyote
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (320)

    Newbery Award-winner Gary Paulsen's best-known book comes to audio in this breathless, heart-gripping drama about a boy pitted against the wilderness with only a hatchet and a will to live. On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

    A User says: "the whole family loved it!!!"
    "Inspiring..."
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    This story is aimed at young folk, but as a 50-something I got a lot out of it and enjoyed it so much I am listening to the rest of the series. My one criticism is that there is way too much dramatic music, and for me it was way too loud. That's why I gave the audiobook three stars overall, even though I rated the story and performance four stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3388)
    Performance
    (2982)
    Story
    (2991)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Wow! So resonant!"
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    I loved this book so much that after I finished listening to it, I downloaded the Kindle version so I can highlight all the bits that resonate with me. I've never done that before! And I've never been backpacking! But I have started thinking about doing just that because I find myself in almost exactly the same situation as the author did before her hike: lost and very confused. For the first time in a very long time I feel hope that I can find my way out of the confusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
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    (1213)
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    (1201)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "A lovely story..."
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    Gentle but also extremely interesting. It held my interest without overwhelming my nervous system.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1442)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "A really nice story..."
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    ...that has changed the way I relate to dogs. The author does a fantastic jobs weaving together what the dog hears and what the dog understands. And the dog's vocabulary is awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (287)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    J. Kovler says: "What a brilliantly original work!"
    "Disappointing..."
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    The story got off to a very good start. I really enjoyed Alexander's abuse of English idiom. But then the second narrator started speaking and I think the story really needs a voice with an Eastern European accent. It was just completely unsettling to be hearing all the Eastern European names and places in an accent that sounded to me like American mid-West. I really tried to be open and to relax with it and just to listen to the story but I got more and more irritated and ended up quitting, which is a shame because the film version is so good and I thought I'd really love the audio book. Also, I had just finished listening to the author's other book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which is my new favorite.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2241)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1408)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Almost unbearably touching..."
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    I have heavy, heavy boots from the story ending, but many $100 smiles in my heart.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rupert Isaacson
    • Narrated By Rupert Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (117)

    When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

    Linda says: "Magical"
    "Wonderful, informative, inspiring..."
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    I will never again judge the parent of a screaming child. Thank you, Mr. Isaacson, for sharing your family's struggles and victories, and for starting the Horse Boy Foundation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10821)
    Performance
    (6034)
    Story
    (6080)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Grueling..."
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    In contrast with one reviewer who didn't like the first third or so of the story, I think that was the best part. After that, I almost gave up because the story became so horrifying and nightmarish that it was affecting my nerves. But I persevered because of all the good reviews. I'm sorry I did. I guess I don't have the constitution to bear long drawn-out descriptions of unremitting suffering. I'm just putting this out as a warning to others who are similarly sensitive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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